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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.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Nuclear Emergencies

With the recent explosion of a nuclear weapons development facility in Russia, and the 2011 disaster at Fukushima Dai-ichi, radiation and radiological contaminants are a subject that put people ill at ease. In one of our most ambitious and well-researched articles to date, we spoke with Nuclear Engineer and prior Submarine Captain Rick H. about how to separate fact from fiction when it comes to the dangers of ionizing radiation.

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 injure 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

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.

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

In this series, Master Gardener Barry V. details 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.

Level Up

Apr 26, 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.

Level Up

Apr 26, 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. This article includes a link to the ISG podcast on the E&E Overview.

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.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Children and Violence 101: Overview

One of the most overlooked problems in civil-based training is ignoring the dimension family brings to conflict. Don't ignore this crucial element of training.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

Thoughts on Socialism

The East has seen and abandon the dreams of Communism, the west increasingly demands a more and more involved and socialist government, airing the woes of capitalism as proof that a more egalitarian system is necessary. What's the problem with this? Those demanding an end to capitalism have never lived under it. We make the argument that capitalism died with Woodrow Wilson, and the woes of today are the direct result of invasive regulatory systems and the fallout from the entitlement class. We tackle this tough issue with as bias as possible, a fact-based assessment, and incorporation of sources from both sides of the argument to arrive at our conclusions regarding the rise of socialism.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Why URBEX?

Urban Exploration is a risky pursuit, often reserved for vandals and the social fringe. Why is it a valuable tool for training? We look at the unique qualities that URBEX provides the serious student of collapsed environment.

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. In this article, we answer the question of "Why the Raven" in greater detail.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Water in Emergencies: Hazards and Purification

Water is a non-negotiable, high-use consumable. Said another way, you'll never not need it. Disasters restrict our access to clean water in a number of ways, so we have to have a plan that can stretch it's arms just a little further than circumstance. Join us as we discuss some ways to keep water clean and on hand in emergencies.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Water in Emergencies: Swiftwater and Floods

In this continuation of our "Water in Emergencies" series, we segue from threats of contamination and parasites to the physical threats presented by floods. In addition, we discuss how to identify surface water features in the swiftwater environment and identify what those features mean if you're trapped in swiftwater or are part of a rescue.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Hard Lessons: Urban Survival

When people talk about "Urban Survival", they loosely break into two camps: "It's not possible, bug out" and "hold down the block with your guns". Here's some real talk: There's urban collapse all around us right now, and having been exposed to a good deal of it, here are our "lessons learned" about the hard, cold reality of life on the streets.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Urban Skills: Emergency Rappelling

Most of the time when you encounter 'emergency rappelling', the topic is from the perspective of the rescuer and geared towards mountaineering and rock climbing. But what about the person who's looking for an expedient method of egress in the urban environment? Our team took what we learned from traditional rappelling and began to look through the urban landscape for when and where you might need an emergency rappelling device for the urban landscape. Join us for "Urban Skills: Emergency Rappelling".

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Urban Search and Rescue Codes

The X Code is one of the most ubiquitious images from disaster zones, but they're not alone... In this article, we discuss the use, meaning, and procedure around FEMA X-Codes, and explore the INSARAG's international coding system. If you found yourself in the Post-Disaster Environment, would you be able to read the signs?

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.

Arms Law

Jan 31, 2019

Traveling with Firearms - On the Road

In general, one can believe that if he conducts himself reasonably, he should be free from punishment. For most people who lack the time or interest in making a career of studying dumb laws, this is a pretty safe modus operandi. However, when it comes to guns, that isn’t always the case. Doing something that seems completely safe and reasonable with guns, in some states, can get you jailed. For this reason, traveling with guns is something that should be done with particular care, not just for safety related to the gun, but for safety from ridiculous laws.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

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

The American Psychological Association has found traditional masculine values to be 'toxic'. In this article, we pick apart some of the APA's findings, and offer a perspective on masculinity that's fallen dim under society's erraticism. We discuss why these values are an ancestral treasure, a link to our own history, and how - as men and women who honor those who gave us this world we've inherited - we owe it to our forebearers to stay strong.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

The "Not in the face!" School of Violence

Let's tackle a hard truth: Not everyone who gives advice should. When it comes to fighting for your life, it pays to be discerning. In this article, we call out some "not in the face!" instructors who need to rethink their approch, and we give some thoughts on not getting killed (or beat savagely) from our experiences.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Hard Lessons: The Non-Permissive Environment

Here's some gritty, controversial thoughts on "non-permissive environments". Despite the FBI's acknowledgment that Citizens have an overwhelmingly positive influence on active shooters, there are still places and states that citizens can't legally apply their rights. In this article, we discuss the moral, legal, and functional aspects of carrying weapons in the non-permissive environment both domestically and abroad. Short story and disclaimer: have other options, but know the ropes. This is for 'informational' purposes only...

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

The Look of Substance: Tactical Pageantry

Too often, instructors and teachers are relying on their credentials to validate their expertise. The problem is this: It's experience that's relevant. Plenty of professionals have little experience, and fewer yet can make that relevant. So what should you look for? Glad you asked.

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".

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

The Best Medicine: Lessons from Afghanistan

In this account from Afghanistan, ISG author Aaron details a series of events that occurred over a couple months and culminated in some advice regarding the best medicine a doctor can prescribe. It serves both as an autobiographical account, a story of the daily life of the Afghan, and a homage to those who died to make the story possible. Part love story, part tragedy, we hope you join us in The Deep End for "The Best Medicine".

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Subsistence Gardening: Keyhole Gardens

KEYHOLE GARDENING Check out this Simple, Productive Gardening Method Interested in healthy fruit and vegetables grown using organic gardening techniques? Would you like to be at least partly self-sufficient in food production? Glyphosate — a non-specific herbicide that is a principal ingredient in Monsanto’s Round-Up — is present in trace amounts in at least some of the store-bought food we eat and water we drink. The World Health Organization has stated that glyphosate is a “probable human carcinogen” while the state of California declared it to be a human carcinogen. Meet keyhole gardening — an important development in growing healthy food at home.

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".

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Fact to Action: Active Shooters

The results of the FBI's study of active shooters, this article examines their findings and discusses the actionable steps we can take to stop active shooters, if we find ourselves in an active shooter crisis.

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".

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Relevant Training

In this article, we discuss why it's important that we emphasize relevance in our training. If we truly want to be more capable people, striking out blindly will lead to years of taking bad advice, following bad examples, and underdevelopment. What we want is to explain how and why the ability to self assess and identify relevant training is critical to your ability to grow out of our society's "learned helplessness".

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Reading Terrain

In this addition of Level Up, we discuss terrain, how it affects travel, how we can use it to our advantage, and how to turn it into an advantage. Please join us as we lay the foundation for a fundemental outdoorsman's skill: reading terrain.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Question the Experts

Question the Experts is the culmination of our series on Relevant and Contextual training. In this, we discuss not only why we should continually question the experts (and allow ourselves to be questioned), but how to do so. Without getting into lengthy discussions about rhetoric or the like, we present some meaningful and actionable ways to engage people without turning conversations into battles of ego.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Purpose Makes Us Stronger

At the core of culture is purpose; this concept unites or divides us, and when we find ourselves in a society that doesn't require it, purpose evaporates. In this article, we discuss why purpose is essential to our culture at ISG, and how we find purpose to drive us forward.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

One Handed Shooting

This article introduces the practical main situations in which one handed shooting is a non-negotiable skill. Join us as we discuss each, and look at the data and experiences that led to our conclusion. One handed shooting is a pistol skill that is often over-looked, or dismissed. At ISG, we live by the words "Always do the hard thing first". Here, we'll justify our insistence that anyone who carries a handgun should be able to operated it one handed.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Off-Grid Energy: Solar

There's a lot of Solar Power 'fan fiction' going around, and just about everyone's disaster plan includes the ubiquitious "alternative energy". Here's the long and short of Solar Power after several years of testing. The bottom line? Don't overestimate what you'll get out of Solar Power. Find out how we reached that conclusion in "Off-Grid Power: Solar".

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Picking Locks: Non-Destructive Bypass

Picking locks isn't just for criminals. Having the ability to bypass locks comes in handy in daily life as a way to assist your friends and family, as well as solve your own problems without having to call a locksmith. The tools are legal in most states and a few hours of training can have you working your way around lost or misplaced keys without having to rekey a door or cut a lock off. As a part of a well rounded skill profile, understanding security is an essential part, and there's no better way to understand it than to challenge it. Join us for "Non-Destructive Bypass".

Adventure

Apr 25, 2018

Nature: The Beautiful Psychopath

Nature is becoming a more and more common place for people to spend time, but is her accessibility masking her cruel nature? In this article, we look at the grim reality: That nature is a murderous, impartial force that can test us at any time. Do you make time to consider how to beat her at her own game?

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: The "Carrington Event"

There is a lot of talk about EMP bringing civilization to it's knees. In this article we discuss why that's not likely given that we've had major EMP events in recent history that didn't cause much damage. We discuss what causes EMP vulnerabilities, the science behind superheated gasses, and rational preparations you can make that will insulate you against weaponized EMP.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Super-Eruptions

One of the "who's who" of disaster lore, the Volcanic Super-eruption is a pop culture favorite. Our goal is stopping the propagation of bad information, but with this one, there's a lot to consider. If you've ever wanted a realistic,sourced brief on the threat of super-volcanoes, we've got it for you. Join us for "Mythbusting: Super-eruptions".

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Failure Is Bad

Many, many times in the course of any discipline, you will fail. Sometimes a little, sometimes spectacularly. We created this article because of the things you don't see in the age of instant digital entertainment: Failure.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Enough Guns

Guns are not a talisman. In this article, we discuss the myth that you can't have too many guns, and how to prioritize in such a way that the guns you have are useful and used with proficiency and maturity. It won't be as boring as it sounds. Mugatu is in it.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Climate Disasters

Every week or so, we hear renewed calls to action regarding some sort of major climate shift that's going to wreck havoc on our society and globe. While it's fine to ask "what if this were true?" it's also smart to address the matter from a scientific perspective. Drawing on over a decade of experience in Earth Science, Meteorology, and Climate, this article starts on the ground floor and addresses some of the myths surrounding runaway climate changes. When they DO occur, it's probably not for the reasons you expect...

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Bug Out Vehicles

There are endless discussions of what the ultimate bug out vehicle is, but what does that mean? We take a look at exaggerated claims, off-road necessities, and the right mindset to solve problems. The vehicle is just another tool that gives us options, so don't think of it as something just for bugging out. A well set up rig can mean not only a little greater preparedness, but also an open door to some sweet, sweet adventuring.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Bug Out Bag and Bugging Out

Survivalists and preppers have popularized the idea of "bugging out", but the reality is this: If you leave your home on foot with only what you can carry, you're not a survivalist, you're a refugee. Join us as we discuss why you don't need to start with the idea of bugging out as a plan.

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. Here's a couple examples that we'll firmly debunk, and a few ways to gut check assertions made by the Dunning-Krueger's club.

Mythbusting

Apr 26, 2018

Mythbusting: Your LifeStraw isn't good enough.

Mythbusting takes on the issue of straw-type filters and gives our look at why we've moved away from them for higher output, user friendly, end-user servicable filters. In this article, we'll make the case that a $20 filter is going to give you $20 worth of protection against one of the world's most serious, common diseases and they're wholly inadequate for small groups, families, or bad conditions.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Move, Shoot, Communicate

Few things are paid more lip service than "move shoot communicate". In this article, we take a look at an example of why we can't just throw the phrase around and expect it to do the work. Without timing, tact, and dosage, it's meaningless. Join us as we lay out how to make the phrase meaningful, and the skills you'll need if you want to be able to move, shoot, and communicate.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Mobility Training

One of our most basic elements of personal preparedness is what we call mobility. While mobility spans from travel on foot to piloting specialized craft, in this first of the series we discuss individual mobility and how to prepare for it. This article is meant to shed light on the fallacy surrounding "bugging out" and other similar concepts, and ties directly to our work on how to pack, outfit, and prepare for any situation. Join us for "Level Up: Mobility".

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Medical Emergency: Infection

This article is the account Harold and Rachele Tycksen; Harold was affected by a swift moving bacterial infection that led to an amputation of most of his foot. With their permission, we discuss some of the signs and symptoms that led to the infection, some of the history of infections, and relay the experiences the Tycksen's encountered as they fought desperately against the clock to stop an infection that could have taken Harold's life.

Mindset

Apr 25, 2018

Man's Worst Enemy

Learn how man's best friend can turn into your worst enemy during times of crisis. We disect the common problems with feral animals, vermin, and insects as they relate to the post-disaster environment. In addition to a simple breakdown of diseases, we discuss the skills necessary to treat problems brought on by living in close proximity with animals during hard times.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Low Light Tactics for the Regular Person

Low light problems are difficult to navigate when they're 'cut and dry', but how about in an emergency when there is no backup, medical evac, or night vision in your logistic chain? The citizen faces the most difficult challenges of all, and the low light environment is no exception. In this article, we discuss how light works with our eyes, and how tactics and technique can help us minimize our risks in the low light environment.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Everyday Carry: Everybody's Wrong

One of the first things you'll hear when you decide to take up self-defense is "EDC". In this article, we summarize all the experiences we've had, and hone the subject to fine point. With facts, citations, and drawing on a broad base of skill and experience, we define what EDC is really about: matching your ability and equipment in a way that makes you always an asset.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Lines of Equipment: Everyday Carry Concepts

The concept of EDC has been beat to death. In this article, we develop a rational, reasonable template for items to carry everyday, and we further categorize them into "routine" and Emergency" tools. We discuss their placement and accessibility, and the discretion and training require to use them effectively.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Lines of Equipment 2: Sustainment

Perhaps the most flogged topic in all of preparation is the "Bug out Bag". This article is dedicated to punctuating the fact that if you bug out on foot with nothing but your backpack, you've failed. We discuss the origin of the phrase, some of the critical elements of planning, and of course, why the backpack is still an integral part of almost everything we do at ISG. Don't fall for the fallacy, a Bug Out Bag is acceptance of failure. Sustainment bags keep your plans on track.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Reading The Sky

Discover the science behind the old wive's tales and adages such as "red sky at night", or "dew on the grass". In this article, our prior Air Force Meteorologist and USGS field science liason describes how observations can lead to accurate predicitions about weather conditions. Whether you're planning a trip, camping, or just want to know what you should wear, "Reading the Sky" is a introduction to weather observation that will leave you with useful information used to make basic predictions.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Lock Tower

In this installment of Level Up, we're discussing one of the components of our training room: the 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. Further, they're easy to build with even the most basic tools.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Herb Spiral

In this edition of "Level Up", we discuss the construction of an Herb Sprial for backyard and urban gardening. The simple construction and utility of the design makes it an excellent addition to your resilience plan. Herbs might not keep you alive, but they'll certainly make your efforts taste better.

Mobility

Jan 31, 2019

Driving 101: Basic Skills

Driving courses in the tactical world have become little more than tactical tourism. The majority of the popularized tactics on this subject have no real civilian context, and only serve to introduce bad habits. In this article, we discuss the nuts and bolts of tactics behind the wheel; it's not fancy, it's not complicated, it's absolute mastery of the basics and awareness. Join us for Driving 101.

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".

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Cloud Genera

In previous entries, we've discussed some of the basic physics of meteorology, so that you can better understand signs in the sky when you're out. In this article, we talk about how to "read the sky"; the clouds you see are indications of what's happening up there, so being aware of some of the basics can be a great benefit in getting ahead of Nature's wrath.

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Level Up: Backyard Chickens

Chickens are a great addition to any yard. Not only do they keep bugs away, but they're a self-replenishing source of protein. As a part of a small urban ecosystem, they can be used to great affect to keep your family with eggs and occasionally, meat. We discuss our 3 year experiment with backyard chickens, as well as some of the intitial reservations, care and handling, and what to expect.

Mobility

Jan 31, 2019

The ISG Land Cruiser: Intro

Few vehicles have a pedigree as well established as the Toyota Land Cruiser In this article, we discuss why the HDJ81 Land Cruiser was the ideal choice for the Author's "do all" vehicle. From recreation to emergency evacuation, we talk honestly about the capabilities and complications of owning an older, imported, and rare Turbo Diesel Land Cruiser. If you've ever been curious about owning one of these, check us out!

Level Up

Apr 26, 2018

Home Security Audit

The ISG home security audit that follows is designed to identify security risks and provide individuals with basic personal security recommendations that can be used to protect them and their homes.

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 a *lot* more to it? We say the latter. Check us out and find out why.

Tactical

May 14, 2018

Hard Lessons: Fights

In this work, we discuss some hard, personal lessons learned through violence. From being beat, to handing out some hurt, the ISG team's goal is to highlight some of the common themes that unfold in the kinds of encounters the civilian could face if they can't avoid violence. This look gives a personal, practical, and raw view of the cause and effect of fighting and how it affects your life.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: The Revolver

In this "Guns of ISG" presentation, we discuss the revolver from a practical view and then discuss hands on methods for running them as efficiently as possible. While the revolver suffers some limitations, it's still well worth your time to familiarize yourself with some simple best practice.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: Running the AK

The AK is gaining popularity with American shooters, and with it's recent popularity there is a lot of bad information circulating. In this article, we tackle the misinformation surrounding the AK platform, give reasoning on why the most commonly taught procedures are incorrect, and how we can run the AK rifle as efficiently as possible. We'll give you the how and why surrounding the platform, and discuss with AK, why the devil is really in the details.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: Why the Handgun?

If you've ever considered owning a handgun, or had to advice someone who's made the decision, there are myriad questions that surface. This article was created to address them, reenforce them with lessons on mindset, and provide a reliable source of information on selecting and carrying a handgun, outlining a training plan, considering some of the handgun's strengths and weaknesses in various environments, and how to avoid some common pitfalls.

Firearm Skills

May 14, 2018

Guns of ISG: Introduction

In our introduction to the Guns of ISG, we discuss the foudnational skills, some of our most basic thinking, and our guiding philosophy when it comes to skill at arms. At ISG, we believe that gun ownership is 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. Join us as we discuss what we view as the bedrock of understanding that responsibility.

The Deep End

Jun 24, 2018

The Great Reset

Why go through all this trouble? ISG's culture is a long, lonely road filled with humility and hardship. Why do we do it? Because nothing stays the same. We live in a gilded age, and eventually, we'll pass a world of less on to our children. ISG is our gambit. Our hope that we can take enough of what our forebearers knew, and hand it to a generation increasingly out of touch with what makes living worth while. This article provides the context and the scienfitic evidence for The Great Reset.

Technical

Jan 31, 2019

Glossary of Terms

When you're trying to learn something new, technical jargon and lingo often make the process frustrating enough to just turn people away. We want anyone, of any skill and knowledge level, to be able to come to ISG and learn. This glossary is an easy reference to some of the terminology commonly used in preparedness circles. Quite a few of them we think are ridiculous, but we'll share them so if you see us reference them, you'll be able to easily figure out what we'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?

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