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HQL Course

Self Defense, Training & Education

Maryland Handgun Qualification License Course (HQL)

The Handgun Qualification License Course, following the NRA model of total Participant Involvement, is designed to provide a hands-on introduction to the safe handling and proper orientation of pistols for classes of no more than 10 students. This course is at least four hours long and includes classroom instruction and range time learning to shoot a pistol or revolver. Students will learn the NRA’s rules for safe gun handling; the particular model parts and operation; ammunition; shooting fundamentals; cleaning the pistol; and continued opportunities for skill development. Additionally, students will learn and discuss Maryland law in regards to purchasing, transferring, safe storage and transportation of firearms.


FIRST STEPS pistol course with HQL course


The course will be offered to the first 10 participants who sign up. Course fee is $150 (paid in advance, non-refundable). Fee includes use of classroom, eye protection, ear protection, targets, range time, gun rental and 1 box of ammo. A minimum of 5 students is necessary to hold class. This course qualifies participants to apply for a HQL license, necessary to purchase handguns and regulated firearms in Maryland.



Classes are held the third Saturday and Sunday of each month from 8am till noon. Attendance is required both sessions