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Lawrence Melvin Cohen – Jewish Marksman and SASS Founder

A reader tipped me off today’s Jewish Marksman, Lawrence “Larry” Cohen, September 17, 1943 – August 2, 2010. A veterinarian in Colorado, “Dr. Larry” as he was known was very active in the firearms community, as discussed in his memorial tribute page:
While in Southern California he was instrumental in founding the Single Action Shooting Society that popularized old-west cowboy competitive shooting scenarios. SASS is now an international organization with nearly 100, 000 members. He served on the organizations’ “Wild Bunch” from 1987-1992 and placed as World Champion Shootist in both 1991 and 2001. An article about the “Durango Kid” appeared on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in 1994. He won numerous shooting awards through the years including Colorado Mounted (on horse-back) Champion in 1998. Cohen was featured on the Starz Western Channel for an entire month in 2003 for his participation with the “Happy Rails” shootout held in Durango. He had a passion for the outdoors and loved the Rocky Mountains and living in Southwest Colorado. He and his quarter horse “Rebel” were regulars in the Cowboy Parades, mock train robberies with the D&SNGRR and he even rode Rebel inside and right up to the bar at Handlebars Saloon in Silverton. (At the owner’s request, of course.) In recent years, Cohen also competed in 3-gun sniper style shooting events and pistol shooting competitions all around the region. He had also helped organize and coordinate the regional police departments’ annual SASSO shoot.

Thanks again to reader Brad_in_MA, and I encourage everyone to send me leads on Jewish Marksmen!