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Saturday, 28 January 2017

Col. 'Jeff' Cooper - Man of His Time

There surely can't be anyone reading this pro-gun blog who doesn't know of:

  John Dean Cooper..(1920-2006)

'Jeff Cooper' a Familiar Image - With a 1911.

Fourth From Left - Much Younger.

Before serving as a Marine Officer during WWII & in the Korean War - Cooper graduated from Stanford University with a BA in Political Science and later again earned his 'Masters' in History - when working as a teacher for over 20 years.

We know him as being a strong advocate for the 1911 pistol in .45 ACP - as the founder of the GUNSITE ACADEMY  - and developer and publicist of 'The Modern Technique Of The Pistol' - and the founder figure of  'Practical Pistol' and IPSC Shooting competition.

This was the era following WWII - when '1911s' could be bought for around $15. - He didn't like 9 mm (or any other 'lesser caliber') pistols - that he would call "cruntch'n'tickers".

 Col. Cooper also designed the BREN 10 auto pistol and its' 10 MM Auto Cartridge.. and he was a most successful book author and contributor to US gun magazines.

An Original is an Investment 
- But Available Reprinted

This was a shooting man - who also later promoted his ideas for his versatile 'Scout Rifle'.

RUGER Gunsite All Purpose .308" Scout Rifle.

Many of his pithy quotes have become 'standards' - such as:

"The trouble with democracy is that fifty percent of the voters are below average"

"Remember the first rule of gun fighting ... have a gun" 

"It is true that the victim who fights back may suffer for it, but one who does not almost certainly will suffer for it."

- Strongly opinionated and entertaining - but expert .. his stuff is still well worth reading even if you disagree with some detail.

Marty K.

P.S. I was interested to note that another expert shooter and writer, John Taffin was also a teacher for some 30 odd years in US. - It's all about communication eh - He really enjoys his single-action revolvers.. and also comes from that era when decent moral standards were held to be important.

.. Hickok 45 is also a teacher well known for his video firearms reviews.


- In great contrast - I was depressed to hear of a recently dead 'pop singer' drug addict who's most famous achievement was being found guilty of performing a lewd act in a public toilet - and who boasted of more than 500 homosexual intimate "lovers" - was being acclaimed (post mortem) by ignorant media 'hacks' as an 'ICON' (- worthy of veneration) ... surely any male who engages in multiple sexual acts with strangers in public toilets has hugely demonstrated their stupidity. )