Split-Second Self-Defense: Acting Quickly in an Attack

Col. Jeff Cooper, Retired Speaking at Gunsite Academy Modern Technique of the Pistol
Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC

Colonel Jeff Cooper, founder of Gunsite Academy, often told the story of an acquaintance in South America who stepped out of his front door to see three armed men running towards him at close range. Cooper’s friend quickly drew his pistol and took down all three attackers. As I recall the story, he did this before any of the three men could get a shot off. 

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Speed Holstering: Why It’s a Bad Idea

Take it slow and do it right—great advice for most situations.

I’m not really sure where this business of speed re-holstering a handgun got started. Possibly, it began among competition shooters who thought it looked cool and was an indication of savvy gun handling. It might also have started with some defensive trainers for the same reasons. On the other hand, it really doesn’t matter. What folks should know about speed re-holstering is that it’s dangerous and not a good idea at all.

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Fight-or-Flight: Dealing With Body Reactions in Personal Defense

Any time that we are placed in fear of losing our lives or suffering serious injury, that computer that we call a brain kicks in and automatically performs certain physical functions. Some call it the fight-or-flight response, because our body makes itself ready to do battle or run for it. 

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Snubnose Revolvers: Still Meeting Defensive Needs


The defensive shooter is really blessed to have so many good handguns from which to choose his or her personal-defense gun. With due diligence and study, a person can nearly always find just the handgun that suits their personal needs. But, in this day of semi-automatic pistols, it is wise not to overlook the tried-and-true snubnose revolver. They’ve been around for a long time and that is simply due to the fact they meet the defensive needs of a lot of folks.

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