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What is ISG?

Integrated Skills Group is an organization dedicated to putting relevant knowledge in your hands. Our goal is to create a community committed to building skill, experience, and resilience starting with the individual. As Rudyard Kipling once wrote "The strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack."

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Tactical

June 13, 2019

Hard Lessons: Bring a Knife to a Gunfight

In this article we discuss when and how knives should be considered as an option on the self-protection spectrum. Ignore the clichés and study the short blade.

By:
Aaron

Tactical

June 13, 2019

Improvised Weapons for the N(o)PE

There's a trend in the edgier end of the tactical community to talk about improvised weapons. How much of it is realistic? Check us out for our answer.

By:
ISG Team

Mindset

June 13, 2019

What's it like to Starve?

Starvation is one of the most deeply rooted enemies of humankind. Much has been said on it and how to prevent it, but what happens when you're truly starving?

By:
Aaron

Firearm Skills

June 13, 2019

Guns of ISG: Your Secondary Weapon, the Rifle

There's a common reference with firearms; your 'primary and secondary', meaning your rifle and pistol. We believe that if you're not at war, this is backwards.

By:
ISG Team

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The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

Spheres of Violence 2: Realistic Conflict Theory

After World War Two, Muzafir Sherif asked the question "How do conflicts begin?" His study is one of Psychology's under-appreciated, and controversial, triumps. In this second entry on Spheres of Violence, we discuss the necessary ingredients that create violence on it's most basic level. Our hypothesis: No matter what scale, the principles here scale up or down to match the size of the conflict.

By:
Aaron

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: Your Secondary Weapon, the Rifle

There's a common reference with firearms; your 'primary and secondary', meaning your rifle and pistol... we believe that if you're not at war, this is backwards.

By:
ISG Team

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Subsistence Gardening: Starting a Garden

In this series, Master Gardener Barry V. details how to start a subsistence garden. 

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Barry V.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Bad Practice: Standing in front of your Shooters

There have been a rash of videos lately from Brazil to Africa showing firearms training with guys forward of the firing line. What should we make of this taboo?

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ISG Team

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Bad Practice: Knives and Guns and Cardboard, Oh My....

There's some silly junk out there with guys training to use their knife and firearm in a close range fight - at the same time. Why is that bad practice?

By:
ISG Team

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Medical Skills: Don't forget the basics

Often, discussions of medical equipment center around wound packing, tourniquets, and chest seals... but what are we missing when we skip straight to trauma?

By:
Aaron

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM, June 03, 2019

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Michael J.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: The case for the 1911

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ISG Team

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM: May 20th, 2019

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ISG Team

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM: May 13, 2019

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Michael J.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

Spheres of Violence 2: Realistic Conflict Theory

By:
Aaron

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM: May 6th, 2019

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ISG Team

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: Your Secondary Weapon, the Rifle

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ISG Team

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News & Events

ISG's weekly information summary from around the world. Unbiased & Uncensored.

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Adventure

From urban wasteland to boreal mountains, here's our "lessons learned" guide to adventuring

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Reviews

Equipment the ISG team has tested to death.

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The Deep End

The Deep End: ISG's intellectual and philosophical laboratory

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Level Up

Level up like a video game? No. Do it in real life.

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Tactical

Our set's corner for building and applying the skills to outplay our enemies

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Mythbusting

Slaying the sacred cows of bad information, one article at a time

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Arms Law

ISG legal team's guide to firearms law

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Technical

The nuts and bolts of the ISG lifestyle

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Firearm Skills

A full spectrum guide to fighting for the student of conflict

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Mobility

Being mobile is the ability to adapt in an ever-changing environment.

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Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Spheres of Violence 1: Overview

Often times, self-protection experts claim to know how to solve criminal problems, but does expertise in warfare or policing translate to violence in the civilian world? In this article, we discuss the different types of violence, the source of our training in how to fight it, and how more often than not, we're only hearing one half of the story. Join us to take a peek behind the dark curtain of reality and into the minds of violent offenders in "Spheres of Violence".

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

The Strength of the Pack

In "The Strength of the Pack", we traverse an intellectual landscape spanning 2400 years, across various cultures to pull together some common themes in functional groups. Specifically, why do some groups become "greater than the sum of their parts", while others fracture, faction, and disintegrate? Using examples spanning from Aristotle, Kipling, Erickson, and Google, we make the case that the single most crucial crop you can cultivate is trust. Join us for "The Strength of the Pack".

Tactical

May 14, 2018

The “Core Four” of EDC

There are countless posts and topics on "everyday carry", and most are written by people with only a vague notion of what it means to be useful. In this article, we discuss the primary four tools that help us overcome both circumstance, and our own physiological deficiencies... Join us for "The Core Four of EDC".

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Understanding Emergencies

Survival is a beat to death cliche. Learn why the last 30 years of prepper culture can be left behind, and a sane, rational, and practical framework to managing emergencies is still relevant today. Understanding Emergencies is our flagship work, and it's purpose is to give you a clear understanding of how Integrated Skills Group views resilence and disaster management.