Tactical Skills Q & A -or- Be Good at Everything or Die (repost)

In the interest of spreading useful information regarding tactics/training I wanted to relay this conversation I had with some folks from the tactical community a while back. I was asked several pointed questions which I do my best to answer below:

Question 1:

Of all the various training disciplines available, which one should be top of the training list right now in light of world events? Rifle training? Land Navigation? Communications? Patrolling, etc...


Well, there are definitely some sacred cows on that list. It of course kind of depends on where you are as an individual with regard to the various skillsets, but lets assume you are a competent shooter with some basic fieldcraft under your belt....I would put information gathering on top. You could also label it Intel/Comms if you wanted. Why?

1. Intelligence drives the fight. Without it, you are just a bunch of armed guys in the woods.

2. Everyone can do it. Your 75 year old aunt can do it, your kid can do it. Not…

Secure Router Added to Store

We have added the GrayBox Secure Router to the Store page.

Everything you do online goes through your router. Nearly all routers available at the major retailers are compromised with a backdoor and use closed-source firmware. Something to keep in mind when you are making an effort to secure your digital life.

Huge New Year Sale *Updated*

We are going to start off 2020 with a bang with a huge 20% off of the Verus 2 Privacy Phones!

That's a Verus 2 for only $560 before shipping!

The Sepio 2 Secure laptops will also be on sale at 15% off their base price.

Sale prices only good until 18 January.

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CSG Upcoming 2020 Schedule and New Gear

2020 is going to be a busy year. We are working on a robust training schedule to include:

- Hard Target Traveler

- GroundRod Level One, Two and Three

- Gunfight Concepts Pistol and Carbine

- CQB / Home Defense

- Night Operations

We are also expecting to release the next versions of our security & privacy centric devices:

- Verus 3 Privacy phone

- Sepio 3 Secure laptop

Check back soon for the updated training calendar and equipment release details.

Gunfight Concepts - Pistol in North Idaho / NE Washigton

We are doing a Gunfight Concepts Pistol course in the Spokane/Coeur d'Alene area on December 14-15. Course is $450.

For more information or to register, contact us at:


Gear Required:
* Semi-auto pistol (at least .380cal or greater)
* Three or more magazines
* Duty belt / Holster and at least two mag pouches
* Eye and ear protection
* Comfortable, durable clothing, change of clothes, towel
* Jacket and/or cover shirt
* Firearm maintenance gear (lube, tools, etc)
* Optional gear.....dump pouches, gloves, armor, knee pads, bandaids)

* 500 rds (minimum)

Also, please bring lunch/snacks/drinks as there are no services close by.

You can register by going to the Store tab above and making a course deposit ($100) and then email us to confirm registration. If you prefer to pay the course fee up front with credit/debit/bank card, let us know and we will email you a pay link.


Some quick course updates....

We are looking at having the following courses before the end of year:

- Gunfight Concepts  - Pistol             Coeur d'alene, Idaho

- GroundRod  level 1 & 2                   Austin, Texas

- Gunfight Concepts  - Carbine          Corvallis, Oregon

- CQB / Home Defense                      Corvallis, Oregon

If interested in attending or for more information, shoot us an email at:


GroundRod Level One Course in Montana

We will be having a GroundRod One course in Bozeman, MT September 7-8.

As I am sure everyone has noticed, there have been many developments in the last few months in the internet space, much of it not good. Free speech is under heavy and constant attack. Those in the patriot/conservative community are being deplatformed and silenced at an alarming rate. The Marxist left is trying desperately to control the information space and so far is doing a pretty good job of it. The skills learned in the GroundRod digital tradecraft series are more important now than ever. Things are changing rapidly, don't get left behind.

GroundRod Primer (Level One course)

Course length: 2 days (16-20 hours classroom, lab setting)

Required materials: personal laptop (or unit issued), four USB drives
4-8GB in capacity, spare extension cord, note taking materials.

Entry level course that lays the foundation of digital tradecraft skills providing a
defense in depth approach to threats ranging from the crimin…