In a self-defense situation, nothing goes as planned, as you can not plan for every idiot on the face of the earth that might want to take what you have while you are walking to your car in a parking lot. While many internet sites suggest that the average self-defense or police shooting takes place within 21 feet (7 yards), 3-15 feet (1-5 yards) is more accurate. The point of this post is not to argue just how close engagements happen. What is Your Safe Distance to Engage the Threat: The 21-Foot Rule While a discussion of engagement distance can go on forever, I am asking "At what distance do you feel that you have other options beside direct engagement with a firearm?" No, I'm not setting you up with a trick question. Yes, there are a thousand and one variables. You can move this way, behind cover, employ XYZ tactic, etc.. You are responsible for your bullet(s). From the moment that you discharge your firearm to the moment your bullet comes to a complete stop, you are responsible for it. Regardless of intentional or unintentional damage, you are responsible for that bullet. So are what distance do you start looking for other options, before making the ultimate decision to use a firearm in self-defense? Use whichever scenario, tactic or what-if you wish. I am just interested in "at what distance to you believe that you have an option?