CZ 75, BHP, and Sig P226/229 are the three metal framed 9mms I've been most impressed with- well at least for under $1000. As shooters, they're pretty well in the same ballpark...excellent performance for all. Start your investigation with the CZ, as it may leave an extra $300 in your wallet.
Beretta 92 is the other one a lot of people will mention. If you have bigger mitts it'll definitely be worth your consideration. But for me, it really doesn't measure up to the above three.
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