Stippling. I’d heard the word in my life, but heard it in a new context recently. I’ve got a few “plastic guns” (polymer) and was looking into some sort of grip to aid in holding onto them when shooting. For those of you new to the shooting game or if you’ve only owned metal framed guns, it can be hard to hold onto some plastic guns when you are shooting. I’ve heard this is especially true on smaller guns like the Ruger LCP .380.
There are already solutions to the problem. Talon Grips are a good example of a sandpaper-type wrap that can go onto your plastic guns. I like these because they aren’t a permanent modification to the gun. There are also rubber wraps, grip modifications and a few other things on the market that can help you get digit traction on your pistol.
As I said before, permanent modifications to weapons aren’t my thing, but stippling still interests me. Not only do people do it to their pistols, they also do it to rifle stocks and magazines. I can get behind stippling magazines, due to their affordability and for the fact that if you botch your stippling job, you don’t have to live with it for very long, if you don’t want to. What really interests me is the fact that if you become good enough at it, you can offer it as a service and get paid for doing it. It’s always nice to have another feather in your cap.
I plugged in the soldering iron and waited quite a while before trying it out on the magazine. When it did press it to the magazine, it barely did anything. I didn’t realize that the plastic in Tapco mags was so hard. After letting the iron sit on the magazine for seconds at a time, this was all I got. You saw it right. Nothing. Just minor dents.
The kids were playing with Legos, so I reached over and grabbed one. I caught a lot of flak until they realized what I was doing. The iron worked much better on a Lego. The kids loved it.
I think getting an even pattern would take some practice. Luckily, my kids have about 8,000 Legos, which I technically own. They also have a soldering iron that they got for Christmas. I might pilfer that as well and see if maybe the one I got at the Goodwill just has a bad heating element or something.
I don’t think I will be doing this on my plastic guns – just magazines and accessories. I’m still struggling with the idea of plastic guns. Without a doubt, they are fun, convenient, and light, but I’m questioning how they will hold up over time. I just don’t think they’re heirloom quality and what I think about mostly when making firearms purchases is what I’m going to pass down to my children. Inheriting my dad’s Smiths is certainly proof of how well metal pistols hold up over time. I have his pre-Model 27, and it was made in the 1950s. 60-some-odd years later, after years of use and abuse, it is still solid and shoots well. I’ve debated ditching my plastic guns and buying something all metal. You certainly can’t go wrong with something like a 1911, though carrying one concealed would tend to make one walk stiff-legged. I used to carry a compact 1911. While it was a great piece, it did tend to pull down my drawers.
Mike, Oscar, Hotel…..out.