It’s interesting to note that Col. Cooper, although he wrote a ton, hardly every wrote about ballistics. Very little on fps, and grains of bullet weight and pounds of muzzle energy. That is because he knew that a study of all those numbers helps you become a marksman to the same degree that studying baseball stats enables you to play major-league baseball. Skill with the gun is all that matters.

And if you are a handgun fancier, know this: Ed Brown, who makes superlative 1911 .45s, is producing a one-year run of Jeff Cooper commemoratives. This automatic has all the bells and whistles, and is a very handsome .45. And it is not cheap. But then it is an Ed Brown 1911, and if you have never handled one you have a revelation in store. Go to