That was a tough one to vote on. I have a 226..I have a few 1911's though. They are just great. There's a reason that the 1911 design is one of the most copied....ever. LoL - I really like my Sig though
My favorite is not on the list. Those are all nice guns, but they are not what I would buy. There are lots of very good guns of equal quality for alot less money, such as Witness, Taurus, Ruger, and many others. I refuse to get stuck in the "Brand Nane Rut". There are good deals out there, check with your dealer and do your research.
I've never test fired anything else on the list but the Glock full-size and the 1911. When you say .40 cal S&W - do you mean the MP? Sigma? or the 410?
I own a Sigma (about 600 put through it so far wthout incident) and I am pretty happy with it - yes even more so than the Glock - just feels better. (although I really like a 1911's accuracy)