My 21st birthday is coming up here fairly soon and I plan to purchase a pistol on or near the day of and sign up for the earliest CHL class date I can get, but there is such a large selection of pistols that it is hard to make a decision.
I've been really eying 3 pistols lately: the Sig P229, the Jericho 941 mid-size or some form of a 1911 clone (though I have also been taking an interest in CZ pistols lately). All 3 feel absolutely wonderful in my hands, though I have only shot a 1911.
I'm not dead-set on them, but generally following a certain criteria. I'm looking for a pistol in either .40 or .45 cal, with a minimum magazine capacity of 12 and 10 respectively (though I would be willing to give some leeway with the 1911), full metal frame and slide is a must, capability of night sights, highly ergonomic (to my hands I guess), tested quality and reliability, accurate, balanced, a solid weight, DA/SA action, short/smooth trigger pull (or ability to make adjustments to trigger group) and of a moderate size capable of effective concealing (and handling).
I'm looking to spend in the ballpark of $400-800.
I guess it's the description of my own perfect pistol but based off of the 3 I'm already looking at, is there anything else that would compete? I generally don't like the feel of XD's or Glocks, nor how light they are. I definitely don't like the two part trigger of the Glock either.
Any pistol I've overlooked? (Jericho 941 wasn't even on the radar until I stumbled upon it at a gun show and picked it up, so I never know)
edit- oh also, I'm 6' 2" and of a medium to muscular build.