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Col. Cooper's seminal book on fighting handguns holds up well sixty years later as far as techniques are concerned. Obviously it does not consider many of today's most well-known pistols and revolvers as they did not exist in Cooper's day. Jeff was known as a champion of the 1911-style pistols, and it is interesting to note that today, sixty years after "Fighting Handguns" and more than a hundred years after the birth of the "Army .45," there are still copies of John Browning's basic design offered by Colt, Smith & Wesson, Remington, Rock Island Armory and goodness knows how many others. And it's not just old guys like me who are buying them, either. In any case, the good Colonel's books are required reading for anyone who claims to be a shooter, IMNSHO. The man who, along with a few friends, essentially invented modern pistolcraft is not to be ignored.
For those who like striker fired Tupperware, this book is not for you. I’m a child of the 70’s and 80’s. Revolvers and 1911’s rule! This is Jeff cooper at his best. Youngsters will call this a history book, and I guess it is but it’s a cool history book.
Jeff Cooper was a modern master of gunfighting. He developed and codified the Modern Technique of firearm use and is one of the greatest modern instructors of the gun. Anything he has to say is worth listening to.
A must for any shooting library. A concise history of handguns into the twentieth century. Though many improvements have been made since this guide was published, the solid foundations presented are still valid today.