Hi, I am new to this site. I am in the stage where I am trying to decide what my first everyday carry handgun will be. I have been looking around and still am not sure what is a good deal. I figured I would ask the advise of some people with experience. I am looking for a semi auto in 45 acp probably with a 4 inch barrel and around $550. I am a big guy who lives in a state where we have to wear jackets (in fact it rained yesterday) so with the right set up I imagine that concealment will not be a major issue. So what is out there that is not a total rip off? I have picked things up and know what feels right (which is important) but I want to know what is going to last and go boom the most often. I am also not the biggest Glock fan. I like the 24/7 but hear bad things about Taurus's semi autos. Any help?
I may also consider the Ruger sr9 evev though it is a 9mm. When I have held one or read a review from a confident author I have been impressed. I like the features and the fit. I like 45 a lot and just am not sure about 9mm as a defensive weapon. Any thoughts?