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I just seen this posted at sixgunner.com--

“Jeff Cooper is in extremely grave condition at this hour. Previously hospitalized for possible surgery, he suffered a heart attack and was revived in the hospital. The heart muscle suffered serious damage.
It was posted at 19:28 hours EDT.”
 

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Thanks for posting this.



We'll keep you in our thought Jeff.
 

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The following is from a member of the Smith & Wesson Forum:

Just got off the phone from the Gunsite office at 0803. They advised that Col. Cooper was awaiting surgery in the local hospital and had a "minor" heart attack which he rode out, now has an "irregular" heartbeat. He is now home and "stable, resting comfortably" with lots of family around. He is still mentally sharp...also 86 and frail.

Cards,letters (c/o Gnsite Academy, 2900 W. Gunsite Rd., Paulden, AZ 86334-4301), and e-mail ([email protected]) welcome and the staff will walk them across to the house. (Prayers appropriate, to be sent by the usual route.)

Anybody remotely connected to the shooting world is in debt to this man and his lifetime of writings.

It might be good to say so in so many words while we can.

BG (Orange Gunsite 1989)
 

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About Jeff Cooper
Born Monday 10 May 1920 in Los Angeles, USA, John Dean Cooper is widely recognised amongst gun enthusiasts as the father of modern combat pistol shooting.

Jeff became a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Marines after serving in the Pacific during World War II and having re-enlisted for Korea.

In the fifties Jeff was a guiding light in the Bear Valley Gunslingers in California, later to develop into the Southwest Combat Pistol League. Many techniques new to pistol shooting which revolutionised the use of the handgun in combat can be traced back to these beginnings and Jeff's subsequent work at the American Pistol Institute at Gunsite Ranch, Arizona (which Jeff founded and developed). Jeff has been very influential in the development of the modern rifle, notably with the "Scout Rifle" concept.

Of special note are Jeff's writings on the combat mindset, particularly in Jeff's books "Fireworks" and the later "To Ride, to Shoot Straight and Speak the Truth." Jeff holds an MA in History and Jeff's clear and precise writing style complements the intelligence of Jeff's writings.

Jeff is Editor at Large for Guns & Ammo magazine where edited versions of the "Commentaries" can be found. Jeff is the Founding President and Honorary Lifetime Chairman, the International Practical Shooting Confederation. Jeff is a member of the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association of America.

As is noted in these "Commentaries" Jeff's writings have always garnered controversy and are read with interest by all true students of the use of firearms in the social context. They have a wider relevance to those seeking insights into the condition of modern man.


Further biographical information can be found at,
http://www.FrFrogsPad.com/cooper.htm

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John Pate, August 1994
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