My favorite is my Dan Wesson .357 Revolver Model 15-2 with a six inch barrel. It has real stopping power when loaded with a semi-jacketed hollow-point. It has a hand carved grip that is ergonomically fitted to my exact grip. Wood working is my specialty, so I figured gunsmithing would be the next best step.
My first hand gun was my Beretta 21A .22 Long Rifle with 7 + 1 capacity. very good for carrying concealed although small caliber. My preference for concealed carry is my .380 Davis Semi-auto with 5 + 1 capacity.
Try Para. They have a 1911 thats in .40 cal. With dual stacked mags, it holds 16 rounds. I love mine. If you are looking for a single stacked version, try STI or Sig, they both make 'em. Good luck.
Favorite Handgun...Springfield Arms 1911 A1 LW or RO. Now, I have recently found a nice Remington XP-100 that I have always wanted since I was a teenager and, will probably acquire for the sake of just having it.