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Principles of Personal Defense Paperback – 2006
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About the Author
Louis Awerbuck is the owner/director of the Yavapai Firearms Academy, a small-arms training operation based in Prescott, Arizona. He served as Chief Rangemaster at the American Pistol Institute and is an adjunct instructor for the U.S. Department of Energy's Central Training Academy.
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Cooper became a shottist at the age of eleven. In 1958 he originated the sport of practical pistol competition. From this activity he formulated the Modern Technique of the Pistol, now generally observed throughout the world. For the next thirty years he was active in teaching the new method throughout the Western World.
In 1976 Jeff Cooper founded the International Practical Shooting Confederation. In 1977 he founded the American Pistol Institute at Gunsite in Arizona, where he lived until his death in 2006.
He served as editor-at-large of Guns and Ammo magazine, for which he wrote a monthly column. After having served many years as a director of the National Rifle Association of America, he was elected to the Executive Council.
Jeff Cooper spent a long and active life reading, shooting, hunting, fighting and teaching. Internationally respected as the "Gunner's Guru," Jeff Cooper is a philosopher, moralist, and political commentator -- a true modern Renaissance man. It is to the benefit of his many readers that he developed the passion at an early age to write it all down.
Top Customer Reviews
While his chapter headings are good (7 principles), each "chapter" is about 2-3 pages of large print. The entire "book" contains only 28 pages on which there is reading material, and many of those pages are less than half full. And Paladin Press, usually fairly competent, apparently never bothered to proofread this mess, with missing punctuation and errors such as "50-called" instead of "so-called."
I will now give you the entire book, in less than 100 words:
Here are the seven principles of successful personal defense:
And the one take-home nugget of insight from this book:
All of these principles must be backed up by one's SKILL with a firearm, which requires training and practice. "YOU ARE NO MORE ARMED BECAUSE YOU ARE WEARING A PISTOL THAN YOU ARE A MUSICIAN BECAUSE YOU OWN A GUITAR." This one sentence inspired me to schedule some refresher training, and to set aside some additional time on a weekly basis to practice and maintain my skills.
OK, I just saved everyone about $10, plus s+h, plus the wait for it to arrive in the mail, plus the disappointment that you didn't buy one of Jeff's other books instead. Buy a box of JHPs with good stopping power, and think of me [fondly, NOT as the imaginary target!] the next time you go to the practice range.
Personally, reading this short book is as close as I'll ever get to sitting down with Colonel Cooper for a short chat about his thoughts on personal defense. I can almost imagine his voice as I read this book and his personality shows through.
This book serves as a wonderful introduction to Colonel Cooper or as a personal defense primer that ANYONE can pick up and read quickly. It will leave most readers looking for more!
I would absolutely feel comfortable recommending this book to even my mother without overwhelming her. There are very few books on this subject that would do well with that assignment.
- Yes, there are other, more extensive works available by Colonel Cooper, but at this time only four are available for the kindle. If you are looking for something with a little more content, check out: To Ride, Shoot Straight, And Speak The Truth
- Is it worth $9.99? That's up to you. What is sage advice really worth? The book I just recommended(To Ride, Shoot Straight, And Speak the Truth) will set you back more than $25, making this book look like a steal.
- Formatting and copy-editing are definitely substandard. There are a number of spacing and punctuation errors throughout. It's not like the book is too long to properly lay-out and proof. For the price, we should be getting a polished final product and frankly, Colonel Cooper's words deserve to be treated better. These errors do not make the text unreadable, just slightly annoying.Read more ›
That said, it is excellent advice and worthy of keeping around to read on a regular basis. I plan on giving a copy to each of my teenage kids.
I heartily recommend this book. I cannot do it justice on how clear and precise his teachings are. So, read it, and if you have friends or family among the grass eaters, get them to read it too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Buy this now. In fact, buy 5 of them and hand them out. It's that useful and worth while. Mr.Cooper understands what it means to defend one's self.Published 6 days ago by Kirk Mordecki
Jeff Cooper is a great writer and his training is still used today, long after his death. Outstanding, bur brief book.Published 8 days ago by Jim Neely
This is a motivational tool and not any sort of instruction. It's a good read and a good gift for a new gun owner or someone interested in proactively protecting themselves and... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Joseph O'Bryan
There is good information in this, but it is hardly a book and not worth $10. It is large print and probably closer to 30 pages of actual content.Published 9 days ago by Benjamin Gregory
When I was thinking of what type of person should read this book, I really struggled to ID a "type" of person. Then it struck me - everyone needs to read this. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Shawshank
It's an older book, but the concepts inside still hold true today. If you're a "gun nut" or carry a weapon of any kind on a regular basis, this book is a must read.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
I think I either bought this before or read the exact same thing repeated somewhere else. Very short and familiar.Published 15 days ago by Ronald Holland
This is a classic, and should be required reading for anyone interested in self-defense (not just with firearms, but of any nature). Read morePublished 21 days ago by R. Henderson