Pistol Frame Stippling

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  1. the925life

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    I used some of the COVID quarantine downtime to try my first pistol frame mods on a Gen4 G23 and Gen3 G26. Full stipples and trigger guard undercuts, plus finger groove removal on the 23 and mag baseplate for the 26. Turned out much better than I hoped.

    I started by grinding off the finger grooves with a bastard file, but that was slow so I graduated up to a dremel. Trigger guard undercut was done with a pencil wrapped in sandpaper and a dremel to finish. Next step was knocking down the factory texture to make a blank slate for the stipple. Pattern is a north-south zigzag using a wedge tip.

    One thing I learned as a right handed shooter with the mag release button on the left side, if you go too drastic on the trigger undercut your shoot hand middle finger will wrap around and rub against the corner of the mag release button, so I kept the cuts minimal enough just to get rid of any Glock knuckle problems. I also like that it retains the original lines of the frame and grip angle.


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    That looks real good. I got as far as grinding of the finger bump on my 27, never did stipple it.
     
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    That came out sweet man good job. I have he’d fun doing all the remotes in my house but haven’t done one of my guns yet. question on the undercut trigger guard. How did you get it back to looking like “stock finish” Or does in nit get that way again? Do you just finish with a fine sandpaper and it gets that way?
     
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    I wasn't able to get it back to the soft pebbled factory texture. I used the Dremel felt wheel attachment and some polishing compound and just blended it out about halfway to the front of the guard. From a distance you don't really notice, but up close it is much smoother than factory.
     
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    Holy **** dude. That's super clean!

    I've stippled a Magpul mag and halfway through I completely regretted it haha.

    The most I've done as far as pistol frame modification is double undercut on my Shield's trigger guard. I also used a dremel with a felt wheel and polishing compound to finish it off.
     
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    Looks great. Looks like it was done in factory
     
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    Thanks, appreciate the positive feedback. Been thinking about doing this for side work locally. We'll see.
     
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    How much are you charging?
     
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    Not sure yet. Would depend on frame size and what all needed to be done. Finger groove removal, trigger guard cuts, etc.

    I can only do the one texture right now. I tried a bunch of other tips and patterns but they didn't turn out to my liking. What you see in those pictures is a perfect carry texture IMO. Just a bit softer than the factory texture on an M&P 2.0
     
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    Got any pics of the Shield? I'd be curious to see the guard cuts you did.
     

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