I thought I read the OP asked (back in 2016, haha) about a mid sized semi auto pistol for concealed carry. I’d mention the CZ P-07. It exactly fits that description. Can be had around $400. Really like mine in 9mm, my first 9. My 96fs is actually a little softer shooting, even though it’s a .40, but I have worked on the trigger, changed some springs, polished internals some, and more. The 96 will always be too big to carry concealed, at least for long, but I could see it with the P-07, and it’s a very accurate shooter.