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#1 streakpi

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 06:12 AM

I am thinking of starting a new hobby...stippling backstraps. Does anyone have AAR (after action review) comments on stippling these things?

I'm not the most mechanically inclined...and don't want to spend hours doing one back strap. Thought I could make an initial investment on the equipment, some back straps, and get to work in my garage.

Have any of you tried this yourselves? IM me with specifics if you want...I'm pretty excited...but that excitement can turn into frustration if I find out that this isn't a fun process :woohoo:
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:20 PM

You're just a few days early for a report. I am going to try my hand at it on a piece of 4140 steel before I try it on a back strap. It's really the front strap I want done most of all but figured I'd try a back strap first if the scrap steel turns out well.

I'll also post pics of my budget custom commander bob tail. I plan to bob it and do the trigger job on Thursday.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:26 PM

I have seen how they do it on a polymer gun, correctly or not I am not sure, with a soldering iron.
How is it done on steel?

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:31 PM

Heck, I simply want to do it on a S&W M&P detachable rubber back strap...not trying to bend steel or form kydex! Anyone experiment on this specific task at home?
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:37 PM

Heck, I simply want to do it on a S&W M&P detachable rubber back strap...not trying to bend steel or form kydex! Anyone experiment on this specific task at home?


LOL hey I had to look up the term Stippling, I had no idea melting little grip marks in the back strap of your glock was called Stippling.

You going to do designs?
Some I have seen look pretty cool, some look pretty bad....but a bunch of things are like that i guess.

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:45 PM


Heck, I simply want to do it on a S&W M&P detachable rubber back strap...not trying to bend steel or form kydex! Anyone experiment on this specific task at home?


LOL hey I had to look up the term Stippling, I had no idea melting little grip marks in the back strap of your glock was called Stippling.

You going to do designs?
Some I have seen look pretty cool, some look pretty bad....but a bunch of things are like that i guess.


Not a Glock - only for an M&P. They have detachable RUBBER back straps which are much easier to "burn" than a plastic strap. Still thinking about it...reading some other forums where guys are doing the same thing. Sounds like it could take 1-2 hours each strap...and the guys usually make their own tips. I have zero - 0 - mechanical ability and no tools...this is REALLY a leap of faith for me if I do it.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:47 PM



Heck, I simply want to do it on a S&W M&P detachable rubber back strap...not trying to bend steel or form kydex! Anyone experiment on this specific task at home?


LOL hey I had to look up the term Stippling, I had no idea melting little grip marks in the back strap of your glock was called Stippling.

You going to do designs?
Some I have seen look pretty cool, some look pretty bad....but a bunch of things are like that i guess.


Not a Glock - only for an M&P. They have detachable RUBBER back straps which are much easier to "burn" than a plastic strap. Still thinking about it...reading some other forums where guys are doing the same thing. Sounds like it could take 1-2 hours each strap...and the guys usually make their own tips. I have zero - 0 - mechanical ability and no tools...this is REALLY a leap of faith for me if I do it.

Go for it.. what can you harm, how much is a new back strap for the M&P 20.00 tops?

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:49 PM

$3.50 for the back strap. Maybe $25 for a wood burner.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 07:52 PM

There you go..

You can do it !!!
And post pictures, might get some others interested as well..

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Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:01 PM

I have seen how they do it on a polymer gun, correctly or not I am not sure, with a soldering iron.
How is it done on steel?

It's done using a small hammer and a punch (and a lot of time). Its really just a texturing, similar to sand blasting but much deeper. The punch can be ground to provide different textures if wanted.

Clark custom does a very unique treatment called a tiger tooth or tiger shark (cant recall which its called) stippling. They use a very small sharp punch held at nearly a right angle to the front strap to peel shards of steel up, they really bite the hand and sometimes even draw blood I've heard. That particular method is directional and they do it based on your strong hand.
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:49 PM

The more I research...the more work it seem! Going to order a couple this week and buy a wood gun this weekend!
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Posted 05 March 2012 - 08:58 PM

I stippled 2 Glocks with a soldering iron. Was very easy, quick and makes the grip a bit more positive. The key thing is to be patient, take your time and concentrate so you create a consistent, uniform pattern.
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 08:39 AM

I don't have anything to add to this conversation. (no knowledge of this technique) But please post pics of the finished project. It is always cool to see what other poeple are able to build and modify...
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Posted 06 March 2012 - 11:33 AM

You're just a few days early for a report. I am going to try my hand at it on a piece of 4140 steel before I try it on a back strap. It's really the front strap I want done most of all but figured I'd try a back strap first if the scrap steel turns out well.

I'll also post pics of my budget custom commander bob tail. I plan to bob it and do the trigger job on Thursday.



4140 is some tough metal! I have a tough time blueprinting 4140 actions on my lathe! I would like to know how it turns out and what tools you used.

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Posted 06 March 2012 - 02:23 PM

I figured 4140 would be a good place to start but I'm betting back strap and the pistol frame will be softer. I think I've got a used smooth 1911 main spring housing to test too.
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Posted 07 March 2012 - 05:07 PM

Well I called S&W tonight to ask if they sell the backstraps (can't find them on their site). Told the parts department guy that I bought my gun used and did not have small or large back straps...he is sending them to me for FREE! Will use these as my initial guinea pigs.

Also found CHEAP back straps on Speed Shooter Specialties and bought small and large tan back straps and a compact small black one. This way I can experiment with different sizes and colors. These - like most other sites - were the only ones in stock! HOWEVER, each of these straps cost HALF of what Midway and Browning are selling them for.

Heading out to shop for an inexpensive wood burner tonight...by next weekend I should be up and running.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:22 PM

Finished my first back strap tonight. I've got 8 wood burning tips and used 5 of them...3 of them on this grip. Guess I like the circles the best because they are the easiest.

Need to complete 6-8 more, different sizes means different shapes. This is my first one...don't hold back...what do you think???


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Posted 12 March 2012 - 08:52 PM

Big thing is how does it feel. make sure there are no sharp edges that will hurt when fireing.
as long as it is smooth enough but improving grip than its a winner.
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Posted 12 March 2012 - 10:38 PM

Looks like you did a good job. I used to have a wood burning kit with a pen that was a lot of fun.

Stippling isn't for me though, after my brother bought me my first Hogue grip for my Beretta PX, I've become an addict, putting them on all of my guns. Best $10 you can spend. Makes the gun's grip phenomenal.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 11:51 AM

Careful with the slip-on grips. They can slide up and activate the mag release. You can use a little hairspray on the inside and on the grip to help keep it in place.

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Posted 13 March 2012 - 05:10 PM

Sorry, wrong thread, I thought the title said STRIPPING AS A HOBBY. I mean your name is streak ;)
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:10 AM

Need to complete 6-8 more, different sizes means different shapes. This is my first one...don't hold back...what do you think???


I'm impressed. How does it look on the gun?
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:55 AM

Finished my first back strap tonight. I've got 8 wood burning tips and used 5 of them...3 of them on this grip. Guess I like the circles the best because they are the easiest.

Need to complete 6-8 more, different sizes means different shapes. This is my first one...don't hold back...what do you think???


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Not bad at all, heck with some practice and technique, you could make those look like snake scales and they would really be desirable I think. Nice work Posted Image
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Posted 14 March 2012 - 07:25 PM


Need to complete 6-8 more, different sizes means different shapes. This is my first one...don't hold back...what do you think???


I'm impressed. How does it look on the gun?


Unfortunately, my one M&P 9 Pro is with S&W getting repairs! I have no model! I'm also waiting on my FOID card so I can buy a 9 compact. Sooo...I'm practicing my form without guns!!!

Here is the 3rd one stippled. It is a compact (small) back strap in black. I used the round tip around the whole grip, then went back with a smaller tip and made a indentation inside the larger holes. Burned through once...learned that there are places in the plastic which are thinner than the rest of the grip. It started raining on me as I was finishing up...got a bit sloppy. Still figuring this heat/time ratio thing.

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Posted 14 March 2012 - 09:20 PM

The smaller circles inside the larger ones give it a unique look, I'm curious what holding the tip at an angle and pressing deeper as it melted would do. (as Vaden said, maybe snake scale look by doing that?)
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Posted 15 March 2012 - 03:13 PM

If the Weather Alert radio would stop going off...I would head outside and try that. Going to try it anyway tonight if I get time...
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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:12 PM

Name my work!

Ok guys/gals, time to help me out and both provide some feedback and names for my new grips. I have 7 of them which I like...I will continue to improve these designs and perfect my patterns.

Here is what I need - you to suggest names for these back straps. Eventually, I plan on selling them to the public. In the meantime, let's have some fun and come up with some cool/or fun names:
#1, #2 - no names...they were my "mad experiments"
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THANKS!!!

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 07:14 PM

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Posted 18 March 2012 - 09:28 PM

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OK, I'll bite, er play.

I'd name this one morchella deliciosa.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:36 PM

Ok, next step!

Who has a M&P compact? .45, 9mm or .40 compacts? I want to give a couple of you a sample of my creations for free. All I want is a pic or two posted and an honest opinion. Interested in what works...this way I can start making less variations and stick with what works.

Who wants one now? This is like Picasso giving away drawings when he was a young boy.

I got my 9mm Pro back today so some gun modeling will be posted maņana.
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