Training Courses

MD Handgun Qualification License

This four-hour course is the Maryland required course to obtain a Handgun Qualification License (HQL) which enables a person to purchase a handgun in the State of Maryland. Understand firearms manipulation, home defensive tactics, unloading, loading, malfunction drills, weapon's maintenance and so much more.

Cost: $89.00

Total Time: 4 hours

What to bring to class: Government Photo ID (Driver's License)

Click to preview course: Preview MD HQL

Application Help: Need help filling out your application? Click here for help!


 MD Wear & Carry Permit

As of July 5, 2022 Maryland has eliminated the requirement of "Good and Substantial Reason" to obtain the MD Wear and Carry Permit. Any upstanding citizen can obtain a permit for the simple purpose of self-defense.

Maryland Wear and Carry Permit (MDWC) training features a total of 16 hours of instruction (over a 2 consecutive day period) for an original application. This course is will meet all training requirements for both MD residents and non residents to obtain their carry permit in the state of Maryland.

Applicants are required to submit documentation of the required training and a LiveScan fingerprint receipt.

If you are in need of a Maryland Wear and Carry Permit RENEWAL, sign up for the MD Wear & Carry RENEWAL Only Course!

Cost: $350.00

Total Time: 16 hours over 2 consecutive days

What to bring to class: Government Photo ID (Driver's License), unloaded firearm, external side draw holster, two unloaded magazines, 150 rounds of target ammunition, sturdy belt to secure holster, eye protection, hearing protection, bag lunch and water

Click to preview course: Preview MD Wear & Carry

Application Help: Need help filling out your application? Click here for help!


MD Wear & Carry Permit RENEWAL

This is a RENEWAL CLASS ONLY (Renewal). This class is ONLY for CURRENT MD Wear and Carry Permit Holders Only whose valid permit is within six months of expiring.

(This is not the required 16hr course needed to obtain your initial MD Wear and Carry Permit. If you don't have a permit. you need other 16hr MD Wear and Carry course listed on this website.)

This is an eight hour course. Half of your day is in the classroom and half of your day will be on the range. Renewal Students will be joining MD Wear and Carry initial application students for Day Two of the training.

Cost: $175.00

Total Time: 8 hours

What to bring to class: Government Photo ID (Driver's License), unloaded firearm, external side draw holster, two unloaded magazines, 150 rounds of target ammunition, sturdy belt to secure holster, eye protection, hearing protection, bag lunch and water

 


Utah Non-Resident Permit

This is the four hour course required to receive your Utah Non-Resident Permit that is valid in 30+ States including Delaware. Fingerprints and Passport Photo are included in the course.

Cost: $120.00

Total Time: 4 hours

What to bring to class: Government Photo ID (Driver's License)


Beginner Handgun Course

Beginner Handgun is designed as a continuation of the HQL class that gives the student an opportunity to shoot their handgun (rentals available if needed) on a controlled range with experienced instructors.
The course will focus on the cardinal rules of safety, fundamentals of marksmanship, safe firearm handling, common causes of firearm malfunction, firearm care and maintenance. and various marksmanship drills.

Cost: $150.00

Total Time: 5 hours

What to bring to class: unloaded firearm (rentals available for $25 upon arrival), two magazines, 150 rounds of target ammunition, range appropriate attire, eye protection, hearing protection, snacks and water


Live Fire Workshop

Live Fire Workshop is designed to improve your confidence, proficiency, and handgun manipulation skills.


The students will meet at the Tactical Shepherd for a mandatory Safety Brief and Range Protocol. Students will follow instructors to the range, located less than 10 mins away.

After a couple live fire relays, the instructors will:
evaluate your skill level, identify opportunities for improvement, discuss with you specific drills tailored to YOU that are designed to improve YOUR abilities.

Many students may be at the same skill level or have the same problems, but regardless an individual assessment is critical to achieve the best results.

Shooting drills will focus on strong fundamentals, shot placement, and judgmental shooting at varying distances. (Possibly advanced law enforcement style drills depending on the shooter.)

This course was strategically designed so the student sees and feels improvement. Whether you a homeowner defending your residence and family or a MD Wear and Carry permit holder, truly understanding your current personal skill level and making strides for improvement is our #2 goal. The #1 goal is always safety!

Cost: $125.00

Total Time: 4 hours

 What to bring to class: unloaded firearm, external side draw holster, two unloaded magazines, 150 rounds of target ammunition, sturdy belt to secure holster, eye protection, hearing protection, appropriate range attire, snacks and water


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Advanced Live Fire Workshop

Advanced Live Fire workshop is ONLY for students who have completed Tactical Shepherd Live Fire Workshop or completed the Tactical Shepherd MD Wear & Carry Course with a score of 95% or better, which is a requirement. If you were not satisfied with your performance in Live Fire Workshop or MD W&C or question your basic handgun skill set this is NOT the class for you.


Before enrolling in this course students will need:
- Strong knowledge of handgun safety
- Basic to Intermediate handgun manipulation skills
- Confidence in their proficiency and accuracy

if you fail to display these skills you will be asked to leave the range.

The students will meet at Tactical Shepherd for a mandatory Safety Brief and Range Protocol. Students will follow instructors to the range (located less than 10 mins away

Students will be learning and participating in the following: 

  1. Close quarters Tucked Hip Shooting
  2. Step back shooting
  3. Shooting at distances up to 25 yards
  4. Shooting under stress and strict time limits
  5. Barricade Defensive Shooting
  6. Moving to shoot timed drills.
  7. Judgmental shooting / Reactionary targets

This ADVANCED course is the part Tactical Shepherd you have never experienced. You will be held to tight firing line start and stop times, integrating multiple skills, shooting and maneuvering against close, medium and longer-range targets.

Several mini competitions will be held amongst the students.

Cost: $175.00

Total Time: 5 hours

What to bring to class: unloaded firearm, external side draw holster, two unloaded magazines, 200 rounds of target ammunition, sturdy belt to secure holster, eye protection, hearing protection, appropriate range attire, boots or high traction lace up footwear, snacks and water

Advanced Live Fire Dates & Registration

Intro to AR 

If you have limited or no experience with the AR 15 platform this is 100% the class for you!!! Learn the right way and learn from the best - Military and certified Law Enforcement SWAT Operators.

The Intro to AR platform class is focused on improving your knowledge and performance with YOUR personal AR style rifle. This 5 hour course is designed to be informative, instructional and challenging for all entry level shooters.

Instruction will begin in the classroom and will offer ample opportunity to understand:
Assembly, Disassembly, Understanding functionality, Weapons' manipulation, Loading, Making the weapon safe,  Clearing malfunctions and handling, Practicing various shooting positions.

After that, it's off to the range!

Let's get your rifle zeroed in and work on a few skills to improve your proficiency. NEW SHOOTERS: we assure you that your confidence, knowledge and proficiency will sky rocket.

Cost: $149.00

Total Time: 5 hours

What to bring to class: Personal AR rifle, case, two unloaded magazines any size, 60 rounds minimum of ammunition, cleaning kit and lube (available for purchase in Gun Shop), optic (unless you prefer iron sights) eye protection, hearing protection, appropriate range attire, snacks and water

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Handgun Cleaning and Maintenance

In Handgun Cleaning and Maintenance (C & M), the student will be able to: Disassemble and reassemble their handgun multiple times, clean their handgun, learn the friction points, understand carbon build up and lubrication.

There will be a Q&A Section at the end of the course.

Cost: $45.00

Total Time: 2 hours

What to bring to class: Unloaded handgun, unloaded magazines, cleaning kit, patches, lubricant

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Women's Defensive Tactics

This intense four-hour women's defensive tactics course / workshop will range from situational awareness, hand to hand physicality and surviving an attack. Please wear attire that is appropriate for movement, striking and grappling.

Cost: $100.00

Total Time: hours

What to bring to class: water

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Stop the Bleed

Tactical Shepherd will train you how to respond in the event of a serious life threatening medical event.  This STOP THE BLEED certification (developed by the American College of Surgeons) will train students how to control bleeding in three easy steps.

 As a bonus, this course includes your CPR and AED certification from the American Safety and Health Institute.

Cost: $89.00

Total Time: 3 hours

What to bring to class: water 

 

Stop the Bleed Dates & Registration