Several good suggestions have already been made. I would emphasize not buying anything until you have held it and preferably shot it. There are numerous quality options within your budget. Continue your research regarding caliber which leads to several options and many opinions. Ideally, locate a gun shop that has an indoor range where they would allow you to shoot the guns you are considering. A knowledgeable gun shop sales representative would be helpful. The larger their inventory, the better. My most recent acquisition is the Sig Sauer P365, 9mm, 10+1.. This is not an endorsement.