Col John Dean “Jeff” Cooper

Col John Dean “Jeff” Cooper

Birth
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Death
25 Sep 2006 (aged 86)
Paulden, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
Burial
Paulden, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA
Memorial ID
29439791 View Source

Born John Dean Cooper, but known to his friends as "Jeff", Cooper was a Marine Lieutenant Colonel who served in both World War II and the Korean War. He resigned his commission in 1956.

He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University and, in the mid-1960s, a master's degree in history from the University of California, Riverside. In addition to his expertise in firearms, he was a history instructor, philosopher, adventurer, and author.

Jeff Cooper is recognized as the father of what is commonly known as "The Modern Technique" of handgun shooting, and considered by many to be the world's foremost expert on the use and history of small arms.

In 1976 Cooper founded the American Pistol Institute (API, also known as "Gunsite") in northern Arizona to train law enforcement and military personnel, as well as law-abiding civilians. He sold the firm in 1989 but continued living on the ranch. He was well-known for his cogent and thoroughly researched advocacy of large caliber handguns for personal defense, especially the 1911 Colt.

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An Account of Col. Cooper's Funeral.

Born John Dean Cooper, but known to his friends as "Jeff", Cooper was a Marine Lieutenant Colonel who served in both World War II and the Korean War. He resigned his commission in 1956.

He received a bachelor's degree in political science from Stanford University and, in the mid-1960s, a master's degree in history from the University of California, Riverside. In addition to his expertise in firearms, he was a history instructor, philosopher, adventurer, and author.

Jeff Cooper is recognized as the father of what is commonly known as "The Modern Technique" of handgun shooting, and considered by many to be the world's foremost expert on the use and history of small arms.

In 1976 Cooper founded the American Pistol Institute (API, also known as "Gunsite") in northern Arizona to train law enforcement and military personnel, as well as law-abiding civilians. He sold the firm in 1989 but continued living on the ranch. He was well-known for his cogent and thoroughly researched advocacy of large caliber handguns for personal defense, especially the 1911 Colt.

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An Account of Col. Cooper's Funeral.


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  • Created by: Craig McCraw
  • Added: 30 Aug 2008
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 29439791
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/29439791/john-dean-cooper: accessed ), memorial page for Col John Dean “Jeff” Cooper (10 May 1920–25 Sep 2006), Find a Grave Memorial ID 29439791, citing Colonel Jeff Cooper Burial Site, Paulden, Yavapai County, Arizona, USA; Maintained by Craig McCraw (contributor 46899156) .