When I was a young pup, I used to be terrible about buying, then selling or trading, handguns. I also had several friends who shared the same "problem." One of the few upsides to this type of behavior is you get a LOT of experience with many different types of handguns, from cheap pieces of crap to high-end match-grade autopistols and fine revolvers.
My rabid trading days are long gone now, and my meager little collection has stabilized. Of the handguns I have right now, I consider them all to be 100% reliable under certain conditions, outlined below. For folks who are having problems with their handguns, before you give up, send it back, or go on an expletive-filled rant about your POS pistol, I'd suggest the following:
- Clean it properly between uses, and keep it lubricated correctly at all times.
- Whenever possible, stick with magazines and accessories made by the company that made your handgun. If your handgun was working well, and started having problems after you added or changed some part, then undo the change and test it again. If you return it to its previous condition, and the problem goes away, the change is almost certainly what caused the problem. Not all parts/accessories will work well on all handguns.
- Feed it decent-quality ammunition (domestic-manufactured brass-cased ammo is the least expensive stuff I'll use, personally). If you have functioning or accuracy problems, try several different brands, styles and power levels of ammo, and let a couple of experienced shooters try the weapon before passing final judgement.
All that said; yes, I do think some folks over-exaggerate some problems.
"Placement is power" -- seen in an article by Stephen A. Camp
(RIP, Mr. Camp; you will be remembered, and missed)