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SHOT SHOW: Palmetto State’s New Dagger Micro 9mm and Rock 57 5.7×28 Pistols


Palmetto State Armory PSA Dagger Micro 9mm Pistol

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Palmetto Armory announced a couple of very compelling additions to their pistol lineup at SHOT Show. The first is the new Dagger Micro, a micro-compact version of their 9mm striker-fired pistol.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Dagger Micro 9mm Pistol

Palmetto State will offer the new 15+1 Dagger Micro in two configurations, one with standard iron sights and one with an optics cut and threaded barrel.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Dagger Micro 9mm Pistol

Note that the model shown at SHOT is a pre-production version. The final pistol will have a more aggressive grip texture.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Dagger Micro 9mm Pistol

 The Dagger Micro will use GLOCK 43X slides. The base version of the pistol will be priced at $299. The upgraded model with optics cut and threaded barrel will run $399. Expect it to be available late in the third quarter or early in the fourth.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Rock 57 5.7x28mm pistol

Palmetto State will also be jumping into the 5.7x28mm pistol market, going up against models from FN and Ruger. Like the Dagger micro, the new Rock 57 will come in two models, one with standard irons and one with a slide cut and threaded barrel.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Rock 57 5.7x28mm pistol

Again, the model shown at SHOT was a pre-production pistol. The final model will have more grippy grips and the name really will be Rock 57, not ‘5.7 Rock’ as it appears above.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Rock 57 5.7x28mm pistol

The 23+1 Rock 57 — at least the model show at SHOT — has a remarkably good trigger. It’s exceptionally light and clean-breaking, particularly for a striker-fired trigger.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Rock 57 5.7x28mm pistol

The Rock 57 also has a slightly less beefy grip than its competitors. Due to the length of the 5.7×28 cartridge, the grip on 5.7 pistols is larger than standard nines or .45s. Some of us with small hands have a tough time reaching the trigger.

PSA, however, has found a way to make the Rock 57’s grip slightly less girthy. It’s noticeably easier to grip and get to the trigger than either the FN or Ruger pistols. Again, this is a pre-production grip module, so here’s hoping that’s still the case on the final version.

Palmetto State Armory PSA Rock 57 5.7x28mm pistol

The base model Rock 57 will be priced at $499. The feature-packed version with the optics cut and threaded barrel will run $599. Expect it to be available in Mark or early in the second quarter.

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