What do you consider the most useful all-around handgun? Not necessarily your favorite, but the one that would be suitable for the widest variety of needs. My runner up would be a good .22 handgun, probably the Ruger .22 Single Six Convertable, as it would fire both .22 and .22 magnum; and in some circumstances it might be my first choice. But I believe that if my worst nightmare came true, and I could only have one handgun, it would be a 4" barrel .357 magnum. I am going to guess that there are more loadings available for the 38/357 than any other handgun cartridge. This makes it possible to do everything from plinking to self defense to hunting moderate size critters. I'm not saying that it's the BEST plinking gun; the BEST self defense gun; or the BEST hunting handgun. I'm saying that it's the best compromise for using for All of these uses. But which one? I'm a big fan of the N frame .357's, and the model 28 might be my choice. A little big for carrying for self defense, though, although manageable with the right clothing choice. Another contender would be the Ruger Blackhawk, and if you got the 9mm/.357 convertible model, you would have even more flexibility (I can't vouch for this -- although I've had and have the .357 Blackhawk, never had the convertible). But, being single action, is it the best all around choice? Finally . . . the Model 19 Smith. I love the K frame Smiths, but they're a little lightweight for shooting the really heavy .357 loads. The best choice for self defense carry, though. Okay, just between you and me (the guns don't need to know) if I had to pick only one, it would be -- by a very close vote -- the N frame Smith. Although at the last moment I might forego cold, hard logic and just clutch a 1911 to my chest. Anybody have a different canidate for the most useful all around handgun?