Wilson Combat Short Reach Trigger | Beretta 92/96 Review

When Wilson Combat teamed up with Beretta for the 92G Brigadier Tactical they also released their own line of Beretta parts, included in this was their Short Reach Trigger.  They claim, as you may have already guessed, it reduces your reach to the trigger but by they don’t specify by how much.

In this article we’re going to find out the measurable difference between the stock Beretta trigger and Wilson Combat’s.  I’ve also invited my friend and instructor, Shawn with Tribute Tactical, to give his thoughts on the practical application or feel of the trigger, if you will.  He has extensive experience with the Beretta 92 having carried and competed, very successfully, with it in the military.  He isn’t a fanboy though and actually doesn’t like it due to the combined grip size and trigger reach.

Stock Beretta Trigger
The first double-action trigger pull of a stock Beretta 92/96 can be quite unpleasant.  In addition to being very long it is also very heavy.  Neither of these attributes is particularly beneficial for accuracy, especially for people with medium to small hands.  Trying to pull a heavy trigger straight back when you can’t get good leverage is exceedingly difficult.  An easy spring change can lighten the trigger pull and maybe a simple trigger swap can reduce the length.

Per Wilson’s website:


True to Wilson’s description the part is drop-in.  It is a snugger fit though and may require a little maneuvering.

Changing the trigger is extremely simple, especially if you use a crochet hook to pull the trigger spring forward while you slide in the trigger bar.  YouTube is a great resource for assembly and disassembly how-to videos.

Measurable Difference
Now onto what we’re here for.  Measuring will be done from the closest parts on the trigger and beavertail.  I’m recording the results of double-action, single-action and ‘the Wall’.  When shooting in single-action you have some slack in the trigger pull that is very light, this is referred to as pre-travel or take-up.  That pre-travel leads to the ‘Wall’, which is the difference between the SA and Wall numbers.

Stock trigger reach:
DA 2.84″ – SA 2.51″ – Wall 2.34″

Wilson Combat trigger reach:
DA 2.77″ – SA 2.43″ – Wall 2.24″

Diff: 0.07″ – 0.08″ – 0.10″

The Wilson trigger is also thinner.  I picked the same two spots on both triggers and measured the differences.
WC trigger thickness: 0.151 and 0.143
Stock trigger thickness 0.230 and 0.161

Part Combinations
There is one more thing to consider with this trigger, that being which trigger bar you’re using.  I was running the Short Reach Trigger in my Beretta 92G Brigadier Tactical when I sent it in for Wilson Combat’s Ultimate Action Tune.  The standard Action Tune is a polishing trigger job whereas with their Ultimate Action Tune you get their own trigger bar installed.  Upon it’s return I found the short reach trigger nearly unusable for me while in single-action.  The custom trigger bar had set the break far enough to the rear I had a difficult time properly pulling the trigger.  The distance to the wall is the same with both trigger bars but the length of trigger pull after reaching the wall is increased with the Wilson trigger bar.

Feel-able Difference
The numbers don’t lie but they often don’t tell the full story, for that we need Shawn.  Prior to getting his thoughts I didn’t share with him the measured difference in triggers.   Here’s what he had to say.  (This is our first time doing 3rd person video and it turns out using a head-mounted camera isn’t great for that.)

The trigger held up to all it’s claims and showed significant improvement for those with smaller hands.  If you’re a Beretta fan but the stock trigger is a little too far away consider giving Wilson’s trigger a try, it might just be what you need.  You can check it out here.


2 thoughts on “Wilson Combat Short Reach Trigger | Beretta 92/96 Review

  1. Nice writeup. But the guy shooting in the video has a strange way of shooting DA. Its quite possibly the longest pull I have seen. It should be much quicker and succinct in my experience.


    1. He’s staging the trigger, pulling it through and then stopping right before it breaks, lots of people shoot double action revolvers the same way. Should pull straight and smooth all the way through, but he’s some kind of big shooter, so something is working for him.


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