Just how RELIABLE is your carry gun?
Have you ever had your carry gun break on you? Did that failure make you nervous about that particular make/model/type's dependability? Did it make you feel that a lead pipe was the only 100% reliable weapon in this world for self defense? (:twak:)
I'm not talking so much about minor jamming issues here, as obviously semi-autos are grossly jam-happy in comparison to the average revolver (especially compared to the very light and small .380ACP and 9MM semi-autos that are so popular for CCW). What I'm talking about here is only if a particular make/model had a part's breakage after firing a lifetime of under a few thousand rounds, or was a complete jam-o-matic.
In my own case, since I am a revolver guy, even I have had a few such issues. For instance, my S&W 640 Centennial hammerless had to be completely replaced lately due to a circumnavigating crack/flaw in the cylinder (discovered after only 100 factory .38spl rounds); the 640 looked to be ready to blow at any minute [Smith and Wesson replaced the entire gun with no questions asked; and the gun is 15 years old! Great company! (:smile:)].
And my 1972 Colt Python actually jammed on me during a competition (:embarassed:) -- I pulled the trigger in DA and the cylinder bound up solid. During a self defense incident, I would have been burnt toast (:dead:). (I'm now looking into this problem myself, since Colt does not have a lifetime guarantee, as does S&W. PS: The gun magically unfroze ten minutes later, but will it happen again...???? (:confused:)).
Or my 1st Python that had light primer strikes, and mis-fired 5% of the time (cured by slightly bending the hammer's leaf spring, as recommended by Colt).
I won't even go into the other semi's and revolvers over the years that I practiced with that would jam constantly (Beretta Mdl 76) or fail to load after a single cylinder full was fired (Taurus 990 [but due to cheap Chinese ammo]), or my home self defense shotgun: two brand new Charles Daly Tacticals 12Ga pumps that would jam -- and stay jammed -- after about 30 rounds (magazine latch appeared to be made of some soft steel, and bent inward closing off the mag tube (:mad:). Pure junk, IMHO. I then went to a Rem 870, and never looked back).
Anyway, it just goes to show you that nothing is truly dependable, not even the highest quality revolvers on this planet! :blink:
Any similar occurrences with your CCW firearm?