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Old 05-10-2020, 12:20 PM
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Colonel Jeff Cooper

Happy Birthday Sir! This would've been your (and Janelle's on the 31st) 100th today.
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Old 05-10-2020, 12:31 PM
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I still read his columns often. This ChinaVirus weenie crowd would inspire some pithy thoughts, I'm sure.
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Old 05-10-2020, 12:51 PM
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He is sorely missed:-(
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Old 05-10-2020, 04:08 PM
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More folks should read him these days.

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Old 05-10-2020, 04:15 PM
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I miss Col. Cooper. His contributions to our shooting sports & especially pistolcraft, were immense!
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Old 05-10-2020, 04:28 PM
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I still read his columns often. This ChinaVirus weenie crowd would inspire some pithy thoughts, I'm sure.
I thought of this, too.
Man, HE would be ranting up a storm, for sure!
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Old 05-10-2020, 05:47 PM
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He was a true renaissance man. We won't see the likes of him again any time soon.
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Old 05-10-2020, 06:18 PM
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A proper salute, Col.
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Old 05-10-2020, 06:33 PM
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I still read his columns often. This ChinaVirus weenie crowd would inspire some pithy thoughts, I'm sure.
Could you imagine him stuck on an elevator with a bunch of millenials??
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Old 05-10-2020, 06:52 PM
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He must have been thinking about gun forums when he wrote this.

The Guru and the Countess will definitely be missed.

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Old 05-10-2020, 06:53 PM
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Slightly off-topic:

Chuck Taylor died May 6. He will also be missed
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Old 05-10-2020, 06:57 PM
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Happy Birthday Colonel. You were a true inspiration to many Americans.
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Old 05-10-2020, 07:34 PM
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1980 I was 10. 2 years before I had been introduced to shooting by an uncle, and his father's .38 Police Positive. I had discovered it in a closet, in a laundry bag. Any serviceman knows the laundry bag I speak of.

Instead of freaking out, my unk taught me how to shoot, how to clean.

I spent the 1980's reading what Col. Cooper wrote, and Bill Jordan, and that fella that loved to blow up revolvers pushing them to the limit -- my memory fails me right now, but I suspect you know who I'm talking about.

They formed my firearms training, and thinking.

I know we have Ayad Masood these days.. btu who else?? I don't want self-serving fakery, I want learnt-in-the-field no-bull**** thought.

Most of what's on facebook is ****. Unimitigated ****.

I miss Cooper and Jordan. Adn that fella that blew up revolvers alot.
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First time I read Jeff Cooper was waiting in the barber shop. They had some old Guns and Ammo magazines. I remember JC talking about Goblins... After that I was kinda hooked. He had a pretty big impact on my young mind.

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Old 05-10-2020, 07:57 PM
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Chuck Taylor died May 6. He will also be missed
Now that sucks. I really liked his books and gun rag articles back in the 1980s and 1990s. RIP Sir, and Col. Cooper too.
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Old 05-10-2020, 08:17 PM
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Back in 1994, I wrote a letter to the editor of Guns and Ammo, extolling the virtues of the M16A2 and the 5.56mm cartridge. The Colonel wrote me a letter telling me that I was wrong in doing so. My letter wasn’t selected for print so I was rather surprised that Jeff Cooper himself wrote me back.
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Old 05-10-2020, 08:22 PM
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I would love to see a copy of that letter if you still have it, or at least be able to read the contents. I know he was really disgusted with the M16 in general and the 5.56 in particular, so I'm not surprised he didn't agree with you.
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Old 05-10-2020, 08:45 PM
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Started reading Col Cooper in the mid sixties. First thing I turned to in the magazine. Met him in the 90's at SHOT show, and eventually again at Gunsite. The tour of the Sconce was a real treat. He is truly the father of modern pistolcraft. We will never see the likes of him again.

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Old 05-10-2020, 09:07 PM
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BTW speaking of Chuck Taylor, here is an excellent video with words of wisdom from someone who really knew his s---.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iryhgwFXrp0
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BTW speaking of Chuck Taylor, here is an excellent video with words of wisdom from someone who really knew his s---.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iryhgwFXrp0
Thanks for that link, fascinating and so true. Special attention should be paid to the last 6 minutes, he was absolutely spot-on!

My salute to both men! [Saluting]
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Old 05-10-2020, 09:50 PM
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I know this is a tread about Jeff Cooper, but two of Taylor's comments were spot on - the one about not relying on your hardware to make up for a lack of software (i.e. correct mindset), and also the one about competition shooters really not knowing all that much about real-life combat, no matter how good they may be on the competitive circuit.

I would think Jeff Cooper would've agreed on both points. And yes, definitely the last one as well.
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My introduction to the man was reading my uncle's copy of Cooper on Handguns in 1974, back in the old country. I now have that exact copy with me in the US, 46 years later.

Gunsite training videos show Cooper as a gentleman, who spoke with authority on every topic, without ever appealing to it. The embodiment of, "speak softly and carry a big stick".
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I would love to see a copy of that letter if you still have it, or at least be able to read the contents. I know he was really disgusted with the M16 in general and the 5.56 in particular, so I'm not surprised he didn't agree with you.
I can’t remember what I did with it. At the time I remembered debating to myself if I should have kept it as a keepsake or just chuck it in the trash, but I don’t remember what I did with the letter. It was also handwritten and not typed.
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Chuck Taylor died May 6. He will also be missed
Whoa! I was unaware of that passing. I grew up on his gun articles, too.


There is no one out there currently to pick up the mantle of either of those fine gentlemen.
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