I've owned several Kimbers, and fired several Rocks.When I bought my Rock Island 1911, I was mainly concerned about function, Interchangeability of GI parts, what I could work on and cost! Kimber, while a really nice pistol has undergone a lot of ups and downs and many do not take GI parts as a change out issue! I love what they have done with sites, larger ejection port and trigger options, they do have some nice radical beavertail grip safetys, but if I can't fix it myself with off the shelf parts, I'm not gonna buy or use it! No offence, just what I had in mind?
colt is a pos springfields are pretty good and so are kimbers but you are comparing apples to oranges the kimbers and springers are way more expensive then a rock river for the money you can't go wrong with a rock river...............I owned Colts and Springfields long before I ever owned a Kimber. Neither brand is as good as the Kimbers I've owned.
All three brands beat a Rock though.
I LOVE my RIA 1911. It is amazing for the price. Sure, it's not fancy kimber, but I could buy a pair of RIA 1911's, a new york reload holster to carry them both in, and a boatload of bullets and nice mags to keep them fed for the price of one kimber....for the money you can't go wrong with a rock river...............
Strange, my $700 Kimber ran flawlessly out of the box. I've never had it fail to do anything. Never a fail to feed or a stove pipe.I have owned 4 Rock Island pistols and approx 10 different Kimbers. Ive also owned too many Springfields to count. To start, Springfield's are in my opinion and experience more reliable out of the box than Kimbers. Out of the Springfeild's, none of them ever had a problem that I couldn't narrow down to a magazine problem or ammo problem. of the 10 or so Kimbers (2 custom II's, 2 Warriors, 1 Ten II, 1 TLE/RL II pro carry external extractor, 1 TLE II pro carry internal extractor, 1 full size CDP, 1 Tactical II ultra carry, thats all I can recall by model at this time) at least half of them had major problems out of the box. I know, Your going to say something like "the book says to shoot 500rnds to break it in!!!" Well, a well made firearm doesn't need to be broken in. If a gun needs 500rnds to be broken in, you just added $200.00 to the cost of the pistol which already is $1300.00 to $1400.00 dollars making it nearly a $1600.00 pistol. Not to mention, when do you know for sure when the gun is finished being fully broken in and you can safely deside to carry it? Most profesionals standards are at least 500 rnds without a failure before useing it for duty/defence. Now youve got an $1800.00 to $1900.00 Kimber. For a few bucks more you could have a Wilson, Nighthawk or a number of other high end custom 1911's that dont need to be broken in. The two Kimbers I really liked were the Warriors. 100% reliable and accurate out of the box. By the way, the Rocks were 2 full size field grades and two compact field grades. All FOUR WERE FLAWLESS IN FUNCTION EVEN WITH HOLLOW POINTS AND MORE THAN ACCEPTIBLE ACCURACY! And no break in period. If I had to go into a gunfight with a choice of a Kimber or a RIA neither of which I had shot before, with the exception of possibly the Warrior, with my personal experience with both,I would grab the Rock.
I got mine in 2000. It was one of the first 'II' models. The S/N is 168**, and oddly enough, it's an even quarter.^ +1
I have had three Kimbers and never had any problems. I still own two of them and they have all performed quite well. Maybe dude had some older models, or maybe he works for RIA.