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? ()
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! ()].
And my 1972 Colt Python actually jammed on me during a competition () -- I pulled the trigger in DA and the cylinder bound up solid. During a self defense incident, I would have been burnt toast (). (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...???? ()).
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 (). 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!
Any similar occurrences with your CCW firearm?