Thoughts on the III (3%, III%,Threepers,Three Percent)

Posted: September 17, 2014 by gamegetterII in III%, training
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With the sudden change in our local weather,all my old injuries,old broken bones, herniated discs,neuropathy-(nerve pain)-and arthritis are all bugging the ship outta me-I’m pretty much outta commission today.
Since I absolutely can’t stand laying around doing nothing,I’ve been reading a lot.

I found this one from guerrillamerica,from 2012…

http://guerrillamerica.com/2012/10/the-three-percent/

A couple of things stand out for me in the post,this…

“Some, I don’t know how many, Three Percenters speak more loudly – especially over the internet – than they’re willing to back up.  When and if we need them, they are going to leave us hanging.  Their talk is the Judas Kiss.  They won’t be willing to risk their lives, their fortunes, or their sacred honor for the legacy our Founders did.  The Three Percent isn’t the societal norm.  It’s not the average mindset of Americans today – obviously.  It’s the embodiment of the courage of the Founding Fathers.  As one witty saying goes, “Thomas Jefferson would be shooting already.”  But before we get to that point, if we even have to, we will be deserted by some “Three Percenters” because the road is too rough or the valley too deep.”

Still applies,maybe even moreso,as 2 years ago,fewer people had even heard of the III,or any of the various groups associated with the “term” III, or 3%,Threeper,3%er,or any of the other variations of III. Now if you google III or any of the various iterations of the III-you get a page or more of hits, a few years ago,you got 3 or 4 hits.

No III Percent Society for America existed back then either.

There are those who only claim to be a part of the III because the like the concept,but do not fully understand it,they do not comprehend that at some point,very likely in the near future,they may have to choose to leave the comfort of their homes,and leave their families behind. They may have to do things that are uncomfortable,they may have to actually use the gear they have for just such a purpose. When we reach that point,I agree with the Guerrillamerica paragraph that makes the point that some of those who claim to be a part of the III will desert before they have to actually haul their ass off the couch.

Kinda ironic that as I write this-my ass is on the couch huh?

There was another paragraph that stood out for me in that same post,this one…

“But there are those who are gearing up now, spending their money on the sharpest AR-15s, the coolest ACOG scopes and forward grips, and the most mil-spec camouflage uniforms; but spend no time learning tactics.  As they say, amateurs argue gear and professionals argue tactics.  There’s nothing wrong with getting dependable gear but if you don’t have an expert knowledge of employment, you may as well not have all that high tech gear. Those of you who spend more time on gear than learning how to use it, just remember that by purchasing all this gear, you (in reality or fantasy) are expecting to out shoot those who shoot for a living.  As I wrote above, many of you will stay in fantasy mode even when the rest of us needs you.  For the rest of you, get with a reputable training organization and keep your brothers sharp – physically, mentally, spiritually, and morally.”

I fully agree. We do not need the tacticool guys,all the latest gear will not do anyone any good if they don’t know how to use,and don’t train with it. Matt Bracken depicts them well…

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One thing I have noticed over the years is that there are a few basic things that are pushed by every guy who’s providing training.

Test your gear-in the field-set up the way you plan on using it. Do this prior to attending anyone’s class.

Don’t buy cheap shit-buy the best quality gear you can afford,there are very,very few exceptions to this.

Keep yourself in the best physical shape you possibly can. Have an exercise program and stick with it.

Hike with your gear,set up the way you plan on using it. Work out all the bugs now,while you have the time to do it,and be sure your gear is set up properly,and tested before you show up for anyone’s class. Don’t waste the instructors time,and don’t slow the whole class down because you didn’t take the time to set up your gear properly,and field test it.

If you are new to shooting A-R or A-K platform rifles,practice,take a basic class if you need to,do whatever you have to do to learn to safely run your rifle.

Do this before you enroll in any combat rifle courses,at worst,you could shoot someone due to your not knowing how to use your new rifle, at best,you will just slow the rest of the class down.

Learn how to safely operate any firearm you plan on using in any class long before you enroll in the class.

Study any recommended course material well in advance of the course,don’t just skim over any required reading at the last minute,you owe it to yourself,the others in the class,and the instructors to know the material! This isn’t some homework assignment from Mrs. Crabtree’s 7th grade social studies class.This goes for any classes-not just the firearms classes. Learn the material,when everyone in a class knows the material-everyone in the class will learn more,because the instructors will be able to spend far less time on the basics,and you may get the chance to learn more than what is in the course description.

The main things to remember here are that as a part of the III you owe it to your family,your fellow III’s,and yourself to learn as much as you can from all the guys/groups providing training,to have all your gear tested and all bugs worked out long before you attend a class,to hump your gear in the field,exercise as much as possible,including humping all of your gear in the field-(with the possible exception of your firearms,depending on your AO)-you absolutely must know safe firearms handling prior to enrolling in any patrolling,combat rifle,or SUT courses.

You do not want to be one of the tacticool guys,a colonel of corn*,or one of the deserters,so do the following…

Read.

Learn.

Train.

Do More PT !

Then consider joining the III Percent Society for America

http://iiipercent.blogspot.com/2014/06/iii-percent-society-for-america.html
As a member of the III percent society,you will receive training discounts from multiple guys,groups and orgs.

* http://masondixontactical.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/rank-duty-position-and-authority-or-not-being-a-colonel-of-corn/

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