Catching Up On the PS9 Dagger With Palmetto State Armory

U.S.A.-( In this Brave New Age of Social Justice and Equanimity for all, we call 2020, ironically Firearm Sales keep reaching newer and newer highs (funny how that works). Intriguingly the majority of those sales are attributed to Handguns, which begs the question from the salty old weather-beaten gun gurus: Do we really need another new pistol on the market? I’m not quite that salty or old enough yet so I like to ask a different, more complicated question: If technology and mass manufacturing processes have advanced so much in the last 50 years that we’re getting better and more affordable tools of all sorts…Then why aren’t we getting better and more affordable guns?

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Simply first of all I think we are, partially! The beginning of a deeper answer is that quite a few companies are on the quest to make low budget yet high quality happen, in the realm of handguns as well as rifles. PSA is without question one of those manufacturers, and they’re dedicating considerably more than most to the task (so far at least a million dollars into the development of the PS9). Sticking to Handguns in defensive calibers however we’ve seen Kel-Tec, Hi-Point, SCCY, Diamondback, and even Mossberg wade into the sub $300 category. My opinion after shooting a lot of what’s out there is that to fully accomplish the goal we need to see not only an affordable pistol, we need to see an expandable and more flexible system built around that gun. Something closer to the hopes of what Glock could really be, if they ever gave us more than just caliber and slight technical upgrades. If you really wanted to pin me down to what the “Holy Grail” of the handgun world is, I’d have to say it’s closer to the “Glock Carbine” many of us dream and fantasies about. Yet will never see out of Austria. To that end, Palmetto State Armory has been developing from the ground up the PS9 Dagger.

Dusty Sroufe Director Of Product development and Josiah McCallum Consumer Relations Manager at PSA joined me via Skype to bring us up to speed on their progress. First introduced at SHOT Show 2020 the Dagger is the South Carolina based company’s stab (pun intended) at a Striker Fired Pistol in the entry-level range of $300. And much to the contrary of what many claim it is not a Glock clone. Although it was in truth designed from the ground up to be compatible with many of the extremely available aftermarket parts of the popular Austrian polymer pistol. Because it is also PSA’s attempt to deliver on the promise of an affordable flexible pistol system. This has been Dusty’s baby from the beginning (that’s why they call him the “Dagger Daddy”) and I wanted to know more than the typical “What’s the timeline looking like on the delivery of the PS9 Dagger?” Although that was my first question as you’ll see in the video. By the way for those who like to skip forward to the end of stories, his answer was: “We could be looking at an end of June release.”

Dusty also went on to say: “ I just really want to put an emphasis on we’re not just trying to get these parts in and make it work, we’re really trying to do the right thing…and we’re trying to make this gun the final generation right when it comes out!”

I also wanted to ask Dusty questions like “how long have you guys actually been developing this?” “What have you changed since the first prototype and what are the things that have given you the most problems in the development of the gun?” If you’ve been following PSA closely enough then you already know they recently posted a Q&A video on the subject of the PS9 Dagger so in putting together this collaborative article with Ammoland News I wanted to make sure we covered some of the seldom asked and not usually covered questions. After all like so many of you out there I’m also eagerly awaiting the pistol system, and I look forward to seeing the potential of what it can become.

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Hank Strange is an Enthusiastic Supporter of The Second Amendment, An Avid Filmmaker, Writer, Blogger, Music Producer, and Digital Artist: Hank is a Prolific YouTube Content Creator having Published over 1000 Videos to date relating to Lifestyle in the realms of Firearms, Cars, and Technology. A Proud American Citizen Since 2003 Hank was born of Mixed Race Parentage (his Father having African Ancestry and his Mother being of East Indian Ancestry amongst others) in Guyana, South America. He has traveled to a few places in the world with his Family living in London, England, and Nigeria in West Africa before settling in NYC. Hank & His Wife Lola are both Federal Firearms Licensees and currently live and work in Florida. Passionately Pursuing The Lifestyles Of The Locked And Loaded! Tune in to the daily Gun Culture News “Podshow” Who Moved my Freedom Podcast (WMMF) on the LIfestyles of the Locked and Loaded youtube channel. Hank’s work can also be seen on, Facebook, Instagram, his Personal Blog, and other Social Media.

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I’ve been wondering what happened to this pistol. There was so much hype about it around Shot Show. Then? POOF! Glad to see it hasn’t been shelved.