My non-membership in the cult of Jeff Cooper is well-documented.
While I credit Cooper for his early contributions to training, his lack of real-world experience made me hesitant to take his endless advice at face value.
Also, aside from training, I knew Jeff Cooper was a blowhard, an attention whore, and had a poor track record of picking equipment (Bren Ten, CZ75, etc.). His tortured sentence structure made deciphering his ramblings a tedious chore. And he loved to take credit for things for which he was a mere spectator, rather than a pioneer.
After reading the new issue of Guns & Ammo, we can apparently add “Shit-Talker” and “Sore Loser” to his resume:
Yes, it is an anecdote. But a very specific one; far more specific than Cooper’s vague hints of covert swashbuckling. If the IPSC keeps records, it should be possible to verify the attendance at this match, as well as the winners.
What kind of insecure jackass needs to play to his sycophants that way? If you have the confidence to talk shit to someone before a match, you had better win. And you better have the integrity to talk some more when they beat you. Or even congratulate them.
Which is probably the heart of the matter: lack of integrity.
Before Cooper, civilian handgun training was rare, informal and inconsistent. Into that abyss came Jeff Cooper, and in that vast abyss, an undistinguished career in the Marines (before being forced out at middling rank), a deliberately vague resume, and a lot of bullying are all it took to become the premier trainer of pistolcraft. The one-eyed man in the kingdom of the blind, so to speak. Cooper must have known how mediocre he was, and it made him behave like an asshole.
Imagine if someone with better credentials and a less loathsome personality had come onto the scene first. We might not have to deal with so many personality cultists, and brainless 1911 ditto-heads.
Speaking of brainless ditto-heads…see if you can count the hypocrisies in this angry screed:
To: Webmaster Name: Chris Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Go fuck yourself Message: How classy - attacking a defenseless dead man. I knew Jeff well, obvious you based an entire person on one brief meeting. Ever have a bad day yourself, bitch? Sometimes people don't always act themselves. I'll put my .45 up against any pistol you can aim & fire, any day, any time. Name it, asscrack. Oh and by the way, when you write a hit piece on someone, at least have the courage to use the author's real name, chickenshit. Sent from (ip address): 188.8.131.52 (cpe-72-179-180-16.satx.res.rr.com) Date/Time: October 7, 2015 12:35 pm Coming from (referer): http://www.yankeegunnuts.com/contactus/ Using (user agent): Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/45.0.2454.101 Safari/537.36