i was going to suggest the ruger sr40. it has performed well for me in 9mm im sure its good as a 40. and also an xd. new or used they are greatt guns. but just over your price range
I have been a silent witness
to all of America's finest hours.
But my finest hour comes
when I am torn into strips and used as bandages
for my wounded comrades on the battlefield,
When I fly at half-mast to honor my soldiers,
Or when I lie in the trembling arms
of a grieving mother
at the graveside of her fallen son.