After starting with superb bolt-action rifles, centerfire and rimfire, Kimber moved into the 1911 market in a big way in the 1990s. They started out with a full-size (Government format) 1911 that had important improvements.
The first was sights. The front sight was a high visibility unit dovetailed into the slide. The rear sight was snag free and nicely done. The thumb safety was extended, the hammer was the rowel with hole and it mated with an improved grip safety. The gun was accurate out-of-the-box and it was reliable without tinkering. This was something that could not be said of most of the other 1911s floating about. In fact, many custom pistolsmiths have stated that Kimber’s quality advancements literally put them out of the 1911 business.