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Nov 11 2023
10 min read

Lone Wolf Dusk 19 Review: A True Glock Replacement or Just Another Clone?


If you’re a Glock fan, there is a high probability that you are familiar with Lone Wolf Arms. Lone Wolf has been one of the largest and most popular Glock aftermarket part manufacturers/suppliers for years.

It wasn’t until just a couple of years ago that Lone Wolf brought to market its first complete handgun utilizing its components. Today, we will look at its most recent complete pistol offering, the Dusk 19.

The main question we look to answer is: is the Dusk 19 just another Glock clone or a possible Glock replacement? Keep reading to decide for yourself!

Lone Wolf did send us this Dusk 19 to review, but don’t you worry; we keep it real and honest 100% of the time.

Lone Wolf Dusk 19 Review

Lone Wolf Dusk 19 For Sale

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Barrel Length3.9 Inches
Overall Length6.95 Inches
Height (w/out sights)4.61 Inches
Upper Width1 Inch
Lower Width1.14 Inches
Magwell Width1.23 Inches
Weight (w/out mag)19.8 Ounces

Pros & Cons

  • Upgraded slide (optic cut, front & rear serrations)
  • PVD coated barrel 
  • Suppressor height night sights
  • Flat face trigger & enlarged trigger guard with undercut
  • Integrated flared magwell 
  • Reliable and accurate
  • Accepts a wide variety of mags (Glock compatible)
  • Lack of ambidextrous controls
  • Grip texture is too aggressive (for my taste)
  • More expensive than a Glock

First Impressions & Unboxing

The box that the Dusk 19 comes neatly packed in is much nicer than your standard manufacturer’s cardboard box. A custom-cut foam insert contains a spare 15-round magazine, an interchangeable backstrap, and a PVC patch (I always love a good patch). Of course, the gun is in the box, too, with the second 15-round magazine inside.

A good old-fashioned unboxing.

My first impressions were positive, as the attention to detail is evident with most parts of the gun. It’s a smidge smaller and lighter than a Glock 19 and has much more aggressive grip texturing. So much that I’d prefer it toned down a bit.

A few quick dry fires revealed a super clean and crisp trigger, so I was excited to hit the range with it.

lone wolf dusk 19 unboxing
The packaging is multiple steps above the usual cardboard box.

How We Tested


Only more time will tell, but after 200 flawless rounds of varying weights and bullet types, I wouldn’t expect to see anything out of the ordinary arise. The following section will detail the ammo I used to test the Dusk 19.

Ammo Used

The Dusk 19 had no issues with the ammo that I put through it. I shot 150 rounds of 124-grain Blazer Brass FMJs, 25 rounds of 115-grain Hornady Critical Defense FTXs, and 25 rounds of 135-grain Hornady Critical Duty Flex Lock.

lone wolf dusk 19 review hornady and cci blazer ammo
The Dusk 19 went bang every single time.


I’ve been shooting Glocks for many, many years. Still, when I pick up a “new” Glock, it takes me a few mags to find my groove.

With the Dusk 19, I found that groove with just a single magazine. I kept to indoors shooting during my time with it, but any target between five and 25 yards didn’t stand a chance.

Now, I’m not saying that all 15 rounds of each magazine resulted in only one hole at 25 yards or any distance for that matter, but as far as any defensive distances are concerned, I would be more than confident with the Dusk 19.

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One of my first groupings with the Dusk 19, with the target set at 15 yards.


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Optics Ready Slide w/ Suppressor Height Night Sights

The slide is my favorite aspect of the Dusk 19. It has almost everything you’d want, minus some porting.

The rear slide serrations are deep enough to actually assist with racking the slide, the front slide serrations help with press checking, and it comes optic ready with a custom optic cut cover plate.

lone wolf dusk 19 optic plate
A little extra style on the optic plate makes it stand out.

On top of all that, Lone Wolf threw some suppressor-height Night Fision night sights on! I can’t tell you how frustrating it is when a manufacturer doesn’t include taller sights, and then they are rendered useless depending on which optic you decide to run.

lone wolf dusk 19 night fision front sights
I’ve run Night Fision sights on a few of my handguns with great success.

Night Fision has some of the brightest tritium sights on the market and excellent customer service. These are a pair of sights that I would actually have on my list of possibilities if I were choosing them myself.

lone wolf dusk 19 blacked out serrated rear sights
I’ve come to prefer blacked-out and serrated rear sights over the years.

Enhanced Grip

Alright, so I’ll be honest, I’m very torn on the grip. Size-wise, it’s great. The interchangeable backstraps are appreciated. The beavertail is comfortable. The flared magwell is a nice touch.

lone wolf dusk 19 hands on feeling and range test
There is more than enough grip for those of us with larger-than-average hands.

BUT…call me a baby if you want; the grip texturing is too darn aggressive. I broke up my shooting over a couple of range trips simply due to time, but I’m glad I did because shooting many rounds through this at once would likely have irritated my hand.

Especially when it comes to drawing and running drills, maybe not so much if just standing still and slowly putting rounds down range.

Even from a first feel, picking the gun up out of the box, I was surprised at how aggressive it was.

lone wolf dusk 19 on ammo can
Here, you can see the aggressive grip pattern.

Flat Face Trigger System

I didn’t have the opportunity to shoot the Dusk 19 with anyone else to hear their feedback on the trigger, but I can tell you mine…I love it. The break is crispy, the reset is quick and defined, and the pull is slightly lighter than a stock Glock but not too light. It’s very consistent and repeatable, allowing follow-up shots to stay tight.

The trigger guard has a deep undercut to allow for a high grip, but I wish the trigger guard’s interior had more room. It may be tough to shoot with any sort of gloves on.

lone wolf dusk 19 trigger close up
Look at that undercut!

Overall, though, the trigger itself is fantastic. There would be no need to upgrade or swap it for a different one.

Score Card

Reliability (10/10)  

It was all smooth sailing during my time with the Dusk 19. I didn’t experience any malfunctions.

Ergonomics (8/10)

The pointability is nice, but I wish it had ambidextrous controls and less aggressive grip texturing.

Customization (10/10)

The whole gun is custom and still allows you to add accessories such as optics, lights, and more.

Appearance (8/10)

It looks better than a Glock, but the grip looks like it narrows towards the magwell and looks strange to me.

Value (8/10)

It’s too early to tell where the Dusk 19s will land regarding a “street value,” but the MSRP of $699.95 seems steep.  


Holosun EPS MRS (Multiple Reticle System)

Holosun EPS Carry MRS

The Holosun EPS MRS delivers a ton of value with its innovative features. It has a built-in solar panel, shake-awake technology, and multiple reticles to choose from. It’s also durable, reliable, and available with a red or green reticle.

Holosun EPS Carry Battery
A side-loading battery saves you the hassle of removing the optic to change your battery. A small but important feature!

Overall, you get a ton of bang for the buck.

Holosun EPS Carry

Check out our Holosun EPS review for more photos and information!

N8 Tactical IWB Holster

N8 Tactical IWB Holster

There is no shortage of IWB holster companies out there. You can basically find any style, pattern, and configuration you want, with few exceptions, of course. Many holster manufacturers offer very high-quality products; it sometimes comes down to just finding the configuration and pattern you really want.

N8 Tactical was nice enough to send this holster out to pair with our Dusk 19 for the review, so a big shoutout goes out to them. This was my first experience with N8 Tactical, but I’m always down to try new holsters!

lone wolf dusk 19 leaned against ammo can and holstered
FDE washers add a little splash of color.

The Kydex is molded and finished nicely, the hardware is secure and sturdy, and the holster is cut to accept a variety of optics. My only complaint is that I don’t get that audible “click” notifying me that my gun is securely in the holster all the way. Other than that, I’ve got no complaints.

lone wolf dusk 19 leaned against ammo can and holstered n8 tactical holster
I like that the branding isn’t bright and bold on the front of the holster.


Glock 19 Gen 5 MOS

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There is a reason there are so many Glock “clones” out there…

I couldn’t give a couple of alternatives without including the OG. I would say go for the Gen5 MOS model, though, so you have the optic ready slide, improved trigger, forward slide serrations, and the finger grooves removed from the grip.

glock 19 gen 5 hands on test

It’s reliable, has a solid 15+1 capacity, and has more aftermarket support than probably any other platform. You’ll also save some money if you don’t plan to upgrade or change anything afterward.

Glock 19 gen 5 with magazines and grips

Check out our Glock 19 Gen 5 review for some additional information.

Sig Sauer P365-XMACRO

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The Sig P365-XMACRO packs a ton of awesome features into a concealable package.

SIG P365 X Macro side photo on tree

It comes with an optic ready slide, XRAY3 day/night sights, forward slide serrations, and a 17+1 capacity! Additionally, it has an undercut trigger guard, interchangeable backstraps, and beavertail to help maximize ergonomics.

SIG P365 X Macro profile with ammo

Oh yeah, and it also has a good amount of aftermarket support, so you can customize it until your wallet is empty.

Read our P365 X-Macro review for more info!

Final Thoughts

By now, I think we’ve established that the Dusk 19 is not just another simple Glock clone with a few minor upgrades. Lone Wolf paid attention to all the small details as if using a magnifying glass.

Is it reliable and accurate? You bet. Is it jampacked with upgraded components? Yes, sir, it is. Would I replace my Glock 19 with it? Probably not.

That’s not because I believe the Dusk 19 is not a worthy sidearm or has any glaring issues, but because it doesn’t have that extensive proven track record (yet) as Glock does.

However, if you’re looking for a Glock-style pistol with many extra bells and whistles, it’s worth checking out the Dusk 19 for yourself. Can you really ever have too many guns?

Have you upgraded any of your Glocks with Lone Wolf components? Have you had the opportunity to shoot any of Lone Wolf’s complete builds? If you answered yes to either of those questions, drop your experience(s) down in the comments!

As always, stay safe, train hard, and have fun.

Written by Ryan Domke
Ryan Domke photo Ryan Domke is a freelance writer, photographer, and social media consultant with a passion for guns and tactical gear. He works with some of the largest manufacturers in the firearms industry, allowing him the opportunity to continuously learn from and knowledge share with the 2A community. Ryan has contributed his writing expertise to numerous reputable publications, including Guns.com, Cheaper Than Dirt, Springfield Armory's 'The Armory Life,' Smith & Wesson's 'The S&W Bench', and The Mag Shack. When he’s not spending time with his family, you’ll likely find him at the range or starting a new DIY project.


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