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How to Add An Optic to your PSA Dagger - PSA Quick Tip

Posted by Palmetto State Armory on June 2, 2022
How to Add An Optic to your PSA Dagger

Hey guys, welcome to another quick tip by Palmetto State Armory. Today, we're going to show you how you can outfit your Dagger with an optic. So let's jump right in. So before we get into installing the optic onto the slide, there are a few things we need to do. 

  1. First is going to be making sure that the slide is removed from the frame and we have a flat surface to work on. That's just going to make life a lot easier for us in the long run.
  2. Next, let's make sure we have the right slide for our purposes. Today we're going to be using the Vortex Venom red dot with a 6MOA dot. So we need to make sure that we have the doctor's cut slide.

This will fit in most Vortex optics out there that are designed for handguns. Now, if you're using a Trijicon RMR footprint, make sure you choose the RMR cut, check out the description below. We'll have a brief description of all the optics that we know will fit each slide. 

Now let's get this optic mounted. In front of me is everything you'll receive with your side, regardless of whether you get the doctor's cut or the RMR cut.

Mounting the Optic

The first step is going to be identifying the correct screw set. With this being a Vortex Venom, we're going to be using part number four. So we're going to go ahead and isolate those screws from the rest so that way we don't confuse them. Next, we're going to make sure that we line up the optic correctly onto the slide. Using these two little posts, we're going to line them up on the front holes on the optic. We'll set the optic down on the slide, and now we're ready to get the screws in place. It doesn't matter which side you start with, just to make sure that you don't tighten them down all the way. We'll get the first screw started making sure threads line up correctly. We'll get the second one in.

Before we tighten it down all the way, we'll just give it a double check just to make sure nothing shifted. And everything's still in place. Everything still looks good. So now we can tighten it down. One thing you can do, if you want is to add a little bit of thread locker to these screws. Remember a little bit goes a long way, and you don't want to use any type of thread locker that will require heat to remove it.

PSA Dagger Assembly & Inspection

Now that we've got the optic on, let's get the whole thing back together and inspect our work. Now let's cover a few final things while this is going back together.

Number 1, while you're doing this, this is a great opportunity to go ahead and swap out a few components on your firearm. 

Number one is going to be the barrel. It's really easy to swap these out and if you're going to be using a suppressor or just want a more aggressive-looking profile for the firearm. A threaded barrel is a great way to go, as well if you're going to be using an optic, you want to make sure that you have suppressor height sites if you want to be able to maintain the use of your iron sights. So we'll swap these out later on and we'll show you how to do that.

Last but not least, we want to make sure that we covered the slides again. It's important to remember that depending on the optic you choose, you're going to need to get the corresponding slide. 

  1. So remember if you're going to be using a Vortex type optic that uses a doctor's cut. You want to get a doctor's cut slide.
  2. If you're going to be using a Trijicon, you want to make sure that you get the RMR cut slide

For a full description, check out below, and we'll have a list of all the optics that we know work with these particular slides. 

Hey guys. Thanks for watching. Be sure to hit us up in the comment section down below.

If you have any questions and check out the description for the complete parts and tools list of everything you saw in the video today, we'll catch you next time.

Doctor Footprint: 

  • ADE Advanced Optics RD3-006B Huracan
  • ADE Advanced Optics RD3-009 Crusader
  • ADE Advanced Optics RD3-012 Delta
  • ADE Advanced Optics RD3-013 Bertrillium
  • Athlon Midas TSR1
  • Burris Fastfire 2
  • Burris Fastfire 3
  • Delta Optical MiniDot
  • Delta Optical MiniDot II
  • Doctor Sight C
  • Docter Sight II Plus
  • Docter Sight III,
  • Docter QUICKsight 5.0 VR
  • Hawke Reflex 1×25,
  • Leica Tempus
  • MAKdot 1×25
  • Noblex Sight C,
  • Noblex Sight 2 Plus
  • Noblex Sight III
  • Noblex Sight G
  • Noblex QUICKsight 5.0 VR,
  • Sightmark Mini Shot M-Spec
  • Sightmark Mini Shot Pro Spec
  • US Optics DRS 2.0,
  • US Optics DRS 2.0 Enhanced
  • Vector Optics Frenzy 1x20x28
  • Vomz Pilad 1×20
  • Vortex Viper
  • Vortex Venom

RMR Footprint: 

  • Trijicon RMR
  • Trijicon SRO,
  • Holosun 407C
  • Holosun 407C V2
  • Holosun 407C X2
  • Holosun 507C
  • Holosun 507C V2
  • Holosun 507C X2
  • Holosun 508T
  • Holosun 508T X2
  • Riton X3 Tactix PRD
  • NcStar VISM FlipDot Pro
  • ADE Advanced Optics RD3-019 Stingray
  • ADE Advanced Optics RD3-020 Raptor
  • ADE Advanced Optics RD3-023 Valkyrie
  • Swampox Kingslayer 1×22
  • Swampfox Liberty RMR 1×22,
  • Swampfox Justice RMR 1×27
  • Vector Optics Frenzy 1x22x26
Paul Brimm
6 months ago at 5:05 PM
Great Information. I printed a copy for myself.
Firstname McLastname
6 months ago at 7:03 AM
Recently bought the dagger upper with the doctor cut. No idea where I can get the adapter plate I need to mount a holosun 407c onto it. Any help would be massively appreciated.
5 months ago at 12:36 PM
There are no such adapters and I looked and searched. Buy a Vortex Venom. Geoff Who wants others to learn from his mistakes.
5 months ago at 8:09 AM
Trijicon and truglo make such an adapter. Additionally primary arms makes a nice docter optic that should work but doesn't. I wish psa or primary arms would slightly modify their cut so it would work.
Christopher Kain
4 months ago at 5:06 PM
Trade optics with you.
Lane Ferris
3 months ago at 12:29 PM
I went with a Trijicon base plate. With a little work it fits fine. I'm thinking it's the RM37.
5 months ago at 12:35 PM
I mounted the Vortex Venom, successfully following the instructions and using the screws provided in the slide package. Geoff Who notes the hardest part was getting the battery cap back on with the battery.
4 months ago at 4:58 PM
Does the holsun HS507k fit
John w stubbs
3 months ago at 6:57 PM
Where can I get 6-32 x 5/16 countersunk screws the optic I bought came with metric screws & the ones that came with my Dagger are cap head ???
2 months ago at 6:18 PM
Try RTL fasteners item code 846
Christopher Harben
3 months ago at 10:00 PM
I have a Doctors cut slide and recently ordered the Sightmark Mini Shot M-Spec as it was stated to fit this slide. However it does not. I am not sure if it is a problem with the sight or the slide. But the footprint is just bit off. Seems to be a slide problem.
3 months ago at 12:17 PM
I have a doctors cut slide and I want to mount a delta point pro footprint on it is this possible?
Ozy Sjahputera
3 months ago at 11:32 PM
I lost my mounting screw set for my Doctor cut Dagger slide. How do I get a new set? I cannot find it under the dagger slide parts category.
JD Faith
2 months ago at 7:42 PM
I have a doctor cut Dragger slide but my Crimson Trace cts1250 will not it. I double checked and made sure the sight is in fact a doctors cut and multiple google searches confirmed this. What is the problem?