After three weeks I got my Colt from Bud\'s and was in love. It deserves five stars. It\'s black, not gunmetal blue, and is drop-dead gorgeous to my eye. It\'s heavy, significant feeling in the hand. Overall, it exudes quality%u2014an heirloom. The gun is a five, but based on Bud\'s shipping and on Colt\'s brutally awful customer service, however, I have to rate this experience a three.
First, I know everybody loves Bud\'s. I\'ve bought three guns from them and rate them as good, but not as great. They are always slower than Amazon, and if you have a problem, their customer service is mediocre. That\'s my experience. I give Bud\'s four stars, but add that their consistently low prices and amazingly complete stock has me a repeat customer.
Bud\'s is miles ahead of Colt.
When I got the Colt, I took it to the range and it could not get through a clip without a failure to feed or failure to eject. I did that for about 300 rounds and gave up. I contacted Colt. They had a number of hoops I had to jump through to prove I had bought the gun (much different than S&W, who ask no questions and fix your firearm promptly), but once they were convinced they sent me a mailer. Bluntly it took them six months to get the gun back to me. They didn\'t answer email, had long wait times on the phone%u2014just about ever poor customer service trick in the book. One star for Colt\'s Customer Service.
The gun is fixed. It\'s not as accurate as my Springfield .45, my Colt Delta Elite or (surprisingly) my Kahr CM9, but it\'s more accurate than my Colt Defender. I\'ve done about 500 more rounds and it\'s far from broken in, which speaks to the tightness of its assembly. Again, five stars for the gun itself.
So, a mixed experience. Three stars.
Rating: 3 of 5 Stars!