Update the “Software” between your ears.

The late Jeff Cooper was one of the true pioneers of weaponcraft in the US. His numerous accomplishments include founder of Gunsite Ranch, editor at large of Guns & Ammo magazine, winner of the Outstanding American Handgunner award in 1995, Rangemaster Emeritus of the US Practical Shooting Assn. and long-time member of the board of directors of the National Rifle Association. He was a United States Marine, the creator of the “modern technique” of handgun shooting, and an expert on the use and history of small arms.

Even though we have moved beyond some of the techniques he taught he is still the foundation and put together some of the best “software” for cultivating a good mindset.  One of his books I think should be required reading, Principles of Personal Defense.  It’s a short book and be found online for less than $20.


“It is a classic, timeless work, encapsulated in a clear, concise, and succinct form………….it should be read, studied, and then periodically re-read and re-studied. No matter how many times you read it, you will always find one more pearl of wisdom that you missed during the last read.”

–Louis Awerbuck