ABOUT THE COLONEL

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Here are a few key dates and events in the life of Colonel Jeff Cooper, founder of the fa­mous Gun­site Academy and writer of many sem­i­nal books and ar­ti­cles on the use of hand­guns and ri­fles.

John Dean “Jeff” Cooper was born on May 10, 1920, in Los An­ge­les, Cal­i­for­nia.

He en­tered the U.S. Marine Corps with a reg­u­lar com­mis­sion as a sec­ond lieu­tenant in 1941 af­ter com­plet­ing a de­gree in po­lit­i­cal sci­ence from Stan­ford Univer­sity.

Cooper served dur­ing World War II and the Korean War and left the Corps as a lieu­tenant colonel fol­low­ing the Korean War.

Af­ter a civil­ian ca­reer as a high school and col­lege teacher from the 1950s to the 1970s, his fo­cus changed to firearms and per­sonal de­fense.

In 1976, he founded the Amer­i­can Pis­tol In­sti­tute, which would later be­come the world-renowned Gun­site Academy. Dur­ing this time, he de­vel­oped the “mod­ern tech­nique” for us­ing a hand­gun in a de­fen­sive sit­u­a­tion.

In re­sponse to ac­tions he saw dur­ing com­bat and in dis­cus­sions with mem­bers of civil­ian law en­force­ment, he cod­i­fied his color code to help peo­ple make the men­tal jump from un­aware to willing and ready to shoot, if need be.

Cooper later fo­cused on ri­fle use, rather than pis­tol use, and wrote the sem­i­nal book, The Art of the Ri­fle.

He also wrote sev­eral books re­count­ing his life ad­ven­tures, as well as es­says and short sto­ries, in­clud­ing Fire­works (1980); An­other Coun­try: Per­sonal Ad­ven­tures of the Twen­ti­eth Cen­tury (1992); To Ride, Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth (1988); and C Sto­ries (2004).

Cooper passed away at his home at Gun­site on Septem­ber 25, 2006, at the age of 86.

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