The Threat Response drills as outlined can be valuable for individuals looking to enhance their self-defense skills. However, it’s crucial to emphasize safety, responsible firearm handling, and proper training when practicing these drills. Here’s a breakdown of each drill:

Drill #1 – Very Close Threats:

  1. Load and holster your gun.
  2. Stand one step away from your target.
  3. Use palm strikes to the target’s head (as a means of creating distance or incapacitating the threat).
  4. Move two or three steps away from the threat.
  5. Draw your weapon and engage with three shots aimed at critical areas.
  6. Holster your weapon.

Drill #2 – Medium-Range Threats (moving offline):

  1. Load and holster your pistol.
  2. Move quickly offline (to the left or right) while drawing your weapon.
  3. Fire at the target’s critical areas as you move.
  4. The lateral movement can make you a harder target to hit, buying you time.

Drill #3 – Medium-Range Threats (using cover):

  1. Place a target five yards away and two objects large enough to provide cover (four yards to the left and right of your starting position).
  2. Run to one side and take cover behind one of the obstacles.
  3. Draw and fire from your cover position, minimizing exposure to potential threats.
  4. Aim for the target’s critical areas.


It’s essential to remember the following when practicing these drills:

  1. Safety: Always follow firearm safety rules, including treating every gun as if it’s loaded, keeping the firearm pointed in a safe direction, and keeping your finger off the trigger until you’re ready to shoot.

  2. Training: Seek professional instruction and supervision to ensure you’re practicing these drills safely and effectively.

  3. Practice: Consistent practice and repetition are key to building muscle memory and maintaining proficiency.

  4. Legal Considerations: Be aware of your local laws and regulations regarding self-defense and firearm use.

  5. Responsiveness: Develop situational awareness to assess the level of threat and choose the appropriate response.

  6. Realistic Training: Whenever possible, practice in conditions that simulate real-life scenarios, including high-stress environments.

  7. Holster Skills: Ensure that your holster is suitable for concealed carry and allows for a safe and efficient draw.


Remember that self-defense situations can be unpredictable and highly stressful. Training, preparation, and the ability to make split-second decisions are critical components of effective self-defense. Always prioritize safety and responsible firearm ownership.