^Agreed. I too recommend CZ75B, especially if you handled it already and like the feel. I bought mine NIB for hair over $500 out the door about a month ago.
Others good ones are already suggested, SIG, Ruger SR series, that is in your price range.
If you like steel frame, I'd highly recommend CZ75B or Beretta 92fs/m9.
If you like polymer, there are so many different choices, just check em out at your LGS or gun shows. Good luck.
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