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October 01, 2007

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1911 Legacy

Anyone in the shooting industry who ever met—or read—the late Colonel Jeff Cooper couldn’t help but be impressed with his passion for shooting. He was a man of strongly held opinion, who expressed himself vigorously and elegantly. And he acted on his beliefs. In 1958 Cooper originated the sport of practical pistol competition, and in 1976 he founded the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC). The following year he founded the American Pistol Institute at Gunsite in Arizona, where he resided until his death on September 25, 2006. Jeffco4

To honor his memory Ed Brown Products, Inc. introduced last month a special-edition commemorative 1911. The project used Cooper’s personal notes to create the ideal 1911 for combat shooting and personal defense. “This is more than just a commemorative 1911,” says Travis Brown, spokesman for Ed Brown Products, Inc. “This is an authentic rendering of what Jeff Cooper wanted in a 1911.”

The project has the full support of Cooper’s family. “We chose Ed Brown Products for this project because we wanted a high-quality, reliable 1911 with everything my father felt was important,” says Lindy Cooper Wisdom. “Ed Brown is a family-owned business dedicated to the craft of building world-class 1911s. It was very important to our family that the final product reflect the true values of my father and his legacy.”

The first Jeff Cooper Commemorative 1911 was donated to the newly formed Jeff Cooper Legacy Foundation, created by the family for the purpose of preserving, housing and displaying his various collections (weapons, art, library, personal papers and memorabilia as well as his writing) and providing scholarships for firearms training in the Cooper tradition. (Contributions are tax deductible.) For more information contact Lindy Cooper Wisdom, 16 East Dawn Dr., Tempe, AZ 85284; [email protected].

This is a one-year program that will run until September 25, 2008 (the second anniversary of Cooper’s death). Features of the Jeff Cooper Commemorative include an Ed Brown premium match-grade barrel and solid steel bushing for accuracy, a hand-fitted forged frame and slide, lowered and flared ejection port for improved ejection, a polished feedramp and hand-fit extractor and ejector to ensure ammo feed and a memory-groove beavertail grip safety for a higher and deeper grip to reduce felt recoil and improve natural pointing ability. Jeff Cooper's signature is engraved on the ejection port side on the slide. The right hand side of the slide is inlayed “DVC“ in 24-carat solid gold. DVC stands for Diligentia, Vis, Celeritas (Accuracy, Power, Speed), the motto of IPSC. The model also boasts a three-hole style long aluminum trigger and exhibition-grade cocobolo smooth grips with the engraved Jeff Cooper logo of the pen and sword.

A leather-bound copy of Cooper’s Principles of Personal Defense will be included with every gun, which will cost $2,295. A portion of the proceeds from the Jeff Cooper Commemorative 1911 will be donated to the Foundation by Ed Brown Products, Inc.

Slaton White



That is extremely awesome.
He is sorely missed in the gun community, but I hope this legacy takes him into future generations for decades to come.

Ralph the Rifleman

Sounds like this weapon is a fine, and fitting, tribute to Mr.Cooper.