Newsletter - October 2021 Newsletter
Welcome To The Target Zone
Newsletter  October 2021

The Northwest's First Five Star Range and  The Inland NW's ONLY Five Star Range    
Home Of The Lifetime Warranty
The Northwest's only "NO REGRETS" POLICY
Best Shooting Range in USA
Awarded by SHOT Business Magazine
Best Indoor Range in USA 2010 & 2020
Awarded by Glock (GSSF) Inc.
Post Falls Business of the Year
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A Few Words From Ed

Wow, October already...are you kidding me? Where has the year gone? This time of year is my favorite. I love the cooler temperatures especially the early morning air. At CTS it is a time for gearing up for our busy season. Class attendance grows, shooting activity increases and of course the retail side of the business picks up with holiday shopping.

We now have a youth size 22LR available for rent. This is the perfect firearm to introduce your young shooter to the sport. This is an easy gun to hold and shoot well. The perfect combination to allow the young shooter to have a great time and learn some life long lessons. Come in today and share the experience with your young shooter.

Our CCW class continues to gain in popularity. I am so proud of the fact that so many people choose to enroll in our program which is the most comprehensive in the region, requires our qualification, and typically lasts until 330 to 4pm. There are classes offered elsewhere that are over in a few hrs. We provide much more information than the state requires and of course, you can repeat the class forever for free. Thank you all for making our CCW course the most sought after class in the region. If you try to enroll and the class is full, pick a later date...trust me it will be worth the wait.

Our class schedule continues to evolve and I am working hard at being creative with my travel to allow us to offer more and more advanced classes each month. In that regard we are considering trying a force on force type scenario night each month to allow participants an opportunity to practice scenario response using our simunition guns. Please drop me an email if you have an interest and would attend such a program. If there is enough interest...we will try it. [email protected]

A Call For Locks
We are always looking for gun locks. We are required to provide a lock with every firearm sold. This is not an issue with new firearms but with used or consignment guns we are running low. If you have any firearm locks that you are not using please drop them off so that we can share them with those who are buying firearms. We are trying to avoid requiring anyone who wants to consign a firearm from having to buy a lock before we can take it in. 
Be Safe...ed

Notes from Peggy:
If you're interested in a class listed on our website but it isn't on the schedule, go to the bottom of the class page and send us an "interested in" email. You will be notified when the class is on the calendar before the general public.

A reminder that retakes and class credits need to call in to the range to sign up. The website does NOT recognize a retake nor does it recognize class credit...please call us.

Yes, we are still taking toiletries and phone donations for the women's shelter. Thank you to all of you who give. (Thank you Robert for your financial donation.)

Gio's knife sharpening service

As many of you know, I am a stickler for a sharp knife. Have I found the solution?... Well I wanted to remind you of a new business started by Gio who used to be part of our team and has remained a friend to us here at CTS.  Gio has started a knife sharpening business called Valiant Sharpening Service 208-817-0368. He sharpened my tactical knife and did an outstanding job. He has invested in a top of the line European sharpening system. 

We are excited to offer anyone an opportunity who needs knife sharpening to drop your knives off at CTS and Gio will pick them up once a week on Friday. His business is completely separate from CTS and we are trying to help him by providing a drop off and pick up location for his customers. You will pay Gio directly and all the info is available at our knife counter. Just stop in with your sharpening needs and ask our staff for assistance.


We Are Again Renting Some Guns So You Can Try Before You Buy...

We are happy to announce that we are now renting .223, .22LR, .45, 10mm and .40S&W firearms! (Subject to change based on ammo availablity)

Rentals still must only be used with our ammo. Ammo is still in short supply but we have been able to get enough to support our rental program. 380, 9mm and .38SPL ammo are not yet available but we continue to try and get enough in for classes.
Each customer who rents a firearm caliber can purchase and shoot one box of ammo. 

Thanks for understanding. We'll continue to rent while supplies last.
ID Enchanced CCW Requirement Updates

Renewing your CCW - You do not need to retake a class. Application needs to be filled out with $30 fee. Application can be found on Kootenai County Sheriff Dept website.

Expired CCW - within 6 months, same as renewing. After 6 months if you took our class, must retake the LE portion of the class, then fill out application with $40 fee. (This may vary by county due to COVID restrictions).

Lost paperwork - If you took our class within the last year and lost your paperwork before applying, you must retake the LE portion of our class.

To retake the LE portion of a CTS class, please call to reserve a seat. 208-773-2331.
Our Current Hours Are: 
Monday   CLOSED
Tuesday    11am-5pm
Wednesday 11am-5pm
Thursday   9am-7pm
Friday      9am-7pm
Saturday   9am-7pm
Sunday     11am-5pm
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HUNTERS ...The Ultimate Fire Starter

With hunting under way we have received another shipment of this ultimate fire starter. Why would you ever go into the wilderness without a surefire (pun intended) way of starting a fire.

This is by far the best fire starter I have ever used.  Get one of these starters and add it to your survival pack today. It will make a great addition to your summer camping and hiking gear as well.

First Aid Headquarters
 
We have the most comprehensive first aid / tactical care equipment in stock within 100 miles. Regardless if you are a wood cutter or participate in shooting activities, trauma equipment is an important safety consideration. 
 
Come in and take a look at a new bag we are stocking to allow you to configure a larger selection of Trauma gear than the individual first aid pouches many of you have.

These new bags have some great features allowing you the greatest configuration options. See below: 
  • Three fold-out compartments with zippered closure
  • One open pocket
  • Adjustable & removable shoulder strap
  • Web carrying handle
  • Modular attachment strap

Stop in soon to look at our selection of first aid kits, tourniquets, bandages etc... 
 
Once Fired Polished Brass  

For all you reloaders we now have once fired polished brass available and in stock. All this brass was recovered from shooting sessions with security teams that fired new ammo. After finishing shooting and before we opened the shooting bay to the public, we collected the once fired brass. This brass was then polished and packaged for sale.

If you are a reloader, don't miss this opportunity to get some once fired, polished brass at a great price.

Finally Our Gun Inventory Is Growing

We have been lucky enough to pick up a few very high demand handguns, the all new S&W M&P 9 Shield Plus, Ruger Max 9 and S&W .380 EZ shields.

Please don't call us about specific guns as our stock changes every day.
Did You Know?

According to a Facebook item, Montana has the highest percentage of residents with gun ownership at 66.3%. Following are Wyoming, Alaska and fourth is Idaho at 60.1%.

Consignment Corner

Can you say Consignment guns? WOW do we have a selection. We have over 45 consignment guns offering a great selection of both rifles and handguns.

We have the largest selection of revolvers we have had in consignment corner for as long as I can remember.
Transfers - Info on our Transfer Policy
  •  We do not accept ANY transfers without an FFL.
  • Recipient must be an Idaho resident.
  • Transfer fees are $30 per firearm.
  • At the time of firearm pickup we will waive the transfer fee if you purchase $60 worth of merchandise in the retail area.
  • Transfers must have FFL and contact info for recipient.
  • Transfers will only be released to recipient listed.
  • We do not accept transfers of NFA firearms (Silencers Only).
  • Transfer fee for silencers NOT purchased through Silencer Shop is $125.
Member FUN Shoot
5-6:30pm

Oct 6
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Sept 18
New Series
Oct 16
Nov 20
Dec 18

Dec 18
  The Women Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month
4:45-7pm
$10

Oct 12
Nov 9
Bullseye League meets every Thursday at 4:45 and 6 pm.  If anyone is interested in shooting Bullseye, we would be happy to have you join our league. It's costs $7 to shoot for the evening and you need 65 rounds of ammunition. The second and fourth Thursday of each month, we shoot the national match course at 50 feet. The third and fifth Thursday of each month, we shoot at 75 feet. The first Thursday of each month, we have a fun shoot. On even-numbered months, we shoot a Centerfire pistol at 50 feet using the 75 foot Target. Makes for some really interesting competition. On the first Thursday of odd numbered months, we shoot the Jack McElroy Bastard Aggregate. For this competition we shoot 30 rounds of rimfire and 30 rounds of centerfire at 75 ft. We then add both scores together for a possible 600 point match. So please come join us for some great competition and camaraderie. We love to have new shooters join our group and hope to see you there.

IDPA meets the 1st and 2nd Sunday of every month from 7:30-11am. Everyone's welcome. Come watch and learn or participate. Newcomers always welcome. $10

GSSF Glock Matches:The 3rd Saturday of every month. Shoot in 2 of 3 matches in a series and be eligible to win a Glock pistol. Yes, Center Target Sports gives away a Glock every 3 months! Call the range for more details. We were just voted the Best Range in the USA for 2020 by GSSF!!!

WOMEN of CALIBER: Our "Women of Caliber" group meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month 4:45-7pm.
Please bring eye and ear protection as well as photo ID. Dummy rounds for your specific caliber are also recommended along with 2-3 magazines if using your own firearm.  If needed, CTS will loan you a handgun free of charge with purchase of their ammo.
Everyone is welcome to attend the educational portion of the meeting from 5-6, however due to the growing number of ladies attending, we do not have enough mentors to work with new shooters. A basic pistol course is required to attend the shooting portion. Exceptions need to be discussed with Darla.
**Center Target would like to thank Darla for all the work and time she puts into WOC. She volunteers her time to help women become comfortable with firearms and we really appreciate it!

Oct: Practice techniques of drawing from a holster
Nov: Benefits of using MantisX training tool on your handgun
Basic Carbine
Oct 17

Basic Carbine is the class that teaches the proper manipulation and function of the carbine for defense. This is an 6 hour course limited to 10 students. This course is designed to introduce students to the rifle and develop safe essential rifle skills. You will learn the short and medium range applications which are encountered by Law Enforcement/Military personnel in an urban/rural environment. 

This course covers: ammunition selection, ballistics, loading, unloading and malfunctions, positions and aiming, marksmanship fundamentals, cover and concealment. 
  
This course is required if you wish to take the Advanced Carbine class offered once a year in the summer at Fernan Rod and Gun Club.
Comprehensive Handgun (4 days)
October 12-15

So many of you have said that 5 days off of work was too much. So we have consolidated the course to 4 days.  

We have not cut anything out of the class. I have just adjusted the presentation. I have learned a lot about this class since I wrote it many years ago and this new format will allow me to adjust accordingly. This class is for everyone except the true beginner.

We will still see improvements like in the pic to the right. The target on the left is Student A on day one and the target on the right is the same student Day 4.

Register early as this class will fill.

CTS will NOT be supplying ammo for this course. The student must bring all 1500 rds.
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AR Armorer Course (2 days)
October 22 & 23

If you have ever wanted to learn about the AR weapons system this is the class for you! In two days of comprehensive in depth assembly and disassembly every part will be removed and explained.
 
 This class will teach you what you need to know about building and or modifying the AR.
 
On day one you will build the rifle from parts provided to you in a ziplock bag. That's right... every rifle component will be placed in ziplock bags and you will assemble and function test the rifle. 
 
Over the two day class we will cover assembly/disassembly, function, fit, operation, and troubleshooting just to mention a few topics. Sign up today as this class is limited in size and will sell out.
Gunsmith Corner
 My inspiration runs short when I am embroiled in the hunting season rush. Not only am I a gunsmith but also a sustenance hunter. That said I think I’ll cover some safety concerns that could save your hunt and keep you and your rifle in the field.

First is check the head stamp on your rounds before loading them into the firearm or magazine. I have seen too many times where while hunting in a group ammo got inadvertently mixed up. I know how this is we stand at the tail gate or at the camp table unloading our pockets and weapons while we trade stories. After the lunch break or before going out again we hurry by and grab our ammo. Boxes and loose shells can become mixed and sometime fit in another magazine. I have seen the following 30-06 in a 270, 308 in a 270, 25-06 in a 30-06, 300 win mag in a 300 Norma 264 and 243 inter changed and others. Best case scenario gun is jammed and needs a trip to the gunsmith to get the incorrect round out of the chamber. A big hassle in the middle of a hunt.

Second barrels or entire guns destroyed because a bit of mud got in the muzzle end and created and obstruction and subsequent catastrophic failure. I see it in water fowling shotguns more than rifle but it does happen in both. If you stumble or bump your rifle muzzle into something, even snow, make sure you unload it and make sure the barrel is clear before continuing to hunt with it.

Third be extra careful in knowing your target and where your hunting partners are. Every year we hear of accidental shootings that could and should have been avoided. Don’t carry a gun that is loaded and on safe. Safeties can fail or be accidently disengaged. Load the chamber only when you know you are very close to your quarry and in the final stock. Practice cycling your weapon quietly. Good advice is take your time in a hurry.

In closing I want to wish all hunters and members of the shooting sports an enjoyable fall season. It is a great time to be outdoors whether it’s the trap range, the duck blind or the hunting fields. 

Clint
Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues & Wed 1pm-5pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 1pm-6pm
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Gift and Accessory Idea Cards

If you are having difficulty finding that perfect gift we have created a list of gift ideas based on the firearm type that your recipient may own. 

For example, we have compiled a list of items that would be appropriate to a pistol owner, a rifle owner, etc...

Come in today and get a Gift Idea List Card. You and your special person will be glad you did.
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Upcoming Class Schedule

ID Enhanced CCW - Oct 3, 6, 9, 20
Youth Firearms Safety - Oct 30
Basic Pistol - Oct 2, 4, 10, 16, 19, 23, 25, 31
Basic Pistol 2 - Oct 11, 30
Basic Pistol 2 (re-takes only) - Oct 11, 26
Comprehensive Handgun (4 days) - Oct 12-15
Defensive Handgun 1- Oct 24
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Oct 31
Intro to Carbine - Oct 9
Basic Carbine - Oct 17
AR Armorer Course (2 days) - Oct 22 & 23

We offer HR 218 quals every other Friday at 9am. Call the range for the next date and to sign up. Oct dates: Oct 15, Oct 29. Call 208-773-2331.

Owner Orientation Classes:  
Owner Orientation classes are the free one hour class you receive when you purchase a gun at Center Target Sports. Just bring your receipt and show up. If you want to take the class and didn't buy your gun from us, the class is $40 and everyone's welcome. All Owner Orientation classes at 3:30pm unless otherwise noted.
Ruger - Oct 7
Springfield - Oct 21
Shotgun - Oct 28
1911 - Oct 5
AR - Oct 20
Revolver - Oct 27
S&W semi-auto - Oct 19
Sig - Oct 13
Glock - Oct 6
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
Oct 14, 26
This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip
Keeping Our Children Safe!
With winter just around the corner many of you have asked for some tips on keeping your children safe. This month I thought I would cover some of the more common tips on child safety in general and some specific to the Internet.

GENERAL SAFETY TIPS

  1. Don't let your child wear clothing with his or her name on it. A child will tend to pay attention to anyone calling him or her by name.
  2. Take photos of your child two or three times per year, including profile shots.
  3. Decide on a CODE word that only you and your child know. This is a word that your child will be waiting for if you ever send someone to pick them up. This is a word that will allow your child to know that the person can be trusted.
  4. Do not leave a child unattended while shopping, visiting with neighbors or friends, or running errands. Under no circumstances should you leave a child alone in a car or truck.
  5. Make sure your child always checks with you before going anywhere with anyone.
  6. Make sure your child learns his or her address and phone number at an early age. A second phone number of a friend or relative is also helpful.
  7. If your child is a latch-key child, make sure that he or she knows to keep all doors and windows locked, never let anyone know that he or she is alone, and never let anyone in the house, not even someone claiming to be a police officer or from the fire department. Those kinds of professionals know to forcibly enter in case of an emergency.
  8. Have your child fingerprinted. Watch for the ID-A-Kid program advertised in the paper. It is often available during the Kootenai County Fair sponsored by local law enforcement.
  9. Know whether your child is left or right handed.
  10. Keep a photo and written record of all birthmarks, scars and identifying features, like moles or freckles.
  11. Keep a growth chart of your child; know his or her height.
  12. Make sure your child knows to scream and run if approached in an alarming way by anyone. Your child should be taught to ALWAYS tell you immediately if he or she is approached by a stranger who asks for help, offers candy/gifts, or frightens him/her in anyway. Your child should know to make you aware of anytime he or she feels uncomfortable with ANYONE.

WHAT TO DO IF YOUR CHILD DISAPPEARS

Try to remain calm. Call 911. Don't hesitate to call if you know in your heart they are missing. The quicker law enforcement gets involved the better. If your child turns up in the mean time, No harm No Foul.
Call your child's friends and anyone you think they may be with.
 
WAYS TO HELP PROTECT YOUR CHILD WHILE HE OR SHE IS ON THE INTERNET
Personal supervision is the best way to protect your child while he or she is online. For those times when personal supervision is not possible the following rules are suggested:
  1. Make it a condition of use that your child must always ask your permission before using the Internet.
  2. Teach your child to never give out personal information online including pictures of anyone. Other personal information that should never be given out online includes real names, age, race, address, city, telephone number(s), names or location of his or her school (including the name of the school's teams), family income, names of friends, passwords, credit card information. Information you send or receive over the Internet is NOT private.
  3. If possible, position the computer monitor so that it can be seen from the doorway. Or you may consider only allowing Internet access from a computer located in a shared area of the house rather than one in a bedroom. 
  4. Be SURE that your child understands that he or she should NEVER enter chat areas or have private chats without your permission.
  5. Your child should be taught that if someone says or does something that frightens him or her, he or she should not respond to that person, but tell you right away. Your child should know to make you aware of anytime he or she feels uncomfortable with ANYONE.
  6. An absolute must is that your child should NEVER arrange a face to face meeting with anyone he or she meets online.
  7. Be sure that everyone in your household knows not to open e-mail from anyone he or she doesn't know. Parents should always be shown any such e-mail.
  8. Remember that people are not always whom they claim or appear to be...sometimes adults pretend to be children.
Using software programs that filter or block access to certain web-sites are not sufficient. Ultimately it's up to you to supervise your child's Internet use. Be sure to find out about the safety measures that are used anywhere your child has Internet access.
 
A quick word on teenagers. Provide your teenagers with an easy way out. What I mean here is, provide them with a way to do the right thing and save face among their peers. For example, if they are at a party and don't feel comfortable with the situation they are in, they could say "it's 9pm and I HAVE to call my mom to check in". They call and then can say "My MOM wants me home now". They get to do the right thing and remain cool with their peers. You have to do your part here as it needs to be no questions asked. If they want to explain they will.
 
All the safety tips in the world are not going to keep anyone completely safe. At best they are presented here to inspire thought, action and dialog between you and your family members. It is the constant watchful eye of the parent and those responsible members of our community that will have the biggest impact on our children's safety.

Remember....Be Safe... Ed

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