Originally posted by n2299:
For me it's between the Kimber Custom Target, SA Loaded, or the Colt 1991 w/ new rollmark.
As someone has already said, you are on the Kimber forum! But let me state my educated opinion.
I have held a Springfield Loaded and it seems fine for what it is. I think you are getting a good value for what you are paying for. You get lots of good features in the Loaded package and it certainly doesn't leave you longing for much. I would suggest to lurk on the Springer forum and listen to what people have to say about their guns. Part of what people say about Springer problems as opposed to what people say here about Kimber problems my help you to make up your mind.
Colt should be a decent gun also. If you are a Colt fan, they are making their best guns since 20 years ago. How long that will last...well that is the question. That company has been hit or miss from the 80s until a couple of years ago. I certainly think the Colt is also a decent purchase for the money. What I don't like about the gun compared to the Springer and the Kimber are the sights, thumb safety, and grip safety. The XSE models changed the parts from the XS models because of a contract issue with C-More and I just don't like 'em. YMMV.
I would hold all the guns you are interested in and see what fits you the best. Even find friends, or whatever that have the models you are interested in and go shooting with them. Maybe even rent a model out at your local range that does that stuff.
My opinion about the Kimber is that you get more features for the money than what Colt gives you. I think the Springer is feature rich for the price, and even gives you Novak's night sights. The Kimber is more expensive, but I think its feel, fit and finish make it worth the extra money. Again, YMMV.