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Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries #4

Jeff Cooper’s Commentaries #4

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Jeff Cooper's Commentaries
Previously Gunsite Gossip
Volume Four,1996
Vol. 4, No. 1 January, 1996............................................................................................................................1
Vol. 4, No. 2 Shot Show............................................................................................................................7
Vol. 4, No. 3 Mid−Winter...........................................................................................................................12
Vol. 4, No. 4 The Ides of March...........................................................................................................................18
Vol. 4, No. 5 Interim Sitrep...........................................................................................................................23
Vol. 4, No. 6 Spring is Here...........................................................................................................................27
Vol. 4, No. 7 Summer is Icumen In...........................................................................................................................33
Vol. 4, No. 8 The Glorious Fourth...........................................................................................................................38
Vol. 4, No. 9 Hot, Ain't It!...........................................................................................................................44
Vol. 4, No. 10 Summer's End...........................................................................................................................49
Vol. 4, No. 11 Zeroing Time...........................................................................................................................55
Vol. 4, No. 12 Hunting Season...........................................................................................................................62
Vol. 4, No. 12a Interim Supplement...........................................................................................................................68
Vol. 4, No. 13 Venison Harvest...........................................................................................................................73
Vol. 4, No. 14 Thanksgiving...........................................................................................................................78
Vol. 4, No. 15 Winter...........................................................................................................................84
Vol. 4, No. 16 Year End...........................................................................................................................89
Please Note. These "Commentaries" are for personal use only. Not for publication.
 
Jeff Cooper's Commentaries
Previously Gunsite Gossip
 Vol. 4, No. 1 January, 1996
Happy New Year!
So here we go into 1996. I suppose 1995 could have been much worse than it was, but still it included fully asmuch that was scruffy as that which was elegant. Its very scruffiness leads to some hope at the polls, at leasthere in the US, but the democratic process has not proved to be a guarantee of either liberty or justice. AsChurchill opined, it may be a very poor system, but remains better than any alternative we have thought up sofar.Be that as it may, we look forward to '96 with cautious optimism. Many excellent things may turn up, so hereis to good cheer for the New Year!Have you noticed the frequency with which journalists employ the term "a hail of bullets"? This is the wrongterm, since hail comes down from above, not from the side. The proper term should be "blizzard," as anyonecan attest to who has been out in one. However, I have never seen an author use the term "a blizzard of bullets," whereas I hear about "a hail of bullets" with every second copy of the newspaper.One of the things that we look forward to in the New Year is the chance to confront an angry bull hippo ondry land. Arrangements have been made.The question will arise as to why the hunter should choose a hippo, especially since over the great huntingdays of Africa this beast was never considered to be a game animal. He does, however, offer some interestingpossibilities. Shooting him in the water is not exciting. While he has been known to attack and destroy a boat,he usually simply sinks and dies under water. On the other hand, if you can insert yourself between anight−grazing hippo and his river, he may afford you as much excitement as you desire − perhaps more. Hisbulk is enormous and the problem of proper bullet placement is daunting. In his rush for water he is all butunstoppable, and his bite can easily cut a man in two. (We know of two outfitters who will not undertake thisoperation, believing it to be too dangerous.)If and when you get your hippo down, various positive features appear. His hide is supposed to make the bestleather in the world. His meat is highly prized by the local people, and his rendered fat is considered to be asovereign remedy for everything from malaria to sprained ankles. His ivory is distinctly superior to that of theelephant for the manufacture of jewelry and accessories, being denser and finer in grain.Among other things, this adventure will give us one more excuse to take Baby afield. We will use 500−grainsolids, and when the opportunity presents itself we will shoot with extreme care.Now we observe the ultimate gift for the man who has everything. This is a titanium−plated Anaconda. Herein the tail end of industrialization we come across the manufacture of items which are designed not for use,but only for ownership. Such things were made historically on a one−at−a−time basis for kings and princes,but now we make them up in quantity for anyone whose wife (mother, daughter, concubine, secretary) hasmore cash than good sense.It is interesting to me that while one cannot yet purchase a production Scout rifle, which ought to be the most
Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume FourVol. 4, No. 11/93
 
useful thing of its kind so far designed, one can now purchase a titanium−plated Anaconda. Food for thought.(The "Anaconda" I refer to here is the long−barreled Colt revolver in caliber 44−Magnum.)Considering the recent Christmas festivities we were reminded of an exchange that took place in lowlandScotland in the early 17th century. The English visitor looked around at smoking wreckage and disaster,ravished fields and slaughtered livestock, and exclaimed,"Good heavens, are there no Christians here?"The response was,"Nay, Sir, we be mainly Armstrongs and Elliots."Now that so many states are issuing licenses for concealed carry, and have had to come up with somethingregarded as "qualification" for the issuance, we are treated to the tiresome spectacle of the blind leading theblind. Legislatures do not know what sort of law to pass, and the qualifiers have no idea what it is they aretrying to qualify. This is okay in the big picture since it puts more armed citizens on the streets, but I amreceiving a flood of letters pointing out the inadequacy of the qualification process. You cannot "qualify" ashottist (or a pianist or an airplane pilot or a matador or a dancer) in "six easy lessons." The only sensiblething you can do is examine the applicant for his knowledge of the law as it applies to his jurisdiction. Youmay, of course, make sure he understands how to load and unload his weapon, but to try to turn him into apistolero is absurd.The legislative efforts in this line continue to be mysterious. According to the new Texas law, for example, anurse may not carry her properly licensed pistol into a hospital. As we all know, a nurse is particularlyvulnerable to violent attack, not in the corridors of the hospital, but on her way from the door to her car in thewee hours. If she really needs a sidearm, this is when she needs it, but current Texas law seems unconcerned.In answer to those of you who have written in, the Whittington dates for 1996 appear as follows:
General Rifle Class: 28 April to 3 MayGeneral Pistol Class: 14 to 19 JulyGunsite Reunion and Theodore Roosevelt Memorial: 18, 19, 20 October 
Rich Wyatt (303) 232−0542
Keneyathlon: 17, 18 June
David Kahn (303) 697−9495Reluctant as we may be to compliment a dictator who prefers to be addressed as "Comrade," we arecompelled to do so in the case of Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe. He officially refers to homosexuals as"perverts who do not deserve civil rights." In his words,"Let the Americans keep their sodomy, bestiality, stupid and foolish ways to themselves. Letthe gays be − gay − in the United States and Europe, but they shall be sad people here."How about that?We have struck out on the Gunsite zeroing target. Our printer here in Prescott has decided that marketing it isnot economically feasible. I think very highly of this design and I think the target should be stocked on everywell−equipped rifle range. If anyone in the
family
is interested in grabbing onto this opportunity, I hope hewill get in touch with me.
Jeff Cooper's Commentaries Volume FourVol. 4, No. 12/93

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