The ability of an officer to protect and control their handgun is critical. Even though officers are provided with higher threat level holsters, officers are also trained in weapon retention. A set of defensive tactics are designed to help officers maintain control of their guns and keep them out of the hands of those trying to remove them from their holsters. The goal of this type of training is to prepare officers for the possibility of a sudden and violent struggle over control of their weapon. Training programs should be developed that address defenses and strategies for weapon retention. By practicing techniques that allow an officer to gain control of his/her weapon, they are better prepared to handle this type of dangerous situation and accomplish their goals. This article describes some of these defensive tactics in various crisis situations such as, out of the holster, direct fire while struggling, and disabling weapon.