The ISG Team archive.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mobility

Jan 31, 2019

Driving 301: Off-Road Expeditions

Once you've got your vehicle and some basic driving skills, it's time to get out and enjoy them. Here's a quick look at how to get the most out of your trips.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Triage for Responder Zero

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

Civil War Huckleberries

The US hasn't quite yet committed itself to a full-scale civil war, but the friction is causing smoke. Here are our thoughts on how this might play out.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Your LifeStraw isn't good enough.

If you're looking at anything more than a stroll through the woods with reasonably clean water, you need a real water filter.

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.

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.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: The "Carrington Event" and Solar Cycle Doom

EMP has been a boogieman for preppers and survivalists for years. Did you know it's largely outdated and based on fiction? We bring out the science. Check it.

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

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?

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.

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.

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?

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: The Revolver

Grandpappy's revolver might not be the ideal weapon for concealed carry anymore, but you should still know how to pick up and run one efficiently. Learn more.

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.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Bug Out Vehicles

Bug out Vehicles buck the ISG trend of eye-rollingly bad concepts; they actually serve a dual purpose. Join us as we discuss the benefits of an Off-Road Rig.

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.

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.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Lines of Equipment 2: Sustainment

The Bug out Bag is one of the most flogged and flawed concepts out there. Learn how to sustain yourself with the right equipment instead of trying to bug out.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Everyday Carry: Everybody's Wrong

In this article, we define what EDC is really about: matching your ability and equipment in a way that makes you always an asset. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Super-Eruptions

Ever worried about the Yellowstone Caldera blowing it's top? We've got some solid information on why you should give eruptions serious thought.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: Running the AK

The AK's popularity has rocketed with American shooters in the last decade, but have the techniques kept pace? We say "not even a little". Learn to run the AK.

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.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Picking Locks: Non-Destructive Bypass

When discretion matters, knowing how to defeat security without leaving a trail of destruction is invaluable. Join us as we discuss defeating physical security.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

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?

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 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.

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

Bad Practice: Dual Wielding

Chances are you already know that trying to shoot two long guns at once is a bad idea... we tackle the topic from a rational perspective in "Dual Wielding".

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

After Action: Street Race Wreck

In this review of a street race wreck, the ISG team discusses skills and tools to be an asset in a medical emergency.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Bad Practice: Bad Holsters

Holsters are one of the first places people default to "It works for me" logic. Here's why that really means "I've never really tested it."

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Bad Practice: G-Wrap

In this Article, we confront the "G-Wrap" technique and give our thoughts on why this technique doesn't hold up based on our experiences in real world fights.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Bad Practice: "Advanced" courses for Beginners

Classes aren't your opportunity to self-promote. If you show up underready as a student, or allow it as an instructor, you're wrong. Here's how to avoid that.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Be Judgmental

Society has tried to condition judgment out of us, but making judgments is a cruicial part of seeing problems before they blindside you. Find out how here.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Deep Concealment and Cold Weather

Cold weather means changing your layers a bit. The ISG team tested different carry methods to determine which were best... read on to see our results.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: Introduction

We believe that guns are a responsibility, in addition to being a right. You owe it to those with whom you share a free society to be an asset, not a liability.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: The Shotgun

The shotgun is the bastard child of the gun world, and for good reason, but you should still know these techniques for running one better than the enemy.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Everyday Awareness and Schrödinger's Cat

Awareness is more than sitting in the back corner or knowing where the exits are. We go beyond the clichés to bring you *actionable* situational awareness.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Mobility Training

One of the most underrated physical abilities is those which help you move your body through the world. Find out how equipment impacts your performance.

Reviews

Jan 31, 2019

Gear Review: 4Sevens Quark QT2L Flashlight

A good, durable, and efficient hand held torch is a crucial piece of equipment for the ISG lifestyle. We review the 4Sevens QT2L after years of use.

Reviews

Jan 31, 2019

Gear Review: Gerber MP400

A good multi-tool bridges the gap between uselessness and the ability to perform small fixes. After years of use, we discuss the Gerber MP400.

Reviews

Jan 31, 2019

Gear Review: Isle Royale Mini

A good canvas bag has the classic elements of good looks, rugged construction, and generational durability... but at what cost? Check out our thoughts.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Lines of Equipment: Everyday Carry Concepts

The topic of EDC as you've never seen it before: without the opinion. We discuss the topic from the ground up, using reasoning and experience.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Off-Grid Energy: Solar

Do you think having a solar panel in your bug out bag is going to keep you in technology? ...about that... We say it isn't that easy.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: Why the Handgun?

It's said 'handguns are to fight your way to a rifle'. That's nonsense. The handgun is often ideal, but you'll need to put in work to be an asset.

Mobility

Jan 31, 2019

Building an ISG Rig: The 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.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Lock Tower

The lock tower is an easy way to keep your practice material for lock sport in a convenient, simple, and somewhat realistic location.

Mobility

Jan 31, 2019

Driving 101: Basic Skills

Part of our game plan is telling people things they don't want to hear, so let's start with this: Statistically, you probably suck at driving.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Low Light Tactics for the Regular Person

In this article we discuss how light works with our eyes, and how tactics and technique can help us minimize risk in the low light environment as citizens.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

One Handed Shooting

One of the main strengths of the handgun is the ability to use it one handed. Here's the case that you should be spending WAY more time building this skill.

Reviews

Jan 31, 2019

Course Review: Shivworks ECQC

ECQC is perhaps the one course that truly defines the ISG approach to weapons handling. Check our review for why we view it as the "gold standard" in training.

Reviews

Jan 31, 2019

Gear Review: Katadyne Vario Water Filter

No other item you pack is as important as your water filter. After years of testing, we break the silence on the Katadyne Vario and it's pros and cons.

Reviews

Jan 31, 2019

Gear Review: Saddleback Leather Backpack

Saddleback Leather claims "they'll fight over it when you're dead" of their backpack. After breaking a snap, we're ready to discuss why they may not have to.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Destructive Entry Overview

In an emergency, you may need to quickly gain access to resources without worrying about breaking stuff. Introducing "destructive entry".

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Preppers and Car Fires

Having 6 guns in a burning Jeep doesn't make you prepared. Learn how to stay sharp and avoid bad outcomes: read more Mythbusting.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Don't Wear the Juice 2: Resiliency and Competence

In this follow up to our article on Dunning-Kruger's effect, we discuss how training properly creates a web of competence that counteracts incompetence.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Glossary of Terms

This glossary is an easy reference to some of the terminology commonly used in preparedness circles.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Man's Worst Enemy

How do animals vector disease and infestations during emergencies? Learn how man's best friend can turn into your worst enemy during times of crisis.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Medical Emergency: Infection

Here we tell the story of Harold Tycksen who fought desperately against the clock to stop an infection that nearly cost him his life and changed his life.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: "Tampons stop bleeding" and other Fairytales

Do you ever get tired of gun culture's endless stream of cliches, anachronisms, and tropes? Yeah. Us too. Gut check the Dunning Kruger's club.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Español para Norte Americanos

If you've ever wanted a simple primer with some phrases in Spanish, we've created one for you to both learn from, and use in the field.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Home Security Audit

Do you think your home security is up to par? Check out our audit, print it off, and see how your security holds up.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Herb Spiral

The simple construction and utility of the design makes it an excellent addition to your resilience plan that adds flavor and character to your yard.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

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.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Don't Wear the Juice 1: Dunning-Kruger's Effect

Often, the loudest voices, the best circulated ideas, and the boldest assertions are from people who know little or nothing about what they're talking about.

Reviews

Jan 31, 2019

Gear Review: Wolverine 1000-Mile Boots

Good boots are a thing of beauty, and these days, disposable. The 1000-mile boot is made to last... but is it competitive with modern hiking boots?

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Carry The Fire

In ancient times, firebearers rode ahead protecting coals to light a signal fire for their tribe. In our time, we strive to do the same with our culture.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

The Great Reset

Eventually, all things break down. This article gives the scientific reasoning for ISG's existence. With care, our culture will continue after our society dies.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Hardware and Software

There's an adage in skill building: There's Software and Hardware. Does this analogy really do the situation justice, or is there more to it? We say the latter.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Relevant Training

Relevance in skill building is one of the most important things you can establish; make sure what you train your body to do is actually effective and practical.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Reading The Sky

Building on Cloud Genera, we discuss some of the folklore behind forecasting weather and signs that signal weather changes. Join us to read the sky.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Contextual Training

In this second part of the training series we discuss why it's critical to train with and without context to maximize your development when building skill.

Reviews

Jan 31, 2019

Gear Review: Gerber Downrange Tomahawk

One of the most versatile pieces of gear, this Tomahawk has done everything from drawning blood to demolishing and contruction. Here are our thoughts.

Reviews

Jan 31, 2019

Gear Review: The Hill People Gear Umlindi

After testing the Hill People Gear Umlindi, ISG gives it's opinion on the bag's suitability for the ISG mission.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Hard Lessons: Fights

Most people teaching self defense have never been punched in the face. we give a personal, practical, and raw view of fights and how they affects your life.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Cloud Genera

The sky has a language that tells you its intent if you can read it. In this article, we discuss the meaning behind the clouds, and how to read them.

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