Maryland’s Finest Wear and Carry Classes

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Maryland Wear and Carry Training

Wear and Carry Class Overview

Fortress Training offers Maryland’s most trusted Wear and Carry Permit Class. This course meets (and greatly exceeds) Maryland’s 16-hour training requirement and is split between 2 days.

Successful completion of both parts of this training makes you eligible to apply for your permit to carry in Maryland.

Day 1 (8 hours)

Classroom training focused on Maryland law and firearm basics.

Day 2 (8 hours)

Option 1
Option 2

OFF-Range (Baltimore BWI Area)

This is a fully immersive indoor training focused on real-life, real space, reality-based situations and how to handle them. It also includes your 25-round qualification on the range.

ON-Range (Private Farms across Maryland)

This training takes place outdoors, on farms across Maryland, and is focused on getting you comfortable shooting. You’ll shoot 150-250 rounds, including your qualification.

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The Fortress Training Difference (Extras)

Day 1 Extras

Day 2 Extras

With Fortress Training, you’re getting training that goes FAR beyond that which Maryland mandates.

The problem you get with the training from instructors teaching the bare minimum (Maryland’s requirements) is that it doesn’t properly prepare you for the real world when carrying a firearm.

I’d go so far as to say, it’s downright dangerous.

With your Wear and Carry training from Fortress Training, you’ll get the training needed to satisfy Maryland’s application requirements…

But you’ll also be trained on the advanced level techniques and concepts of extraction and de-escalation. These are techniques we’ve developed and fine-tuned over the last decade and are found exclusively at Fortress Training.

What’s included:

  • M4 Carry Quadrant: Understanding the relationship of the M4 Carry Quadrant and getting you home. This alone can save you tens of thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of your time.
  • A8’s decision-making and cerebral distraction (this quickly gets your attention!)
  • Understanding the needed correlation between the firearm and three other essential components of training is something NO ONE is going to discuss with you. It is more than just the gun and how to shoot it. It is about you as a person and making the correct decision.
  • Avoidance of the most common legal mistakes people make that get them handcuffed.
  • The physiological and psychological stress and its effect on your response and how to master it.
  • Video of actual Baltimore armed robbery and the response analysis of those involved.

Fortress Training Exclusive

We believe the most significant training and development is off-range. Skill confirmation and advancement is on-range. 

Regardless of whether you choose the OFF-Range or ON-Range option for Day-2, we will focus on three critical gunfight skills:

  • Holstering
  • Triggers
  • Magazine changes

You will perform hundreds of these skills. No sitting around in a boring classroom. You have a firearm all day. 

We will document and prove to you that our “Crawl Draw” drill alone will save your life! 


The focus here is skill mastery. We teach you skills you can do anywhere. We use professional law enforcement and military training equipment. We introduce you to LIVE decision-making opportunities, including using responsible force vs deadly force, how to command on the streets, and why high-thought counseling techniques may not work in stressful situations. 


The focus here is putting rounds down range on a private farm. We still focus on the skills mentioned above, but there is no close-quarters work or potential deadly force encounter opportunities. The most significant benefit here is more live fire rounds down range. Same skills, just a different focus. 

Many have told us this is the best firearms training they have had worldwide. 

Why? Because we are not doing this as a business; we just didn’t “jump into the firearms training game”. 

We do it out of passion. A desire to help you and give you all we can with the time we have together – the greatest of all Fortress Training advantages.

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** These are our EXCLUSIVE training benefits on Day 1. It only comes with 30 years of human development and training experience and over 20,000 clients.

Student Testimonials

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Meet Our Founder

John Finnessy

John has taught over 20,000 students in one area of focus: the handgun. He does not offer multiple aspects of firearms training. His sole focus is tactical responsive shooting and getting you home and not to the morgue or prison cell.

It is for this reason, not only civilians but also individual law enforcement professionals and various federal agencies have turned to John when it comes to using a firearm.

Whether you are new to firearms or need to take your skills to a higher level, John offers training methods and concepts you will not find elsewhere because his focus is beyond just focusing on the gun, but you as an individual and your relationship to the firearm producing a far greater result than stand single focused firearms training.

He truly takes handgun training to the next level.

John Finnessy - Fortress Training

Upcoming Wear and Carry Classes

Full Immersion Training – $500

Answers to Your Questions

Both Maryland residents and non-residents are eligible to receive a MDWC permit. You no longer need a good and substantial reason to qualify.

Due to the nature of our classes, we do not give out the exact location until you register for the class. When you register, you will receive an email with the address of the training. The classes in the BWI area are about 5 minutes from BWI airport. 

Click on the class date you want to register for, and it will take you through the registration process. You will automatically be in the range day that corresponds with the class in which you registered.

Our MDWC is $500.00 for the 16 hours of training. For the classes in the BWI area, we provide firearms, ammunition, eye and ear protection, and holsters. You just need to wear a belt.

The state charges a $125.00 application fee which is paid when your wear and carry application is submitted. Fingerprinting is also separate and paid to the fingerprint company. They charge $70.00, but you can save $10.00 on fingerprinting by completing a link emailed to you.

The state requires 16 hours of training.  We break the training into two 8-hour days.  The first day is classroom training and the second day is a range day.

All of our upcoming classes are listed on the MDWC page. To view and register for a class go here.

Yes, we have a fingerprinting company that comes to all of our classes and can take care of our fingerprinting needs.


Yes, you can. A DUI is not treated as a criminal offense; it is considered a traffic offense and does not count against you on the application.

Happy Shooters

Student testimonials

So much I want to say, but the words are hard to express. Susan was awesome answering questions and helping me along at various points. I had a SNAFU come up and Susan just took care of it, didn't charge me anything more and did not make a big deal about it. Just got me to where I needed to be. John could, quite honestly, be the greatest firearms instructor I have experienced: real life situations, fantastic teacher, and taught lessons and techniques (and made sure we were competent) with real equipment that, quite literally, saves lives. About two hours into the class, it hit me: I had been doing so many things wrong for so many years and, being an engineer, John was there to explain not just the how, but the why of everything. The whole company is exemplary. Major-major light bulbs throughout the class. I had low expectations and yeah, two hours in, I was like, "well, well, we gonna learn today." God bless John and Susan. Beautiful educators and people.
Jeremy Wetmore
Jeremy Wetmore
Excellent HQL training. I have little to no experience with guns, and was concerned that my lack of knowledge would be a hinderance. However, this was not at all the case. I felt totally comfortable in class, and learned a ton. It did not feel like a formality or "box checking" type of class. John clearly takes real pride in this material, and presents information in a way that will allow anyone to understand and retain the information. My main goal was to learn simple best practices regarding safe handling of a firearm, etc., and the class exceeded my expectations significantly. I would recommend Fortress Training to anyone, and will definitely be a return client.
Daniel Miller
Daniel Miller
Great HQL class very informative and staff is absolutely wonderful
Christopher Watson
Christopher Watson
I had taken 4 other wear and carry courses in two different states over the years. This was by far the far. If you are going to carry a gun and live in the state of Maryland this is where you want to get trained.
Steve Chilcote
Steve Chilcote
attended the basic HQL class. Very well taught. Pacing well thought out, the instructor, Dean, was helpful knowledgeable, and a lefty -- which helped as sometimes right handed persons aren't able to explain to leftys. Highly recommend.
David Aughenbaugh
David Aughenbaugh
Maryland Wear & Carry: First Class operation, period. Exceeded all expectations. As a longtime firearm enthusiast, hunter and all around proponent of the Second Amendment, John and his entire staff are THE kind of organization that should be teaching the Wear & Carry permit, especially here in the State of Maryland. They aren't 'checking boxes' so you meet the requirement, they instill the necessary tools so you "EXCEED" the requirement. Providing the knowledge to prepare the mind & body for the responsibility of safely carrying a firearm, before, during and God forbid, after. Bottomline, if you want to take a class, you have a choice from many organizations, but if you want Next Level Training, Fortress is the Best in Class. I for one will make it a point to use them as long as I am in the area. David Aughenbaugh
Cameron Rees
Cameron Rees
As a fact, these people save lives and make people more law abiding through their training. Thank you for helping me avoid the morgue and prison.
Rachel Fazenbaker
Rachel Fazenbaker
My husband and I both attended the “Wear and Carry” class in order to obtain our wear and carry permit. To be completely honest before I attended the class I felt as though the class was overpriced after hearing how much other people paid through other companies, BUT I feel as though there is no price on the information I received and I do not feel in anyway was I ripped off nor charged too much . Not only did I learn about gun safety, I also received education on possible situations as well consequences. The class was so good and exceeded our expectations completely. John, Susan and their team of instructors were outstanding and I definitely plan on attending more classes in October. I highly recommend this class to anyone who wants a wear and carry and wants to be properly educated on safety. Thank you so much for the amount of education and training you guys have done to pass it along to us. Sincerely - Rachel & Dave Fazenbaker
Mike E.
Mike E.
Above and beyond for the Maryland Wear and Carry doesn't even do the class justice. Real life scenario thinking and training that is top notch and would be extra in other training schools. I will not look elsewhere for future training!!

Questions Before You Enroll?

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