VIRTUAL Maryland Handgun Qualification License (HQL) Course

Classroom portion of training required by State of Maryland for first-time handgun purchasers.  Class will be held via Zoom with your MD-Certified Instructor, at a mutually-available time you coordinate with your instructor.

Live Fire Certification must be completed separately.

Offered by Cross Hairs Training Academy via



Course Overview:

This Cross Hairs course, offered via, contains all the classroom components as required by the State of Maryland for new purchasers of handguns.

Students can purchase the class and your instructor will teach you virtually via Zoom. Class times will be scheduled with each student participating to accommodate any person’s busy schedule. All Classes will be performed LIVE so that students who have questions can freely ask. The Live Fire certification must be completed separately – either at Cross Hairs for an additional $25.00 fee (includes range time, range safety officer, rental pistol, ammo, eye/ear protection and target) or at the range of your choice that has a Maryland Qualified Handgun Instructor on staff.

Cost: $50 per person

Course Length: 3 Hours

Prerequisites:  None

Course Description:

Classroom Instruction

  1. Handgun nomenclature and operation
  2. Handgun action types
  3. Rules for safe firearm handling and use
  4. Introduction of MD firearms laws
  5. Fundamentals of handgun shooting
  6. Selection/Maintenance/Storage of a handgun
  7. Home Safety
  8. Application process

Course materials include:

  • a step-by-step guide for the application process
  • links to listings of all Maryland-approved fingerprint locations
  • link to all Maryland Qualified Handgun Instructors (for live fire certification)
  • Live Fire Certification Sheet


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