HI-Point, Taurus, Star (very solid), used Glocks, used 1911, in fact you can find a bunch of good used (Springfield, S&W, Sig) in that range. Have cash in hand, shop a lot, and make an offer that makes even you blush.
All above mentioned r excellent choices go to range that rents guns and shoot them all the gun will pick u the one that fits right in your hand is the one for u
mid size for basic home protection 9 MM or 40 [email protected] will work fine any used hand gun will fit into your range
I also like the Rock Island 1911's. I would recomend the Tactical model. The 2 I own have been very reliable, accurate and fun to shoot. They also come with a lifetime warranty if you ever have any issues.