I had a M&P .40 not long after they came out. It was a nice gun and I really like it. I just didn't shoot is as well as several of my friends XD's so i sold the M&P with plans to buy an XD. Things happen and I never bought the XD.
That said, I just bought my first 1911. You can find a nice 1911 for less than $800 especially if you're open to a used gun.
Just my 2 cents