The ISG Team archive.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Overdoses for Responder Zero

Overdosing is a problem that's becoming as universal to many cities as heart attacks and car accidents. If one happens near you, what do you do?

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Tier None

In the military and martial culture, "tier 1" refers to the very best - those with the most money and best equipment. We discuss the reality: we're 'tier none'.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Why the AK?

In the past, we've discussed how to run the AK, but the question remains: Why choose one over another platform?

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

The Train

The old American Experiment is on some troubling tracks. Here are some thoughts on what we can do.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Inauguration Day

A short blog post bringing some perspective to the wider world as we navigate Inauguration Day.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

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.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

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.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

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.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

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

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Bad practice: Is your spouse 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.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: The Cereberus Project

After the 2009 and 2011 ammunition shortages, it hit me that odd calibers are usually out of favor and in stock. But are multi-caliber firearms safe & reliable?

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

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.

The Training Mindset

Here at ISG, we talk much on the topic of “mindset” as it applies to situations - here we discuss mindset as it relates to training.

K9 Emergencies 101: Bleeding Control

Your dogs get hurt, too. Learn to apply the skills and acquire the equipment needed for everything you'll want to keep your puppers safe from catastrophe.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Trust your Gut: Reading People

A tremendous amount of what we communicate is done without saying a word. We look at some of the things to look for when interacting with people.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Radio Communication 201: Short Range HAM Radio Operation

In this article, Drew breaks down the basics of short-range HAM radio, bands, and operations to better understand their pros and cons in the US and abroad.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Concussions, the Silent Epidemic

One in Four Americans report to having suffered a concussion, but not nearly that amount know what to do about it.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Intro to K9 Emergencies: IFAK Composition

Dogs get hurt, too. What you need to patch them up isn't all-too-different from what you'd use on yourself, but the differences are important.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

Particle Collider to Blame for 2020, leading scientists say

Breaking news: Leading scientists believe act of slamming together "God particles" may have awakened cosmic wrath.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

The myth and legend of the Gray Man

While blending in is an entirely reasonable goal, we discuss why so often the lip service paid to 'being gray' sells the concept woefully short.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Triage for Responder Zero

A quick and dirty guide on triage for non-medical personnel.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

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?

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

CAT TQ 101

The Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) from North American Rescue is easily the most ubiquitous tourniquet in the North American landscape. Heres some tips.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Ruth Stout's "No Work Gardening" Method

If you're looking to plant a garden but don't have the time for digging and soil amendment, give this a try. All you need is hay, seeds, and a patch of ground.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Pistol Shooting Drills 201

A collection of warm-up pistol drills to work at on the range. Focusing on the fundamentals and marksmanship.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Collecting Hammers and the Pillars of Skill Building

There's an adage in the training world; "tools for the toolbox". but are people really building a complete and useful panoply of skills, or collecting hammers?

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Selecting a Backpack

From the mundane to the opulent, we've tested a wide variety of backpacks for sustainment, fieldcraft, and emergencies. Here are some of our takeaways.

Adventure

Apr 25, 2018

Neosho Falls

In the interest of both history and adventure, we often travel to place that have been left behind. This is one of their stories.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

Gell-Mann Amnesia and Group Identity

Schopenhauer said "All truth passes through 3 stages". Here we discuss why ridicule and violent opposition are the defenses of weak organizations.

Mobility

Jan 31, 2019

Building an ISG Rig 3: Land Rover Discovery II Roverhaul

The Land Rover Discovery II was a vampire of the car world, notoriously sucking owners dry with repair bills. They also had some superhuman capability off road.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

COVID19 and the Type III Emergency

With COVID19 making big waves around the world today, it's time to weigh in on some of the writing on the wall, what we can do about it, and what we can't.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

A Primer on Radio Communication

We take communications perilously for granted; in the age of cell phones, what are some other options for emergencies and adventuring? Drew explains.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

A Primer on Protective Masks

With disaster management, it's common to hear talk about Gas Masks. Are they useful? Not until they are, and then... with caveats. Here's our take.

Adventure

Apr 25, 2018

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.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

The Seeds of (unconventional) War

2020 gifted us a strike on a top Iranian official right off the bat. Here's our take on what it means for us.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Identifying Good Training

In this article, we share some thoughts on how to identify good instructors and courses, and how to be a good student so you get the most out of your training.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

The Thin Blue Line

The Thin Blue Line is supposed to represent stalwart defenders holding off chaos from the masses. Check us out for our perspective on the real threats.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Field Health: Introduction to Field Health Concerns

Most of the discussion around medical concerns are geared towards the Type I emergency. What about the longer term threats to health? Join us to dive deeper.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Responder Zero

Before those with the authority to help, those who choose whether or not they have the capacity to help are on scene. If your time comes, will you be an asset?

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Escape and Evasion 301: Harsh Reality

There's no shortage of 'counter-custody' courses teaching citizens how to escape captivity. Let's discuss the best way to escape: planning and avoidance.

Mobility

Jan 31, 2019

Driving 401: Immobilized Vehicle

The vast majority of vehicle tactics courses try and directly translate military, security contractor, or police tactics for civilian use. Here's our take.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Shooting from Retention

Retention shooting is a phrase that's commonly used, but poorly understood. We tackle the visible part of the iceberg, and give some ideas on retention training

Mobility

Jan 31, 2019

Vehicle Everyday Carry

We spend about 1/12th of our lives in some type of transit. Being ready with the skills and equipment is prudent and smart, here's our take on what to have.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Don't be a Parrot

ISG's take on why 'safety in numbers' is crippling an honest discussion on the state of the self-protection industry. Join us outside the mainstream.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM, August 27, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. August 27, 2019.

Mobility

Jan 31, 2019

Building an ISG Rig 2: The Land Cruiser

The 80-series Land Cruiser is riding a wave of well-deserved popularity right now. If you've ever considered what it'd take to rebuild one, we've got answers.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Nuclear Emergencies

Radiation is one of those threats that is universally feared, and for good reason. We spoke to nuclear Engineer Rick H. to separate the truth from the SciFi.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

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?

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater harvesting is an excellent way to provide clean or treatable water for your garden or emergencies. Barry V discusses how to harvest rainwater.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM, July 15, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. July 15, 2019

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM, July 8, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. July 08, 2019

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM, July 2, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. July 02, 2019

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Building your adventure vehicle 1: So you want a rig?

Among our core skills is mobility. Part of that is having a solid vehicle. So what do you do in an age of disposable rides? Build your own, of course.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Bad Practice: Don't Maim People

In something that should be self-explanatory, we tackle the topic of why you should -under no circumstances- train specifically to maim other humans.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM, June 24, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. June 24, 2019.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

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.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM, June 17, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. June 17, 2019.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM June 09, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. June 09, 2019.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM, June 03, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. June 03, 2019.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: The case for the 1911

Loved and hated in equal parts, the 1911 is a piece of American firearms history that just refuses to leave... either way, knowing how to run one right is good.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

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.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM: May 13, 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 13th, 2019.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

Spheres of Violence 2: Realistic Conflict Theory

Conflict is a topic that demands our attention, yet few of us know much about it's roots. We discuss why we're not as far from 'Lord of the Flies' as you think.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM: May 6th, 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 6th, 2019.

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.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM: April 29th 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. April 29 2019.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Subsistence Gardening: Starting a Garden

Starting a garden can be a daunting task. In this article, ISG author and master gardener Barry V. gives his some thoughts on how to start a subsistence garden.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM: April 22, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. April 22 2019.

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?

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?

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?

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM: April 15th, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. April 15 2019.

News & Events

May 6, 2019

INFOSUM: April 8th, 2019

The ISG Weekly Information Summary: An unbiased look at the happenings around the globe, and how they could impact life closer to home. April 8 2019.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Fact to Action: Abduction Resilience

Prevent kidnapping and protect yourself with these facts and approachs to train your family. Prevent and detect threats before they happen.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Bad Practice: Israeli Tactical's Tactical Wobble

There are some practices that are deeply rooted in problematic tactics. We look at the "Tactical Wobble" today, and why it'll get you killed.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Painting your Rifle: A Guide

Painting your rifle is more than just a move to emulate the cool guys - it actually has some practical benefits. Learn more about how to set it up right.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Escape and Evasion 201: The Lam

Have you ever considered what it's like to be hunted by other humans? In E&E2, we discuss trying to actually escape and some of the things you can expect.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Be Prepared...?

At ISG we pride ourselves on being different. Why? Because we believe "be prepared..." is an incomplete sentence. Find out how to finish it.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Escape and Evasion 101: Overview

The worst case scenario for most people is illegal detention by criminals or hostile states. We discuss some myths and consideratons about E&E.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Hard Lessons: Hurricane Florence, Part 1

Ever wondered what happens when a community takes a hurricane on the chin? Michael Jenkins shares his story... and it's not a survival fantasy.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Bad Practice: Mission Critical Baby carrier and holster

Ever wondered why it's not a great idea to strap a gun to your baby, and your baby to your chest? Neither did we until we saw Mike Warren. Here's our rebuttal.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

Thoughts on Socialism

Socialism has emerged among western Millennials as the alternative to abusive capitalism. What's the problem? We haven't had capitalism in more than 100 years.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Why URBEX?

Urban exploration gives us a real world laboratory to test our kit, fitness, skill, and resolve. Here, we discuss why we think it's worth the risks.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Why The Raven?

The Raven was selected to represent the ISG family due to it's legendary adaptability, it's problem solving, and it's commitment to it's community.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Water in Emergencies: Hazards and Purification

Water is a non-negotiable, high-use consumable. You'll never not need it. Join us to learn about how to treat your water, no matter your situation.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Water in Emergencies: Swiftwater and Floods

We've discussed how to sanitize water for consumption, but what do you know about the risks associated with flooding? Real talk: This is important.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Hard Lessons: Urban Survival

You want to talk about what it's like living in the urban landscape in a collapse? Here's some real talk: it's right here, in front of our faces.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Urban Skills: Emergency Rappelling

Ever used that rigger's belt to rappel? The ISG team hit the field to find a collapsed environment and test rappelling skills and kit. Here's what we learned.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Urban Search and Rescue Codes

Have you ever seen the X on abandon homes during emergencies? Here, we decode the FEMA X-code, as well as INSARAG's codes.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Understanding Emergencies

The foundation of Integrated Skills Group, Understanding Emergencies is the lens through which we view every potential problem and find solutions. Start Here.

Arms Law

Jan 31, 2019

Traveling with Firearms - On the Road

Traveling with a firearm can be a confusing legal gray area. Arm yourself with knoweldge if you intend to arm yourself on the road.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

Toxic Masculinity: Don't knock it 'til you try it

You've probably heard of toxic masculinity. You've probably heard the outrage on both sides. Want the reality without the politics? Check us out.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

The "Not in the face!" School of Violence

In this article, we discuss how the bad advice of irrelevant instructors teaching technique without context will get you killed. Don't get killed. Read up.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Hard Lessons: The Non-Permissive Environment

Think you know about the non-permissive environment? We give some hard lessons about laws, ethics, and methods of staying under the radar.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

The Look of Substance: Tactical Pageantry

As we say: gun culture is a pageant, not a talent show. Here's why being a poser or bromanndo will never make you cool.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

The “Core Four” of EDC

EDC is a worn out, tired topic, but we discuss four items you can have nearly anywhere that will help you be an asset in any circumstances.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

The Best Medicine: Lessons from Afghanistan

It's time to get personal at ISG. Learn some of the foundational experiences that helped shape our philosophy, mentality, and approach.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Subsistence Gardening: Keyhole Gardens

The keyhole garden is a high output, simple solution for gardening. Especially in arid environments, these can make a difference in your food security.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

The Strength of the Pack

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Fact to Action: Active Shooters

The Active Shooter has become America's boogieman, and for good reason. That said, it can be tough to sift through the fiction to get to the facts.

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