Glock 19, Great carry piece, large enough to handle well, small enough to conceal.
If you want a 1911, VERY NICE examples can be had for under $1000. I would get one of those over an XD or a Glock.
Look at Rock Island (+/- $400) or Springfield (roughly $500-800) 1911s. Or even a Colt (3rd pic)
I have a Taurus that runs very well (after broken in) They are around $500 (last pic)