Today’s post will be a review of Jeff Cooper’s little book Principles of Personal Defense. It has been perhaps a decade since I read this little book, so I recently reread it. I used to read a great deal of literature on small arms and self-defense, but had slacked off of that the last few years on account of the time I spent on other studies.
My copy of Principles of Personal Defense was published by Paladin Press in 1989 and is only 44 pages, basically a booklet. I have the red cover 2nd edition with a photo of the Colonel with a 1911 on the front, though I see that there is a newer Paladin edition with a blue cover and a new forward.
Jeff Cooper (1920-2006) was a Marine officer during WWII and Korea, accomplished big game hunter, author, nationally known gun writer, founder of the Gunsite center in Arizona, founder of the I.P.S.C., and the founding force behind the mid-20th century practical (combat) pistol shooting movement.
One of my favorite quotes from this book is the following: “Violent crime is only feasible if its victims are cowards. A victim who fights back makes the whole business impractical”. Think about that. A criminal wants to take your property or harm you, not get harmed himself. If he wished to fight, he would take up boxing or MMA. He wishes to find a weak target that offers no resistance to his predation. When good people are confronted with physical attack, they should RESIST.
This book is the print version of a presentation of core principles of personal security that Cooper developed while doing defensive consulting work in Central America about half a centruy ago, before the communist takeovers there. This book is not a how to manual or a tactic book. This book is about the core mental and physical principles that guide one regardless of their particular situation or armament.
I will not go over all seven of the principles taught by Cooper in this work, but I will state that the first, and perhaps most important, is that of Alertness. As Imperial America slides toward political, economic, and racial strife –the information in this little book will be needed by good people. Keep your head up!
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