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grip / frame mods

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by taliv, Mar 10, 2014.


Have you modified your production pistol?

Poll closed Apr 9, 2014.
  1. yes, with soldering iron

  2. yes, with dremel

  3. not personally but i sent it to a gunsmith to do

  4. not yet, but considering it

  5. no way!

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    i'm actually happy with the factory texture on the CORE grip, and not looking to make it super aggressive so i'm going to skip the soldering iron, but man, that trigger guard was driving me nuts! so i finally had to take the dremel to it. I was considering relieving the frame some too but haven't yet. i will probably cut some meat out at the back of the trigger guard so i can get my hand just a bit higher.

    so i'm curious how many others do this. i have seen many of my friends' guns that have been texturized with a soldering iron or dremel, but they are all competitors. just wondering how widespread this practice is.
  2. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    Not really sure what gun it is we're voting on to modify or not. Thinking Glock but not clearly stated. Could you be a little more specific as to the particular gun?
  3. TestPilot

    TestPilot Well-Known Member

    Whatever suits your operational needs.

    I personally have no desire to have a scrub stone for a grip.

    As far as stippling goes, none of mine is modified.
  4. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    any gun, bannock, but presumably plastic. i'm just asking if you've modified one of yours
  5. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    My IDPA M&P9 looks like a toy and is often the butt of jokes during matches.

    Not because of taking hot pointy things or spinning grindy things to it, but because I've adapted the gun to my hand with Sugru...moldable latex rubber

    I've built up the backstrap is a swirling maroon combo, filled the web in sky blue, and built up a palm swell in yellow...plus I added skateboard tape to the front strap and the frame as an index for my support thumb
  6. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    hmm.... maybe some pics would help

    these aren't mine, just a couple from the pages and pages of hits searching images.google.com for "soldering iron grip mod" and "heat stippling"


    here's an 11 pages thread from arfcom with a tutorial http://www.ar15.com/mobile/topic.html?b=6&f=19&t=261758






    really? I'm surprised so few of you guys have done this
  7. taliv

    taliv Moderator

    9mm, ok you've got to post a pic of that!
  8. Inebriated

    Inebriated Well-Known Member

    I voted "NO WAY", but I'm not nearly that emphatic about it. I haven't because I haven't needed it. I use gen 4 Glocks for pretty much everything that I would think "man, I need more grip!". If I had a gen 3, you bet I'd be on it. I'd most likely send it off to get done, though. Form follows function.

    I HAVE done a stipple job on an AK grip, 870 stock and magpul forend, and I've been happy with the work, but honestly, I would want the job to look nicer than I could probably do, and I'm a complete sucker for that tree bark stipple look that some companies can do. I've actually considered getting an M&P or Gen 3 Glock just to have a reason to get it done lol.
  9. 1John1:9

    1John1:9 Well-Known Member

  10. 9mmepiphany

    9mmepiphany Moderator

    Since you asked

  11. AK103K

    AK103K Well-Known Member

    Most of my Glocks have their grips stippled. The only ones I dont do, are those with the RTF2 grips.

    Ive done my LCP, an AK, a bunch of Glock knives, and a few other things as well.
  12. highorder

    highorder Well-Known Member

    I did this. Feels good. It took me 20 minutes with the soldering iron.

    Uploaded from my phone, sorry if it's huge.
  13. Wreck-n-Crew

    Wreck-n-Crew Well-Known Member

    Guess I'll throw in....but not my doing I bought it this way! I know the legal ramifications as well...so easy on my sore head..:uhoh:

  14. MDI_Weapon

    MDI_Weapon Well-Known Member

    My old Gen 2 Glock 23 - I carried it so much the grip started getting a little slick and hard to hold on to (especially with hot Corbon loads). So it got dimpled and then coated with truck bed liner. Now it feels like it is super glued to my hands even if wet ImageUploadedByTapatalk1394618276.417032.jpg
  15. bannockburn

    bannockburn Well-Known Member


    That's what I figured but wanted to know for sure. I voted "No way" as I like all of my polymer guns just the way they come from the factory. Don't feel the need for any mods done to the polymer frame.
  16. Hometeached1

    Hometeached1 Well-Known Member

    Not sure how to vote, I've put grip tape on mine. I've thought about a grip chop though.
  17. strambo

    strambo Well-Known Member

    I voted "not yet, but considering it" as the most accurate answer. I don't own a plastic framed pistol, but have considered stippling the front strap of my Kahr K9 and I put grip tape on the front straps of my guns. If I had a plastic pistol, I'd more than likely stipple it myself.
  18. Wreck-n-Crew

    Wreck-n-Crew Well-Known Member

    Did you do the whole frame?
  19. Wreck-n-Crew

    Wreck-n-Crew Well-Known Member

    My 19 was done prior to purchase. Decided to do try my hand at it on my Glock 22. Kept it simple first time out.

  20. MDI_Weapon

    MDI_Weapon Well-Known Member

    No - I just dimpled the area around the grip, masked off what I didn't want coated with bed liner and then sprayed it with 3 light coats.

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