The aforesaid Guns referring in particular to handguns, especially revolvers
altho admittedly automatic pistols have gained favor for their greater magazine capacities.
I have some doubts about them, because of their tendency to jam,
but candor impels me to admit that I have gotten marginally better accuracy with automatics.
The Ruger SuperBlackhawk .44 caliber revolver is very American
The Taurus Model 85 .38 revolver is another member of my American Gun collection
with gold trim and rosewood handles.
( u can click to enlarge the picture )
This is suitable for personal carry on a daily basis.
For optimal stopping power
(my personal choice)
another member of my American Gun collection
is the Model 445 Taurus .44 caliber revolver
(ideally loaded with hollowpointed slugs, to put the brakes on the target,
effecting a maximal energy dump, avoiding overpenetration)
The Colt .45 caliber M1911A1 automatic pistol
[M stands for "model"; 1911 is the year of its adoption by the US Army
& "A1" is the evolutionary adaptation] has a very devoted
almost a cult, http://www.sightm1911.com/
but revolvers are more mechanically reliable
and I believe that thay are what Nature intended.