Overall, the 1911A1 is my choice; however, if you are talking a specific model or caliber - the the Colt Python is the winner, IMO. Nothing before or since has been such a work of the gunsmith's art. :wink:
You can't have a "Best Handgun".... you need to have a
"best rimfire autoloader"
"best centerfire autoloader"
"best rimfire DA revolver"
"best rimfire SA revolver"
"best centerfire DA revolver"
"best centerfire SA revolver"
Then you need one of each.... then you need a couple more of each.
The answers, by the way, are....
Ruger Mark I
1911 of whatever flavor you prefer
Ruger Old-Model Super Single-Six Convertible
S&W 19 or 29 (depends on how big a hole you like in the barrel)
Ruger Old-Model Blackhawk/Super blackhawk
All I know is it has a cylinder in it. The 1911 has been around a long time but the S&W Model 10 has been around since 1899 and is still in production. My vote is actually for the S&W Model 25 though. It can also be chambered in .45acp.
Depends on what you are using it for. The best handgun ever (IMHO) is the Freedom Arms 83. Not what I would want to carry for self defense, but I betcha the new .500 Wyoming Express would do the job regarding "one shot stops"! I'd sure "settle" for one in .44 or .41. (Or, .475, or .454, or . . . heck I just want one!)
Colt Gold Cup .38 Auto
Most Colt Revolvers
Glock 17 & 19
Smith & Wesson 15
Smith & Wesson 19
Smith & Wesson 29
Smith & Wesson 59
Very difficult question to answer. Most people will post guns that they own on this list as I will. I have a couple double actions, a couple semi-autos, and quite a few single action revolvers.
That being said, maybe it's the nastolgia of the single, but my favorite is a Ruger Super Blackhawk is 44 mag.
Pictured: top 2 are 44's bottom is 45 Colt