I see you got no reply, and sorry I can't help myself...but what's the reason that you don't just want to go somewhere like Turner's? They have lots of used and new as well.
If I was spending up to $500, I would get a Glock 19 (9mm)...but I can't even afford that, so I went with a Hi point C-9 (9mm) and I actually like it quite a bit. When I'm ready to spend more I plan to get a Glock 19. If I was in the position to spend A LOT more, I would get just want you said NOT to recommend in your post...a $1,200+ 1911