If I had to pick I would go with a quality 1911 .45ACP in auto and in revolvers, a Smith 686 plus, 7 shot .357. They are built like tanks and easy to keep up. Both have a multitude of choices in ammo, and both were built for the cartridge they fire. In other words, they are what I call a smooth ride! But really, there is no "best" just a lot of opinions!