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Our Mission

Our mission at Utah Firearm and Security Training, LLC is to provide all students, whether you are new to firearms or an experienced shooter, the highest quality firearms instruction available, in a safe and positive learning environment. We promote your personal growth and education by providing expert instruction in firearm safety, use, accuracy, and carry as well as personal self-defense training. We encourage on-going training to ensure you maintain the skills of a responsible firearm owner and to increase your self-confidence in your self-defense skills.

Who We Are

Utah Firearm and Security Training, LLC is built from an extensive background, experience, and passion for firearms. We have made it our top priority to provide you with quality firearm training for beginners to intermediate and advanced/experienced shooters to continue to build and improve their shooting skills. We know training is very important but instead of charging high costs for courses that you can’t really afford and after you get home you wonder why it cost so much. We fix that issue by providing excellent training at lower costs to better fit your budget. There is no other company or instructor that provides anything close to the amount of information we do. In fact, there are a lot of instructors, across Utah and the entire country, that gets information to put on their websites and use to teach in their training classes, from our websites.

We Don't Stop With Training

We aren’t just a training company. We are also a Federal Firearms Licensed (FFL) Dealer and the proud owner of:

  • The BEST and only website that provides everything you need to know to carry a firearm in Utah.
  • Utah Carry Laws Facebook Group The BEST and ONLY group on any social media platform that answers all your Utah and Federal gun law questions.
    With over 3,300 members – Join Today!

It’s time to skip the middle “people” and come straight to the source of our highly recommended 5-star training
We don’t try to convince you that we are one of the best, we prove it!


Students Trained


5 Star Ratings



Owner / Primary Instructor

Steven Marquardt

Steven has been working full-time for the Department of Homeland Security since 2017 and has an extensive background in firearms and training. He served 11 years in the military:

  • United States Marine Corps – Active Duty 1999 to 2003 with the 3rd Assault Amphibious Battalion, Bravo Company (MOS 1833)
    { Areas of operation include; Camp Del Mar (21 Area), Camp Pendleton, CA | Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center, 29 Palms, CA | Mountain Warfare Training Center, Pickel Meadows, CA | Camp Schwab, Okinawa, Japan | Jungle Warfare Training Center in Higashi, Okinawa, Japan | Camp Fuji, Gotemba, Japan (mainland) | Sattahip Naval Base, Thailand | Marine Service Support Regiment, Thailand | Ban Chan Khrem, Thailand }
  • United States Marine Corps – Reserves 2004 to 2007 with the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Charlie Company (MOS 0313)
    { Areas of operation include; Tbilisi, Georgia (country) | Tan Tan, Morocco }
    Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain (MOUT) Instructor
  • Utah Army National Guard – 2009 to 2012 with the 1457th Engineer Battalion, 118th Sapper Company, 2nd Platoon (MOS 12B)
    Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) – 2010 to 2011 in FOB Salerno, Khost Province, Afghanistan
    Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Response Force (HRF) – 2011 > Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, and Structural Collapse Operations

In 2004, while in the USMC Reserves, Steven started working in the security industry with a federal halfway house and as an armed private security officer in the Salt Lake Valley. Through his work, as an armed security officer, mobile patrol officer, supervisor, and project manager, he found the quality of training needed improvement. He started teaching security officers as the primary instructor for the contract security company he was working for, creating a new training curriculum and upgrading the company’s policies and procedures. Throughout his career, his passion for expanding his knowledge in training and teaching abilities led to starting this company, Utah Firearm and Security Training, LLC (Utah FAST) in early 2015, and started teaching concealed carry classes and private security officer licensing. His knowledge and understanding of Utah and Federal gun laws expanded quickly and he started in 2016 and began talking to Utah legislatures about how Utah could improve current gun laws. In 2020 due to COVID-19 and the closing of businesses, Steven started providing fingerprinting, passport picture, and notary services to the public as well as obtaining a Federal Firearms License (FFL) to conduct the business of selling firearms and gunsmithing. To this day, Steven loves teaching and providing the best and most up-to-date information to the public.

His current goals are to open a training center for both the public and security officers to increase their knowledge and training, and to open a storefront business for fingerprinting. If you are interested in helping him achieve these goals please contact us. We would love your support.

Other Professional Experience:

Executive Protection, Bail Enforcement & Investigations

Current Instructor For:

  • NRA Pistol, Personal Protection In The Home, and Range Safety Officer
  • Utah Concealed Firearm Permit
  • Unarmed & Armed Private Security Officers
  • ASP – Baton, Handcuff & Flashlight Integrated Program

Higher Education:

  • Executive Security International (ESI) – PSD Protective Operations > 2012
  • Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) – Certificate In Firearms Technology – Gunsmithing > 2022
  • Sonoran Desert Institute (SDI) – Certificate In Firearms Technology – Handgun Specialist > In Progress 2024

Federal Firearms License

Gunsmithing / Armorer

  • Glock
  • AR Platforms
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