I personally shot a Glock 22, a XD40 and the Sig P226 and P229, all in .40 and I would say if your not strapped for cash, go with a Sig, around 900-1000 with night sights, or cheaper if you shop around. I think it handles recoil better, has a comfortable grip, and has no problem shooting a variety of bullets. Bullet recommendation would be the Speer Gold Dot JHP, for the simple fact that they were consistently accurate for me, and fairly cheap (I am military so I get a discount where I buy my ammo). If your not a fan of the Sig, or its out of your price range, my second choice would be the XD series. Also the night sights on my Sig (P226 DAK in .40) were absolutely wonderful, and even did some drills inside the house without lights (not loaded of course) and my wife even enjoyed the Sig. I'm obviously a Sig man, but don't think that the others are crap.