Newsletter - November 2021 Newsletter
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Newsletter  November 2021

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A Few Words From Ed

The holidays are around the corner....Are You Ready?
As we approach this Thanksgiving season I can't help but reflect back on how lucky we have been this year. Peggy and I just celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary and along with our entire staff have so much to be thankful for. A special thanks to all our members and patrons who continue to spread the good word about our facility. Our most recent survey has clearly shown that most new shooters to CTS are referred to us by your word of mouth. We can't express enough, our gratitude to all of you for your referrals. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!
The winter months are our busiest.  We are trying to manage our lanes and classes as best we can to make our lanes as available as possible. Will there be some delays from time to time? Like every other aspect of life, yes, probably, but the frequency should be reduced. Remember also that members can reserve lanes. We have scheduled our class offerings for Nov and Dec, and the classes are already filling up. As always you can repeat any class completed forever for free. 
I would like to thank my entire staff of instructors. Everyone knows what a great job these dedicated instructors do here at CTS. It is because of their passion, expertise and commitment to providing the best possible training available anywhere in the Northwest.
Our classes are continuing to sell out so don't wait till the last minute to register so you can be sure to get the date that best works for your schedule. We will be offering some new programs this year and I believe we will be starting in the next few weeks to create new ways for you to enjoy your membership.

Gearing up for our busy season we continue to seek an additional team member or two. If you have a CCW permit and are looking to become part of an amazing team and can commit to 20-30 hours a week please contact [email protected]

This time of year always seems to bring with it injuries such as falls, smashed fingers, bumps and bruises etc... Luckily most of these injuries are minor but this is a great time for me to remind you to be prepared for all types of injuries. All of you wood cutters should have a first aid kit that includes a tourniquet with you when using those chainsaws and driving the back country. Don't forget to check out all your tools and equipment before you use them after they have been stored. This goes way beyond the lawnmowers and garden tillers. How about your ladders, saws, clippers etc? 

A little safety inspection may allow that first aid kit to go untouched all year. Untouched that is after you also take the time to assess the contents now, long before it is needed. Look for expired medicines or ointments, the condition and quantities of bandages etc... If you are looking for high quality and hard to find first aid supplies, take a look at our first aid section of supplies.
Deb continues to surprise me with her ability to find helpful, practical and unique products for our retail area and to make your shooting more enjoyable.

Be Safe...ed

Notes from Peggy:

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

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.

We have ammo!

Selling out the door!
9mm, .223 / 5.56 and 12GA
FINALLY! G9 .380 Defensive Ammo

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

We are happy to announce that we are now renting 9mm, .223, .22LR, .45, 10mm, and  .40S&W firearms (Subject to change based on ammo availability) and 12GA.

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, 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. Those renting 9mm can shoot up to 5 boxes.

Thanks for understanding. We'll continue to rent while supplies last.
We are also renting 9mm machine guns again!
Come in and make some noise!
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The importance of showing up for the classes you sign up for.

I would like to take a moment and explain how important it is to show up for classes when you are scheduled. Of course I know life gets in the way sometimes, especially when you register for a class three months in advance. Realizing this we have always provided the opportunity for the student to call in at least 48 hrs in advance to reschedule for another class. This policy is necessary and for the most part it works out very well.

However, some students have taken advantage of this and I believe it may surprise you to know that we have a few students that have called and cancelled a class eight or ten times. This really puts a burden on the program and the instructors. It also cheats a student out of a class seat as the class is taught with an open seat that could have been occupied. I have instructed the staff to notify those students who continue to cancel class after class that they will have to attend their next scheduled class or forfeit the opportunity to take the class again.
Our Current Hours Are: 
Monday   CLOSED
Tuesday    11am-5pm
Wednesday 11am-5pm
Thursday   9am-7pm
Friday      9am-7pm
Saturday   9am-7pm
Sunday     11am-5pm
Remember Find Great Savings!

20% off Flash Sales every Wednesday!

Specific Items Posted on Facebook every Wed. morning!
Featured Products:

Shotguns In Stock! Finally we have Home Defense 410GA pump action shotguns in stock. It has been over a year since we have had any home defense 410GA shotguns. These guns will not last long.

We are excited to have 9MM, .40, and .380 G9 ammo for sale out the door. We are expecting G9 10MM – COMING SOON

Grip Master  Now Back In Stock
 I have seen the results of the Grip Master first hand in many students. If you are having issues with maintaining a firm grip on your firearm or perhaps experience some finger weakness after long shooting sessions, the Grip Master will help.
  • Pocket size gym strengthens fingers, hands, wrists and forearms
  • Individual spring-loaded buttons for each finger
  • Ergonomic palm bar adds to comfort
  • Fits both left and right hand
  • Models are color-coded for tension settings-Blue - 5 pounds per finger, Red - 7 pounds per finger, Black - 9 pounds per finger

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.

Black Friday Sale!
Watch for Email Blast later this month!
Did You Know?

Per the National Shooting Sports Foundation, the total ammunition produced for the U.S. Market over the past four years follows --
    A.  2017 – 8.1 billion rounds
    B.  2018 – 8.7 billion rounds
    C.  2019 – 9.0 billion rounds, broken out as follows:
        1) 5 billion rim fire rounds
        2) 4 billion center fire rounds
   D. 2020 – 10.0 billion rounds

On May 3rd, 2021 the NSSF published a report stating the estimated ammunition production in the U.S. for the non-military market will be at least 12 billion rounds by the end of 2021.

As a reference point: The U.S. Military’s capacity to produce small army ammunition is 1.6 billion rounds per year, 99% of which comes from the Lake City Army Ammunition Plant (LCAAP) in Independence, Missouri. All LCAAP’s production is center fire ammunition.

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. We do take person to person transfers.
  • 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

Nov 16
9AM - 1PM
 Every 3rd Saturday

Nov 20
Dec 18

  The Women Of Caliber
Shooting Club

2nd Tuesday of every month

Nov 9
no meetings in Dec or Jan

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!

Nov: Benefits of using MantisX training tool on your handgun
No meetings in Dec or Jan
Terminal Ballistics -Nov. 21

If we piqued your interest about gunshot trauma in our CCW or defensive classes, you won't want to miss the "how the trauma is caused" class we call Terminal Ballistics. 

This is the class that will put to rest all the myths of stopping power, knockdown power and dispel much of what we see on TV and in the movies.
This class is based on fact and science as well as testing by men and woman a lot smarter than me. 

However, I have studied terminal ballistics for over 30 years and have been fortunate enough to surround myself with people who live this terminal ballistic life as a profession. This is a class you will not want to miss.  

We will also cover the new G9 shaped projectiles and their impact on our industry.
Home Defense Shotgun-Nov. 5
If you incorporate a shotgun in your home defense plan...this is the class for you. This new format is appropriate for people of all ages and physical abilities.
Topics of instruction include shotgun safety and responsibility, recoil control, marksmanship skill development, shooting positions, target engagements, threat assessment, and shotgun modifications/accessories.

In addition to learning the shotguns attributes, this course will teach you the shotgun's limitations. The student will be introduced to Close Range Engagement Techniques (CRET), reality based scenarios, and 360 degree coverage.

A combination of lecture, demonstrations, and live fire exercises will be used to teach the proper deployment of the shotgun from point blank to distances out to 25 yards.
All instruction materials, range time, and targets are provided by Center Target Sports.

Students must provide the following:
eye and ear protection
Semi-auto or pump action shotgun
Weapons mounted Flashlight(optional)
25 rounds of birdshot
10 rounds of 00 buckshot (low recoil loads recommended)
    5 Slug rounds

Kubotan-Nov. 10 and Dec. 30 (am)

Become familiar with the use of one of the most street-proven and universally legal self-defense tools, the KUBOTAN. You will also learn the benefits of the fighting pen and flashlight in your defense.

The course includes: escape from headlock, full nelson, and all manner of choke-holds and to execute take downs, wrist locks etc...strikes using Yawara techniques, key slashes, reinforced fist-techniques, follow escalation of force pattern from deterrence to control holds to stunning strikes, debilitating strikes and lethal strike and follow-ups for situations where lethal force is justifiable in self defense. Student will be issued a Kubotan and student training manual.

This Class Is Appropriate For Any Fitness Level
Concealed Carry Street Survival Skills - Dec. 11


Back by popular demand...
This course was developed to introduce our students to the appropriate response to a surprise attack.
This class teaches students to use the body's natural FLINCH response to their advantage. Natural flinch body posturing will be the initiation position for many of the techniques presented in this course.
Even the best prepared or situational aware person is subject to a surprise attack. This class will teach you to win that fight!
  • Safe Gun Handling
  • Body's Natural Flinch Reaction
  • Counter Ambush Techniques
  • 360 degree Movement/Shooting
  • Threat Interaction
  • Less than Lethal Force options
  • Use of Lethal Force Options
  • Post Incident Actions and Responsibilities
  • Live Fire Exercises
Required Equipment:
  • Handgun with 2 Mags or Speed Loaders
  • 150 Rounds of Ammo
  • STRONG side holster
  • Eye and Eye Protection
  • Billed Baseball Cap (Optional)
  • Cover Garment (Optional)
Gunsmith Corner
The air is cool and damp, leaves are turning and my knees tell me winter is near. So what does this mean to firearms enthusiasts? Well first off guns are made of metal even in these days of polymer frames slides, barrels and internal parts are predominately metal. As the temperature drops metal absorbs moisture into is pores. As the metal gets warmer the moisture sweats out onto the surface and can form metal oxides, commonly called rust. Depending upon the specific alloy and the level of maintenance this corrosion can occur in only hours and certainly days.

There are ways to mitigate the effects. The best example of this condensation effect is the wet surface on the water line feeding the toilet.

If you are hunting out of a camp or shooting outdoors, place your firearm where it is not exposed to direct moisture when you are not using it. However don’t put it next to the fire or the heater. At my hunting camp in Wyoming we had a separate small tent with no stove to keep our rifle out of the rain and snow but not causing a warming and cooling cycle. I shoot trap at a range that has racks on the club house porch for shotguns between rounds for the same reason.

Don’t use a heavy lubricant that can thicken or even freeze when preparing your firearms for outside use. Years back I actually tried a new product that was advertised as not weather sensitive. I carried a 1911 lubricated with the said product on an outdoor trip in zero degree weather. When I drew the weapon for some target practice. It was frozen solid. I couldn’t even rack the slide. Test your lube by putting a small amount in a small container in your freezer overnight and then check the viscosity. When lubricating your fire arm for an outdoor adventure use oil and especially grease very sparingly.

When returning from an outdoor shooting event, allow the guns to warm to room temperature gradually with circulating air. Then field strip and clean and oil all surfaces. When spring approaches it might not be a bad idea to bring your cold weather firearms in to be deep cleaned.

In closing let me say that while cold weather can present it’s own challenges to shooters and hunters, it is also a great time to observe bullet wakes. Having grown up in Wyoming I always enjoyed shooting over open expanses of snow. It changes everything when the world is white.

Remember; shoot safe, shoot often, and introduce a new shooter to the sport.

Hours for our Gunsmith Dept are Tues & Wed 1pm-5pm
Thurs, Fri, Sat 1pm-6pm
Think Gift Certificates for any occasion!

or Just Because!

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.
Members Only
"Deal of the Month" for November
NO Limit On Rockwell 9mm 50rd count Ammo
Upcoming Class Schedule

ID Enhanced CCW - Nov 7, 16, 20, Dec 4, 12
Youth Firearms Safety - Nov 23, Dec 28
Basic Pistol - Nov 6, 8, 13, 14, 30, Dec 3, 5, 8, 13, 18, 20
Basic Pistol 2 - Nov 10, 15, Dec 15
Basic Pistol 2 (re-takes only) - Nov 15, 23, Dec 15
Intro to Carbine - Dec 20
Defensive Handgun - Dec 5
Defensive Handgun 1 (re-takes only) - Nov 21
Concealed Carry Street Survival Skills - Dec 11
Kubotan - Nov 10, Dec 30
Non lethal practice session - Nov 17

We offer HR 218 quals every other Friday at 9am. Call the range for the next date and to sign up. Nov dates: Nov 12, Nov 26. 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 - Nov 10, Dec 7
Springfield - Nov 23, Dec 16
Shotgun - Nov 19, Dec 15
1911 - Nov 3, Dec 2
AR - Nov 18, Dec 14
Revolver - Nov 12, Dec 8
S&W semi-auto - Nov 17, Dec 10
Sig - Nov 11, Dec 1
Glock - Nov 4, Dec 3
"All Others"- Taurus, Bersa, Beretta, Kel-tec, Walther, Kahr, CZ, Lionheart -
Nov 16, 30, Dec 9, 21
This Month's Shooting/Safety Tip


Since we are offering a Home Defense Shotgun class this month I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to re-print this article.

Home defense is often cited by many of our guests as the reason they are considering a firearm purchase. Often suggested but I fear seldom understood is the shotgun. Like so many aspects in firearms as defensive alternatives, shotguns are shrouded by so many wives tales and miss information. I believe a shotgun offers the shooter significant advantages that I will share with you here.
These advantages include: affordability, ease of use, trauma causing ability, and even the ability to win the fight without a single shot being fired (however don't count on it).
There are no perfect firearms for everyone's needs. Every firearm has its own set of pros and cons that must be considered. Considering that most home defense gun encounters will be very close range situations, the shotgun takes first place on my list of home defense options.
Shotguns come in either single-or double-barrel variants and in pump and semi-automatic actions. Double-barreled shotguns have two triggers, one for each barrel. Side-by-side barrels are the most common, while the "over-and-under" variant has one barrel stacked upon another. If you've heard the term "give it to him with both barrels," now you know where that comes from. Most people don't realize this, but double-barrel shotguns do not run perfectly parallel to one another; they are configured so their shot will converge, typically at a distance of 40 yards.
I often hear people say "You Don't Have to Be a Good Shot when It Comes to Shotguns". That is not necessarily the case especially when Personal Defense Ammo is used. I often see Home Defense shotguns in class shoot under 4 inch groups of 00 Buck at 15 yds. That means you can't just point the gun downrange and press the trigger without consideration of the target.
One 12-gauge shotgun shell can discharge nine .33 caliber pellets with a single trigger pull. Considering that a 9mm handgun fires just a single bullet of nearly the same caliber at slower velocities, you would have to aim and fire nine separate times with your handgun and still not have the same trauma result. Plus you'd be giving your adversary extra time to advance on you and take you down.
Another unique benefit inherent to a shotgun is the wide variety of ammunition it can use. Shotgun ammo comes as shot (multiple projectiles per shell) or slugs (one projectile per shell). A typical self-defense load of buckshot contains 8 to 27 large lead pellets, resulting in either a tight or wide spread pattern based upon the range to the target. Shotgun pellets are less likely to penetrate walls and strike innocent bystanders.
Shotguns offer many advantages to the home defender. Like handguns and rifles, shotguns come in various bore sizes. Shotgun barrel diameters are typically measured in terms of gauge, commonly 12, 20 and .410 gauge. Other gauges like 10, 16, and 28 are still available but are much less popular.
The 12 gauge variant is universally the most popular. The barrel has an inside diameter equal to that of a 1/12th pound sphere of lead. A 20 gauge barrel is smaller, equating to the diameter of 1/20th lb. sphere of lead. An exception to the bore standard of measurement is the very popular .410 caliber shotgun.
One downside of a shotgun is the recoil. A variety of factors weigh into the amount of kick a shotgun unleashes. First there is the bore size, followed by the load. If the recoil is a concern, consider using a 20-gauge instead of a 12-gauge. Additionally, semi-automatic shotguns help reduce the recoil but come with higher price tags. No matter which one you choose, be sure to get plenty of practice so you'll be able to comfortably handle your shotgun when your life may be on the line.
Shotguns versus Handguns - a comparison:
  • One of the major advantages of a shotgun is the spread pattern of the shot itself. A shotgun firing at a target of 25 feet will typically have a spread pattern of 8-10 inches in diameter - a vastly broader impact zone than a single bullet, therefore making it easier to hit a target. In a typical home defensive scenario, your aim with a shotgun is more forgiving.
  • Shotguns generally pack more of a punch than a typical handgun.
  • Shotguns make it easier to engage multiple targets.
  • Shotguns are perceived as more dangerous than a handgun which gives the intruder or criminal cause to turn around and run.
  • Pump action shotguns are generally less expensive than a high-quality handgun. Semi-automatic shotguns are more expensive but save reload time.
  • Shotguns are less regulated than handguns or rifles. 
Let's talk about ammo choices. There are two schools of thought regarding what type of shotgun ammo is best for personal defense. Many shotgun enthusiasts believe 00 buckshot loads are the most effective because of their high impact. The other school of thought is going with a less penetrating load with a wider spread, such as #4 load with 27 buckshot pellets.
I'm not a huge fan of the # 4 shot theory. I'm not blind to the benefit of the bigger spread and also the lack of wall penetration often sighted in the #4 discussions. It is in fact the lack of the penetration of the #4 shot that is my concern. We can only shoot another human being to STOP the threat. I'm not sure we have the best potential for stopping the threat with the #4 shot. That is why I am a believer in the 00 Buck in the 12 and 20 gauge guns and the 000 Buck in the .410.
I am a big fan of the .410 gauge home defense shotgun. I'm not talking about your grandpa's .410 gun that he used for dove hunting. I'm talking about a .410 gauge shotgun that is designed specifically for home defense. Don't under estimate the ease of use and the lack of recoil benefits this weapon's platform offers the user. In our advanced shotgun class we even breech doors with the .410 which is often done at the surprise of the shooter. The .410 is a definite option for home defense. That being said, if the 12 or 20 gauge can be safely and effectively used by everyone in the household then I would always consider those calibers first.
For those with fewer budgetary restraints, the semi-automatic shotgun offers such advantages as high rate of fire, high ammo capacity, ease of use, and tactical configuration possibilities.
We can't have this discussion without talking about the "Shotgun Racking Sound Fear Factor". Simply calling out "I have a gun"; and racking a round into your shotgun may be enough to scare off an intruder. However, much of today's criminal element may not be scared off by idle threats. Never count on the fear factor as a method of defense...If it works, be grateful.
Remember....Be Safe... Ed

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