In WWI & II, factories couldn't turn out the 1911 auto pistol fast enough. Smith & Wesson & Colt both produced this revolver that used the 45 acp cartridge. Just like the 1911, this revolver is still a viable self defense weapon a hundred yrs after being introduced.
Daddy's gun. Colt Python .357. The most in depth study of handgun deaths, showed that the .357 magnum was the deadliest round. It was not responsible for the most deaths, but was the only round that on average took less than two shots to prove fatal.