I'm a firm believer that a person's first firearm should be a good revolver and a shotgun. (oh- that's two, isn't it?)
If you scored high in spatial reasoning and mechanical aptititude, get that fancy autoloader you've been drooling over in the magazines -- just be sure you get to know it real good before you learn to depend on it.
This needs repeating so I'll repeat it
If you buy an autoloader just be sure you get to know it real good before you learn to depend on it
You should be able to work it in your sleep or under extreme stress or wounded etc.
Two of my autos have never had a malfunction in many thousands of rounds. Yet I've seen a revolver that routinely bound up after five rounds. Lesson: shoot the heck out of any gun you plan to stake your life on. Regardless of action type, never just assume it is reliable. (BTW, I do agree that on average revolvers are more reliable than autos. I've found autos ranging from jamomatic to flawless and everything in between).