I'm curious about the Beretta Brigadier Elite. I recently ran across one, specifically a 96G Elite, and I'm considering picking it up. Thus far I've learned that there were three categories: Elite, Elite IA and Elite II and they were produced during a limited time period. I believe I read the Elite was only made from 1999-2001? All have a Brigadier slide, stainless steel barrel, dovetailed front sight, and a skeleton style hammer. That's really all the info I can find about the pistol. What was the original intent for the Elite series, competition, self defense? I'm not well versed in Beretta pistols but I learned very much reading KevH's article on pistol-trianing. I know it sounds silly and I don't really need another pistol but this particular Beretta really appealed to me. It's in excellent condition and the trigger is wonderful. I've never owned a Beretta so this is uncharted territory and any guidance is much appreciated. Thanks.