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Hello. The man who contributed much to the world of firearms and particularly handgunning has passed. He died quietly at home this afternoon.

Col. Cooper was never one to leave a person wondering what side of an issue he was on and while I did not always agree with his opinions, I respected them and him.

As most probably know, he was and had been a leading advocate of the .45 ACP and 1911 pattern pistol and presented ideas on shooting and training that were considered novel at the time though more the norm today.

I met this man a time or two and he was most cordial on these occassions, but I cannot say that we knew each other, just chatted a few moments at NRA conventions.

In any event, Col. Cooper's passing while not a pure "gun issue" is at least "gun-related."

Best.
 

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I had the honour of meeting and talking at length with the Colonel in 1989. Truly a gentleman amongst gentlemen. His passing wounds us all.
 

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Like a handful of other men, and women, throughout history, no one will be able to fill his combat boots.

Fortunately, he left us a great written legacy to study.

Godspeed, LTC John Dean Cooper

Jim Higginbotham
 
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Far and away, nobody in the 20th century (or, perhaps, in the history of the handgun) influenced more how handguns are shot today throughout the world than did the good Colonel.

Even the isosceles (back in vogue now) came out of his little group of weekend shooters (the embryonic Southwest Pisol Leage) at their "leatherslaps" at Big Bear Lake in southern California.
 

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It was Jeff Cooper's writings in G&A that intitially got me interested in The Modern Technique and seeking good instruction. His passing is indeed sad for those of us who followed him in print and met him inperson. I hope everyone has his/her 1911 within reach (Condition Yellow) and Scout Rifle clean. His instruction lives tho! Look at the TV coverage of the war: Each GI/Marine has his/her finger in the correct position - Rule Three, I belive. I am thankful for his teachings and know he rests in Valhalla!
 
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