Preview – Polymer Stippling D.I.Y.
Polymer has quickly become the standard material from which firearms and their accessories are made, and for good reason. Polymer is lightweight, impervious to corrosion, durable and can take almost any shape. The stippling of polymer handguns is gaining popularity these days. This modification provides a more positive grip over the slick feel of factory-stock surfaces.
The stippling effect is similar to that of traditional checkering on semiautomatic 1911 handguns. If you’re shooting in soggy, wet weather or sweating it out in the heat, an aggressive stipple job may help you keep a firm grip on your potentially life-saving hardware.
Custom stipple jobs can be expensive when the gun is sent out to a specialist. With the right know-how, though, you can learn how to do it yourself on the cheap. This guide lays out the basics of stippling polymer.
Before you begin, make sure you understand that there’s no going back after you start. You will be actually melting the polymer on your gun, so it’s a good idea to practice on some scrap polymer before you go to work on your own weapon. Rail panels are great pieces to practice on.
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