I was paraphrasing my friend. In an actual situation, more than likely a shot will have to be taken through a coat pocket or something for self defense. Semi autos will shoot probably around 1 round in that situation due to the slide not resetting inside the coat pocket. This is why he recommended the revolver. Also a misfire is easier to fix in a revolver, reason why he said this. That is what he meant by reliability.
I have handled quite a few and I have pretty much decided on a carry size 1911, now I have the problem of searching through a million choices for a quality gun.
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