One great thing about guns is they don’t wear out nearly as quickly as pickup trucks. My oldest is a “trapdoor” Springfield .45-70 made in the 1880’s. All the mechanical parts still work, and it consistently hits an 8″ gong at 200 yards with the issue iron sights. My wife Eileen and I also own several shotguns around a century old, and they all work just as well as when they were made
In what became the most exciting college chemistry class ever, an Idaho State University professor demonstrated a really bad experiment. During his lecture he managed to shoot himself in the foot with a small caliber handgun he was carrying in his pocket. Specifics are sketchy, but we do know the gun was in his pocket and it never left his pocket, even after perforating pants pocket, shoe leather and foot.
Competition games require fast guns. They’re the thoroughbreds in the gun world — really fast, but finicky and at times fragile. Some can be highly modified to become uber-accurate with 1/30,000 tolerances, but if these guns fail to function, you might lose a trophy.
But when some miscreant is pointing a gun back at you, losing the “game” means death or injury. There’s no second place in a real gunfight and no alibis are acceptable for the gun you need to stay alive.