The Beretta 92 needs little in the way of introduction. It has been in the hands and holsters of soldiers, civilians, and law enforcement officers for decades. The pistol isn’t just legend, it’s pure performance. Though the standard Beretta 92 offers the most bang for your buck, upgraded models from Wilson Combat and Langdon Tactical Technology provide shooters looking for that extra edge with some additional refinements.
Background on the 92
I’m sure most readers are already familiar with the background and history of the Beretta 92, so I will not bore you with the details. However, it is worth noting for those that may not know, that the Beretta 92 performed well — when used with proper factory magazines — in U.S. Military service as the M9. This success led to increased popularity among civilian shooters and law enforcement agencies, propelling the pistol into stardom.
WC 92G Features
Both pistols I purchased and are part of my “permanent” collection. I started with the Wilson Combat Beretta because of an already established affinity to both the Beretta 92 and Wilson Combat 1911s.
The WC 92G features the beefier Brigadier slide paired with a full-size railed frame that sports a custom rounded trigger guard. Wilson Combat special orders these 92G pistols to be manufactured with the tightest tolerances possible to produce the best accuracy. A front night sight and blacked-out rear make for an excellent sight picture, especially for combat accuracy. The Wilson Combat G10 grips are as attractive as they are effective, and combined with the improved checkering on the front and backstraps allow for incredibly fast follow-up shots and good control of the pistol.
Rounding off the list of features, a crowned barrel, all-steel parts, ambidextrous decocker, and undercut trigger guard for your support are welcome sights for the discerning shooter. Additionally, Wilson Combat offers a few different size variations of the 92G and the option to add a trigger job.
LTT 92G Features
The Langdon Tactical Beretta incorporates attractive and functional front slide serrations for racking the slide or doing press-checks. A fiber-optic front sight allows for better accuracy at longer distances where the larger night sight on the Wilson Combat obscures the target. The most noticeable upgrade to the LTT 92G is the stainless (Inox) accents. Whether you get the standard version that’s a bit more subtle or the PVD version that’s much flashier, the black and silver detailing looks incredible.
Again, G10 grips and improved checkering provide excellent traction during rapid fire or in slippery conditions. Additionally, like on the Wilson Combat pistol, a crowned barrel, all-steel parts, ambi decocker, and accessory rail are included with the LTT 92G and there are options for different sizes, a trigger job, and a red dot optic cut.
Range Head to Head
If you’re looking for the upper hand in accuracy, reliability, and handling between the two, you’ll likely be disappointed. Both pistols were 100% reliable and absolute tack drivers. The thinner fiber-optic front sight on the LTT was a bit more suited to accuracy at distance, but that can be swapped out on the Wilson Combat.
At the range, I fired around 200 rounds of ammo from each handgun and never heard a click! when I should have heard a bang! This isn’t inconclusive evidence, but it is a trend. On average, 5-shot groups at 12 yards were the size of my palm, tightening up a bit with slow, deliberate fire. Recoil was minimal and anyone who can handle a centerfire caliber should be able to properly control this full-size pistol.
If you really want to turn some heads at the range and enjoy a flashier style, you’re probably already eyeing the Langdon Tactical pistol. However, don’t dismiss the more classic styling of the Wilson Combat.
In the end, deciding between the two pistols will depend on personal preference. I tend to lean toward the Wilson Combat, but LTT offers a distinct style that cannot be ignored. If the pistol is for carry, the Brigadier slide on the Wilson Combat may be more of a hindrance than an asset, for home defense that’s not an issue.
Additionally, it’s important to remember that there are different versions of these upgraded Beretta pistols in Compact, Centurion, and Full-Size versions.
Conclusion: Beretta 92G
Whichever version of the Beretta 92 you select, you’re sure to have a high-quality and dependable pistol that’ll last you for a lifetime with proper care. Clean it, oil it, and shoot it, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better pistol.