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ydduit
12-19-2010, 19:44
Just finished up my first grip reduction and stipple job. I think it turned out nice. It is amazing how better it feels in the hand.
http://img121.imageshack.us/img121/9397/img00005201012192011.jpg

pangloss9
12-19-2010, 19:48
That looks great, but you forgot to remove the finger grooves from the front strap.

ydduit
12-19-2010, 19:57
I figured I will shoot it the way it is and see how it feels and perhaps remove the finger grooves later on.

dieselgrin
12-19-2010, 20:02
How did you do it?

pangloss9
12-19-2010, 20:06
I figured I will shoot it the way it is and see how it feels and perhaps remove the finger grooves later on.

Sounds like a good plan. I don't like the grooves on the G17, but they don't bother me at all on my G26. I haven't shot the 19/23 sized pistols enough to have an opinion.

Veedubklown
12-19-2010, 20:27
How did you do it?

My guess would be a soldering iron. That's pretty good man, looks nice.

I'm absolutely in love with the stipples from bore sight solutions. The big difference you see between their work and what everyone else does, is a "border" around their stipple, to make it look more like a grip was added on, instead of just poking it with fire. I've tried to emulate it in some practice pieces, to see if I can perform work that good without paying the outragious $150 for a grip stipple :wow:

This was my first stipple. It's the forend of my mossberg 500c.

http://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e197/veedubklown/e04e35b7.jpghttp://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e197/veedubklown/194a2f12.jpghttp://i39.photobucket.com/albums/e197/veedubklown/f5312c05.jpg

ydduit
12-19-2010, 20:34
How did you do it?

I used a little Bernzomatic butane pen torch and heated the hump till it was pliable. I then pressed it against a flat surface to flatten the back of the grip out. I used a fine pointed tip (filed it to a sharp point) on the same torch and just went at it untill I got the finish I wanted

ydduit
12-19-2010, 20:36
Veedubklown,

Nice job! I like the border too. I attempted the border at first and soon realized that I couldn't make a straight line:dunno:

Veedubklown
12-19-2010, 20:54
Veedubklown,

Nice job! I like the border too. I attempted the border at first and soon realized that I couldn't make a straight line:dunno:

It takes a REALLY steady hand and going slow with a very fine tip. I filed my soldering iron down to almost a blade, so I could achieve a straight edge with it. My SO was curious as to why some of our Tupperware dishes and plastic cups now had weird "grips" though. I've messed enough stuff up trying to jump on in, that now I practice on stuff I won't mind throwing away first :rofl:

I don't feel it's good enough for my glock yet though, but believe when it is, it'll be up in the glock porn thread :cool:

Got some krylon fusion I'm even going to try and do a bit of a pattern after my stipple. Should come out nice.

Captains1911
12-19-2010, 20:57
Serious question, do people who stipple their guns actually shoot them? That stippling on the grip looks like it would make me bleed after a mag or two.

matt c
12-19-2010, 21:09
had you got an HK, it would have felt that way from the get go, and shoot better too.

Veedubklown
12-19-2010, 21:16
Serious question, do people who stipple their guns actually shoot them? It seems to me that that stippling the grip would make me bleed after a mag or two.

You perform the stipple, then sand the texture down so it's exactly to the grit that you prefer. No manufacturer can give you a grip that fits you that good. It's like a boxer's mouth piece. Sure it works out of the box, but better when fitted. I use my glock 26 for CCW and IDPA. I use talon grips at the moment, but it likes to grap my cover garment and break concealment. A grip stipple I can achieve the perfect balance of grip texture, while it still allowing my cover garment to work with my weapon, not against it.

had you got an HK, it would have felt that way from the get go, and shoot better too.
Then I'd feel bad about poking my 1k gun with a soldering iron. At least the fumes would be less toxic because it's more expensive.

Plus, HK's aren't exactly the pinnacle of grip texture either. Most firearms companies tend to err on the side of the average consumer. I live in the desert, grip texture is essential, because anything next to your body gets wet. Trying to hold a wet gun through recoil and still put all rounds on target is ridiculous.

Troy106
12-19-2010, 22:06
:tempted:

man I want to do this to, I'm too worried about jacking it up permenantly

Veedubklown
12-19-2010, 22:10
:tempted:

man I want to do this to, I'm too worried about jacking it up permenantly

Practice practice practice! I found old printers, cups from good will, whatever loose thick plastic I had in the garage was good enough to attack. Keep your tip clean. Hell get a cheap BB gun and try it.

DOOO EEEEET!!! You'll love it, it'll be yours, forever. Eff the naysayers who talk about resale value and "your holding it wrong, you bought the wrong gun"

Dirknar
12-20-2010, 01:00
It looks very cool.. I have been practicing on some of my Magpul mags.. Still not there yet though..

Geezer Glide
12-20-2010, 05:16
it'll be yours, forever.

You and I agree on this.

Alcoy
12-20-2010, 05:30
I used a little Bernzomatic butane pen torch and heated the hump till it was pliable. I then pressed it against a flat surface to flatten the back of the grip out.

ydduit, looks very good.

when you did the above process, did it affect the original finish? i would like to get rid of the hump, but keep the original finish on my glock. i heated the a couple of kydex holsters to change the sight channel and the grip cover; but worried about doing it on a gun. the kydex jobs i did, did not look professional job at all. nothing like yours.

any advice is greatly appreciated. thanks in advance.

Officer's Match
12-20-2010, 06:53
Nicely done.

jamaicanj
12-20-2010, 07:18
Looks pretty good. Congrats

ydduit
12-20-2010, 18:37
ydduit, looks very good.

when you did the above process, did it affect the original finish? i would like to get rid of the hump, but keep the original finish on my glock. i heated the a couple of kydex holsters to change the sight channel and the grip cover; but worried about doing it on a gun. the kydex jobs i did, did not look professional job at all. nothing like yours.

any advice is greatly appreciated. thanks in advance.

When you heat it, you want to take it nice and slow...don't let the flame get to close. I did not worry about the factory finish as I planned on stippling but I am told that it is doiable without messing up the finish and factory texture.

TriggerPull
12-20-2010, 20:11
Very nice! I like it:thumbsup:

Veedubklown
12-21-2010, 07:38
When you heat it, you want to take it nice and slow...don't let the flame get to close. I did not worry about the factory finish as I planned on stippling but I am told that it is doiable without messing up the finish and factory texture.

I've heard of people using tall candles, bunson burners, and heat guns to get a nice uniform heat. I'd stray away from a heat gun because the heat is too dispersed. But just get it hot enough before it starts to bubble. You want it plyable, not melted. Use the back side of a Pyrex cookie dish or casserole dish to roll the grip against. It will push the hump down without ruining the stock texture. Done well, it will still look stock, and not even be noticeable until placed next to the same model/frame. However to get it that close, it can't be too severe of a reduction.

Sonnytoo
12-21-2010, 08:28
Nice work; nice background on the photo.
Sonnytoo