Korben - In the interest of NOT deluting the knowledge base or casting ANY disparaging remarks about what is a GREAT company, let me explain.
I bought my first Kimber 1911 in 2002 1/2. I took it to the range a MINIMUM of 2x a month, putting a minimum of 500 rounds through it per month. I was converted to the 1911 platform by this weapon and it will ALWAYS be in MY ownership, this specific model, regardless for windfall, technological advancements, or other "unforeseen" circumstances.
I did not "shoot it out". The barrel has THOUSANDS of rounds left before it even needs to be checked for accuracy purposes.
I had the advantage of meeting some of the folks from Nighthawk Custom at the SHOT SHOW in 2004 or 2005. I was VERY impressed with their mission statement and what they were dedicated to do. This is a company that is dedicated to the finest quality product in the marketplace.
I talked to their reps, I talked to their 'smiths. I asked the questions. I asked some tough questions and I was told things that I knew to be true from a 1911 standpoint, based on what I had personally seen.
After a couple of years, I was in a position to upgrade my personal arsenal. I was in a position to put, in my arsenal, a "caliber" of weapon that I had learned to be "superior" to the marketplace.
Later on, I took one of these pistols to what I considered one hell of a "proving ground" when my significant other sent me to Valhalla Training Center for several hours of one-on-one training.
The Nighthawk performed flawlessly and I haven't looked back.
HOWEVER that doesn't mean that I am willing to just write off the years of service of the Kimber, which is why it is being chosen up for upgrade for the new .460 Rowland platform....
More to follow, with nothing but positive ideals.