Must be American made, full sized, reasonably priced and 9mm.
Don't argue, these are the restrictions emplaced by a potential employer. Payrate is significant enough to warrant buying a new gun, since my German .40 USP does not qualify. I've been thinking about this pretty seriously, as the money is absurdly good for what they want me to do.
I don't have experience with american 9mm handguns but IMO you should consider a Browning HP. of course I have one and I'm very proud of it: simple and reliable. don't forget that the 1911 is based on Mr Browning's project
Interesting requirement. I would think reliability to be a more sound common sense parameter, but what do I know... I can't imagine "American made" saves them enough favor to outweigh reliability when it comes to insurance payouts. But, I digress...
I've heard nothing bad about the Springfield XD and enough good to convince me that it is worthy of consideration. That is probably the route I'd go if a US-assembled Glock wasn't an option.
Its interesting that your potential employer finds "US made" a bigger concern than the US government does, considering our recent contracts with Sig and HK (both of which would be my choice over the XD and probably the Glock).
Don't get me wrong, I'm 100% in favor of supporting the US economy first, but in regards to a handgun I'll stake my life on, I'll go with whoever makes the most reliable.