Recommend that you look at Kimber. You can find a Pro Carry (NIB) for under $700. Know you don't want to carry concealed, but it is a great shooter with the 4". What a gun.
Other options are the RIA coming in under $400. If you just want a GI (almost
) version of the 1911, you cannot go wrong. This is not the "Llama" throw away 1911 that we saw when growing up. This is a quality firearm, and people have discovered it. The prices on them have gone from just over 300 to 400 in 12 months. Fit and finish are good, throw some aftermarket grips on and the sights are horrible so if you want it for anything other than plinking would have to upgrade. A few models available, the 5" is outstanding. Don't know anything about the others.
The XD. Great gun. Reliability and mag capacity are outstanding. And it feels good to shoot. Great choice at $500
Glock 22. Same as the XD, the .40 version of the full size glock. Goes bang EVERY time you pull the trigger. It is not as comfortable to shoot in .40 (IMO) as the XD is in 45. I have not fired any Glock model in .45, so I can't comment on them. My assumption is they are the of the same reliability.