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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873649737
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873649735
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #372,784 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeff Cooper's accomplishments in the field of firearms are almost too numerous to list. They include founder of Gunsite Ranch, editor-at-large of Guns & Ammo magazine, rangemaster emeritus of the U.S. Practical Shooting Association, and Outstanding American Handgunner

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Jeff Cooper was born in Los Angeles, California, in 1920. He was educated at Stanford University and took his advanced degree from the University of California. He was commissioned in the Marine Corps in 1941 and served throughout World War II in the Pacific, achieving the rank of Major. Recalled to active duty for the Korean War, he moved up one rank to Lieutenant Colonel before leaving the service.

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.

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Being an English language connoisseur I love that he uses words like shottist.
Beth DeRoos
I even read a few of the passages out loud to my pre-teen daughters in front of a campfire a few weeks ago; they were riveted to their chairs.
Mr. Ryan Jones
I have about a half dozen books by Jeff Cooper and I expect I'll buy more, once I read all the ones I have.
Paul from 'Bama

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50 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ryan Jones on September 17, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is not a "Gun Book" though it certainly contains a hefty amount of gun info in it. It is just a good book, by the man who literally changed the way police officers train in this country. (If you have ever seen a cop hold a gun with two hands, thank Cooper for it)

Cooper is an excellent writer, and while some readers may find parts of this book uninteresting, there is something here for everyone. I even read a few of the passages out loud to my pre-teen daughters in front of a campfire a few weeks ago; they were riveted to their chairs. (The Passage titled "Survivor" should be standard reading to every school age student; it brings a certain amount of humanity to WWII in a way that is shockingly personal.)

I read this entire book in a 6 hour period and then read it again a second time in one day. If you like guns, you will love this book, but if you don't there is still enough interesting info here to keep you interested.

I recommend this book highly.
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94 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Beth DeRoos HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 10, 2004
Format: Paperback
It is so hard to improve on the five star reviews that have been written. But it was when I read 'Combat mind-set, proper sighting, tactical residential architecture, nuclear war - these are some of the many subjects explored by Jeff Cooper in this illustrated anthology. The author discusses various arms, fighting skills and the importance of knowing how to defend oneself, and one's honor, in our rapidly changing world' that I knew it would be a book I would read and use. In my personal opinion he is the best author on firearms and their use. The real McCoy and not some fictional Rambo type.
I know he is a former Marine Lt. Colonel who served in WWII and Korea,
history professor (Ph.D.) and an ongoing student of history, philosopher, adventurer, author, and shottist. Being an English language connoisseur I love that he uses words like shottist. So many people have noted to me that what sets the author apart from so many gun or firearm authors is his no nonsense, common sense approach to teaching about guns and gun uses. And how he teaches that they are tools and not recreational toys. Like the NRA and the Ducks Unlimited gun course I took he teaches that All firearms are loaded, keep your finger off the trigger unless your sights are on the target, never let the firearm point at anything you are not willing to destroy and
be sure of your target and what is behind it. He teaches and writes about the most
effective methods to learn for engaging and hitting human antagonists or game animals with the proper firearm. He is a common sense, no nonsense teacher which I would like to see cloned!
Back in 1975 he founded the American Pistol Institute API which taught rifle and shotgun pistol, usage and then the name was changed to Gunsite (gunsite.com).
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83 of 91 people found the following review helpful By Greg Perry on February 29, 2004
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I get this book to help my shooting skills.
The book did that. But it's not a book on shooting skills.
It's a book on shootting but also on personal defense. But it's ALSO a book on defending your home. But it's ALSO a book that is designed to create real men, not the Hollywood lie but real men who are honest, who defend honor, and who know how to protect their families and themselves.
The book is a pro-active defense book meaning that it teaches you how to KEEP from becoming a victim. But it also shows you how to change your mindset to be a better man.
This book reads like a book of short stories. That's what it really is, although some of the "stories" are detailed instrictions on what it means to protect one's family and exactly how to do so.
I didn't shoot until I had read this and then I shot a lot. As you may have read in my Disabling America (ISBN: 0785262253) I have many problems with my hands. As you'll also read there, I overcome them and Jeff Cooper and his training and the people around him have (and will) continue to help me learn how to use what I have to defende what is right to defend.
I strongly encourage you to read this if you are a man... or if you want to become a real man.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By K. L. Neal on October 19, 1999
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This is Cooper's best general purpose work. For the student of marksmanship, both rifle and pistol, this is his most illuminating text, revealing details of the marksmanship process that are immediately useful. It is even more useful as a text for the self-reliant citizen. And, of course, it is entertaining and amusing. If you have just one "gun book", this should be it.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 18, 2000
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Colonel Jeff Cooper compresses volumes of information into one well-written, informative, and entertaining volume. He shares his experiences and philosphies with the reader as a father would share them with his son at the fireplace.
As a "Generation Xer" it is a great relief to know that this country will eventually be taken back by those who followed the Ten Commandments, read the Constitution, learned shooting from their fathers, and read Col Jeff Cooper's writings.
Read the book and see.
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35 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Chip L on November 23, 2001
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If you're a sporting enthusiast, whether a hunter or a shooter (shottist, to use Col. Cooper's term...), the name of Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC, RET. is probably a familiar one. I was first exposed to the Colonel's work as a young infantry officer. The Marine Corps has a vested interest in developing their troop leaders. Professional reading is always encouraged. I read a short, easily read paperback listing "Principles of Personal Defense". The author was a retired Marine named Cooper. (If you haven't read that one yet, add it to your list! ) I was amazed at the volume of eminently practical and sound theory put forth in that book. As a Grunt, I was skeptical of anything that sounded far-fetched. I'd heard my share of war stories. That slim volume caught my interest. The Colonel earned my trust by simply and plainly telling the truth about combat.
I spent quite a bit of time teaching Marines about combat. I hadn't actually been in combat, yet... still, an infantry platoon commander's job is to make sure his troops are prepared for combat.
Enter this book.
I got my first copy in the late '80's. Cooper's discussion of the Combat Mind-set earned the immediate approval and acceptance of every combat vet I spoke with. The young Marines I was priveleged to instruct received the information enthusiastically. For the last twenty years or so, I have been continuously involved in training, first with the Marines, through Desert Storm, and on to Police recruits, Police In-service, Corrections Officers and Tactical Response Teams. And the young fighters still receive the Colonel's ideas as enthusiastically as ever. My fifteen years of SWAT experience says that these theories work operationally, as well.
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