Wow... I've gotten some great feedback.. Thank you, everyone!!
LB.. you are going to have to run that "math" by me again in Limaesse as I understood about 1/4 of that.
EL, I agree with you that the 3" 1911 doesn't mean it's a bad 1911... that's why I'm looking for one.
I think I'm convinced. After I get my Kimber back from the Smith I'm going to try it side by side with a 3" .45 1911 and possibly do some timing and see what kind of recovery I get however I'm already imagining that the .45 is going to win that little competition.
Now I just have to figure out that if I go with the .45 should get a whole new gun or just get a new barrel for my Kimber and have it fitted. Yeah.. another 3 months at the gunsmith.
I'll still try the EMP and take it into consideration as I don't want to exclude anything I haven't tried, but we'll see what the gun fills my carry holster here in the next couple of months.