Taking a look at these two is almost an apple to orange comparison – The CCS – the Colt Competition Series is marketed towards an entry level IDPA market slice whereas the Fusion Reaction is marketed more towards defensive or range use – yet they both overlap each way – they are staring each other down here because of the overlap or blurring of purpose(s) and the almost identical price points.
We will look at the Colt first – was going to toss a coin but decided alphabetical order instead . . .
Good Looker – the flat black finish with the blue G10 grips really comes out nice . . .
Colt undercut the trigger guard but didn’t checker the front of the grip frame ??
Took this pic about 4 times to pick up on the “checkering” on the grips – not nearly aggressive enough – and you get another look at the under cut on the trigger guard.
Ribbed trigger with over travel adjustment and another angle on grip texture.
A view of the slide lock release and thumb safety on the Colt – pretty much stock . . .
Neither one has flared mag well . . .
The Colt – on the right – has a thinner barrel than the Fusion – and has no front serrations in the slide . . . – Colt barrel has a .498 inch O.D. barrel – Fusion has a .590 inch O.D. barrel
Fusion on the left – Colt on the right . . .
Novak Rear sight on the Colt . . .
Empty weight on the Colt . . .
The Fusion Comes across as almost an elegant looking pistol with those cocobolo grips – and the diagonal break on the checkering adds to the looks . . .
The checkering on the front of the grip frame really helps anchor the pistol in your grip.
Ribbed trigger with over travel adjustment . . .
Fairly aggressive checkering gives good purchase on the grips . . .
Novak rear sight on the Fusion . . .
A look at the differences in the thumb safeties and slide lock release – Colt on the top has standard thumb safety and slide lock release – Fusion on the bottom – both “extended” – and they make for easier manipulation on the Fusion . . . Why Colt wouldn’t do that is an interesting question . . .
And the Fusion – no mag – unloaded – empty weight . . .
Now here comes the hardest as well as the easiest part – the easiest part – let’s just say you own neither pistol – but you have disassembled – shot – cleaned – shot – and cleaned some more – manipulated – licked on – and all that stuff – you can only have one!! – Which one??
Without hesitation the Fusion – the hard part is to justify that statement since much of that decision is based on subjectivity – here we go . . .
I understand SOME of the marketing behind the Colt. IDPA competition is quite a popular activity and people are joining the ranks of IDPA shooters every day. The CCS line from Colt touches on a lot of the “bases” for someone looking for a pistol that’s suitable as a decent entry level pistol into the sport. It has a lot of the upgrades that a lot of people pay for on a base model pistol and the upgrades are already on the pistol at a substantial cost savings if you were to do it one piece at a time. The two things they did not do on a pistol being marketed as a “Competition Series” that really stick out – no flared mag well and no front grip frame checkering – Really?? – I understand everything is a balance between price point vs cost margin but . . .
The two things that make me scratch my head and ask myself WTF? concerning the Colt – So … you scalloped the grip for my thumb to reach the mag release but the spring tension on the mag release is so high that I have to shift my grip in order to get enough leverage to push it in far enough to drop a magazine – Really??
The other issue with the Colt – side play on the slide – horizontal ( left/right ) play on a new firearm – From Colt customer service –
Play in the slide to frame fit is normal on a production model 1911. I would be concerned only if the range results are bad. You did not mention in your email but what are the results from running this firearm at the range?
Hell folks – I was almost nervous about shooting it – it’s THAT loose!
This pistol has .037 inches of left to right play or slack for want of a better term in the slide – it actually rattles when you shake it. I wonder how much “play” is out of spec – bet that would scare the shit of of you! – and you gotta ask yourself – would YOU send a “Competition Series” pistol out the door if it was loose enough to rattle?? Colt does . . . To its credit the Colt shoots good – lands everything in an 8 inch circle out to 50 foot – accurate enough to carry – “minute of bad guy” accuracy – LMAO!
I actually like the looks of the Colt – and I guess I don’t have to worry about it jamming from powder crud build up in the slide rails – but it is a disappointment – I guess I expected better from Colt . . . One other note on the Colt – it has their much touted “dual spring recoil system” – the recoil impulse on the Fusion is noticeably better – go figure . . .
On to the Fusion Reaction . . .
I am absolutely pleased with it – Shoots better – smoother recoil – noticeably more accurate – and to the market segment that they are targeting – real good looking with the cocobolo grips – which actually grip better than the G10’s on on the Colt thanks to the more aggressive checkering on them especially with the grip frame checkering added to the mix. If you read the forums like I do you realize people are buying the Fusion’s and sticking a mag well on them and running them in IDPA matches – they are that good.
Unless I run across a “Singer” for 500 bucks my next 1911 will be a Fusion in 45 acp – then one in 357Sig – then one in 9×25 Dillon . . . Hope like hell my blushing bride doesn’t see this . . .
And I need some advice – she is trying “her” Fusion with different holsters and she asked me – “Does this holster make my butt look big?” – I realize I am a dead man no matter how I answer – so what I’m asking here – two kegs of Guinness and 4 bottles of Jameson enough for my funeral??
Have Fun! – Run the Gun! – and remember – Fish Heads are Cheap!!