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Hello. The man who contributed much to the world of firearms and particularly handgunning has passed. He died quietly at home this afternoon.



Col. Cooper was never one to leave a person wondering what side of an issue he was on and while I did not always agree with his opinions, I respected them and him.



As most probably know, he was and had been a leading advocate of the .45 ACP and 1911 pattern pistol and presented ideas on shooting and training that were considered novel at the time though more the norm today.



I met this man a time or two and he was most cordial on these occassions, but I cannot say that we knew each other, just chatted a few moments at NRA conventions.



In any event, Col. Cooper's passing while not a pure "gun issue" is at least "gun-related."



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He lived a long life, and it seems he did it mostly on his terms, so I can't really be sad.



I can say I hope his estate is in good order and we won't be seing his name slapped on every piece of junk that comes down the river.
 

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Tis a sad day, my father got me in week long combat session with Col Cooper 25 years ago. What I learned, I still use and has saved my life more than once. Salutes to you Col. I miss you already.
 
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