man I hope I dont upset anyone, but Rock Island makes a real nice double stack 1911, which from the owners I've met, and the few I have talked to , it rivals a Para anyday. OH and about half the price- Well under $1000 Not a recommendation just FYI.
But if you are just fixed on a Kimber or a COlt, I had a Colt Delta Elite 10mm until I got sick of hunting down ammo, and paying thru the nose for it, I now CARRY a Taurus pt1911, but I dare not
compare a Taurus to Colt or Kimber Here, But I really liked my Colt. It worked well, I think the Kimbers are a no brainer its just finding one that fits your budget. and for 1000 or less, you may want to hit "craigs list" or the one for gun enthusiests- www.gunsamerica.com-
good luck in your quest!