Maryland Online Firearm Training

Welcome to American Firearms Training, your Maryland firearms training specialists.  Our innovative, fun, and professional course, Introduction to Pistol Safety will give you all the pistol safety knowledge you need to safely handle and manipulate a firearm.  The best part, the class is free!  That's right, at American Firearms Training, we believe so strongly in spreading the word about pistol safety that we are offering the class free of charge to anyone that wants to learn.

Unfortunately at this time, due to Maryland legislation, code, American Firearms Training does not qualify as a training provider for a Concealed Carry Weapon Permit in the State of Maryland. Training and Qualification in the Use of Handguns.
The Secretary, before issuing a handgun permit in accordance with Article 27, §36E(i), Annotated Code of Maryland, shall require an applicant for the permit to be approved by a "qualified handgun instructor". This approval shall certify and constitute evidence that the applicant is trained and qualified in the use of handguns, and shall be made upon completion by the applicant of a course conducted by the qualified handgun instructor. This course shall include the following as minimum curriculum:

A. Lecture on Safety. A minimum of 1 hour discussing and demonstrating safety with the handgun on the range, off the range, at home, transporting, and while on duty. Safety shall be given priority over all other aspects of training and should be integrated into every phase of the training.

B. Training Regarding Legal Responsibilities. A minimum of 1 hour instruction on when a person has the legal right to use the weapons.

C. A minimum of 6 hours of training in nomenclature, maintenance, sight alignment, position shooting, dry-firing and range practice and qualification shall be given. Participants shall use either a .38 caliber revolver with a minimum 2-inch and a maximum 6-inch barrel or a 9 MM pistol. A qualifying score of 70 percent shall be fired on a practical police course. An applicant may not be required to fire in excess of 25 yards during qualification.

D. In the discretion of the Secretary, applicants who were formerly law enforcement officers, military personnel trained in the use of handguns, or members of accredited gun clubs who are approved by a qualified instructor may be issued permits without completing the course described above.

Introduction to Pistol Safety is taught by a State Certified Law Enforcement Instructor and takes about 90 minutes to complete. The course is made up of 6 video sections, each of which is followed by a short quiz, and a final exam. You may take the course as many times as you would like.

If you would like to see American Firearms Training as a viable training option in your state, please contact your local Congress representative. For a list of Maryland districts and representatives, please visit

NOTE: The State of Maryland is a "May Issue" state, meaning, an applicant must have a justifiable reason to qualify for a concealed carry permit.

If you have questions about our course, feel free to email us at or call the helpline at (540) 288-4262. A member of our staff will be available to help you or will return your call as soon as possible.