George- For the money I would look at the Baer or a Springy out of the custom shop. The customer support from either is going to surpass Kimber any day of the week. Plus like I said before-Kimbers are really hit or miss.
Some folks love theirs-others hate them and unload them as soon as possible.
You want to take a look at a very nice 1911, especially for carry:
Built by CZ and one of the nicest out of the box 1911's out there. Very tight and you need to keep it real wet for the first 300 or so rounds until it gets a bit broken in.
Dont overlook the Smith and Wesson line of 1911's either:
Mine is one of the tightest 1911's I have ever had and the only thing I have done to it is polish the feed ramp. A lot of very nice features on it out of the box such as: match barrel and bushing-full length guide rod,checkered frame,double cocking serrations on the slide,ambidextrous thumb safety,nice beavertail all from the factory.
I used it when I qualified for my CCW and scored 298 out of 300, straight from the box.
Smith & Wesson's also have an external extractor which concerned me a bit at first, but it has proven flawless with not one FTE (Fail To Eject) in over 3000 rounds.
All of that for $700.00! You wont even come close to that in a Kimber.
I have not seen one out of the custom shop so I cannot make a call on them. I am sure you will pay dearly for it though. They did wise up and go back to the internal extractor but Kimber is Kimber.
Spend your money where you will be happiest, but from my experience, especially from a custom shop you can do better than Kimber.
Wilson, Ed Brown, Les Baer, Nowlin, Cylinder & Slide, Springfield, Smith and Wesson are all places that would get my cash for a custom 1911 before Kimber would.
Hulley- The Taurus is a decent pistol but one thing to keep in mind-They wont take standard mil-spec 1911 parts!
Liberals are like a "Slinky", useless but entertaining when pushed down stairs....