Basic Handguns For New Shooters

This class is will discuss firearm safety, parts of a handgun, and basic shooting techniques.  The instructor will teach the 4 universal safety rules.  Participants will get hands-on experience with the handgun, learning how to load and unload ammunition. Shooting practice will take place on a range with live ammunition, with the instructor guiding students on proper shooting technique, body positioning, and proper grip.

The class shall also cover essential legal issues for owning and carrying handguns, such as state and federal laws, concealed carry permits, and public carry prohibitions. Some classes may allow students to bring their own weapon or rent one from the instructor.  students with the knowledge and experience necessary to safely and confidently handle a handgun.

Handgun Qualification License

The Handgun Qualification License (HQL) class in Maryland is a mandatory training program that must be completed by individuals seeking to purchase a handgun. The course covers firearm safety, proper handling, storage, and use of handguns. The class includes both classroom instruction and a practical shooting evaluation. In addition to the training, applicants must also pass a background check and fingerprinting process to obtain the HQL license. The HQL class is designed to promote responsible gun ownership and reduce the number of accidental firearm injuries and deaths in Maryland.

Conceal Carry and Home Defense

A comprehensive conceal carry and home defense class designed to give my students the skills and knowledge necessary to protect themselves and their loved ones.  The class begins with an overview of firearm safety rules, followed by a discussion of the legal and ethical responsibilities of firearm ownership. The instructor will also provide a thorough introduction to different types of firearms, ammunition, and accessories, as well as an in-depth discussion of situational awareness and conflict resolution.  Then, we move on to practical shooting drills and techniques, including proper stance, grip, and trigger pull.  In addition to shooting, I also teach my students techniques for de-escalation and avoidance of confrontations and diffuse situations before they become violent.  An important section of the class focuses on home defense, covering topics such as securing your home, creating a family emergency plan, and responding to home invasions.  Overall, my conceal carry and home defense class is designed to give my students the skills, knowledge, and confidence to protect themselves and their loved ones in any situation.

Countering A Mass Shooting

The class will focus on the following topics:

Situation Awareness: Participants learn how to identify potential threats in a given environment, including suspicious behavior, objects, and sounds.

Active Shooter Mindset: This part of the class helps students understand how a shooter might operate and what motivates them.

Response Strategies: The course covers options for responding to an active shooter, such as lockdown, evacuating, or actively engaging the shooter.

First Aid Techniques: In case of injuries, the class teaches how to provide first-aid in a dynamic and potentially chaotic environment.

Team Dynamics: Participants learn how to work with others to minimize the risk, communicate effectively, and make quick decisions under pressure.

Overall, the class would emphasize quick and decisive action as well as preparation, such as establishing protocols, rehearsing scenarios, and keeping updated in regards to risks and methods of prevention.

Private classes

The private firearm class would be tailored to the individual's specific needs and requirements. Before the class begins, a consultation would be conducted with the individual to assess their level of experience, goals, and needs. The training can consist of the class training listed above for a private group or individual.  It will hands-on and interactive, with shooting exercises and scenarios that are relevant to their specific needs.

The private firearm class would be taught by a licensed instructor that can provide personalized guidance and support to the individual, and would regularly evaluate their progress to ensure they are meeting their goals.  At the end of the class, the individual would receive a certificate of completion and a personalized training plan, outlining the skills and techniques they learned in the class and providing 

recommendations for future training. The class would be designed to empower the individual with the knowledge and skills to handle firearms safely and effectively, and to meet their specific needs and goals.

Student equipment requirements needed for class

- Eye protection, ear protection and baseball         type cap.

- Heavy-duty leather or nylon pants belt.

- Outside waist band holster - belt loop or      paddle.

- Magazine carriers / pouch for at least (2) magazines - belt loop or paddle is acceptable.

- Semi-automatic pistol with at least 3 magazines.

- Long pants or shorts worn to waist and shirts with sleeves.  

- Closed toe rubber sole shoes.

- Handgun cleaning kit with appropriate materials and accessories for the caliber of your handgun.

- 200 rounds of factory new ammunition. (16-hour program)

- 150 rounds of factory new ammunition. (8-hour program)

- (Ammunition is available for purchase upon request.)

- Do NOT bring additional people not registered for the class in advance or people.  No animals.

Equipment specifications for class

- Handgun at least 9mm up to a 45mm.

- Handgun must be from a reputable manufacturer.

- Firearms not used or cleaned in over a year, or are considered unsafe cannot be used.

- All firearms used must be approved before the class.  If your handgun does not meet our training requirements, we will provide a loaner handgun for you to use at no extra cost.

- Mounted Optic / Red Dot Sights on handguns are acceptable.

- Call us if you have any questions about the eligibility of the handgun.

- If you do not own a handgun, we will provide a loaner handgun for you to use at no additional cost.

- No inside-the-pants holsters, shoulder holsters, cross-draw holsters, fanny packs or ankle holsters will be allowed in class!

Cancellation Policy

Requests for cancellation or reschedule received up to, but not including, 3-business days prior to the class start date will have 25% of the class fee withheld to cover administrative and processing fees.

Requests received between 72 and 24-hours of the class start date  (weekends excluded) will be assessed 50% of the class fee. The balance of the class fee can ONLY be transferred to another course. No Refunds will be issued.

Requests received within 24-hours of class start date (or if the student “No-Shows” for any day or shows up 20 minutes late) will be assessed 100% of the class fee. Please arrive PRIOR to the start time and be in your seat by the start time of the course.  No Refunds or Reschedules will be made.  You must pay the FULL cost to attend the next scheduled course.

All registrations placed within 3-days of a class start date are not eligible for transfer or refund. All requests to cancel or reschedule MUST be made IN-WRITING (verbal requests will NOT be honored) and sent to the following email address: (Change the email address to this.)

We CANNOT release Certificates of Completion until all fees have been paid IN FULL (this INCLUDES any reschedule fees due).

When rescheduling, space and availability of the class is NOT guaranteed. We will accept registrations until 3:00 PM (EST) the DAY BEFORE the class start date provided there is space available.

Open enrollment training courses are held based on sufficient enrollment. MDFAT will do its best to hold scheduled training courses, however, no guarantee of any kind is made that any training course will be conducted as scheduled. If we cancel a class, students will be given the option of a refund or transferring to the next available course date(s) at no additional charge.