What is stippling? My answer is custom texturing to an originally smooth surface.
Why add stippling? Because I can’t leave anything alone and keep it in its original configuration. Honestly I can’t stand anything that I can’t have positive grip on if handled in my hands. That’s why I stipple. Seriously though, stippling adds that added texture for your skin or glove surface traction. I hated when it was a hot summer range day and my M&P was a wee bit slippery in my hands due to my sweaty paws. I can’t imagine to have bloody hands and to defend myself with my gun and not be able to have positive control. In my opinion, leveraging a stippled grip is a great modification for your firearm.
2 things that I don’t like about stippling:
1. The name itself, STIPPLE. I find it extremely awkward.
2. A bad stipple job. I’m no expert by any means but if you scour the inter webs you will find some bad jobs out there. Quite frankly you might find my stippling job to be an absolute crap result. But guess what, I did it myself and it gives me the touch and feel I need.
So are you ready to take the stippling plunge? If you say yes, then take a good long hard look at your gear. Burn that image in your brain, because that’s the last time you will see it without the stippling. Still want to move forward? Here’s some links you should look at for reference. Before you take my advise, I suggest you have some other research in front of you.
Few points to consider:
- Get yourself a quality solder tool. I prefer a pen style instead of the gun style. I’m looking for purposeful positive points. So I feel the pen style gives me that control I am looking for. You can install different tips to give you the depth and width of the dimple.
- Prep your area. Definitely tape your area. This gives you the clean lines and shapes the design as desired.
- Practice makes perfect. I practiced on a Magpul PMag. Confidence is everything when you feel you are ready to burn into your $500 firearm.
- Give yourself time. Take breaks if needed. Don’t rush perfection
DISCLAIMER: I am in no such instance responsible if you f#$% up your gear. Follow at your own risk.
So in conclusion – I say stipple if you want a custom positive grip on your firearm.