I'd suggest a Sig P229 in .40 or a Sig P2022 in .40 cal.
You can get a P229 for around $700 to $880 .
Here's my P2022 (the picture is of my 9mm - I haven't taken a picture of my .40 yet .. they look identical)
Both my Sig 2022's have the best triggers of all my guns. imho
Another very good option is a Beretta PX4 in .40 Cal. - it costs around $600.
All shoot well and are very dependable.
Good luck in your search.
Borrow or rent a lot of different guns .. there are many available that meet you specifications.