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Jeff Cooper, Requiescat in pace
Posted by: Dale Franks on Wednesday, September 27, 2006

I have just learned that Col. Jeff Cooper died today. Anyone who is serious about shooting has at least heard of Jeff Cooper. In many respects, he was the pre-eminent teacher and popularizer of personal defense tactics in the world for the last 30 years. Armed Liberal provides an obituary of this accomplished, complicated man, who contributed much to the art and science of small arms tactics and practices.

He was an archetype of a certain type of American. He was, in some of his personal opinions, objectionable, while at the same time a man of unquestionable intellectual honesty and integrity. As Americans, we are diminished by his loss, whether we realize it or not.
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We’ve lost a true American then...

I’ve enjoyed reading his quips for years in Guns and Ammo.
Written By: Keith_Indy
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Yeah, the Gunner’s Guru column is usually pretty great. I would have loved to have attended Gunsite Academy while he was teaching. Elmer Keith, Skeeter Skelton, Col. Cooper - I hope someone emerges with that type of innovative thought and writing ability during my lifetime.
Written By: Jeff
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He was a key devoloper of the modern technique of combat pistol shooting. When he started law enforcement used the single-handed "squat" point shooting method. Two handed Weaver stance and aimed shooting were major parts of the modern technique. He was also key in devloping IPSC and the scout rifle concept.

Written By: Don
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What opinions do you find objectionable?
Written By: Don
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i have feared about this day, hoping it wouldnt happen for a long time. he was one of the greatest gun writers that ever lived. he pulled no punches and was relentless in his criticism, but he knew what he was talking about. i am paying my respects to jeff cooper, the greatest handgunner that ever lived.
Written By: brown
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I think what some found "objectionable" was his refusal to sit on the sidelines and remain silent. While some may cry out that he was offensive, the reality is he was very offensive to those who would pander to laziness, sedition and liberty. His to advice to all likeminded will forever hold true: "watch your six".
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