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.

How Often Should You Clean Your Gun?

<p>A year or so ago, I was taking a class with a respected firearms instructor who took one look at the rifle I’d brought and told me I should clean it. The rifle seemed fine to me. When I pulled the trigger, it fired, ejected, and cycled another round. There was no rust or corrosion. No harm-no foul, right?</p>

How Many Magazines Should You Have: EDC Edition

<p>One question new gun owners often ask is “how many magazines do I need?” If you aren’t carrying a revolver, I’d suggest you stock up. Mags can break. They jam. If<img src="{{media url="wysiwyg/GLOCKmags/GLOCK_19_Mags_2.jpg"}}" alt="GLOCK mags take a beating." /> your gun won’t work, odds are it is the magazine that’s the problem, not the gun.</p>

Franklin Armory Launches Short Barrel “Firearm” With AR Stock and ATF Approval

<p>The run up to SHOT Show 2018 just got a heck-of-a-lot more interesting. Sure, there were some odd guns getting a bit of buzz, but nothing like the rampant speculation that has followed in the wake of a humble press release from Franklin Armory. So what's all the hype about? It looks like Franklin has found a loophole. They're calling their new gun The Reformation.</p>

SHOT Show Top 5 Meh…

<p>I’m not one to get pessimistic about SHOT Show. I wrote an article last week, actually, that tried to contextualize some of this year’s pessimism. There’s not going to be a ton of “new” on display. If you define “new” as something you’ve never seen before,  SHOT Show 2018 might feel like a real let down. Let’s look at a coupe of early examples.</p>

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