Okay, here's the deal. I have two Kimber 1911's. They are: Kimber Eclipse Pro II (4") and a Kimber Custom TLE II (5"). I bought the Eclipse first and liked it real well. Prospector has the same gun and likes it as well. Very accurate for a non custom gun and reliable. After shooting 550 rounds through his and mine one day we went back to my house and started cleaning them. We both dismantled our respective guns, cleaned them thoroughly and started to re-assemble them. We learned real quick that the firing pin safety sucks and why everyone hates them. Reinstalling the firing pin and gate are damned near impossible with only two hands. We helped each other reinstall and all worked well. Well, mostly. While I was cleaning I removed the extractor and cleaned that as well. It appeared that Kimber machines a small notch on the underside of the external extractor to hold a bit of grease, presumably to keep the extractor lubed up. I may be wrong on this, but the notch is there and there was some red grease in it. At least there was before I cleaned mine.
On my next range trip, I experienced several extraction problems. A drop of oil on the extractor solved the problem. Anyway, to cut this short, I have finally stewed over this enough now that I am going to sell the Eclipse next weekend, along with my Springfield XD-40, and buy something different.
The new one will be, of course, a new full sized (5") single stack 1911. It will have an internal extractor and it will not have a firing pin safety. It must have fixed tritium sights, no preference on grips since I can (and probably would) change them. It must be tight, accurate and very reliable. It should require no trip to the gunsmith to make it accurate or reliable, I want it to be that way right out of the box. It should be all steel, black (preference) or blued finish.
I can't afford a full custom gun like a Wilson, a Nighthawk or a Big Bore like I would like. I am prepared to spend ~ $1300 on it. I don't plan on buying another Kimber or Springfield Armory. I have something in mind but it doesn't meet all of my requirements. I will withhold what that is until I get some input. Nighthawk, don't chime in and tell them....