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Dave Higginbotham

David Higginbotham is a writer and editor who specializes in everyday carry. He was a college professor for 20 years before leaving behind the academy for a more practical profession in the firearms industry.

Recent Posts

Why Hammered Fired Double Actions Make Perfect Pocket Pistols

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Mar 27, 2019 8:51:00 AM

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There are two types of gun owners—those that are deeply in tune with how their guns work and those that simply like some old-fashioned trigger time. Those who like a deep-dive have a lot to study in the tiny Beretta Pico.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Handguns

The Art Deco Origins of Beretta’s Signature Pistols

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Mar 13, 2019 8:05:00 AM

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There are very few pistols that showcase more than a century of evolution. Beretta’s 92 series guns have only been in production for a few decades, but the clean lines that have come to define the 92 have deep roots in a symbolic artistic movement that swept Europe before World War I.

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Topics: Handguns

The #everydaycarry Practical Fad

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Jan 31, 2019 8:11:00 AM

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The firearms industry is susceptible to fashion trends, just like everything else. Over the last decade, as Instagram seized control of image-driven social media, "Everyday Carry" has become a thing. The high-fashion side of EDC has become cultish, but there’s something elemental to the viral fad.
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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Handguns

How to Pick the Perfect Pistol for Everyday Carry

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Dec 18, 2018 8:33:00 AM

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A trip to your local gun store can be overwhelming for someone new to concealed carry. Almost all guns bear a striking similarity to each other. They’re almost all black. Most pistols incorporate a hefty amount of plastic and some steel. What sets them apart?

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Handguns

The Many Faces of the Storied Beretta 92 Pistol

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Nov 27, 2018 9:50:00 AM

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The Beretta 92FS is one of the most iconic pistols in the world. The open-slide design gives the gun a distinct profile. The silhouette is even a popular choice for the “gun-free-zone” signs commonly posted by those who feel comforted by the protection offered by signage.

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Topics: Handguns

Case Study: A Home Defense Encounter

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Nov 21, 2018 7:21:00 AM

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When I rounded the corner in front of my house, I could see into my backyard. The man was there, behind my garage. I had seen him earlier, when I’d left to pick up my son from school, just across the street. He looked out of place then, and I’d made a mental note of him. I even made eye-contact as I slowly drove by and gave him my best I-see-you look.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Israeli Carry’s Fatal Flaw: A Case Study

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Oct 11, 2018 9:19:00 AM

Real Crime Case Study

Heriberto Aceves is dead. The store owner was robbed back in his Bakersfield, CA store in late 2016 and the armed assailants brutally assaulted Aceves and his son. Aceves, though, put up a fight. He had a pistol behind the counter. Though the gun was loaded, the chamber was empty - in other words, "Israeli Carry." As Aceves struggled to rack the slide, his assailant shot him.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense

Why Arkansas’s New Enhanced Concealed Carry Permit Matters for All of Us

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Oct 8, 2018 8:54:00 AM

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Earlier this year, Arkansas became one of the first states in the country to issue what the state calls an “enhanced” concealed carry permit. The new regulations allow those with an enhanced endorsement to carry a concealed firearm many places that are off limits to those with the standard CHCL: public college campuses, churches, even bars. Are these new permits a step in the right direction for those of us who carry concealed?

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense, Handguns

Do You Know What Condition Your Condition Is In?

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Sep 24, 2018 9:24:00 AM

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Just after I graduated from college, I found out that a friend I’d known forever was carrying a revolver. Carrying might be too generous a term. It was in the glove compartment of his pickup truck, and he didn’t have a permit.

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Topics: Concealed Carry

Is The .380 ACP Too Big to Be Little?

Posted by Dave Higginbotham on Sep 20, 2018 9:23:00 AM

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Every time summer rolls around, I find myself justifying the .380 as a practical concealed carry round. It is a story I tell myself, really. When the temperature hits triple digits, I tend to shed layers of clothing—layers that I rely on to conceal my preferred double-stack 9mm.

What do I have against the .380? Nothing really. In my years in the firearm industry, I’ve plugged away at numerous gel blocks. I’ve studied the terminal ballistics of the 9mm Kurz, and I like what I see.

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Self Defense