My girlfriend is an avid shooter and after a few trips to the range with her I am looking to buy my first gun. I have shot her Kimber Ultra CDP II which is nice, but a bit out of my price range and probably overkill for someone who is probably going to shoot 500 or so rounds per year. I have also rented the Springfield Armory XD, Smith & Wesson M&P 9mm and a Glock 17(?)...both of which seemed to be more than adequate for my needs. However, with so many options to choose from I am looking for suggestions to narrow down my search. Whatever I get is going to be primarily used at the range and I would like something relatively easy to take care of...the S&W appears to fit well there. Probably looking to 9mm as well. Budget is somewhat open, but I would like to keep the cost under $650. I realize that this can be a hotly debated topic, but appreciate any insight. For what it's worth I like the fact that the S&W is made in America.