“Go online and find the best price, have it shipped to a local dealer for the transfer/background check. $25 transfer fee and away you go.”
You can already do that. Just bought a Sig P290 last summer that way.
It might depend on the state when it comes to handguns.
I think it is/was illegal in MI, even if you take delivery here.
Something to do with the fact that you bought it before the transfer.