Unless you're totally inept, you have to try to put your hand where the side blast would get you. I shot revolvers for 15 years before I fired a semiauto for the first time. It wasn't because I was afraid of "hammer bite" or pinching my thumb in the slide. Give it a shot (pun intended), you'll like it.
Nothing wrong with firing revolvers. Just remember to treat the business end of each chamber as a barrel.