PPC Initial Qualification

This course meets the minimum curriculum of instruction in the training  and use of handguns as prescribed by the Superintendent of the Maryland State Police, pursuant to COMAR, SECTION of the annotated code of Maryland.

This is a “one day" course of classroom training and range qualification scheduled from 9am-5:30pm. The training day is planned and presented in an orderly and informative manner.  Course certificates of completion will not be issued to participants arriving late or leaving early.  To receive certification, participants must successfully demonstrate all skills, and qualify on the range with a score of at least 70 percent. 

Classroom training and range qualification materials provided are workbooks, blue simulator training guns, ear/eye protection, and targets.   

MSP Practical Pistol Course Description:

The PPC training course is designed to teach the students about the legal, practical and moral application of safe handgun handling and carrying, while on duty.

Course Content Includes: 

  • Firearms Law and Legal Liability
  • Carrying and Transporting firearms in Maryland and other states
  • Deadly Force
  • Avoiding Criminal Attack and Controlling a Violent Confrontation
  • Handgun Safety and Handling   
  • Nomenclature
  • Ammunition     
  • Safe Storage
  • Home and Child Safety      
  • Handgun Shooting Fundamentals
  • Practical Pistol Shooting Positions
  • Cleaning
  • Written Test


The applicant must demonstrate the ability to safely operate the handgun and fire consistent shots at a maximum distance of 10 yds.

Live fire is required to qualify for the MSP PPC course.  Qualification caliber options: .38/357 revolvers, 9mm, .40, or .45 semi-automatic pistols. 

The applicant is not required to own a handgun.  Contact us for firearm rental fees and ammunition purchase prices.

Prior handgun shooting experience is not required but is a benefit to the applicant.

There is no rapid fire or drawing from the holster.

There is no speed shooting or combat techniques.

Safe handgun handling and basic shooting skill is the focus of the range qualification.

Course Cost: $175.00

MSP Security Officer/Handgun Permit Certification Application Facilitation: $50.00 (Onsite MD State/Federal Fingerprinting, Passport Photo Production, Notary services)