PSA Dagger VS Glock 19: How Does the Clone Stack Up?

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The PSA Dagger vs. Glock 19 – this has to be one of the most hotly debated choices for a reliable sidearm in the firearm community.

Both offer a unique blend of reliability and functionality, leaving enthusiasts in a quandary over which to pick for their primary choice of protection.

What we hope to do here is delve deep into the features, handling, and performance of the PSA Dagger vs Glock 19 Gen 5 and provide a detailed comparison. By the end of this analysis, we think you’ll have a better understanding for making an informed decision.

We’ll use a Glock 19 Gen 5 slide on a Gen 5 gun for comparison as both the Palmetto State Dagger and the Gen 5 are modern options available to buyers.

So, stay tuned as we dive into the specifics and all the gritty details of the Glock 19 vs PSA Dagger battle.


The PSA Dagger Full Size and the Glock 19 are two 9mm striker-fired handguns that have many similarities in terms of dimensions and features. However, there are some notable differences between them. For instance, the PSA Dagger has a slightly shorter barrel length of 4 inches compared to the Glock 19’s 4.02 inches.

Additionally, the Dagger Full Size S model has a magazine capacity of 17 rounds, while the Glock 19 can hold up to 15 rounds. Furthermore, the PSA Dagger is compatible with most Gen3 Glock spare parts, which offers a wide range of aftermarket customization options.

When it comes to ergonomics, the PSA Dagger sets itself apart with a distinct grip shape and texture, setting it apart from the Glock 19. The grip is enhanced compared to the Gen 3, and there are no back straps. It also has a carry cut out, allowing you to strip the magazine without any issues.

This model is perfect for those who prefer a simple design and want to run their trigger finger in front of the trigger guard.


By reputation, everyone has told me that the trigger mechanism is the biggest difference between these two, with the Dagger featuring a hinged trigger similar to the M&P. There is also a cut-out for the magazine release, just like the old Gen 3. It has an accessory rail and wavy cuts in the front that are basically there, I believe, to make it look cool.

The PSA Dagger is widely recognized as a more budget-friendly option, offering a lower price point compared to the Glock 19. Overall, both handguns are reliable and well-suited for various shooting scenarios, with the PSA Dagger generally considered to be a reliable and affordable alternative to the Glock 19.

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Here’s a breakdown comparison between the specs of the Glock 19 vs PSA Dagger:

PSA Dagger Full-Size S

Glock 19


9x19mm (9mm Luger)

9x19mm (9mm Luger)


Safe Action®

Safe Action®

Weight (empy mag)

22.5 oz

21.52 oz

Overall Width

1.28 inch

1.34 inch

Overall Length

7.15 inch

7.28 inch

Barrel Length

4.5 inch

4.02 inch


Double stack

Double stack

Mag Capacity

17+1 rounds (standard mag)

15+1 rounds (standard mag)

MSRP $299.99




There is one feature on the PSA gun that I was not a fan of right away. The finger groove here is similar to older Glock models but was revised for the Gen 5. It has a slightly enhanced texture compared to the Gen 3, but in my opinion, it’s not as good as the Gen 5. On the other hand, I do appreciate the extended beavertail.


The gun also has standard Glock controls and takedown, as well as a slide lock (although it’s not technically meant to be used as a release). There are some wavy cuts in the front that are mainly aesthetic but can be used as a sort of gas pedal, although they’re not big enough for proper use.

Personally, I’d prefer if these cuts were deeper and more functional, like on some other gun models or customizations from companies like Agency Arms. Nonetheless, the slide itself is quite nice, with a tri-top design that I am a big fan of. In fact, I think it looks better than the stock Gen 5 slide.

The Dagger has a stainless steel guide rod, which I think is actually a big improvement upon the standard Glock plastic guide rod – it’s a little more durable, and I do like that it adds a little weight out front, reducing muzzle flip overall.


During our testing, we fired two thousand rounds through the gun and found it to be highly reliable. There were no malfunctions during the entire duration of the test, which is exactly what we expected from one of the most reliable guns in the world.

We used various types of ammunition, including Phoenix Ring, Fiocchi, Winchester White Box, and 124-grain Gold Dot, as well as Critical Duty, and all of them worked exceptionally well.


We used the magazine that came with the gun, which was a Magpul magazine, as well as the standard Gen 5 Glock 19 and Glock 17 magazines, as well as extended magazines, and there were no malfunctions whatsoever.

This is particularly important since magazine compatibility is crucial for a gun’s reliability. This clone comes with one magazine included in the package – not surprising for the money. However, the standard Gen Five product comes with three magazines, which, in my opinion, is a better deal as more magazines are typically better.

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In the final analysis, the accuracy of the Palmetto State Dagger is alright, but the standard Gen Fives are more accurate – the main reason being is that they have a better trigger.


I personally am not that crazy about the Palmetto State Dagger trigger at all – it’s heavy, has a lot of creep and take up, and an awkward reset. The good news is that it takes Gen Three parts, so you can upgrade it with those new sweet old chimneys if you choose to. If you were going to keep this gun, that’s what I would suggest you do.

The big white combat sights are simplistic and durable up close. However, they are only slightly better than the lower-end sights on the market – so not that good. You can buy Gen 5 Glocks that have Ameriglo sights, which I would highly recommend.


The Glock 19 sights are significantly better, with a slightly wider box that allows for quicker site acquisition up close, a thinner front sight that is high definition, and night sights with a tritium insert on the front sight. This allows you to use the sights at night, which is important for your safety.

I like the fact that the Gen 5s have this option, but they obviously cost more. If you want, you can buy these sights for $60 and put them in your PSA since they are compatible with Glock parts. Out of the box, I don’t like the accuracy of the Dagger sights, but it can be improved.


In reviews, people often talk about mechanical accuracy, which I find amusing because handguns are difficult to shoot due to fewer points of contact and a five-pound trigger in a one-pound gun. This makes it challenging to shoot accurately, period.

Therefore, any accuracy issues are likely due to the interface and ergonomics of the gun. Primarily, it’s better to discuss the sights and the trigger. To be clear, the mechanical accuracy may be comparable to a standard Glock, but to achieve the same level of accuracy from it, you may have to address the trigger and sights issue.


Moving on to the ergonomics, I think there are a lot of really good ergonomic features going on with the Palmetto State Dagger. Firstly, I love the tri-top slide; it looks very cool.

Additionally, the slide serrations are very usable and actually more effective than the Gen 5 Glock. The rear serrations work very well, too, and the finish on the gun is shiny and attractive, although it might not be quite as durable as the Gen 5.

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While Glock clones such as the PSA Dagger mimic Glock designs closely, slight variations in sizes between the Glock and its clones can pose challenges when it comes to holster compatibility. These minute differences can affect the secure fit of the weapon, which is crucial for safety, accessibility, and comfort.

Therefore, having a specifically designed Glock 19 holster or a PSA Dagger holster is not merely an option but a necessity. It ensures that your firearm is held as securely as possible, enabling the best draw capability and reducing the risk of accidental discharges while improving ease of access when needed.


Looking at the final score, it’s clear why both the Glock 19 and the PSA Dagger have firmly established their reputation in the firearm market – each has its own distinctive advantages.

Our comprehensive testing and rigorous evaluation of the PSA Dagger only reaffirmed its reliability and performance. While the Glock 19 continues to dominate as a reliable staple in the world of handguns, the introduction of more budget-friendly options like the PSA Dagger is certainly a welcome addition; especially beneficial for novices in the world of firearms who might be hesitant to spend a significant amount upfront.

The bottom line: prices and availability of firearms can fluctuate quite a bit. There was a time not that long ago when the PSA wasn’t readily available, and prices went up to over $450 apiece. In a case like that, why settle for the limitations of the PSA Dagger when you can go for the true original by spending a little more?

Having said that, anyone choosing to go for the PSA Dagger is not likely to be disappointed, especially if they can take the savings and put them towards some fine extras they wouldn’t normally be able to afford. In our opinion, both are fine weapons, which make the PSA worth your consideration.

Ultimately, the choice of firearm is a deeply personal decision, but one common factor remains – the necessity for a secure, well-fitted holster. A custom-made Craft Holster, be it IWB (Inside the Waistband) or OWB (Outside the Waistband), can be the perfect complement to your chosen firearm, enhancing safety, accessibility and your overall shooting experience.


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