Thursday, January 28, 2010

SG Interview with Col. Jeff Cooper on DRTV!

“A free man must not be told how to think, either by the government or by social activists. He may certainly be shown the right way, but he must not accept being forced into it.”
— Col. Jeff Cooper

FINALLY, after years of trying to make this happen, the SHOOTING GALLERY interview with Col. Jeff Cooper — perhaps the last major interview he gave before his death in 2006 — is now available on DOWN RANGE Television!

Go here, then click VIDEO CATEGORY button above the Player and select "Jeff Cooper Uncut."


Eric said...

Thank you! Now if we can get the interview Jim Scoutten did with the Colonel on American Shooter, I'd be a happy man.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for posting the video. I enjoyed it!

Windy Wilson said...

I'm with Eric on this one.
Thanks for posting the interview.

Kansas Scout said...

Thanks for putting that up! I enjoyed that a great deal. I had not seen a photo of Cooper towards the end of his life. I should not have been surprised. He stayed sharp till the end apparently. Impressive character.

Unknown said...


The last time I saw the col. that's about how he looked. But even in his advanced years he demanded a level of respect that most people would never get. It was great just to talk to him for five minutes. I'll never forget it.

seeker_two said...

Thanks, Michael. This is a must-see by everyone...shooters or not. Col. Cooper was one of the last "civilized" Renaissance men...

nj_larry said...

MB I said it sir are the best man to document the firearms industry icons. NOW THAT WOULD MAKE A GREAT SHOW, WOULDN'T IT? A couple of seasons of mini documentaries/unique interviews with the great remaining designers/owners/collectors etc. I just wish there were interviews with the Jack O'Connors, Askins, Keiths, Stoners of the past.

Michael Bane said...

Larry, one of the things that breaks my heart is that Jim Cirillo was one of my mentors and a dear friend...we used to laugh that we needed to get him on SG just to talk about his amazing life before, as Jim said, he "keeled over dead." Unfortunately. none of us come with a guarantee...

One of the items on Marshal Halloway's and my "TO DO" list for SRTV is a series of interviews with important industry figures, because we don't understand or know our own history.

I've been lucky enough to spend time with Col. Cooper — a man I profoundly admired — Ray Chapman, Col. Rex Applegate, Jim Cirillo, Walt Rauch, Ken Hackathorn, Bill Rogers, SEAL 6 Plank Holder Denny Chalker, Mike Dillon (whose invention changed the game), Mikhail Kalashnikov (whose invention changed the world), Jim Clark Sr. (and Jr., for that matter), all the great shooters of the last 40 years, including my good friend Kim Rhode, who stands with the giants, and she's not finished yet. I've been very very very lucky...


Eric said...

Speaking of Walt Rauch, what's he up to lately? I'd love to see an entire show devoted to him.

Hobie said...

Thanks for that. I always admired COL Cooper.

bob r said...

"It is foolish and wrong to mourn the men who died. Rather we should thank God that such men lived." -- General George Patton

Col. Cooper surely belongs in that category of men. We may be saddened by his passing but we were bettered by his having existence.

Thanks Mike.

rastus said...

Walt Rauch...that snubbie show is still one of my favorites. It would be great to hear some of Walt's stories told by him.

seeker_two said...

Hear, hear....get Walt Rauch's stories on video....his wisdom needs to be preserved...don't let him be another Cirillo regret...

1894C said...

Thank you for posting that interview!
What a treat. Col. Cooper was an amazing individual. The country is diminished by his passing. It is great that there are records such as this interview.

Thanks again Mr. Bane.

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