Publisher’s Note: Like John, I too have evolved beyond the Threeper parchment worship and infighting that pits various factions within in eternal handbag fights. Even the late Mel Tappan would be embarrassed by the equipage and carriage of the incipient insurgents. I would like to add that when it comes to pistol carriage, carry it everywhere including your home. Two reasons for this: it generates unconscious competence and you never know when you will need it. You don’t head to work in the morning and inform your wife you’ll be having a head-on collision on the way to work and will be late for dinner.
Dry fire is the king of practical training in these difficult times of ammo scarcity and price spikes.
And I want to assure my friend, Max V, that the reference to TFBC has nothing to do with him. -BB
I’ll admit it. I have a soft spot for the Three Percent (III) movement even though I have ideologically evolved past it. Nonetheless if you want to pluck my heart strings just mention Samuel Whittemore or the British defeat at the Battle of Kings Mountain. I’m guaranteed to succumb to the romantic notion that there still is a Remnant in these united States that retains that fighting spirit of the Revolutionary generation or perhaps the tactical prowess of guerrilla tacticians like Francis Marion or Daniel Morgan.
Having a naturally conservative disposition with affection for history and certain traditions, I generally don’t see too much of the fighting spirit of the original III being translated into modern weapons handling, tactics and procedures. Much of what is still being pedaled in the Threeper world is based on Mark Koernke YouTube clip’s of pudgy militia men patrolling in M81, ancient ALICE gear and whatever assortment of “North Idaho Sniper Rifles,” (Scoped SKS as John Mosby tells us) Kalash’s or M1 Garand’s they can push into service. Hello, the 80’s called and they want their tactics back.
There are several people out there that I consider separate from the mainstream firearms training industry and more aligned with the preparedness or III world, including John Mosby from the Mountain Guerrilla Blog and Max Velocity, (and some others who probably don’t want to be named publicly) that are doing a fine job of mitigating a lot of these unfortunate Tactics, Techniques and Procedures (TTP) that are rampant in that community.
Lets cut to the chase. The Derp can be deafening at times. In an effort to help combat some of this and save a lot of folks a lot of heartache, I am tossing out a few tactical tidbits for those interested. (All while staying in my lane of course)
“It costs to much to train.”
Recently an article I penned generated several comments about how certain shooting drills are not really things Threepers should be practicing. Things like Non-Standard Rounds (NSR), FAST drills, VTAC 1-5 drills, 2-2-2, High Smith Rifle Drill, 2-2-4-2-2, Bill drills, Mozambique, cadence drills, etc. The argument was that you can’t do a drill that uses 15 rounds (although it works skills that may save your life) because it requires a little bit of expense on ammo and such drills can only really be done effectively by .mil or cops because they have free ammo to shoot as much as they want. Mundanes such as us do not have an ammo sponsor. And furthermore, when SHTF (that’s as subjective as what the term “constitutional” means) ammo will be limited, so shooting a lethal threat till they stop doing what they are doing is a no-no.