Sheldon's post got me to thinking about how people's trust in guns could be broken easily when something goes wrong. I have decided to share with you all my first experience buying a pistol. I picked up a 1911 used about ten years ago at a gun show for what I thought was a good deal. Well when I took it to the range it jammed, A LOT. So I sent it off to the gunsmith to get it fixed. 50 bucks later and it didn't jam as much. So I checked the feed ramp, polished it. Fed better, but still jammed. Got good mags, shot good for awhile, but the sear broke. Then the grips wore out, and then when I changed the grips I got bit by the hammer, so after that I bought a beavertail safety and a combat hammer. Then it shot good, for a couple months, then I noticed the barrel had rust and ptting. Okay so I got a new barrel. Well it started jamming again because the link pin and the barrel don't fit right, and the feed ramp needed polishing. Ten years later and countless man hours and dollars later it's still a work in progress, and I have wondered if it's more trouble than it's worth. When it is in top form it's a joy to shoot and it's easy to conceal. My point is you have to work with your weapon, and if something small goes wrong you shouldn't worry so much if its and easy fix. I feel your pain, I like stuff to work right the first time, but you should prepare yourself when your weapon turns into a single shot or a 600 dollar rock, because equipment will break at absolutely the worst time. I have carried this particular 1911 knowing that a part could break off and on since I have owned it. I have only just recently switched to a wheelgun as my concealled carry, but deep down I know that too could fail. You must look at every self defense situation as a gamble, because you might just get a click if you pull the trigger.