I can tell you that i would stand by and trust anything made by taurus. As far as being better then the colt, thats a hard one. I know lots of people who will say thats one of the most reliable guns ever built. As far as para and kimber, i have heard far more complaints about them then taurus'. I have owned both, and didnt really like the para at all. The finish was crap and i had a very bad experience with there CS. It showed ALOT of holster wear after just a week of carrying it. Also it was bad for FTE. I loved the way the kimber was built and felt in my hand, but it had a constant FTF. About one every mag. Even after 500 rnds. Lots of people talk about a break in for these guns, as far as im concerned any gun i pay a kimber price for should function flawlessly out of the box. If it doesnt, there are obviously manufacturing problems like taking short-cuts to cut cost and producing an unfinished firearm. Just my .02 Im sure youll get lots of oppinions on this one.