While reading a blog post from the Gunner's Journal, I ran into this little piece of treasure:
The Kimber has a one year warranty. Rock Island LIFETIME warranty. Repairs on the Rock Island are seldom needed. Turnaround time for warranty repair is one week to ten days. Kimber warranty work has a turnaround time of one month from what I’ve read in the 1911 forums. Rock Island normally adds an extra magazine when returning a warranty repair gun to the owner.
Would I carry the Kimber while going in harms way? Yes after breaking it in and it having shown itself reliable after the initial problems. Would I carry the Rock Island? Yes without a second thought.
I believe this provides enough information for anyone in the market for a 1911 to make an informed decision to choose between the two brands. I welcome your comments, experiences and opinions.
You can read the whole post here, but for a guy like me, who's next gun purchase will be a 1911, this means a lot. Price doesn't always sell, and research like this can mean a lot for people like me, who don't have a lot of money to put into a gun, but still want one.