Try to find a brazil made Springfield. You can get them for $400 or so.
Really depends if shooting comps or not, but I'll give both. STI Trubor for comps, Springfield range officer or TRP for range use. I could make a list a mile long for the range.
Get something in commander size 4", again could literally make a list a mile long. Make sure it has night sights (jmo). Kimber gets a bad rap for no reason lately other than they are the cool thing to hate on.
Higher end models and I'm heavy on Ed Brown. Wilson's are just as good I just don't like their aesthetics. Nighthawk is the new kid and they are making an awesome name for themselves! Volkmann's are really really nice I just think they are severely overpriced.