trying to pick just one gun is very difficult as there are quite a few nice ones out there..i stopped trying to do just that when i considered my first pistol..
in the end...i bought in this order ...all the ones i liked from m want list..
beretta 92fs 9mm
beretta px4 9mm
glock 19 9mm
walther p99 AS 9mm
hk usp .40
yes, some are more expensive than the others (ie hk usp) but they are well worth it...all shoot well, and so far no problems to date.