Holding a gun at the store is nothing like shooting it at the range. Find a gun range near you (or further out if you have to), that rents a wide variety of guns. Spend some money testing out a wide variety of handguns...try the Beretta, Glock, Sig, M&P, HK, 1911, and my favorite...a Cz 75. Figure out whether you want a DA/SA or striker-fired gun, and then how you want to use the gun: carrying it concealed or home defense or just shooting at the range or competition.
Then, start looking at things like trigger: Do you want a long, constant trigger, or a quick, short trigger? (One is obviously safer, the other quicker).
Also, take into account how much training you expect to complete. If you plan on a minimum amount of training, then get an easier to operate gun with a long, constant trigger. If you expect to do a lot of training, you will want a gun with short, light trigger and maybe a manual safety.
But it all starts with going to the range and renting and trying as many guns as you can afford to try.
Sig, FN, Beretta had US factories or agreed to US manufacture, can't speak to other competitors...Good advice to try and shoot some of those you are interested in at the range and decide. The fact that this first choice and other handguns will likely be in your future is as well.. JJ
Try learning to comprehend what you read..I stated I did not believe that foreign makers were allowed to compete, never stated I knew this as actual fact and my wording made that clear......and the two I mentioned were Glock and Taurus....JJ
others were not prohibited - what the Govt does is issue specs as to what they want - for example exposed hammer etc etc and if you win the contract then they have to be made in the USA - thus several manufacturers didn't enter the competition due to the SPECS the military issued
to answer your initial question
i would trust all the manufacturers you mentioned except Taurus
and you didn't mention Ruger which is made in USA and is a fine weapon
choosing a 9mm pistol is one of the hardest decisions to do because there are so many
so it gets to feel in your hand - they are all different and you have to hold and shoot them to be really comfortable with your choice
you also didn't mention CCW - thank goodness- cause that is a whole different set of gun configurations/considerations
The Ruger SR9 Is a real nice 9mm weapon for under or around 450 bucks. A lot has been said about them, the trigger is grityty somewhat but can be fixed by Ghost products for 30 bucks. I own a couple and have put the Ghost trigger in both. I shoot them very well.
Do you have any thoughts or an opinion on a Certified Pre Owned Sig?? If you have favorable things to say -- would you rather a 220 or 226 (for a similar price...or will they be different prices by quite a bit??) I was doing some research and they sound good....and the price drops....but maybe something like a Beretta or Glock brand new is the better way for me to go -- any thoughts/ideas?? Thank you!!