David Higginbotham is a writer and editor who specializes in everyday carry. David is a former backcountry guide in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains and Boundary Waters Canoe Area who was a college professor for 20 years. He ultimately left behind the academy for a more practical profession in the firearms industry and was (among other editorial positions) the Managing Editor for a nascent Mag Life blog. In that Higginbotham helped establish The Maglife's tone and secure its early success. Though he went on to an even more practical firearms industry profession still, he continues to contribute articles and op-eds as time and life allow.

Colt’s Stunning Combat Elite Government 1911

Colt's Combat Elite 1911 is a single-action with a distinctive look. Get past the flashy finish, though, and there's a classic Colt.

CRKT’s Bear Claw Emergency Rescue | Keen Insights

EMS. Search and rescue. First Responders. Boaters. LE. Fire. CRKT's Bear Claw ER is built to make fast, controlled cuts close to people.

Protech Godfather: An Old School (Inspired) Auto | Keen Insights

Looking for a functional automatic that has a touch of class? Check out the classic lines and fast action of the Protech Godfather.

Keen Insights: Knives at the Tulsa Gun Show

There's no better place than the gun show to see gun culture in action. And Tulsa's gun shows claim to be the biggest in the world. Higginbotham went to the last one looking for blades, and here's what he found.

Keen Insights: The Knife That Started Bushcraft—The Kephart

The Becker Kephart is a historical homage to the knife that has become an iconic staple in American bushcraft and a masterpiece ready for a long life in the wild.

Keen Insights — Benchmade Claymore: Front Toward Enemy

The Benchmade Claymore is a over-built auto that is built like a tank. From the CPM-D2 blade to the intricacies of the handle, it delivers.

Keen Insights: The Fox Folding Karambit

Looking for a capable self-defense knife to add to your EDC toolkit? Check out the Fox Folding Karambit. This is a fast knife.

Suppressor Ready Without Breaking the Bank: The Springfield XD-M .45

Springfield Armory gained traction with the Hellcat, but the older XD-M line is a solid place to start if you want to shoot suppressed.

Fixed Blade or Hatchet? If You Can Only Choose One

Hatchet or fixed blade or both? And what type of hatchet is best for those who spend serious time in the woods?

ESEE Knives: 3 Inches is All You Need—Keen Insights

Looking for a solid knife that can do anything, go anywhere, and won't weigh you down when you carry it? Check out the ESEE 3 and ESEE 4.

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