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Old 01-16-2014, 03:25 PM   #1
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For those who have read Jeff Cooper - what do you think of his ideas and style? Specifically:
Cooper on handguns? The art of rifle? Hunting as a primeval instinct of man? Self defense? World history? Politics?

I'm not an all out fan or critic of his. Would like to hear from both sides! Maybe even someone who knew the man.

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Old 01-16-2014, 03:48 PM   #2
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For those who have read Jeff Cooper - what do you think of his ideas and style? Specifically:
Cooper on handguns? The art of rifle? Hunting as a primeval instinct of man? Self defense? World history? Politics?

I not an all out fan or critic of his. Would like to hear from both sides! Maybe even someone who knew the man.
I have all his books! one of the most knowledgeable gun writers ever
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he has a love affair with the 1911
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By all accounts he gave the 1911 a second coming in our culture. He pioneered the two hand shooting technique too.
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He was a part of the "Golden Age" of gun writers. There was Kieth, Cooper, Mileck, Skelton and of course Bill Jorden and others. The current crop are mostly rewriting their original works.
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Cooper's earlier works were very good. He seemed to have "lost his mind" in his later years. At Gunsite (after he sold it), he would stand 15-20 yards BEHIND the students and engage their targets with his own 1911. Shooting over and around the students. The new ownership had to ask him to not come back.
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His observations are pretty one-sided. I'm not saying that he was wrong, just my opinion.

There is a lot to be learned from him. And not just on the issue of firearms.
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I followed his writing closely in the '70s and '80s. He was as good as anyone back then, you could learn a lot from his writing. I drifted away as he waned.
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his ideas of the "scout" rifle are so far out of wack as to be ridiculous.

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Although I've "owned and operated" guns since 1961, when I joined the Marine Corps, I didn't start buying gun publications until about 1992. What I noticed about his writings was that:
1. He was a staunch defender of the 2nd Amendment, and the right of private citizens to own and carry firearms.
2. He had a love affair with the 1911.
3. He kept up with the political scene, worldwide.
4. He was kinda arrogant, maybe to the point of delusions of grandeur, and spoke of himself in the plural, like the old-time kings of European countries did to associate themselves with God as if they were equal partners.
5. He was a retired Marine Colonel, which might in part be why the arrogance.

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