Kimbers are good IF YOU GET ONE FROM THE LAST CENTURY. This century the quality is hit and miss. I bought one a year ago for a carry gun (TLE II) and I cannot trust it enough to carry it. It's become a safe queen.
FWIW, Kimber recommends ONLY THREE types of ammo for their guns. They also won't even listen to problems until you have wasted 500 rounds through the gun. Plus, the gun was showing significant holster wear after one week.
OTOH, my 1997 Kimber Compact has always been reliable.
Many modern Kimbers work well, but too many of them have a lot of problems.
Rock Island guns may not be perfect, but they are well built and have very good customer service.
If I were to buy another 1911 (which I'm not, I have five), I would look at Dan Wesson (if you can find one, and they are expensive) or Springfield.