Review: Fusion 10mm CCO

Discussion in 'Range Reports & Reviews' started by deadguy, Jan 27, 2012.

  1. deadguy

    deadguy Eddie Van Halen Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    This is a rough review but I've tried to be as thorough as I can. If anyone has questions about something left out please ask.

    First Impression

    I opened the plastic case and immediately noticed the Ion Bond was different from any other finish I had seen on a firearm. The oil on portions of the slide and frame gave it almost a dark creamy look where the oil concentration was high. Other parts were wet, yet dry looking. The polished slide flats were almost reflective. One mag, manual, 22# and 24# recoil spring and allen wrenches included.

    My eyes went immediately to the grip safety, checking for fit. Fusion has gotten alot of bad press due to varying opinions on its grip safety fit. I was pleased to say the least. The transition from black to silver is almost seamless from the sides and blended very well on the underside and flush on the top side. The pistol was dehorned nicely with no sharp edges to be found. I then checked the slide for fit with the frame. I tried to wiggle the slide back and forth over and over and was unable to get it to move...not even a smidgen. It is blended extremely well on the back side with the frame.

    I then racked the slide and locked it back, using more strength to do so than I had anticipated. I inspected the barrel throat and frame ramp (non-ramped barrel) and everything looked good. Initial impression: impressed but still anxious to get inside of it and then go shoot it.

    Internal inspection

    One part that will be changed out is the two piece guide rod system. I will be purchasing a regular GI plug in the near future. I'm not a fan of bushing wrenches. I prefer to remove the bushing with my bare hands, but turning this one was a bit more difficult than others. The slide stop was difficult to remove. Very tight fit. Fusion had already cut a channel into the head of the slide stop to help with replacing it without scratching the frame. Barrel lockup in the slide was snug. Only did a field strip at this point, and everything looked good.


    I had initially planned to shoot a minimum of 700 rounds. I had my doubts about that many rounds knowing what I had to shoot and knowing how painful this could be. I purchased 100 rounds of Atlanta Arms FMJ (180 grain) from the range, and brought along 200 rounds or PRVI JHP (180 grain, low end velocity), and 250 rounds of Scottsdale HPR TMJ (180 grain, rated at 1275fps). I had planned to use my 45acp mags as I had done with my Kimber Stainless Target II 10mm. Before firing the gun I tried loading 4 different 45 acp mags loaded with 10mm rounds and the gun didn't want to accept them like the full size did. I decided to scrap the 45acp for this session. This left me 2 mags: Kimber full size and the supplied Officer mag from Fusion.

    Started with Atlanta Arms ammo. Near the end of the first 100 rounds I had a failure to feed. The round dove into the bottom of the barrel above the frame ramp. This was the last round in the Kimber full size mag. This same thing happened again on round #155 (now shooting the hotter Scottsdale ammo), same mag, last round in the mag. I reported in my review of the Kimber STII that this same thing happened while firing that particular gun as well. Same mag in both guns. I was down to one mag that was trouble free (my ONLY mag at this point) and was stuck with it to finish the session. I made it through 95 more rounds of Scottsdale with no issues. 250 rounds total. Time to let it cool down.

    I changed out the factory recoil spring (IIRC it is 20#) and replaced it with the 22#. I did this out of curiosity and also because my spent casings were flying all over the place with this hotter ammo. 50 more rounds of Scottsdale with no issues.

    Time for the PRVI JHP's. When I say they are weak, I mean it. Going from 1275fps down to ~1000fps is like going from 9mm to 22lr. It was THAT different. Not to mention quite pleasant after the beating I had been taking in the webbing of my hand. There are bruises. This makes some of you happy I am sure.

    150 rounds of PRVI and no issues. This is a very, very dirty round, and emits an impressive fireball at the muzzle. The others at the range had to be in awe of my fireballs. I'm up to 450 rounds, and ready to go 50 more Scottsdale rounds and call it a day. I made it through 22 rounds. I was done. Call me a wuss, but that was my limit for the day. It was no longer fun.


    I am not as big a fan of 3-dot Novak night sights as I was when I placed the order for this pistol. I don't see well in low light as it is and these sights make it quite difficult for me. Heine straight-8's are much better and these will probably replace the Novak rear sight in the near future. The Atlanta Arms rounds fired at 10 yards were slightly off to the left. Scottsdale left and sometimes high by an inch or two. PRVI was dang near hitting where I pointed it. None of these rounds will be carry rounds so I plan to decide on what velocity/brand I want for carry and will test those rounds at a later date. I want to run ~500 more rounds through it using different mags to see how it does before trusting it for carry.

    I plan to detail strip it tonight and see if there are any unusual wear marks anywhere and take photos if I see any.

    Overall I am pleased. There is more testing to do and I look forward to it. Hopefully by the time I can get back to the range I will have normal feeling back in my hand.
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012

    R0CKETMAN NRA member Supporting Addict

    Dec 24, 2011
    I've never seen polished ion bond in person, but it sounds nice.

    Sounds like it was super reliable for a short 1911 with a long cartridge

  3. John

    John Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Oct 7, 2011
    Sounds awesome. Glad you're liking it thus far. Sorry the .45 mags weren't working for you, that's super lame.
  4. SkDmRkLcY

    SkDmRkLcY Well-Known Member

    Aug 17, 2011
    SO can you even buy 10mm officers mags?

    Sounds great though, glad it all worked out! Can't wait to see the photos.
  5. barmandr

    barmandr SHEEPLE HERDER Supporting Addict

    Oct 11, 2011
    I'm guessing your camera was broken since there are no pictures...
  6. deadguy

    deadguy Eddie Van Halen Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    The lighting inside the range is not good.
  7. barmandr

    barmandr SHEEPLE HERDER Supporting Addict

    Oct 11, 2011
    You at the range now? Don't think so. PICS!!!
  8. deadguy

    deadguy Eddie Van Halen Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    I will post them tonight when I break it down.
  9. LBC45

    LBC45 In Therapy, no hope

    Sep 8, 2011
    Too bad you cant get Tripp mags for your CCO, I use them in my Gov model 10mm and are outstanding. Good luck on your mags. guess fusion is the only supplier. Congrats on your new 10mm!
  10. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Darn good review,.........a 10mm CCO!

    Super jealous!
  11. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    Sounds like you are going to need to have Gov mags cut & baseplates rewelded.

    Give LogMan a shout,........he is darn good with the EMP mags
  12. Nyack1911

    Nyack1911 1911 addict

    Sep 20, 2011
    congrats on your new pistol. 460 rounds of 10mm out of a cco in one session, man my hand even hurts thinking about it. we very much appreciate your review and look forward to more. pixs man pixs.:thumb:
  13. Kruzr

    Kruzr Hangin' In Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    As said, didn't happen without pics. We aren't sure if we can trust those pics that Serva took. They could have been photoshopped. My shooter's elbow hurt just reading how many rounds you shot. (I'm not sure if it's a :hail: or a :der:)

    Good review and I'm glad you're happy with the gun. :thumb:
  14. limbkiller

    limbkiller Pulling my hair. Supporting Addict

    Aug 18, 2011
    Great reveiw Jason. Glad you finally got it. Congrats.
  15. Wheezy

    Wheezy Bullet Banger Supporting Addict

    Aug 31, 2011
    I guess you can tell all those Fusion haters to suck your mangina now!
  16. Bender

    Bender Supporting Addict Supporting Addict

    Aug 15, 2011
    I do believe there are more "Bob Serva haters" than "Fusion haters" :nod:
  17. GeorgiaRedfish

    GeorgiaRedfish Well-Known Member

    Aug 19, 2011
    Congrats, but I want more than just Serva's pics man!
  18. ajstrider

    ajstrider Active Member

    Sep 15, 2011
    It sounds like you are enjoying it, which is good, you waited so long for it.
  19. deadguy

    deadguy Eddie Van Halen Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011
    Last edited: Jan 27, 2012
  20. Kruzr

    Kruzr Hangin' In Supporting Addict

    Sep 7, 2011

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