Unlocking Your Path to Firearm Proficiency

Explore our diverse range of training programs designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for safe and proficient firearm handling.

Empowering Responsible Firearm Handling

Comprehensive Firearms Training Information

Discover all the essential steps to obtaining a Possession and Acquisition License (P.A.L.) and a hunting license, alongside comprehensive details about our wide array of courses offered at CTM/CRAFM.

To secure your P.A.L., particularly for purchasing a handgun, completing two mandatory courses is essential: the restricted (CRFSC) and non-restricted courses (CFSC). Following successful completion of both certification courses, you can proceed to apply for your license through the RCMP. However, it's important to note that the Law 9 course is a requirement only after receiving your P.A.L. This course is provided by the FQT.

If your firearm interests don't extend to purchasing restricted firearms like handguns or AR-15s, fulfilling the non-restricted course requirements will suffice. This enables you to request your P.A.L. and purchase a non-restricted rifle. Additionally, for those keen on hunting, participation in the hunting course (ICAF) is necessary. It's worth mentioning that completion of the Law 9 course isn't mandatory if your P.A.L. includes only the non-restricted class.

For access to the requisite forms to apply for your P.A.L., click on the link below.

Connecting You to Learning Opportunities

Course Locations and Providers

Please note that while CRFSC, CFSC, and hunting courses aren't available at CTM/CRAFM, you can find them through the following links:


    Canadian Firearms Safety Course (Unrestricted firearms)

    Overview: This course, provided by the Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs, is mandatory to obtain a PAL for unrestricted firearms, even if you do not wish to acquire or possess unrestricted firearms. It covers essential firearm safety and handling principles.

    Registration Details: Visit the Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs website for registration information.

    Prerequisites: None

    Mandatory: Yes. This course is mandatory for obtaining a PAL for unrestricted firearms.

    Firearm Type: Non-restricted

    Provider: Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs


    Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course

    Overview: Offered by the Fédération Québécoise de Tir, this course is mandatory to obtain a PAL that allows the possession and acquisition of restricted firearms. It focuses on safety protocols and legal requirements specific to restricted firearms.

    Registration Details: Register for the course through the Fédération Québécoise de Tir website.

    Prerequisites: None

    Mandatory: Yes. This course is mandatory for obtaining a PAL for restricted firearms.

    Firearm Type: Restricted

    Provider: Fédération Québécoise de Tir

  • IHF (ICAF)

    Introduction to Hunting with Firearms

    Overview: This course, provided by the Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs, is obligatory for those intending to go hunting. It covers hunting ethics, regulations, and safety procedures.

    Registration Details: Check the Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs website for registration information.

    Prerequisites: Completion of the CFSC or CRFSC.

    Mandatory: No. While not mandatory for obtaining a PAL, it is required for hunting in Québec.

    Firearm Type: Both Restricted and Non-restricted

    Provider: Fédération québécoise des chasseurs et pêcheurs

Understanding Firearms Types

What is Considered a Firearm?

A firearm, according to the Firearms Act and certain sections of Part III of the Criminal Code, is a barrelled weapon designed or adapted to discharge a shot, bullet, or other projectile at a muzzle velocity exceeding 152.4 m per second (500 feet per second) or at a muzzle energy exceeding 5.7 Joules.

Non-Restricted Firearms

  • Non-restricted firearms include long guns, rifles, or shotguns with an overall length greater than 660mm (26 inches), or semi-automatic firearms discharging centerfire ammunition with a barrel length exceeding 470mm (18.5 inches).
  • These firearms must be registered in Québec (SIAF) but do not require membership at an authorized shooting range for acquisition or transportation.
  • Storage, transport, and display regulations are outlined in sections 5, 8, and 10 of the Storage, Display, Transportation, and Handling of Firearms by Individuals Regulations (SOR/98-209).

Restricted Firearms

  • Restricted firearms encompass handguns, pistols, revolvers, and certain semi-automatic firearms with specific barrel and overall length restrictions.
  • Acquiring a restricted firearm requires possession of a PAL with "restricted" endorsement and membership in an approved shooting range.
  • Québec mandates a Law 9 competency test for shooting range members, facilitating authorization for firearm transportation.
  • Detailed regulations for storage, transport, and display are specified in sections 6, 9, and 11 of the Storage, Display, Transportation, and Handling of Firearms by Individuals Regulations (SOR/98-209).

Prohibited Firearms

  • Prohibited firearms, as defined in section 84 of the Criminal Code, include specific handguns, automatic firearms, sawed-off shotguns, and others designated by order-in-council.
  • Possession and acquisition are governed by paragraphs 12(2) to 12(7) of the Firearms Act and require grandfathering onto a PAL.
  • Regulations for storage, transport, and display can be found in sections 7, 9, and 12 of the Storage, Display, Transportation, and Handling of Firearms by Individuals Regulations (SOR/98-209).

Discover Your Path to Excellence


Explore our comprehensive range of training and initiation courses tailored to meet the needs of both novice enthusiasts and seasoned shooters. Whether you're aiming to refine your skills, gain certifications, or simply experience the thrill of the shooting sports, CTM/CRAFM offers courses designed to elevate your expertise and confidence. From Blackbadge and FQT Range Officer certifications to specialized IPSC and introductory courses, our knowledgeable instructors provide expert guidance in a safe and supportive environment. Choose your course, take aim, and embark on a journey of skill development and personal achievement at CTM/CRAFM.


  • Blackbadge Course

    Become an IPSC Practitioner

    The Black Badge course is essential for those looking to practice IPSC and participate in competitions. It comprises one evening of class and two days of mandatory practice, instructed by certified IPSC Canada instructors. Completion of the course and participation in two affiliated club competitions lead to the Black Badge certification.


    • Theory session: Saturday, 12 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Practice sessions: Saturday and Sunday of the following week, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Equipment required: Belt, holster, minimum four magazines, minimum four magazine pouches, 500 rounds of ammunition, valid transport authorization
    • Course fee: $TBA
    • Registration: In person only at CTM
  • FQT Range Officer Course

    Learn to be a Range Officer

    The FQT Range Officer course, offered at CTM upon demand, is designed for active shooters with at least one year of experience. Prerequisites include a written recommendation from your club and annual certification renewal.


    • Prerequisites: Active shooter for one year, club recommendation, annual certification renewal
    • Course fee: $80 ($40 for FQT members)
    • Registration: In person only at CTM
  • IPSC Range Officer Course

    Become an IPSC Range Officer

    To attend the IPSC Range Officer course, candidates must be IPSC Quebec or Canada members in good standing for at least one year, with participation in three level 2 matches. Certification requires successful completion of various requirements.


    • Prerequisites: IPSC Quebec or Canada member for one year, participation in three level 2 matches
    • Age requirement: 18 years or older
    • Certification criteria: Level 1 course completion, four match points (including two from level 2 matches), recommendation from shooting range
    • Registration: Consult IPSC Quebec or Canada for details
  • Law 9 / Bill 9 Course

    Understand Quebec Firearms Legislation

    The Law 9 course is mandatory for Quebec residents seeking membership in an authorized shooting range. Offered every Wednesday night at CTM, it covers Quebec firearms legislation and practical firearm handling.


    • Schedule: Every Wednesday night, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Course fee: $45 (cash only)
    • Additional costs: Ammo and pistol for practical exam
    • Registration: In person only at CTM

    For practical exam appointments, please contact us.


  • Shooting Fundamentals Course (Handgun)

    Master Handgun Shooting Basics

    Ideal for beginners and experienced shooters alike, this course focuses on fundamental handgun shooting techniques to enhance accuracy and control.


    • Objective: Master basic shooting skills
    • Suitable for: New and experienced shooters
    • Registration: In person only at CTM
  • IPSC Shooting Course

    Refine Your IPSC Skills

    Led by Grand Master shooters Nikitas Markessinis and Jean-Philippe Drolet, this IPSC Level 1 course aims to improve shooting skills and prepare for upcoming competitions.


    • Instructors: Nikitas Markessinis and Jean-Philippe Drolet
    • Schedule: Full day session, including lunch break
    • Registration: Limited to 8 shooters; inquire at CTM for availability
  • Firearms and Shooting Initiation for Ladies (FSIL)

    Empowering Women in Shooting Sports

    Designed to educate and encourage women in firearms, FSIL offers a safe environment to learn about shooting and overcome any apprehensions.


    • Objective: Promote female participation in shooting sports
    • Registration: In person only at CTM

Contact Us

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