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The Art of the Rifle Paperback – July 1, 1997
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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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Our nation owes its very existence to a citizenry armed with rifles, allowing colonial America to throw off the tyrannical yolk of 18th Century Great Britain to become the United States of America. Much is owed to the citizen soldiers, past and present and the firearms that fed their families and supported their government as well as the safe handling of those weapons.
As Jeff Cooper points out, firearms have no morality, that responsibility inevitably falls upon the person whose hands hold that device.
The biggest flaw I saw was some erroneous info on physics - if you have studied physics you will fall out of your chair when you read the part about recoil of smooth bore vs rifled barrels. The author not only gets it wrong but he off starts by ripping on the lack of physics know how among shooters.
He spoke truth.
He did not mince words.
He had an extensive vocabulary.
He was extremely knowledgeable in his field(s).
He knew how to distill and explain complex concepts to the walking dead among us.
He is better known for his influence on pistolcraft but as is so often the case, a fellow with complete understanding of one discipline usually has that same level of understanding in another related area.
So it was with Col. Cooper.
I miss his back cover musings in Guns and Ammo magazine.
I presume he and Ronald Reagan have long chats these days.
If I am lucky, someday I will in on them too!
My only quibble is that the cover of this paperback book always curls no matter the temperature or humidity. It's not something I can just leave flat on a table without something to hold it down!
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Text is simple and straightforward but gives a good glimpse into the art of rifle marksmanship