I'll have to throw in with the pinned barrel S&W K frame faction. I have a four inch M19 that does just about everything I ever need to do, and does it well. It even fits under a jacket or vest as needed.
Second place would go to the Colt Government Model and Commander (LW). For most purposes, that type of pistol works well.
But the original poster is correct; not one single handgun (or rifle or shotgun) does EVERYTHING best. And they all malfunction or break from time to time.
Heck, once in a while, my M19 misses a target on me.