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8 Best Custom Glock Clones: Glock 19 Alternatives

Which polymer-framed pistols have reigned supreme since the 1980s?

I don’t have to tell you; it’s Glock.

Glock G19 Gen 4
Glock G19 Gen 4

Over 60% of the American police force carry Glocks. SOCOM carries Glocks, and numerous international police and military forces all choose Glocks.

They are also extremely popular in the hands of concealed carriers, home defenders, and competition shooters.

But as Glocks grew in popularity, so did their aftermarket.

Completed P80 Glock 19
You can even build your own

Recently that same aftermarket has become so big and expansive that these same companies are now producing Glock clones.

Yep, the design has spread like wildfire, and Gaston’s plastic fantastics are no longer just made by Glock.

Gaston Glock
Gaston Glock — he doesn’t look too worried.

So, of course, we had to dive further into the clone phenomena.

We’ll run you through why you might want a Glock clone (or not) and also give you some recommendations on which ones are best if you’re in the mood to buy.

Keep reading to learn more.

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Why a Glock Clone?

Glock clearly makes excellent pistols, so why would you ever want a clone?

Well, Glock is a behemoth of a company. And like behemoths, they are slow to move and adapt.

We saw the aftermarket continuously upgrade the Glock platform, pushing the design — from high-end race guns to perfected defensive firearms.

Glock Upgrades
That Glock aftermarket is booming!

A Glock clone allows you to buy the Glock-style pistol with the features you want.

Instead of buying a Glock and then spending double the money to cut the slide for an optic, add suppressor height sights and a threaded barrel, drop in a nice trigger, tweak the magwell, etc., you can just…buy it the way you want.

All Tested Glock Triggers
Upgrade those triggers if you want!

Honestly, it’s cheaper to buy a fully customized Glock than to customize a stock Glock piece by piece.

When you start looking at clones, you’ll realize some people might not want a Glock but want the reliability, simplicity, and parts availability associated with the build.  

As such, the Glock clone market gives you a not a Glock with Glock compatibility.

Clones allow for upgrades that Glock fans want that the company refuses to release.

A Glock Clone can give me a dedicated optic footprint not reliant on the less than stellar Glock MOS system.

Also, maybe you want a better grip angle, an undercut trigger guard, an enhanced beavertail, and the like…well, then a Glock clone is the only way to do that.

11. Two Glock 19s

Cons

But nothing is without a downside, clones included. The biggest issue with a Glock clone is that it doesn’t have the factory support a standard Glock does.

If your OEM pistol breaks, Glock can easily fix the problem and ship it back.

Home Defense Glock G19
This breaks? No prob, send it back to Glock.

With a clone, you’re at the mercy of smaller/boutique companies that can’t always match Glock’s lead times.

That, and clones are often a generation or even two generations behind Glock OEM pistols.

This leads to Glock clones lacking the stock OEM features of the current Glock generation.

Best Glock Clones

1. PSA Dagger

Palmetto State Armory entered the world of Glock clones in 2020 with the Dagger.

Essentially, it’s a Glock G19 Gen 3 but heavily modified and upgraded from the standard Glock format.

PSA Dagger Right Side
PSA Dagger

A compact build, it’s well suited for both concealed carry and home defense.

The frame features a heavy-duty grip texture that’s beyond aggressive in its stippling, while the slide offers melted corners for more comfortable concealment.

It also sports front and rear slide serrations.

PSA Dagger Rear

PSA improved the ergonomics of the Glock by including an undercut under the trigger guard, a more aggressive beavertail, and a massive magazine release.

They did all of this on a pistol they sell for a mere $300!

PSA’s Dagger provides an affordable Glock option full of features for a very low price point.

PSA Dagger Glock Extended Mag
PSA Dagger with Glock extended mag

The biggest downside is that PSA seems continually sold out of these pistols – so it’s going to take some time before they are easy to find.

299
at Palmetto State Armory

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Want more info on the Dagger? Check out our full review.

2. Shadow Systems MR920

Gucci Glocks have become one of the most common Glock configurations, and the Shadow Systems MR920 embraces that.

Shadow Systems’ MR920 ships with all the features and add-ons you could ever want. These pistols are Glock 19 sized and come factory ready for gettin’ Gucci.

Shadow Systems MR920

First, they offer an optics cut compatible with most major optic brands without the need for plates.

The optics cut is optional, but if you step into 2021, you can rock a Holosun, Trijicon, Vortex, or Leupold optics.

Its frame is built around user control with an aggressive beavertail, a dynamic trigger undercut, and a very aggressive grip texture.

Handgun Grip Women Shadow Systems MR920

Not to mention, the slide features its own serrations for easy racking and press checks.

Obviously, Glock’s crappy plastic sights are tossed — these guns wear Ameriglo sights instead.

The MR920 takes Glock mags, and to make shoving those mags faster into the gun Shadow Systems includes a massive magwell for speed reloads.

Shadow Systems MR920 and Glock G19
Shadow Systems MR920, left, and Glock G19, right.

From top to bottom, the Shadow Systems MR920 comes complete with all the Gucci features most Glock owners want, making it one of the best out-of-the-box Glock clones on the market.

3. Lone Wolf LTD19 V2

Lone Wolf was one of the O.G.s of Glock aftermarket parts and pieces.

So, it makes sense they would dive into Glock clones eventually.

The LTD19 V2 predictably uses the oh-so-famous Glock 19 frame and slide size to create a compact pistol.

Lone Wolf’s design goal was to make the pistol extremely lightweight and ergonomic, and the LTD19 V2 shaves off almost 5-ounces of Glock baggage. This ultimately creates a lighter, thinner pistol.

Does the Timberwolf frame look a little odd at first? That’s because it’s noticeably thinner than the original Glock 19 frame.

This reduction in bulk makes the pistol more ergonomic and is especially notable for those with smaller hands.

Don’t worry; the Lone Wolf LTD19 V2 features a generous undercut for a nice high grip to accommodate XL-sized hands and increase control.

An extended beavertail lets you choke up and not get slide bite. As a guy with big hands, Glocks also take a bite out of me.

The Lone Wolf LTD19 V2 comes with a low-profile magwell, an enlarged magazine release, and an enlarged slide stop.

It’s an ergonomic powerhouse from one of the oldest Glocksmiths.

699
at Brownells

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

4. Polymer 80 PFS9/PFC9

Polymer 80 made their bones in the 80% lower market turned heads with their Glock 80% frames.

And the company spun that into a successful line of complete pistols utilizing the famed P80 Glock frames.

PFC9
PFC9

The PFS9 and PFC9 represent the full size and compact variants, respectively.

Both opt for a P80 frame, notable for being more ergonomic than the stock Glock frame.

Its grip features a massive undercut in the trigger guard and aggressive beavertail to maximize control and improve comfort.

Also, the grip texture feels extremely aggressive with a scalloped magazine release for easier activation.

The frame also follows the same grip angle as a 1911 with a bit straighter frame design.

It’s personal preference, but many folks prefer that more ‘American’ angle on their pistols. (I’m one of them.)

PFS9
PFS9

The PFS9 and PFC9 also feature an actual Picatinny rail in spec and not Glock’s own weird OEM rail.

Internals are Gen 3 parts, and most are compatible with aftermarket Glock goodness. However, there isn’t much I’d change.

The flat-faced trigger is very nice, as are the steel rounded sights. At a relatively affordable price point of $550, the Polymer 80 pistols make a budget-friendly alternative to Gaston’s Glock.

5. ZEV OZ9c Elite Hyper-Comp

Like many, Zev began as premium-grade Glocksmiths but later jumped into the world clones.

The ZEV OZ9 series encompasses a wide variety of pistols, but the best, in my opinion, is the OZ9c Elite Hyper-Comp.

Everyone’s sticking comps on their guns these days, but that makes the pistol longer.

So, ZEV went a different route and built the comp into the barrel.

OZ9C

Four ports at the top of the barrel vent gasses upwards, pushing the gun down and create one flash shooting experience without the extra length of a compensator.

More control means faster split times and more lead on target when you need it most.

The ZEV OZ9c offers a Glock 19 sized variant, shipping with an optic cut, steel sights, a ZEV trigger, a match-grade barrel, and all the fixins.

(Photo: Zev Technologies)

ZEV also went with the 18-degree grip, which aligns the grip and frame more with a 1911 than a Glock.

While the frame uses polymer, inside is a solid steel receiver that runs the full length of the entire pistol. This design allows the locking block to be integrated.

Overall, the design reduces vibration and recoil while enhancing reliability, according to ZEV.

The ZEV OZ9c mixes high-tech design with ZEV stylings to produce one helluva Glock clone.

1699
at Primary Arms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

6. Alpha Foxtrot AF-C Forged Pistol

The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Glock wasn’t the first polymer frame pistol, but they were the first successful polymer frame pistol.

Might not have been the first polymer pistol, but it’s one of the most memorable.

Somewhere along the way, people decided to hell with that and designed a metal frame Glock clone.

The Alpha Foxtrot AF-C Forged Pistol utilizes Alpha Foxtrot forged frame with their custom slide to create one interesting Glock design.

Alpha Foxtrot makes 1911s, and you can tell that by the styling of the AF-C.

The grip angle looks almost identical to a 1911, with an improved extended beavertail and retro-future vibe.

Alpha Foxtrot AF-C

Its frame also features gas pedals to reduce recoil and improve control.

Unlike a polymer frame, these gas pedals are more than just cuts but rather forged pedals allowing for more pressure and, therefore, more control.

On the outside, this is clearly a custom Glock. But, unlike other custom Glocks, it’s a bit more practical in its design.

No crazy lightening cuts, massive holes in the slide, or similar slots, notches, or tabs. It’s perfect for defensive use and more than capable in that role.

Adopting a Glock 19 size, it’s carry-friendly. However, expect more weight with the metal frame than the classic polymer frame.

Lots of people still like metal-framed pistols, but they want Glock reliability and parts compatibility.

If this sounds like you, then the Alpha Foxtrot AF-C might work for you.

690
at Alpha Foxtrot

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

7. Faxon FX-19 HellFire Compact Pistol

Faxon is well known — mostly for the ARAK 21, awesome barrels – but go ahead and add the FX-19 to that list.

As you’d expect, the FX-19 is a Glock 19 sized clone, but it’s built from the ground up to embrace the Gucci Glock theme.

FX-19 Hellfire
FX-19 Hellfire

The frame is a collaboration between Faxon and Polymer 80 — a custom rig using a special PF940C frame.

Its grip texture feels aggressive, and the high undercut trigger guard allows for a high grip. All the while, the beavertail continues to reinforce that nice high grip.

You still get a Picatinny rail, making light and laser additions a bit easier.

The FX-19 HellFire Compact Pistol comes with a heavily customized slide featuring lightening cuts. These cuts reduce weight and recoil via mass reduction.

FX-19 hellfire top
FX-19 Hellfire, top

Optics cuts come standard, and the mount fits the Trijicon RMR and similar optics.

To back that optic up, you get a set of suppressor height sights for easy co-witnessing.

Don’t forget the threaded barrel for compensators or cans. Rounding out the features, the Overwatch Precision trigger gives a light and smooth pull.

Johnny and Hellfire

When you want a plug-and-play customized Glock clone, the FX-19 fills that gap.

No need to gather parts and play amateur gunsmith when Faxon can do it for you.

1500
at Faxon Firearms

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Check out our review of the Faxon FX-19 Hellfire here or give it a rating below!

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8. ZRO Delta Modulus

What if you wanted a Glock for every occasion but also only wanted it to be one pistol?

Well, then the ZRO Delta Modulus has you covered.

This engineering marvel starts as a compact Glock clone but can transform via ‘conversions’ to a Glock of any size and design.

ZRO Delta Modulus

Like the Sig Sauer P320, the ZRO Delta Modulus uses a fire control unit that acts as the firearm portion.

Shooters then customize their Modulus to whatever they want it…and I mean whatever.

It’s not just swapping slides but swapping dustcovers, backstraps, magwells, and more.

The frame can grow from a Glock 19 to Glock 17 with a specific magwell or go full gamer with a massive magwell for the faster funnel of reloads.

We like options! (Photo: ZRO Delta)

You can even move from a Glock 19 size to Glock 34!

We get all the necessary upgrades, including an optics cut, an undercut trigger guard, a beavertail, steel sights, and so on.

Oh, did I mention the frame is also made from metal?

That said, this is a very expensive gun…a nice gun, but an expensive one.

While it’s not for everyone, it’s a truly beautiful and functional feat of engineering.

919
at ZRO Delta

Prices accurate at time of writing

Prices accurate at time of writing

Conclusion

Glock Clones are almost a dime a dozen these days. Every year it seems like more and more companies introduce new clones.

Shadow Systems MR920 and Glock G19
Shadow Systems MR920 and Glock G19

Let’s face it; Glock is clearly on the way to becoming the AR-15 of the handgun world, and why not?

They are reliable with a modern design, extremely simple to use, and easy to work on or fix. It’s unlikely we’ll see the world of Glock clones slow down anytime soon.

So, what’s your favorite Glock clone? Let us know below! If a clone won’t do and you need the real deal, check out our recommendations of the Best Glocks or customize your Glock with the Best Glock Upgrades.  

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  • Commenter Avatar
    Steven Fine

    Somehow the message I wrote months ago is not listed. My issue then and my issue now is why include a gun that is perpetually unavailable, the PSA Dagger Compact 9mm Pistol?

    August 9, 2021 9:15 pm
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    Brian Perro

    I just bought my first pistol after looking at several, and when I saw it and held it, I had to have it. It’s the Beretta APX. Not sure why it’s not on this list.

    August 9, 2021 2:06 pm
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      John

      The Beretta APX isn't a clone of a Beretta APX, it is a Beretta handgun. The article is about clones.

      August 10, 2021 3:33 am
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    Eric

    The Canik TP9SF is also a good Glock alternative and has a great trigger.

    August 9, 2021 7:17 am
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    ChrisH

    In this era of ammo shortage, I want to thank Pew Pew for leaving out the out the .40. The G23 is the 19 in .40. Much appreciated.

    August 8, 2021 8:45 pm
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    Chase Nichole

    If you’re in this market, also consider the STK100 by Rock Island Armory.

    August 8, 2021 7:04 pm
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    Norm

    Lots of clones, but only one caliber. What if you want a .40, .45, 10mm? Got to go with a Glock or 1911.

    August 8, 2021 5:21 pm
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    John

    I think the PSA Dagger, all things considered for a basic gun and for the price, is the best deal on the list.

    I've got one of the first ones made and of course they were delayed so it was a while before I got it. To make matters right for waiting so long I was offered a refund but decided to wait and now am glad I did because I got the offered "apology" package of an upgraded threaded barrel and a stripped AR lower completely free for waiting.

    I like mine. Some people reported they had problems feeding when the magazines were at full capacity at 15 +1 but solved their problem by going to 14 +1. I never experienced that with mine except one time and it hasn't happened again since. And of course there are the usual "haters" that grumble about it. But I've put several hundred rounds through mine so far and its been a solid performer.

    When they get back in stock I'm going to order another one for my wife. My wife likes it. But like I said, all things considered for a basic gun and for the price its the best deal on the list.

    August 8, 2021 11:21 am
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      John

      It got pointed out to me I need to clarify this:

      "Some people reported they had problems feeding when the magazines were at full capacity at 15 +1 but solved their problem by going to 14 +1. I never experienced that with mine except one time and it hasn't happened again since."

      What I meant was that I only experienced it one time by trying to go with 15 +1.

      I normally do not go with 15 +1 but tried it that time, 'cause 14 +1 is what I normally use. I never experienced that 15 +1 thing again because I went back to my normal 14 +1.

      sorry for any confusion.

      August 8, 2021 1:48 pm
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      Steven Fine

      I always appreciate the guns that PSA offers and have been looking forward to owning a PSA Dagger. However it is never available. I have been on the notification list for many months and never saw one available. Are they even considering making them anymore?

      August 9, 2021 9:17 pm
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    John

    That Shadow Systems MR920 Elite... lets just say they were really generous with that grip real-estate. You need to have some big hands.

    August 8, 2021 11:00 am
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      Meichel

      Agreed. Which is just one of many reasons I love mine so much.

      It's nice to see them represented here at PPT

      August 9, 2021 6:27 am