Over the past half dozen years I have bought 15-20 guns over the internet and all were at least as good as advertized and most better. I have never bought a dud yet. Maybe I'm lucky but I tend to buy from sellers that have good reps. Bob
I've heard lots of good stuff about Bud's. The folks at Clyde Armory are pretty good (actually outside Athens, GA).
THe good thing about buying a new Colt is the the customer service folks will usually make you happy if you buy a defective gun. It is a lot of hassle, but if you're saving enough money, it may be worth it.