First let me say, that I’m not a Kimber guy. I can never say that I was, because I’ve yet to own one.
Everything I’ve heard has been hit or miss. Love/Hate. They run like a top or they run like crap.
My 1911 is a Springfield, and I chose that after a lot of research. Additionally, I didn’t want to chance getting a Kimber and having to send it back to the manufacturer because of issues.
Apparently, North Carolina’s Division of Alcohol Law Enforcement (ALE) purchased Kimbers as their sidearm. Turned out to be a bad idea for them and within 3 years, swapped them all out for Sigs. Of course I’m not sure how much of this is operator error.
ALE Director John Ledford said the Kimber pistols repeatedly suffered such problems as rounds jamming during training exercises, broken sights and the weapon’s safety button sometimes falling off. He made a deal with a local firearms dealer to swap the pricey pistols for less expensive handguns without spending any additional money.
Since the Kimbers were issued to agents in the fall of 2009, Ledford said, his agents documented 289 malfunctions with the pistols during training exercises. Many agents chose to carry personal weapons instead, Ledford wrote in a memo Nov. 8 to Young.”
Here’s a link to the original article.