OT DEFENSE STIPPLETEC™
I don’t have the patience to create complex repeating designs with a wood burner that I borrowed from a buddy nor do I have the artistic talent, but if you give me a custom 100% Made in the USA STIPPLETEC™ kit with custom tips made for stippling a polymer gun I can do it and make it not look like a moron did it.
OT Defense, whom I already know and love for the NUB MOD™ that I run on my Safariland duty holster creates everything from the custom case to the burner to the tips that are made for firearms, not your fifth grade wood shop project.
A while back I picked up a badly beat-up and sadly abused Glock 23 that needed adopted. After completing my state-mandated paperwork, I took it home and started to show it the care that it deserved.
After giving the G23 some love by means of a good cleaning and replacement of some worn parts, I noticed that some of the grip was badly scarred and I remembered how much I hated finger grooves on the front strap of Glock pistols because of my large hands.
I started with sanding down the finger grooves and smoothing out the grip panels. I also carefully removed a little of the meat under the trigger guard to allow my hand to grip the gun deeper while shooting and removed that annoyed manufacturing seam that Glock leaves behind that you notice on your knuckle of the middle finger if you spend any time actually shooting your guns.
After cleaning up the surfaces and repairing a gouge, I added an aftermarket backstrap extension to the pistol to keep myself from getting slide-bite, again because of my large hands. I wasn’t into the pistol very much money, so I took a risk and permanently affixed the new backstrap with a two-part epoxy.
I practiced my skills with the STIPPLETEC™ iron and tips on an old piece of Glock frame and learned a dwell-time on the pistol and a simple pattern that I liked. The broad head of the tips made the pattern very easy to repeat and covered the space quickly.
I drew out the pattern and area I wanted to stipple with a pencil after using my favorite Nomad Defense G19 frame for inspiration.
I was pleasantly surprised with the end result and how quickly I was able to accomplish it. While it might not be as precise as a computerized laser or as artistic as a professional stippler (that’s a job right?) I was happy with the end result for appearance, fit to my hand, and functionality.
Since completing my G23 pistol, I’ve found myself a little more confident to do other projects with the OT Defense STIPPLETEC™ iron and tips to make patterns on old AR15 grips and love the results. I did find that how long I pressed varied from the pistol frames so start slow and work your way up!
This kit includes everything you need to get started and you can tell that it is a quality product.
If you already have a quality modern wood burner, OT Defense’s tips should fit with the 8-32 threads and fit in some soldering irons.