Ramona Bluegrass and Old West Fest

Captain Cooper, Leatherman

Leather-man

 

Jim Cooper, aka Captain Cooper (SASS)  (RGA)

Jim has been interested in the western genre since the mid-1950s when his family was involved in reenactments at the Buffalo Ranch near Newport Beach, CA and at the Ray “Crash” Corrigan Movie Ranch (Corriganville) Simi Valley, CA.  He has also been involved with horses most of his life, still riding regularly today.  After completing a successful career in the military and in the health care industry, he became involved with making quality leather gun belts, holsters, chaps, etc. working for several of the Southern California premier Gun Leather Companies. This renewed his interest in the Old West and he became a member of the Single Action Shooting Society, a member of the Reenactment Guild of America, a member of The Cowboys, Norco, California, a member of South Bay Rod & Gun Club, Dulzura, California and a member of the Julian Doves and Desperado’s Reenactment group. His long hair and facial characteristics make him a natural for Buffalo Bill.  His other persona as Captain Cooper swings from a Civil War Officer (both Union and Confederate) drifting into the western frontier, a working cowboy, Indian Wars Period Officer or Arizona Ranger thus allowing some latitude in period attire, which he enjoys.  He possesses several authentic and unique firearms from this era, including a .44 Evans, an 1887 Winchester lever action 12 gage shotgun, an 1894 Winchester pump 12 gage shotgun, a Colt Bisley in .45 caliber, and also periodically carries/shoots a LeMat pistol.

 

He successes include:

2005 Best Dressed Cowboy, Gathering of the Gunfighters, Yuma AZ

2005 Best Dressed Cowboy, Wyatt Days, Tombstone AZ

2006 Best Dressed Cowboy, Gathering of the Gunfighters, Yuma AZ

2006 Best Dressed Cowboy, Wyatt Days, Tombstone AZ

2006 Best Dressed Cowboy, Festival of the West, Phoenix, AZ

2006 Best Dressed Waddie, SASS End of Trail, Founders Ranch NM

2006 Best Beard and Mustache, Calico, CA

2007 Best Dressed Waddie, SASS End of Trail, Founders Ranch NM

2008 Best Dressed Waddie, SASS End of Trail, Founders Ranch NM

2009 Waddie Spirit Award, SASS End of Trail, Founders Ranch, N.M.

2009 Best Costume Cowboy, Pahrump Gunfighters Gathering, NEV

2009 1ST PLACE WORKING COWBOY, Harvey House Hullabaloo

 

Second Place, Best Working Mens Costume, SASS Winter Range,          February 25-28, 2010

First Place Speciality Men Costume, 2ND Annual Grand national          Competition of “The Old West”, Jean, Nevada, May 14-15,          2011

First Place Overall Speciality Costume, 2ND Annual Grand national          Competition of “The Old West”, Jean, Nevada, May 14-15,          2011

Second Place, Living History, 2ND Annual Grand national          Competition of “The Old West”, Jean, Nevada, May 14-15,          2011

First Place, Small Encampment, 2ND Annual Grand national          Competition of “The Old West”, Jean, Nevada, May 14-15,          2011

First Place, Male Specialty Costume Contest, 15th Annual Gathering          of the Gunfighters, Yuma, Arizona, January 12, 2013

 

His experiences as a judge in the Western genre include:

Served as RGA sanctioned judge for Gathering of the Gunfighters,

Yuma Territorial Prison, January 2009

Served as judge for Wyatt Earp Days GUNFIGHT SKIT

COMPETITION, Tombstone, Arizona, May 2009

Served as RGA sanctioned judge for Harvey House Hullabaloo,

Barstow, California, June 6, 2009

Served as Costume Contest judge for SASS End of Trail, Founders          Ranch NM, June 24-27, 2009

Served as RGA sanctioned judge for Big Bear Frontier days, Big

Bear, California 1 August 2009

Served as RGA sanctioned judge, Pahrump Gunfighters Gathering,

Pahrump, Nevada, September 12-13, 2009

Served as Cowboy Skit and Costume Contest Judge, Tombstone          Arizona May 28-30, 2010

Served as Costume Contest judge for SASS End of Trail, Founders          Ranch NM, June 23-26, 2010

Served as Costume Contest judge for SASS End of Trail, Founders          Ranch NM, June 23-27, 2011

Served as Costume Contest judge for SASS End of Trail, Founders          Ranch NM, June 18-24, 2012

Served as Cowboy Skit Contest Judge,  Mormon Fort, Las Vegas,          Nevada, 23 March, 2013

He is recognized as a knowledgeable historian of the “Old West” and has given the following recent presentations:

Spoke on History of Cowboy Chaps and Cuffs at the Blue Grass and          Old West Festival, Ramona, CA March 20, 2010

Spoke on History of Cowboy Chaps and Cuffs at The National Day of          The Cowboy Celebration, Ramona, California July 14, 2010

Spoke on History of Cowboy Chaps and Cuffs at The National Day of          The Cowboy Celebration, Ramona, California July 23, 2011

Spoke on History of Cowboy Chaps and Cuffs at The National Day of          The Cowboy Celebration, Ramona, California July 28, 2012

In addition he has served as a studio model for art students interested in authentic ‘Old West’ attire.

Captain Cooper creates his own cowboy chaps, cuffs and gun leather, making reproductions from Museum and Historical Books, keeping with the American Cowboy era of the 1860s to the early 1910s, and recently completed a fully tooled “B” Western set of Batwing chaps.