Yes. This class is designed for the person who is unfamiliar with guns.

No. Female students account for 40% to 60% of every class.

Yes. The lessons and techniques we teach apply to everyone for every situation.

Yes, A Ruger Mark IV .22 is provided. After you have completed the HQL Course, we suggest you go to a shooting range that has a selection of 60 or 70 types of handguns so you can try as many as you like to find the “perfect” gun for you.

No, our handgun classes are geared towards the typical handgun owned by most people. The length of the AR-15 type pistol does not allow for a safe environment for all students with the drills we teach.

They usually range from 10 to 20. Classes have a maximum ratio of one instructor for every ten students. All classes are highly supervised. We have a cadre of 5 Certified Instructors. On the range we will be 1 on 1.

A parent or guardian is required to take the class along with a child under the age of 18. We ask you, the parent, “Do you feel comfortable with the child next to you with a loaded gun?” If you have any doubts, wait a couple of years. Children are actually easier to teach than adults, because when we tell a child to do something, they do it. Adults ask, “Why?”

Our HQL Course and NRA Basics of Pistol meets the requirements in Maryland.

The HQL is good for 10 years. You will use your HQL to purchase handguns only until your card’s expiration date. The HQL must be renewed every 10 years and is good for handgun and purchases.

You will be at an outdoor range for part of the course with gravel and dirt walk areas. Wear comfortable flat shoes, pants, short-sleeve or tee shirts. Wear or bring layers as the weather can change from morning to afternoon. No camouflage pants or shirts are permitted.

A hat and sunblock is recommended during warm weather. If you have sunglasses or prescription glasses, bring them. If you have ear protection, bring it. If not, we will provide eye and ear protection at no additional charge. You should bring a lunch. The lunch break is one hour, and may be eliminated if your class is small and finishes sooner than a large class would.

When you are ready to register for a class, visit our Classes page and enroll in the class you would like to take. When filling out the form you will be directed to pay online to reserve your seat. 

You must contact us 24 hours before the class if you can’t make it and we will apply your deposit to a class that suits your schedule. If you do not cancel 24 hours prior to class, you are subject to losing your deposit/pre-payment. No refunds are given.

The ranges are outdoors. Heavy rain may cancel class due to unsafe conditions on the road or the range. Unless notified the night before, classes will be held as scheduled.

Please scroll through the section entitled “Classes” which will give you information on all of the classes offered to the general public. Classes cover handgun (revolver and semi-automatic), Private instruction is also available, please contact us with your inquiries.

Yes. Our insurance carrier insists that everyone start with the basic class. We will fine tune your techniques – you may have developed some bad habits watching John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and Mel Gibson. Take heart, the class starts with the basic’s but quickly gathers speed. In the combat portion of the class, you will be doing rapid fire (double taps and triple taps) and multi-target drills.

No, because you need other equipment in addition to your handgun for these classes. The training is specialized to make you and your gun a team. Some people do not want to buy a holster because they think they will never use it again. If you are out in the wilderness or a natural disaster occurs, you will be carrying a gun on your hip because law enforcement may not be available for an extended period of time.

No steel core, steel jacketed or tracer ammunition is allowed in class. Copper washed or full metal jackets are acceptable.