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Battle of the Beretta: Wilson Combat vs. Langdon Tactical Technology

two wilson combat berettas and a langdon tactical beretta

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.

Wilson Combat and LTT Beretta 92 pistols
Both upgraded Berettas showed excellent service.

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.

Underside of two beretta 92 pistols
The Wilson Combat Beretta (bottom) features a rounded trigger guard and an undercut for your support hand.

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.

Beretta 92 pistol barrel crowns
Both pistols feature a crowned barrel for improved accuracy.

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.

Two beretta pistol front sight options
The fiber-optic front sight on the LTT (left) was more conducive to accuracy at longer ranges.

Personal Choices

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.

Beretta Brigadier and Centurion
Both companies offer pistols in different size options. Here is a Brigadier and a Centurion from Beretta and Wilson Combat.

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.

Which Beretta do you prefer, the Wilson Combat or Langdon Tactical 92G? Why not both? Let us know in the comment section.

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  • Beretta Brigadier and Centurion
  • Wilson Combat and LTT Beretta 92 pistols
  • Two beretta pistol front sight options
  • Beretta 92 pistol barrel crowns
  • Underside of two beretta 92 pistols

About the Author:

Alex Cole

Alex is a relatively young firearms enthusiast who’s been shooting consistently for around seven years. Though he is fairly new to the industry, he loves consuming all information related to guns and is constantly trying to enhance his knowledge, understanding and use of firearms. Not a day goes by where he doesn’t do something firearms-related.

Alex tries to visit the range at least a couple of times a month to maintain and improve his shooting skills. He also enjoys disassembling and reassembling firearms to see how they work and to keep them properly cleaned and maintained. He installs most of the upgrades to his firearms himself, taking it as a chance to learn.

Additionally, he is very into buying, selling and trading guns to test different firearms and learn more about them. He is not only interested in modern handguns and rifles, he appreciates the classics for both historical value and real-world use.
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Comments (7)

  1. The wc 92g vertec I have is a safe queen I bought the wc as am investment , however I do own a m9a3 that I shoot regularly, great guns

  2. I have owned a Wilson Combat Beretta 92G for over two years. I disliked the trigger on the original Beretta 92 that I still own. Wilson Combat fixed all of the deficiencies of the original 92. The Wilson Combat Beretta is very likely the best pistol in my possession. It is extremely accurate and performs better than related in the article or the reviews here. It has also been 100% reliable. I cannot say anything bad about this pistol.

  3. I have a new beretta 92X, And I love it, Changed the trigger spring to 14 lbs, skeletal hammer,
    And few other items. Five round shot groups at 15 and 20 yards, Can be covered with palm of
    your hand !!!!!

    The best 9mm pistol I’ve ever owned.
    Frank Letgrate

  4. I have owned a Beretta 92 for about10 years. The thing shoots great. I have never had a FTF or FTE or anything else that would lead to a “jam”. I had to order steel guide rods to please me. The steel rods add a bit of weight in the front because the 9 milly can be rowdy in the right loadings. I am 67 years old and I can feel the barrel whip a touch. Maybe it is me, maybe my grip on the pistol could be better. The Dual action on the M9 and on the Italian made M9 takes some getting used to. My answer to that is to practice then practice some more. This piece is an excellent weapon. I wish that a total steel frame would enhance my shooting. I know Beretta makes a SS model 92 with a full steel frame but it is at twice the price. I would be tickled pink with an all steel frame on the INOX. All things considered the Beretta M9 is an excellent choice for a carry weapon.

  5. I qualified with the M9 in the service, but I never warmed up to the ergonomics of the design. They are huge pistols with awkward functioning safeties. I know there are modern variations that address these issues and more, but among the metal monsters I prefer the aesthetics and handling of the CZ 75/85, Hi Power, and 1911. It is mostly a matter of personal taste rather than a ding at these fine custom pieces.

  6. I own a beretta 92fs my most accurate gun I own it would go head to head with the best of the best

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