Pistol Fundamentals Flashback: Jeff Copper and the Modern Technique

H/T Lenny Ladner

 

 

No other man in firearms training history has had more influence and persuasion that Colonel Jeff Cooper, USMC (Ret.)

The Modern Technique of Pistol Craft that Colonel Cooper invented and taught revolutionized Handgun Training forever.

The MT can be divided up into four major parts:

1. The Big-Bore Autoloading Pistol

Cooper favored this pistol for its proven fight-stopping characteristics, its ease of handling, and the ability to reload it very quickly. While he personally preferred the Colt 1911 in .45 ACP, he also gave the nod to the CZ-75, the Browning Hi-Power and a few other guns. He was not a big fan of the 9 mm, however, and called double-action semi-auto pistols the answer to an unasked question.

2. The Weaver Stance

Cooper borrowed this technique from Deputy Sheriff Jack Weaver, who was consistently beating them all in the combat matches. It is a balanced combat stance that uses a two-hand, isometric hold on the handgun. The shooting hand pushes forward and the support hand pulls back. It is the key to fast, multiple shots using full-power ammunition.

Since the MT was developed over 40 years ago, there have been a myriad of other shooting stances developed that are worth checking out.

3. The Flash Sight Picture

Early on, Col. Jeff Cooper realized that when shooters focused on their front sights, their number of center hits went up dramatically. He also realized that, at close range, you really don’t have to carefully line up both the front and rear sight, nor do you have the time to do it in a gunfight. Just get the front sight on the target as quickly as possible, see the front sight clearly, and launch your shot. The effectiveness of this technique is amazing.

4. The Surprise Break

Cooper taught his students to press the trigger instead of giving it a healthy jerk that would throw the sights off target. In practice, one begins this technique very slowly, pressing gently until the shot is launched. Done properly, the shot should come as almost a surprise. With further practice, one learns to compress all the right moves and deliver his shot quickly and accurately. The combination of No. 3 and No. 4 is why you hear instructors admonish their students with “Front sight, Press.  Front sight, Press.”

 

News Piece from 1979 on Cooper and Gunsite Academy.

 

Jeff Cooper’s Handgun Fundamentals Instructional Video (1985)

 

Best Lightweight Concealable Body Armor

Best Lightweight Concealable Body Armor

 

For me, in this day and age, this is a no-brainer.

Don’t forget to have one for every member of the family and one in your VBOB (Vehicle Bug Out Bag) as well.

Although not considered a “concealable” vest, I still have two US Palm Defender Level IIIA Soft Vest I bought for me and the wife unit many moons ago.

I think they have been discontinued but you can still find them online.

 

Little Pistols — How Far Will They Shoot Accurately?

Little Pistols — How Far Will They Shoot Accurately?

 

Recent events in FUSA like the Greenwood Mall shooting in Indiana earlier this year have made it evident that if you carry a handgun for self-defense you need to be ready and able to make a long distance shot if called upon.

Here is a general overview of four small carry guns and how they hold up to distances out to 75 yards.

As Colonel Jeff Cooper was fond of saying:

“Any Weapon will do in a pinch if YOU WILL DO in a pinch!”

Train Often and Realistically.

 

Shooting at Moving Vehicles

Shooting at Moving Vehicles

 

Great information.

Understanding how bullet’s react through various mediums is key to being effective with your firearm in self-defense situations.

 

Article of the Week: Life WROL (Without Rule of Law)

Proactive Pest Removal

 

Very incisive article about what is to come very shortly.

Ask yourself: Are you prepared MENTALLY for what is about to happen?

if Not, Prepare NOW, because as the article states, you don’t get any MULLIGANS once the PURGE horn sounds.