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What is ISG?

Integrated Skills Group is a network dedicated to building skill to help individuals prepare for emergencies. At ISG, we believe that all people benefit from building skills that help protect their family and communities in times of crisis.

ISG is 100% user supported. Our goal is to bring you the highest quality content, free of distracting advertisements, and we offer monthly subscriptions for individual consultation and training via our Patreon.

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Firearm Skills

Guns of ISG: The Makarov

In this article, we will outline below why we believe that the Makarov should be considered as a well-rounded compact EDC carry gun for OCONUS use.Enter the Mak

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ISG Team

Technical

Mythbusting: Baofengs Radios

You see these radios everywhere; influencers trying to look technically competent post pictures of their Baofengs constantly. Why is that bad? Let's dive in.

By:
ISG Team

Mindset

Special Forces Worship

The preparedness community loves guns, and our SF units are the major leagues of using them. But is right for them right for us?

By:
J. Allen

Mindset

2020: Basic Training for the Decade

Here's to hoping for a safe, happy, and productive 2021 - while acknowledging that it was very likely the first in a series of very troubled years.

By:
Aaron

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Technical

The Definitive IFAK Article

The one-stop-shop article for what you need and where to get it. No marketed or paid-for premade solutions here.

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J. Allen

Mindset

Spheres of Violence 1: Overview

Real talk: Your experience probably isn't relevant. Here's how to strip it to its parts, and use what is to solve the toughest problems.

By:
Aaron

Mobility

Building an ISG Rig: The 80-Series Diesel Land Cruiser

The Land Cruiser is one of the ISG family's iconic pieces of equipment. Have you ever wondered about owning a diesel? We tackle the reasons, pros, cons.

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Aaron

Adventure

Maudlow

Contrary to the “Hills have Eyes” myths perpetrated by Hollywood’s effete, rural America is a lost, lonely place that deserves understanding, not ridicule.

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Aaron

Mythbusting

Bad practice: Is your spouse is a Liability?

The case of Mark and Patricia McCloskey have one dramatic lesson to be learned - if you're not discussing security with your family, you're wrong.

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Aaron

The Deep End

Spheres of Violence 3: The Universal Language

Those encouraging violence in our society are trapping us in a deadly game. We discuss the outcomes and consequences of the "Boys of Low Standing" and violence.

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Aaron

The Deep End

Spheres of Violence 3: The Universal Language

By:
Aaron

Mobility

Building an ISG Rig 2: The Land Cruiser

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Aaron

Mobility

Driving 401: Immobilized Vehicle

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Aaron

K9 Emergencies 101: Bleeding Control

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Mobility

Driving 301: Off-Road Expeditions

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ISG Team

The Training Mindset

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ISG Team

The Deep End

Civil War Huckleberries

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Aaron

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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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Equipment the ISG team has tested to death.

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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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The nuts and bolts of the ISG lifestyle

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

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The Deep End

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

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".

News & Events

INFOSUM: May 20th, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. May 20th, 2019. Special.

Mindset

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.