As to the answer of the question that started this thread?
"What's Better - .38 Snubby or Small Auto?"
It depends on the .38 snubby or the small auto.
My suggestion - buy one of each and try them out for yourself. See what you like personally. But, if you have a bad experience with one, don't let that one bad experience sour you on one or the other. Keep buying / selling / trading until you find one of each that you like, as they both have their virtues and everyone who can affort it should have at least one of each.
BTW, the most unreliable small auto I've ever owned was a Taurus.