I cast my vote for the Beretta 92FS. Bought my first one in 1989, got used to the safety decocker in about two minutes.
In fact, the 92FS is one of the safest pistols on the planet, IMO.
I've bought two more since then and they are top tier handguns. Accurate, easy to shoot well and devour any ammo they're fed.
If the Beretta costs a few more dollars than a Taurus, I'd gladly pay more for one.
Good luck OP.
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