November 07, 2021
Bill Wilson of Wilson Combat fame is a serious collector of the Beretta Model 92G SD, a specially made piece for the Army Special Forces. That gun became hard to acquire—and very expensive, harboring a magic not associated with other Beretta Model 92s.
So Wilson decided to take some of his favorite Beretta 92 characteristics and incorporate them into the 92G Brigadier Tactical. The “Brigadier” comes from an improved slide and lockup that originated with the 96 Brigadier. The “G” refers to the ambidextrous decocking lever found on the 92G. I have one of the original Beretta 92s and can readily see and feel the difference in the Wilson gun, especially the lockup.
Wilson has changed the rectangular look of the trigger guard from the M9A1 style to the rounder 92A1 guard, and it’s easy to reach the trigger even with heavy winter gloves on. The gun comes with all-steel controls. The Elite II hammer is skeletonized and outfitted with a “D” type hammer spring, which lightens both single- and double-action trigger pulls.
The slide-lock lever is extended, and the ambidextrous safety is fitted to the rear slide—where you’ll also find the Wilson Arms logo. The lanyard loop and pin are aluminum, and enhanced checkering has been employed on both the frontstrap and backstrap. G10 Dirty Olive grips complete with the Wilson Combat logo ensure a solid grip.
The magazine release is oversize, and three 15-round Beretta sand-resistant magazines are included.
The slide has been completely dehorned and tightened to the frame as snugly as possible, but not so tight it would interfere with reliability.
Topside, the Trijicon tritium front sight is machined and dovetailed into the slide instead of being an integral part of the gun as stock Beretta’s. Wilson’s U-notch battle rear sight is adjustable for windage only and is secured in place with an Allen screw on top.
The black-finished stainless steel Elite II barrel has a recessed crown and is 4.7 inches long. The guide rod is a fluted model from Wilson. A two-inch Picatinny rail for a flashlight or laser is machined into the underside of the frame. Topping it off, the gun has special serial numbers beginning with “WC.”
The gun weighs 43 ounces with a full magazine, and it balances well in the hand. I am a big fan of the arched mainspring housing, and with the additional checkering, it makes the gun a pleasure to hold and shoot. Speaking of which, if you’re so inclined, the gun is approved for IDPA Stock Service Pistol and USPSA Production divisions.