I agree with this. I am a fan of larger capacity so I would carry the .380 if you had a least one backup mag. If not then I think the reliability plus the better ballistics of the 38 special trumps the difference between a 5 shot and 7 shot.I'd go with the 38. Unless we can have a spare mag for the 380 then if probably consider it.
Colt 1903 pocket model?Ill throw a little twist in here... I carry a 9 shot 32 auto. It's what I shoot really well! What's the first rule of gunfighting? Have a Gun! I have both a 38 in a J frame revolver and a small 380. But the 32 is what I shoot best! It's not a tiny gun though, It has a 3.75" barrel, a grip I can get all three gripping fingers on, and more than the tiny groove for sights! But it is small enough for pocket carry. And it does not hurt my arthritic hands to shoot it! DR
I would rethink the revolvers don't jam statement. I have had and seen plenty revolvers jam over my 50+years of shooting, and the problem is when they do jam it's usually much harder to free them than an auto.JMOId go with the 38 myself. Revolvers don't jam and you can put heavier chunks of lead down range. But then again I carry a 10mm as a side arm most of the time when I hunt.