Certified Firearms Training

  • Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL)
  • Personalized, 1-on-1 Firearms Training
  • Maryland HQL
  • Maryland Wear and Carry
  • Washington, DC Concealed Carry
  • Utah Concealed Carry
  • Certified as NRA Pistol and Rifle Firearm Instructors
  • Recognized by the Committee for Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (C-TECC)

Firearms Training

Spartan Firearms Training Group Courses

Expert firearms training delivered since 2016 by certified trainers in a professional and safe environment. Courses range from basic to advanced, while always teaching the safe handling of firearms. This includes Maryland CCW training and Maryland handgun permit classes.

The schedule for all courses is found at https://www.spartanfirearmstraininggroup.com/events-calendar/

Maryland HQL Classes (Handgun Qualification License)

 A four hour block of state-of-the-art firearms instruction to help Maryland residents get their handgun qualification license (HQL required to purchase a handgun) with Maryland handgun permit classes for Maryland CCW training.  The curriculum modules are: Module 1: Maryland and Federal Firearms Laws Module 2: Moral and Ethical Obligations of Carrying Concealed Module 3: Firearms Operation and Safety Module 4: Firearm and Ammunition Nomenclature Module 5: Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting  You can read about Maryland CCW training below.

Maryland CCW Training Classes (Wear and Carry)

Nine of the fifty United States required citizens with no criminal history to provide a “good and substantial reason” to obtain a wear and carry permit (also known as a concealed carry permit). Self-defense was not considered a “good and substantial reason.”  The nine states are California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island (for permits issued by the Attorney General’s Office) (February 23, 2022 at How To Navigate CCW Licensing in May Issue States (concealedcoalition.com). In the summer of 2022, the United States Supreme Court  (SCOTUS) ruled that the good and substantial reason for issuing concealed carry permits was unconstitutional.

With this SCOTUS decision, Maryland must now issue a wear and carry permit without requiring a “good and substantial reason” for wanting the permit. Even though the good and substantial reason is unenforceable, applicants for the permit must: 1) complete a 16-hour block of instruction that prepares Maryland citizens to apply for their Maryland Wear and Carry permit; 2) submit live-scan fingerprints; and 3) pass a background check.

Our wear and carry course is a two-day course. The first day is classroom instruction focusing on the following topics:  Module 1–Maryland and Federal Firearms Laws; Module 2–Moral and Ethical Obligations of Carrying Concealed; Module 3–Firearms Operation and Safety; Module 4–Firearm and Ammunition Nomenclature; Module 5–Fundamentals of Pistol Shooting; Module 6–Defensive Pistol Principles; Module 7– Informed Situational Awareness; Module 8–Tips for Carrying Concealed.

Day two is a live-fire range day where customers learn and practice critical firearms handling and marksmanship skills such as sight alignment, grip, trigger press, emergency and tactical reloading, and shooting while moving. Customers are required to bring 200 rounds of ammunition to the range-day, along with eye and ear protection. At the end of the range day there is a Live Fire Qualification course of fire. Customers must pass that course of fire with a score of 70% or higher. Thia course satisfies the Maryland State Police state requirements for a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit original or renewal application.

Utah Wear and Carry Permit

Satisfies the non-resident training requirement to apply for the Utah CCW permit. This permit is considered one of the best CCW permits due to reciprocity with 31 States. This course is bundled with our Maryland HQL course and then we add-on instruction on Utah firearms law at the end of the HQL training.  

Washington, DC Wear and Carry

Our DC training curriculum was approved as of January, 2018, by the Metropolitan Police Security Officers Management Branch. The DC and Maryland training requirements are identical. At the end of the training period, students wanting to apply for their DC concealed carry receive a block of instruction on DC firearms laws. The DC concealed carry application must be submitted directly to their office. Applicants go to the DC office to submit their application, get fingerprinted, and photographed.  

Skill-Development Courses

Intermediate Tactical Pistol Course

Our six-hour Intermediate Pistol Course is for experienced shooters. Aside from our Maryland handgun permit classes this is a course. It is of special interest to those who have a wear and carry permit. The design of the course requires participants to have an intermediate level of skill with firearms manipulation and marksmanship. The course builds on the participants’ beginning skill-level. The training starts with a review of firearms safety rules, firearms manipulation, and marksmanship. The course continues with movement drills, shooting at stationary and moving metal targets, drawing from the holster, and close-quarter drills. Other drills include turn-and-shoot, slicing the pie, weak hand shooting, one-handed shooting, and emergency and tactical reloading. The emphasis will be on the tactical application of firearm skills. Participants may use their personal firearms or use ours. A minimum of 500 rounds of ammunition is required along with a holster, magazine pouch, a strong belt to hold the holster and pouch, and eye and ear protection.  

Private Training

Individual professional training tailored to fit your personal needs. We complete a pre-training interview with you about your firearms experience and skills and then arrange for an hour of training on a live-fire range. On the range, we do a real-time assessment of your current skill-level. Then we tailor our instruction to build on your current skills and to manage or eliminate any issues that we see. We will demonstrate proper grip, breath control, sight alignment, sight picture, stance, and trigger manipulation. You will then have the opportunity to practice what you learned under our careful supervision. Your physical and emotional safety during training is our top priority.

Precision Shooting Course  

The Spartan Firearms Training Group’s long range precision rifle course is uniquely designed to challenge novice to intermediate shooters. Students seeking the ability to reach out to longer distances with consistent accuracy and efficient manipulation of a given weapon system are the ideal customers for this course. Training may include, but is not limited to, rifle setup and equipment familiarization (including customization of rifle to fit each individual shooter, scope leveling and zeroing), fundamentals of marksmanship, basic ballistics, reading wind, range estimation (holds and dialing), alternate firing positions, and developing the ability to construct a ballistic shooting solution for your weapon system and ammunition of choice, at any given range.

Our instructors are some of the best in the region. Many have direct combat experience within the special operations community, involving long range engagements, the highest level of sniper training that U.S. special operations has to offer, multiple years of sniper instructor experience, tested in the setting of long-range competition shooting, law enforcement, and police SWAT experience. This unique blend of experience and expertise, combined with well-maintained facilities, allows us to offer professional and efficient training while maintaining a comfortable relaxed environment.

There will be a brief classroom discussion regarding ballistics, optics, and reticles. This is followed by customizing your firearm platform, including leveling the gun and scope to each individual shooter. Then we will take the gun down to the one-hundred-yard range to zero it, or confirm zero. Lastly, where the fun begins, we’ll move to the distance range and engage targets from 200 to 850 yards!


$425.00 (full price); $200 deposit

Course Requirements

  1. Suppressors for your rifle are REQUIRED to attend this course
  2. Duration 4-5 hours (depending on shooters’ capabilities)
  3. Eye and ear protection
  4. Ammo: 140 rounds (7-twenty round boxes) of the same brand, bullet type, and grain for your firearm. If you can get the ammunition from the same lot, that is preferred but not required.
  5. Ballistic calculator:  There are several available, but we recommend “applied ballistics” or “4dof” which can be found on the App Store. Please download one of these ahead of time. We will input all the specifications during class.
  6. Your long-range gun(s) with a scope that has a distance reticle in MOA or Mildot/MRAD (we prefer that you do not have BDC or straight crosshairs as these are challenging as we add distance past 500 yards). Students must know the reticle of their scope and print off the specifications from the manufacturer’s website, and bring the print-out with them (or let us know ahead of time). Example: https://www.google.com/search?q=vortex+reticle+subtensions&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en-us&client=safari#vhid=F7oD8AkrI4w_7M&vssid=l
  7. Pack a lunch or snacks and water


Between October and May suppressors are REQUIRED to attend this course.  This will be confirmed prior to start of class.

Medical Courses

Emergency Casualty Care

This is a six-hour block of instruction taught by an active duty police officer who is a certified paramedic. The focus is on stopping profuse bleeding from gunshot wounds, stabbings, automobile accidents, among other causes. Special emphasis is placed on the correct application of tourniquets and wound packing. Every participant receives a personal first aid kit valued at $75.00.