There are many lesser known but quality handguns out there. Here are two examples. I have owned these two handguns for over 18 years. They were made by the South Korean manufacturer Daewoo Precision Industries. They were the standard sidearms of the South Korean military and Police for many years and are still widely used by our Asian allies. These are all steel high quality sidearms that use a conventional short recoil operated, locked breech Browning-type locking system. They are very similar to the S&W 59 series guns. I have found them over the years to be good handling, relatively accurate and very relaible handguns. These were imported to the US in the early 90's by Kimber which is makered on the slide. Parts availability is the only concern with these guns since they are no longer imported.
I don't shoot them that often anymore because I own a lot of handguns, but I would not hesitate to carry them or use one for HD.
If you have a handgun that falls in this catagory of quality lesser known guns lets see what you have.
Daewoo (South Korean) DH40 (.40) and DP51(9mm)
Modern Firearms - Daewoo DP-51 / K5 pistol