Palmetto State Armory PS9 Dagger: $300 Glock Killer [UPDATED]

At the 2020 SHOT Show, Palmetto State Armory announced a new 9mm pistol called the PS9 Dagger.

With its combination of features and price, the new gun stands to make quite a splash in the industry.

Let’s dive in with all of the details including pricing, shipping times and holster compatibility.

Now Taking Orders!

The PS9 Dagger is now shipping. It can be purchased by clicking here.

However, the company releases a small batch of these – typically every day around 4 pm EDT. They go quickly, so I recommend setting up a PSA account to speed checkout when the company has a new drop.

PSA Dagger Pistol Release Date

General Information

The short story is the new PS9 Dagger is a Glock clone. I don’t mean that in a disparaging way, but instead as shorthand for a polymer-framed, striker-fired pistol that takes 9mm Glock 19 magazines.

Palmetto State Armory PS9 9mm Pistol

Palmetto State Armory (PSA) will make several variations of the gun, but the basic model is the one that will ship first. It has many parts that are compatible with the Gen3 Glock pistols including the magazine and trigger group. PSA ships the PS9 with Magpul P15 magazines, but you can use your existing G17, G19 and other 9mm magazines with the gun.

Obviously, the gun differs from the Glock pistol in a number of ways. One of the things that Glock is often criticized for is the use of plastic sights. Thankfully, PSA elected to use metal sights on the PS9 Dagger. The metal sights use a 3-dot arrangement and are far more durable than standard polymer sights.

PSA PS9 Barrel and Slide Assembly

Additional features include:

  • forward cocking serrations on the slide
  • slide made of 416 stainless steel with lithium-infused nitride finish
  • an accessory rail for a weapon light or laser
  • stainless steel guide rod
  • a moderately aggressive texture that is not likely to damage clothing but still provides a positive grip
  • frame cut-outs at magazine well to better grab magazines should you need to strip them from the gun because of a malfunction
  • undercut trigger guard to allow a higher grip on the pistol
  • a barrel with traditional rifling (unlike the Glock, lead bullets should be ok)

Palmetto State Armory states the PS9 Dagger will be backed by a full lifetime warranty.

Palmetto State Armory PS9 internals frame lower rails


Here are the specifications for the base model PS9:

Standard Magazine Capacity15
Barrel Length4.0″
TriggerPSA hinged
Trigger Pull Weight5.5 lbs
Sightsnitrided metal 3-dot
Grip Frameglass-filled polymer
Finishmatte black


Customer demand will ultimately drive variations of the basic PS9 pistol. However, Palmetto State Armory does have a number of variations already in the works.

Future releases will offer suppressor-ready versions that include threaded barrels and suppressor-height sights. Also, there will be options for optics ready PS9 Dagger pistols.

PS9 Suppressor Height Sights

Another version the company is working on is a G17 sized slide/barrel on the PS9 frame. This would increase the sight radius for improved accuracy and goose the bullet velocities.

PSA also suggested that custom pistols might be available also.

A final variation will be the grip assembly alone. It is completely compatible with Gen3 Glock parts, so you can build a completely custom 9mm or even a .40 S&W or .357 SIG gun.

Holster Compatibility

According to a PSA rep, the guns will be compatible with some Gen3 Glock 19 holsters.

I would urge caution with any hard fit options like Kydex as small dimension differences may impact how well it fits. I would expect that leather rigs would work without much problem.

Trigger on PS9 Pistol

PS9 Dagger Pricing

Even if you aren’t impressed by the features of this gun, the price might get your attention:


Yes, that’s correct. A Glock 19 compatible pistol for less than $300. With shipping and transfer fees, I estimate the average person should be able to get one out the door for about $360-370.

Assuming that these guns run as reliably as a Glock pistol – and only time will tell us that – a $299.99 defensive pistol is a major value. The price alone will sell many of these pistols.

PS9 with threaded barrel and RMR cut price

If you want a model with a slide cut for an RMR sight with suppressor height sights and a threaded barrel, the pricing remains unbelievable:


According to PSA staff, the PS9 grip frame alone should sell for $100.

It also makes you wonder what Glock’s margins look like.

When Is the PS9 Shipping?

The PS9 Dagger is now shipping. Click this link to buy one.

What are your thoughts about the new Palmetto State Armory PS9 Dagger? I’m cautiously optimistic about them. A $300 Glock clone would be huge in the marketplace.

Special thanks to Paul Carlson of the Safety Solutions Academy for helping with the photos and additional details. Paul’s a good friend and one of the best trainers working today. You should check out his availability and try to book time with him.

Last update: June 4, 2021

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

153 replies on “Palmetto State Armory PS9 Dagger: $300 Glock Killer [UPDATED]”

Insert the “take my money gif” here. Seriously, the Gen3 design is pretty much a debugged platform and this should be completely reliable. For less than three bills? This is a monster winner!

Yep, I’ll take one…
1)Glock-style upper/slide
2)M&P looking trigger
3)Sig-style grip frame with sandpaper texturing.
I like all of these things (lol) AND w/ a steel guide rod assembly and a great price!

Get ready folks…

Looks like an excellent weapon at an unbelievable price! One step closer to all people being armed! Huge win for middle class america.

I’ve owned 3 taurus revolvers. 2 of them suffered catastrophic failures in under 1,000 rounds

Two story sights really turn me off.. Everything else looks great..I will wait for more reviews before a thumbs up or down. A new product has to earn my trust.

I think that the high sights are only on the suppressor version. If you look at the exit point of the barrel, the one is the pic is definitely set up for a suppressor.l

The “2 story sights” are only on the suppressor enabled version, which you can tell that the one in the pic is by looking at the front of the barrel.

That’s the only way you can use a rmr and still have co wittness aka use of both red dot and iron sights and the only way to have any sights for some one using a suppressor

The hope is that it will be Glock reliable with some upgrades to boot. I am always wary of a brand new product (think P365) when it first hits the streets. I am certainly interested, but won’t be in the forefront of buyers. The notion that police departments would switch to this is way too premature for something without a track record. Reliability has to be earned and proven over time, not coming from advertising literature.

Agreed on the waiting until all the bugs are worked out. For instance the new G44 in .22LR. Lemons and Peaches come out one after the other and it’s a Crap Shoot WHICH you’ll get.
But, Boy HOWDY if this turns out to be a better mousetrap, count me in.

I’ve had good results with their ARs &AKs. I may pick up one of these in the near future.

I know some give PSA a bad rap because of problems from years back, but I’ve had nothing but great service from them. They always ship fast and offer the best prices in the industry. Maybe I’ll have a problem one day, but today is not that day.

I have been absolutely satisfied with my PSA rifle uppers and accessories. They are quick, reliable, and their firearms function very well. I have obtained MOA accuracy from their AR’s. This pistol is very tempting for me.

Does the PS9 Dagger come standard with the red dot optic cut slide? If that is the case, I’m definitely getting one of these new pistols!

My understanding is not the base model ( glock 19 clone ) but for $49.00- $50.00 more you get the upgrade slide cut , suppressor Height sights and Threaded barrel !!! Hope that helps??

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