Glock or Springfield....the end
I know I'll get a lot of flack for this, but go shoot the Taurus 24/7 OSS. Its a very nice, very well built pistol. One day on the range will change your mind about it. Taurus isn't the cheap POS's that they used to be.
Go to http://www.gunsandammomag.com and search for "Taurus Trials" and read what the author put his Taurus through without one failure.
I love mine! Shoots sweet!
I like the Ruger SR-9......I bet you would too.
Reliable every time you pull the trigger
Easy to breakdown and clean
The Pistol shooters hat trick
Check out the Stoeger (Beretta) Cougar. You can find them in most places for under $400.00. IMO the very best bargain around.
Glock G17 only my humble opinion !
Shot a Taurus lately? I know there are haters out there that say they're junk, but Taurus has really turned things around. Pick one up, handle it, inspect it, and judge the quality against any of the other brands. Then see if you can find someone to let you shoot one. I have a 24/7 OSS in black, and it shoots sweet. I know this ain't much of a accuracy test, but I just took my CHL here in Texas and put all 50 rounds in a 4 inch circle. Tore the middle out of it! My CHL instructor had to stop and check out what I was shooting. Couldn't believe it was a Taurus. No, I'm not a marksman.... its just a sweet shooting gun.
the Taurus is OK, everyone I have ever owned had allot of machine marks on it, the 1911 had different depth cocking serrations, and for another $100-200 you can get a really high quality gun like the Beretta or a CPO Sig, just my opinion
another rec. for the bersa uc 9mm... newest version (mine) holds 13 rounds and isn't that much bigger than a G26.. cost me $350 and change, a very reliable and straight shooting gun with intuitive controls that are easy to operate..
All good options I think.
Have you considered the EAA witness poly? It is under $500 and beautifully made. I just read a review and the author said it was the most accurate out of the box handgun he has shot. I hate to quote magazines but the ones I have seen have been top quality.
I also have an FNP 45 and my girl has the 40. I have not shot the 9 but it is the same as the 40 aside from caliber and her 40 is a great gun.
a vote for the Bersa Thunder Ultra Compact 9mm... I"m up to a thousand rounds now, and it just shoots straighter and straighter, controls are big and comfy and ambidextrous, 13 rd mags are big for a small gun, and it's built like a tank and easy to take down for cleaning. I know it's early, but for $300 and change this is a helluva 9mm.
I don't own a Bersa (yet) but my son has one, and for the money (his was around $360.00) it's a helluva gun in my opinion. He and I go to the range together most of the time and trade back and forth. I carry a Springfield XD Tactical in 9mm, and from my feel anyway, the Bersa's recoil is lighter than my XD, the grip is set much like the XD, it's a good comfortable shooting pistol, and the accuracy is right up there with most any popular 9mm out there. It might be a little heavier than my XD, as it's got a lot more metal than the polymer pistols do, but I like them very much. If only they made a 10mm version....