Originally Posted by JonM
both types can fail from various causes and reasons just as frequently as the other. the differnece is buying a quality firearm and using quality accessories and ammunition. if you buy cheap expect failure to be the norm. revolvers are no more "jam proof" than a semi-auto is. revolvers not malfunctioning or jamming is an utter myth. e
Semiautos common failure modes:
Failure to feed
Failure to fire causing the weapon to be "dead" - no more function.
Each of those failure modes must be cleared by the operator - with skill - or the weapon is "dead".
Revolvers have none of these.
The only one even similar is if the revolver load contains a bad round resulting in a failure to fire - but the gun is not disabled by that like a semi auto is. You merely pull the trigger again and go to the next round. A semi auto is dead. Won't function until the shooter clears the dead round.
And, oh by the way, never shoot a semi auto from inside a purse or pocket or other cover. It is most likely going to be a one shot gun after the slide catches and jams on a piece of fabric or Kleenex or...
--- Doesn't apply to revolvers - shoot them through anything.
And, oh, don't get nervous and shoot with a limp wrist - the semi auto may not cycle to the next round - another jam - which must be skillfully cleared before the gun functions again.
Doesn't apply to revolvers - they don't have a force based reaction auto cycle rechamber mechanism as semi autos do. The cylinder just turns - and it goes bang.
I have seen many of these failure modes in semi autos. I have never seen a revolver jam or unable to fire. Or even heard of a jam in a revolver. Explain how a revolver could jam....
But don't take my word for it. Do your own research. Or take a gun class - they will spend a good amount of time teaching people the shortcomings of semi autos and the proper and necessary way to handle them and clear them of jams.
Revolver is the most reliable way to shoot.
What myth are you talking about?
You may prefer semi autos but that is your own personal preference - not to be confused with the actual characteristics of each gun type.