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  • Paperback: 79 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Pr; Revised edition (Jan. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581604955
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581604955
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 13.7 x 0.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 136 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #59,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Greg Perry on Feb. 29 2004
Format: Paperback
If you're new to personal defense, you need to read... no you need to devour this text.
I assure you that once you ever face situations that Jeff Cooper describes, you will be equipped to handle them. This book literally could save your life.
Do not be a victim even when you're the victim!
If this book were longer, it would be even better but listen... if it were longer, fewer people would read it. It would sit on shelves for "one of these days" and then it might be too late.
I do not know Jeff Cooper but I have read one other book of his and I am so very greatly impressed. He teaches so much more than defense in his writings, although for this jewel, it's primary reason for being is to teach you to protect yourself.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Safety Steve on Oct. 14 2003
Format: Paperback
This booklet is small but the principles it contains are huge in their relation to surviving real-world life-or-death altercations. Some reviewers state that these principles are common-sense and that people should known them instinctively. Unfortunately, this just isn't the case. The modern world has taken most people so far away from their common-sense survival instincts, that only books like this can get them back on track. Regardless of what other reviewers have to say, if you want the basic principles of the survival mind-set then you owe it to yourself to get this book.
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By Seppo Vesala on March 5 2003
Format: Paperback
Rating this book is very hard, because it is a classic, and it is filled with fundamental truths. On the other hand, these thruths are not new, and they can be found in many books. You could even say that they are self evident.
The book has less than 50 pages, and of those pages about half are empty or contain illustrations. So it's a minor understatement to say that there is not much to read. On the other hand, every word counts, and there is not anything that's not necessary. However, when you read the book, you get a feeling that some of the principles are somewhat artificial, as if col. Cooper has tried to get the number of principles down to the magic number: seven.
In the end, when rating this book, I started with five stars. Then I reduced one star for the fact that these principles are not new, and Cooper has not invented them himself. Then I reduced another star because of the price, which is too high in my opinion. Nevertheless, this book has a place in the library of everyone who is interested in surviving in combat.
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I am sure Mr. Cooper is a very accomplished and knowledeable shooter and writer. However, I found this book to contain mostly issues and items that should be common sense to most people. As one reader of this book suggested in his comments, this is a magazine article with elementary drawings. Most of the criteria listed here should be explained to you at your handgun carry class in addition to the laws and general safety. I am sure to someone who wants to get an intimidating looking coffee table book where a mean looking fella is shooting at them, it's great, but for me, I found this purchase to be a dissapointment.
This does not mean I will pass on other Jeff Cooper books, but I will certainly read ALL of the reviews and try and make a better judgement than what the cover looks like.
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Other reviewers have noted, and criticized, this text for it's common sense principals and it's austere presentation. It is true that there is nothing presented in this book that has not been contemplated by every gun owner or martial artist with at least a room temperature IQ. I myself read this book during my lunch-hour one day and can say that I didn't come away with anything new. But, I think that the critics are missing the point. Mr. Cooper's intention was not to reveal some profound secret, but to provoke though on the topic of self-defense. In this respect the book is very good. After reading this I found myself questioning how prepared I was to defend myself and what I could do to be more attentive in these matters. If this was your intention Mr. Cooper then well done!
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Cooper's book is the starting point for anybody interested in protecting himself or herself from violent attack. While Cooper is best known as a founder of The Modern Technique of the Pistol, this is not a book about guns or gunfights. It is about the mental conditioning, notably including situational awareness, which one needs to avoid (if possible) or survive an unavoidable violent encounter.
As has been said by Cooper and others, having a gun no more means you are armed than owning a piano makes you a musician. This book is a solid foundation for arming yourself against a violent criminal attack, whether or not you choose to protect yourself with a firearm.
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By A Customer on April 17 1998
Format: Paperback
This is _not_ a specific guide to the use of weapons in personal defense, as one would expect from the Colonel. Rather, it's a primer on the "mindset" aspects of engaging an adversary. In this respect, it suffices in its coverage of the attitudes necessary to prevail in a fight and _win_.
Defensive pistolcraft is a practical martial art, and Colonel Cooper is, without doubt, the father of the art in its modern form. This little red book is given out at his General Pistol courses; I have one myself. Buy several and give them to the people whose lives you cherish.
Then, take them to a pistol range and teach them to shoot.
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