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Pistol Review: Wilson Combat's Texas BBQ Special - Beautiful But Deadly

Across the nation, members of the elite Texas Rangers are renowned for their lavish firearms. Often hand-engraved and fully-dressed, these gorgeous works of art are often seen at special get-togethers and barbecues by gunmen across Texas.

Taking part in this tradition, Wilson Combat released their own unique version of the classic "barbecue gun", the Texas BBQ Special -- "a pistol fancy enough for the most formal gathering but still built to deliver first class shooting performance on the range and on duty." - Wilson Combat

*Note: The images featured from Wilson Combat are of a Level One Texas BBQ Special. All pictures with the Somarriba, Inc. logo feature a custom Level Three Texas BBQ Special.


Before beginning to inform you on all the outstanding features of this firearm, there are several things to remember about the Texas BBQ Special or any other Wilson Combat pistol for that matter. The Texas BBQ Special is a fully equipped pistol that is more than capable of defending its user. Not a single pistol leaves Wilson Combat’s shop without passing rigorous testing to ensure reliability, durability, and effectiveness. As a result, they guarantee a one-inch group at twenty-five yards.

Another neat aspect of the Texas BBQ Special is how Wilson offers them in three grades. Spanning from a base price of $4960.00 for a Level One to $6045.00 for a Level Three with each grade featuring more engravings. At Somarriba, Inc., we are offering a Level Three Texas BBQ Special for $5750.00!

Now moving on to the fun stuff, the Texas BBQ Special starts with Wilson Combat's high-grade machined stainless forged and billet parts and are hand fitted to perfect reliability and target grade accuracy. All controls have been selected for everyday carry and hard use.

While the Texas BBQ Special is outfitted with some truly exceptional mechanisms and equipment, none are as breathtaking as the special hand engravings from Master Engraver Wayne D’Angelo. D'Angelo, being one of the world’s foremost firearm engraving artists, ensured each Texas BBQ Special was properly and beautifully engraved down to the smallest detail.

Wilson outfitted the Texas BBQ Special with a 5” stainless match-grade barrel and bushing. The muzzle is flush cut with a reverse crown, and the barrel hood is fluted and as a result it reduces the effect of buildup over time.

The pistol’s sights are incredibly fast and effective, consisting of a serrated Wilson Combat Battlesight rear sight and a ramped gold-bead front sight, both trimmed to fit the slide’s contours. Running across the slide’s top between sights are 30 LPI serrations which reduced glare while shooting.

When handling the pistol it feels as though it is an extension of your own arm. It features Wilson's black cherry slant grips with sterling medallions attached with engraved Torx-head grip screws. The undercut frame raises the hand higher on the frame allowing for a more firm grip and the 30 LPI checkering grips the hand well without abrading skin. Topping it all off, we have Wilson's custom trigger breaking at a crisp 3.5 lbs. with the medium-length pad.

"Not just for Texans but for the Texan in us all, the Wilson Combat Texas BBQ Special will be a functional heirloom prized by generations for years to come." - Wilson Combat


  • Full-Size Stainless Steel Frame

  • High-Cut Checkered Frontstrap

  • Bullet Proof® Round Butt Magazine Well

  • Concealment Bullet Proof® Beavertail Grip Safety and Hammer

  • Tactical Bullet Proof® Thumb Safety

  • 3 ½# – 4 ½# Crisp Trigger Pull with Medium-Length Pad

  • Bullet Proof® Magazine Release

  • Wilson Combat Black Cherry Slant Grips with Sterling Medallions

  • Torx Head Grip Screws

  • Countersunk Slide Stop


  • Heavy Machine Chamfer on Bottom of Slide

  • Battlesight with Gold Bead Front Sight

  • 5” Stainless Match-Grade Barrel and Bushing, Flush-Cut Reverse Crown

  • Fluted Chamber

  • 30 LPI Slide Top Serrations

  • 40 LPI Serrated Rear of Slide

  • Ball Endmill Cuts

  • Hand Engraving by Wayne D’Angelo


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