Originally Posted by endobro
I'd like some other suggestions as well. Going with 9mm. price range is about $350 to $600 not sure if the Springfield fits into that.
90+% of your options in that price range can be really good guns. And yes, the XDs can be found within your budget.
The Beretta PX4 is a perfectly good gun. I would never consider one due to the thickness of the frame. Just personal tastes. If I had big hands, I'd probably feel very different. Within your budget, I would trust many options from S&W, Springfield, CZ, FN, Walther, Beretta, Glock, Ruger, Sig, Kahr, among others. This is an issue of personal fit and needs
(and I can't comment on your preferences
with any credibility). I shouldn't be telling you what fits you. But above is an extensive list of viable options.
My advice is that you handle as many as possible. Find one that feels right, and then research that model for any potential sticking points.