I have been a long time reader and occasional commentator on a wide variety of right-wing web sites since the mid 1990s. The first, and for a long time the largest right-wing forums were run for, and populated by. self-described “patriots”. These people self-identified with the US flag, the US Constitution, the US military, US history and the disappearing Mayberry America of a bygone era.
After a while, and in response to the continued misbehavior of the Federal government at the Waco and Ruby Ridge atrocities, a more radical subset of the patriot right came into existence, and created their own sites. The “Three Percent” or “Threeper” sites were some of the first supporting this tendency. The long-running Western Rifle Shooters Association(WRSA) has became, over time, home-base for the “armed patriot” right faction, in the same way that Free Republic has long been the home for the less militant patriots.
A lot of emphasis at WRSA has always been put on military training, building skill in arms, self-sufficiency and prepping for the “Shit Hit The Fan” moment many see in the future. A popular motto seen frequently on WRSA nicely encapsulates the difference in emphasis between the “armed patriots” and the more politically oriented participants on Free Republic: “we aren’t going to vote our way out of this”.