Colt is solid, not outstanding, but very solid. All the responses here are correct, you won't be disappointed. There are others you could get that are better, in durability and function, a few for $2-300 less. But you won't go wrong with the Colt.
As far as being the standard that everything else is measured by??? I don't really think so. They're like Ford's. Course, I loved my Ford.
Don't whore your rifle up too much though!!! lol