What's the cheapest way and place in MD to be trained for the CCW?

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  • phor

    Member
    Mar 7, 2009
    34
    It seems that the fee from the MD police site is $125 + $65 for finger printing.
    Some range offer a $40 training class to qualify to buy a handgun and also a $300 class for CCW. Is that $300 a scam?
    If I understand well, there's no special training to be able to carry, correct?
     

    rseymorejr

    Ultimate Member
    MDS Supporter
    Feb 28, 2011
    25,750
    Harford County
    The entire licensing/ training scheme is a scam. An instructor charging $300 is not.

    The absolute cheapest cost I saw for the W&C training last year was $150. Other places
    were charging $200 and up. Some of them included fingerprints and help with the photo and filling out the application.
    State law requires a 16 training course including a course of fire with minimum score. The instructors also have to
    pay the range fee for the students. There is also a wide range of quality in the training also.
     

    Bullfrog

    Ultimate Member
    Oct 8, 2009
    14,976
    Carroll County
    It seems that the fee from the MD police site is $125 + $65 for finger printing.
    Some range offer a $40 training class to qualify to buy a handgun and also a $300 class for CCW. Is that $300 a scam?
    If I understand well, there's no special training to be able to carry, correct?

    There is a class that is required for the carry permit, so yes there is 'special training'.

    Once you have a carry permit you can apply for the HQL (permit to purchase), so you do not need to take both courses.
     

    linkstate

    Ultimate Member
    Jan 26, 2013
    1,389
    Howard County
    For the W&C C (CCW) there is definitely a special course needed. Unless exempt but I’m not up on the exemptions. And it needs to be given by a MD approved instructor. You can find the list on the MSP site I think.

    Cost is relative. If all you want is a checkbox (which is what I wanted at the time) as long as the instructor does a full 16 hours and the required fire course, it doesn’t much matter.

    Some instructors are better than others. Meaning you will get more out of the class than just walking through PowerPoint slides.

    Also, some places, the course cost includes a picture and the fingerprinting. Some you have to do that separately on your own.

    I prefilled my app with as much as I could. After the class I submitted that evening with the course completion cert, PIC and live scan fingerprint info.
     

    LAC_MD

    Active Member
    Oct 18, 2022
    677
    Towson
    I think one of the sponsors here does the WCP class for $175 or so. I do think some individuals are “scamming” as they are charging additionally for HQL when people are taking the WCP class…
     

    Cool_Moo5e

    Active Member
    Sep 4, 2023
    493
    Harford
    I just did my training with North Harford FIrearms training they exceed MDs 25 rounds to qualify, and you learn to shoot on the move and how to clear malfunctions. It was $450 in total rented a gun, holster, and mag pouch and I will say it was worth my money it covered Utah, MDs HQL, and the CCW portion in 16 hours and I learned a whole lot about handguns and went from 0 rounds through a handgun to 400ish in 1 day.

    If you're just looking to qualify then sure this is more then you are looking to pay but if you want to actually learn I think it's worth it I think.
     

    phor

    Member
    Mar 7, 2009
    34
    Thanks for your input, all of you. So can somebody recommend a place to get the training without being scammed?
     

    Mark75H

    MD Wear&Carry Instructor
    Industry Partner
    MDS Supporter
    Sep 25, 2011
    17,046
    Outside the Gates
    there are a number of Industry Partners trainers listed here on MDS. Most of them are on the upper end of quality for their W&C classes.
     

    miles71

    Ultimate Member
    Industry Partner
    Jul 19, 2009
    2,488
    Belcamp, Md.
    If you are looking for the cheapest you will find cheap instruction. I feel my course is priced fairly at 275.00 and will put it up against any other course.

    There is a lot of work done before and after the course students never see. I agree some take advantage of students by charging huge prices and, unfortunately, are poor instructors. Ask students who have taken the course and call the instructor. Talk to them about your goals and make an educated decision. I’d be happy to discuss my course with you.

    TD
     

    Batt816

    Ultimate Member
    MDS Supporter
    Dec 1, 2018
    4,065
    Eastern Shore
    Our class is $300. It includes the required 16 hours of training, passport photos, lunches both days, coffee and water, firearm and ammo (if needed). We also assist in submitting application if the student desires the assistance. We could not do all of this any cheaper, and make it worthwhile.

    edit: miles71 is 100% correct in saying there is a lot of work done before and after the class. Preparing the student booklets, “herding the cats”, and setting up the classroom are just a few things we do to prepare. Afterwards, the clean-up, and filing away paperwork. Then we assist folks with their HQL, once their HGP is approved. It is all very time consuming.
     
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    pleasant1911

    Ultimate Member
    Apr 12, 2012
    10,107
    It seems that the fee from the MD police site is $125 + $65 for finger printing.
    Some range offer a $40 training class to qualify to buy a handgun and also a $300 class for CCW. Is that $300 a scam?
    If I understand well, there's no special training to be able to carry, correct?
    $125+ 65 for finger printing is awesome.
     

    miles71

    Ultimate Member
    Industry Partner
    Jul 19, 2009
    2,488
    Belcamp, Md.
    Our class is $300. It includes the required 16 hours of training, passport photos, lunches both days, coffee and water, firearm and ammo (if needed). We also assist in submitting application if the student desires the assistance. We could not do all of this any cheaper, and make it worthwhile.

    edit: miles71 is 100% correct in saying there is a lot of work done before and after the class. Preparing the student booklets, “herding the cats”, and setting up the classroom are just a few things we do to prepare. Afterwards, the clean-up, and filing away paperwork. Then we assist folks with their HQL, once their HGP is approved. It is all very time consuming.
    I didn’t mean to turn this into a comparison post or to have anyone not an industry partner on the forum to get in trouble for posting course info. I did want to get the point across to do some research and find the best training possible.

    TD
     

    Mdeng

    Ultimate Member
    Industry Partner
    Nov 13, 2009
    8,563
    Virginia
    The average price for the MD Wear and Carry 16 hour course is $300. As others have said many instructors including myself include other services at no additional charge. Watch out for the ones that want to add a surcharge for everything. Our course includes certifications for Utah. The passport photos and ink fingerprinting required to apply for the UT permit and postage of the UT permit application packet. We cover 12 hours in the classroom going over the required material then head to the range. We have multiple handguns to choose from and include 50 rounds of ammunition at no additional charge.

    Every instructor/company does the course a little different. Do your research and find the one that fits best for your needs, schedule and budget.
     

    rbird7282

    Ultimate Member
    MDS Supporter
    Dec 6, 2012
    18,337
    Columbia
    $125+ 65 for finger printing is awesome.

    How is that awesome?
    That’s what the state charges for the application and what Livescan fingerprints costs. That doesn’t include the training class which is probably going to run another $275-$350


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