I would like to use objective reasoning to help separate the wheat from the chaff. What is needed is to identify the criteria for which to judge what is the best handgun. Once the criteria are set, then a handgun can be gauged by each one. The highest score should therefore be the best. In reality, this will solve nothing but to make for some good debate. Even the lowest scoring gun will have someone that thinks it is the greatest thing sense gun met powder. Someone asked me what the best all around gun was and the best I could do was say it depends.
I was thinking that the criteria should be rate on a 1 to 10 scale with 10 being the best. I can think of several, but probably have overlooked some.
Reliability - 10 being that it never fails to fire for any reason
out of the box usability - 10 being that nothing has to be done after purchase. I.E. trigger job
accuracy - 10 being that it is inherently accurate out of the box
durability - 10 being expected longevity
weight - 10 being the lightest
required maintenance - 10 being least required
ease of maintenance - 10 being the easiest to perform required maintenance
Grip - 10 being the most ergonomically designed
trigger weight - 10 being the lightest
trigger pull - 10 being the shortest
external safety - 10 being ergonomically designed for ease of use
capacity - 10 being for the most rounds held, however certain mags may cause a reduction for weight, ability to conceal, and functionality.
sights - 10 being for out of box accuracy or adjustable sights
concealable - 10 being for ease of concealment
ammo - 10 being that it will shoot whatever whenever
ability to accessorize - 10 being able to add whatever whenever.