Why Stipple your Firearm?
Firearm stippling has vastly grown in popularity over the past couple years. This largely contributed to a growing number of companies offering products and services for gun owners to design their own “Roland Special” or “Gucci Glock” or other polymer framed handgun. This includes aftermarket barrels, triggers, compensators, magwells, slide milling, Cerakote jobs, TiN coated internals and yes, stippled frames.
This begs the question: Is there any merit to stippling your firearm or is it just for show?
Blood, sweat and anything wet
It is not uncommon for me to blow through 300+ rounds at the range. Competitions tend to run 150-250 rounds or more. The round count can be upwards of 500 rounds or more at some classes (especially multi-day ones). Having a monster grip on a piece of plastic for extended periods of time tends to bring on the hand sweat. Outdoor classes are typically rain-or-shine events so you may find yourself shooting in rain or snow. The same goes for competition shooting matches or even law enforcement. And let’s face it, in a self-defense situation we may find ourselves bleeding all over the place. To be less dramatic, we could get hit with a wicked case of slide bite or whatever. Have you ever seen someone karate chop a stovepipe before? Anyone see that casing cut their hand? I did. Whatever the case may be, having a stippled grip allows you to maintain a positive grip on the firearm under adverse conditions.
Stipple your gun for a better grip
When was the last time a clothing company called you up to get your measurements so their clothing would fit you perfectly? My guess is never. Gun manufacturers aren’t any different. Your circle of friends may have pressured you towards purchasing their favorite firearm but it may not be the best firearm for you and your hand. This could lead to never being able to find that “master grip” and not having complete and total control over your firearm.
Stippling can come in various designs and textures. Each one offering various advantages and potential disadvantages. Polymer framed handguns come stock with some factory stippling but they aren’t all created equal and some are barely functional at all. An aggressive stippling pattern would provide the shooter with a more solid purchase on the firearm and aide in achieving that master grip. Stippling can also be done to other areas of the grip that otherwise had none. Aggressive stippling pattern is great for competition shooters but having that same thing on your everyday carry (EDC) gun typically doesn’t make for an enjoyable day having it poking you and grinding away at your skin. Therefore, stippling companies tend to advertise various patters or textures for your particular needs and wants.
Those who practice drawing a holster (open-carry or concealed) strive to access their firearm with the same hand position. Having a stipple grip helps the shooter find certain reference points to make for a solid, repeatable draw stroke from their holster.
Other modifications can also be done to provider the end-user with a more comfortable grip. For example, Glock shooters who shoot a lot tend to develop whats known as “Glock knuckle”. This is a bump, cut or blister on their middle finger due where it rests in-between Glock’s trigger guard and front strap. Doing some frame modifications such as a trigger guard undercut helps to alleviate this issue and make for more enjoyable time at the range.
You may also hear people at the range talking about how “Glock’s don’t point naturally for them” or that “Glocks aim high” meaning that they have an issue with Glock’s grip angle when compared to other firearms they are more accustomed to shooting (ex. 1911). To remedy this issue, some people choose to have a professional perform a grip reduction to their Glock’s backstrap. With a grip reduction, their Glock becomes more comfortable to grip, especially for those with smaller hands, and changes the grip angle to resemble more of a 1911.
These types of modifications are typically done in conjunction with stippling and help to aid in having a better grip on the firearm.
To wrap things up, a stippled firearm definitely turns some heads and gets some style points but also has some very valid reasons why you may want to get it done. If you are interested in having your firearm stippled then do not hesitate to contact Integral Defense Group at (716) 324-1107 or email us at IntegralDefenseGroup@gmail.com.