And a disclaimer, I purposely did not include revolvers because from a SD standpoint I feel they are the most reliable, although more limited in capacity and harder to reload in a fight, and somewhat harder to conceal because they tend to be wider than a pistol.
Most of you know I love my Makarovs. I didn't buy my first MAK because I knew a lot about it, I bought it because it was cheap, along with a Chinese AK and a Chinese SKS.
As I started to learn more and more about the MAK over the years, I started collecting them and shooting them. I have owned as many as 20 different MAK's at one time.
I have removed the magazines from a variety of them and interchanged them and shot a wide variety of ammo through them all, and I have yet to have one break. Although over the thousands of rounds I have shot I have had a few, and I do mean just a few, failure to feed in a variety of guns, my current Bulgarian Makarov has yet to have a round fail to feed, fail to fire or stovepipe. And that is with at least 20 different magazines passed through it.
As much as most love the 1911's, how many other guns are this reliable? I hear about 1911's being very picky about their magazines. My Glocks approach this but they are not as accurate, even though they deliver a stronger punch.
And this is not about knowing you are going into a fight and bring an optimal gun, This thread is about what you carry all the time and why it is reliable to you.
What determines reliable to you? What is your most reliable pistol and why?