Originally Posted by cghamm117
and it seems that I like the style of a 1911 better just have been more accurate with my cousins colt 1911 over his xdm .40. So i looked into that style without going into 1911 price, found that tarus makes what is said to be a fairly good replica of Beretta 92. I live in Illinois unfortunately so ya know the one state without concealed carry so I would like to have a full sized gun,
Based on this portion of your post, I have one clear suggestion: CZ 75b
. Might also be worth looking into various extensions of the CZ 75 family. They're just plain great guns, and run about $500-650 new for various models. Their model 75 design is a lot like a double-stack 9mm 1911. So is the Browning Hi-Power, but the CZ is equal quality for about $300 less in my opinion (I have a 1911, BHP, and CZ 75).
The other good metal 9mm option would be a Sig P226, P228, P229, or P239. All can be found in excellent (used) condition for $500-600.
If you want polymer, I can't say anything bad about Glock, Springfield, S&W, Ruger, FN, CZ, Walther, etc. They're all good guns...just a case of personal preference. I'd steer clear of Taurus polymers. Some are fine, some are outstanding even...but far too many aren't. Conversly, the metal-framed Beretta 92 clone does seem to have a decent track record.