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I'm going to be different here . I carry autos but I am well trained with them . I also require my autos to fire at least 500 rds of the ammo I'm going to carry in them without a hickup before I will stake my life on them.
Good semi auto pistols are a good option in competent hands. Cheap semi autos are not worth anyone trusting there lives to.
Set a semi auto up with a double feed and hand it to a someone not fluent with semi autos and watch the looks you get.
My advice to someone that just wants a handgun for self protection and is not going to really shoot it enough to get really proficient with it would be a hammerless revolver.
Pull the trigger and it goes bang. Simple as that !
Way to much ash . Once briquettes ash over temps go down pretty quick making it harder to get the temp control you can achieve with lump . Also after briquettes have been choked down they will not go back to red lava as soon as you open the vents back up .