America’s Premier Firearms Training Center
Gunsite was founded in 1976 by Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, author, columnist, professor, WW II and Korean War combat veteran. Col. Cooper intended Gunsite to be the vehicle for spreading the Modern Technique of the Pistol, which he created during his years in Big Bear Lake, CA.
Jeff Cooper built the facility which was known then as the American Pistol Institute (API), just west of Paulden, Arizona, about twenty miles north of Prescott, in the high Sonoran desert on 210 acres originally. Located in rolling hills at 5000 feet, our western sun and wide-open landscapes delight the eye and contribute to our relaxed western atmosphere. Jeff passed away September 25, 2006 at the age of 86. Janelle lives on the Gunsite ranch and oversees Jeff’s library and museum in their home.
Gunsite offers firearm training to elite military personnel, law enforcement officers and free citizens of the US. We knowledgeable Americans take our rights very seriously, and the Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States guarantees each citizen the right to keep and bear arms. However, with each right comes an equal responsibility to discharge that right effectively, legally, safely and within the bounds of morality. Rights demand responsibility. Owning a piano does not make one a pianist any more than owning a handgun makes one a good shooter. Only an effective, safe and authoritative program of study can guarantee that in a moment of danger YOU will act to protect yourself, your loved ones or the ones you are sworn to with self defense firearms training skills.