Laser Stippling for GLOCK and Other Polymer Pistols

Laser Stippled GLOCK 43

Laser Stippled GLOCK 43 from Molon Labe Engraving

So this is a thing. We have all seen all the stippling that is very popular on the GLOCK pistols, and has bled over into the rest of the polymer-framed handgun world. Stippling can be very functional and in some cases, a very aesthetically pleasing art form. It seems to be that it is the “aesthetically pleasing” part that most gun owners have trouble with.

I just had to share with you stippling for the OCD-types; Laser stippling. For those of you that do not know, a laser engraver can burn, cut and/or engrave very precise and very detailed designs into pretty much any substance known to man. It only makes sense that very enterprising folks in the firearm community with access to laser engraver machines will use them to wade into the fray of one of the most popular forms for expression on the plastic pistol, stippling. The result is very uniform and very controlled stippling patterns.

So if you are one of those shooters looking to increase the gription on your blaster but think all the stippling out there is too ugly for your precious pistol, take a look into what is being done with lasers nowadays.

 

Laser Stippled GLOCK 19

Laser Stippled GLOCK 19 from Molon Labe Engraving





Scott is a firearms enthusiast and gun hobbyist whose primary interest is the practical application of gun ownership. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he hosts and blogs for The Firearms Podcast, a podcast and blog about gun stuff by gun people. Scott is a 20-year veteran of the USAF and been a member of his base, state and the All Guard marksmanship teams. He can be reached via email at scott@thefirearmspodcast.com


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  • USMC03Vet

    Translation: Tattoos for guns.

    We live in interesting times.

    • Bill

      Equally unfixable

      • Ebby123

        Yeah but my ass costs a lot more than $500. I can’t just buy a new one if it gets ruined. 8*-D

    • EzGoingKev

      Stippling on a pre-RFT Glock makes a huge difference. It goes from holding a bar of soap in your hand to like velcro.

  • Anonymoose
    • LCON

      KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!

    • KestrelBike

      Fffffffffffffno.

    • Hnnnnnnggggggggg

    • Joe

      What is this abomination!!??

      • Badwolf

        Suriname toad (Pipa pipa)

  • Xtorin O’hern

    TBH this is probably the first stipple job i have ever liked the looks of

  • JT303

    The bottom picture goes to show that even with all these fancy lasers, you can still have a stipple job that looks like it was done by a 93 year old with Parkinson’s and a soldering iron.

  • Bill

    The 43 is the first stipple job I’ve seen that didn’t give me the dry heaves. Wonder if it could be used as a rasp.

    I have no idea why we did it, but back in the day all the hip kids mutilated their SIG plastic stocks to “improve” them.

  • Gus Butts

    Friends don’t let friends stipple guns.

    • JumpIf NotZero

      Heh, My TTF&T very much disagrees.

      But normal Joe jobs… yea, don’t do that.

  • Nicholas C

    Can’t believe it has taken people this long to do this. I laser stippled my Glock back in 2014 with Magpul texture.

    • Marc

      For when your gun has a substandard grip to begin with. Yeah Glock, I’m looking at you.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      I’d love to see a POTD post on it!

  • Wolfgar

    I could care less if it looks good as long as the stippling works. That said, if it lowers the cost and it looks good all the better. I like an aggressive grip that prevents the handgun from slipping and sliding.

    • Skateboard tape is wonderful, and easily removed when it’s time to sell.

      • Wolfgar

        Doesn’t compare to good stippling. You sell your firearms?????,,,,,,Blasphemy!

  • lol

    Glock needs to discontinue the gen3 molds and replace them all with rtf2.

  • TangledThorns

    Are people’s hands so slippery that they automatically need to stipple their Glock?

    • m-dasher

      you ever get blood on your hands and try to hold a gun?

      • TangledThorns

        No, do you know where I can get some?

      • Don Ward

        How often do you get blood on your hands while holding a gun. Once a week? Two times? Or is it only during a certain stage in the cycle of the moon?

        • It turns out the times when you are all bloody and stuff tends to correspond to times when you really, really need to have a good grip on your handgun.

          • Don Ward

            And just how often is that? Oh wait. Statistically never.

          • m-dasher

            same can be said for carrying a gun in general

          • DIR911911 .

            really ?? I’ve had to pull mine three times in 2016 and I’m a delivery driver not a cop.

          • Ebby123

            @dir911911:disqus So many people assume that everyone else is just like them, has essentially the same living situation as them, and is exposed to essentially the same risks as them.

            This is a common fallacy that prevents many good things from coming to pass.

          • If you are drawing your gun that frequently and not shooting it you are doing it wrong.

          • DIR911911 .

            one in a billion is till not “never”

          • Ebby123

            @disqus_dWHy01iozM:disqus You best turn in all your guns then, as statistically you don’t need them…

            Lolwut?

          • Gregory

            The people paying for these modifications are weekend warriors fantasizing they are super heros that will save humanity. They envision themselves as warriors taking on evil. Of course they will be covered in blood every day from fighting those that wish to kill them. They must have a gun that has every modification available so it does not slip out of their blood soaked hands. They believe the modified guns will make them invincible warriors that never miss their target. When in reality, they just plain suck at shooting and avoid recognizing that little fact. The only danger these warriors encounter is running out of beer on the weekend.

            Well, anyway, spending money on useless modifications keeps the economy going. How many warriors did I just piss off?

        • m-dasher

          if you only ever plan to use your gun on a nice clean range during nice weather, then this is of no importance to you.

          but if you actually use guns for patrol or duty work, hunting, ect…..then there may be instances when you need enhanced grip on your firearm

          • Don Ward

            You specifically said blood. And I called you out for how silly that is. If you had said rain or sweat, I would have let the comment slide.

          • m-dasher

            no….now youre just nit picking….

          • Ebby123

            No.. he’s trying to double-down his way our of a very narrow-minded comment that he would retract if he could.

          • Ebby123

            Good thing the comment police are here to speculate on the experiences of others with a the fiery dogma of 1,000 suns.

            Yes, some people do get blood on their hands on a regular basis.
            No, they don’t have to justify that decision to you or anyone else.

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          I guess that depends on how much he tips her.

    • Ever needed to conceal carry on a porn set?

      Lube, lube and fluids everywhere.

  • diana pierce

    all bacteria, blood and crap traps

    • m-dasher

      dont lick your gun…problem solved.

    • Ebby123

      Let it go dude.

  • diana pierce

    most are destroying the frame with stupid gouging stipples just ready to collect all forms of poison, fluids, crud and garbage… why the heck do this. very few stippled frames have good eye appeal and sensible functionality. stipples, if you must, should be very open and easily cleaned. or just leave the darn thing alone. this is a fad that will wear off and you’ll be left with a lump of volcanic looking stone and severe depreciation.

    • m-dasher

      poisons?……i dont know about you, but i dont run into regular contact with poison….

      and should your gun get THAT dirty….some soapy water and a tooth brush should clean out any stippling.

    • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

      You do know we are talking about a firearm and not skin care right?

      • diana pierce

        well it comes down to this… I don’t think you’ve been in a situation where allot of blood, the ‘other guys’ happens to be saturating you from top to bottom. pieces of flesh clinging to you, everywhere and including your firearm.. in this article, this case, a glock with a thousand little meat trapping holes… blood and who knows what. This happens. Perhaps not to you. But to others.. Many others it has happened to and it only takes one time to figure the options and actions to not let it happen again.. .or at least reduce /minimize additional further risks. give a bit of thought here . Besides who the heck has the luxurary of calling a time-out to get out a ”’toothbrush and warm soapy water”’ and sit back to remove all the crapolla? …. biohazardous substances are indeed poison… in my book. I’d like to see one ask a threat to take this pause to clean your gear… haa you’re funny.

        • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

          Diana ….. you are making a lot of assumptions.

          If my hands are bloody and I need a gun, biohazards are going to be the least of my worries. I think getting bullets in the direction of what caused the wound would be my primary concern. If a bunch of little meat trapping holes helps me do that, I am more than willing to clean it later.

          • BattleshipGrey

            I think you just got Gecko45’d.

          • Peter (BE)

            +1 😀

          • Patrick R. – Senior Writer

            I sure hope so. If I did, I feel honored.

          • Ebby123

            This.
            Its the same train of thought people use when they proclaim “I’d never let my AR-15 mags hit the ground like that! What if they get damaged?!?”

            If you’re alive, you won’t care.
            If you’re dead because you stopped in the middle of a gunfight to retrieve your empty magazines, you still won’t care.

            Win the fight, then worry about gear issue later when the cops give you your gun back.

        • So what do you do about all of the crevices that already exist on all guns? Fire it through a plastic bag?
          Really, if you’re the kind of sooper-dooper-trooper that gets covered in other peoples’ “allot of blood, the ‘other guys’ happens to be saturating you from top to bottom. pieces of flesh clinging to you”, then not only are you staying far too close for far too long, you also have a much greater chance of infection or poisoning from the stuff clinging to you than from the stuff clinging to your gun.
          So when you take a shower, take your gun and a toothbrush in there with you. It won’t hurt the gun, I promise.
          Or you could just shoot n’ scoot, like rational people.

        • Don Ward

          Dang. Shopping at the Home Depot and eating lunch at Applebee’s afterwards must be rough in some neighborhoods.

        • diana pierce

          If the amount of tiny holes versus big holes, easy to catch crud and harder to clean out vs larger and easier to quickly clean out indents… if that is the premise then , by the same want/logic , why not wear a much thinner vest… its so much more comfy!

        • Joe

          You’ve never been in a CQB gunfight where you were covered in your enemies blood from top to bottom.
          You gonna tell me otherwise?
          I give no credence to your internet claims whatsoever.
          If you believe this then the pink mist will also be in your ears, eyes, and nose.
          Give up man.
          You never addressed this fact and instead are focused on it getting on your handguns grip.
          You gonna pretend that actual gunfights are like scenes from a Rob Zombie or Quentin Tarantino horror flick?
          You let on like you’re a badass but you are probably just some poser.
          If you have a real experience that proves your point cite it.
          Otherwise down the road people will start calling you a phoney, a big fat phoney!

        • diana pierce

          ad hominem attacks are quite worthless. Besides, by resorting to that tact lets one and all know… you are merely prodding to discover something that has NO relevance in this conversation. My personal life is not important. If what I have to say is important or at least worth responding to then so be it. The questions at hand have everything to do with ‘smartness’ and avoiding dangerous risks as they come about. And even how aesthetics / artsy designs effect decision making regardless of feasibility. I have not yet seen your credentials nor do I want to. Besides boasters typically have allot of strange imagination which does tend to show. As it surely is… most folks have not experienced real dreadful horror on any level. I share what I already know. If you have something meaningful to say do so… otherwise flake off.
          btw I forgot to add ‘Dear Joe’.

          • Joe

            Read the second word of every sentence in my reply to your ridiculous argument against stippling.

            You’ve been Rick Rolled!

        • billyoblivion

          Couple responses here:

          1) It’s f’king tupperware. If you NEED it, and in the process of using it to save your life, or the lives of others, or just simply to perforate some d’k head that desperately needs it, you get it covered in ICK, throw it out and buy another. It paid for itself.

          2) It’s f’king tupperware if you NEED in ICK, then throw it in the ultrasonic cleaner on high for a half out, dip it in isopropyl alcohol for 30 minutes, and then lube and go.

  • ??

    Figure out how to fit a frame in your laser blaster and come out with this!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1289e8cad6aa91215f0ebe885c3b5121d12b714139bfc52a40b8d47761cc54e5.jpg

    • diana pierce

      This is exactly what Im talking about… This stippling is utterly terrible. Point is this: Concave holes capture garbage of all sorts. Convex shapes…..eg….small risen half moon shapes capture little to nothing and can be cleaned very quickly and still allow an excellent grasp. Holes like these on the gun youre showing are no different that a grave opening waiting to be filled with dirt. All vacuums want to be filled regardless of the medium including stuff you really don’t want to be there. And it all takes allot of time to clean out. Stippling is a fad that will, in due time.. disappear.

      • Ebby123

        So. Clean. Them.

        Or better yet, don’t put it on your gun in the first place, if your primary concern in life is keeping your hands free of icky dirt…

  • Mike

    I just use Talon rubber grips on my polymers.

  • Patrick

    Nein! Peestol is fine.

  • maodeedee

    Glocks are ugly enough as it is. Why would anyone want to make one even MORE ugly?

    • Sgt. Stedenko

      There’s a lot of James Yeager wannabes

  • Gary Kirk

    OK?!.. So who THE HELL, shot at my Glock with their Airsoft??? I demand an explanation here..

  • jackalope

    These stipple jobs aren’t any worse than some of the more hideous grips I’ve seen on various 1911’s and revolvers. Just a new medium. We all like to personalize our guns. Don’t like it? Don’t do it.

  • Marco Antonio Gonzalez

    Does anyone else see the OCP logo in that first pattern in the video?

  • Jim Slade

    “GLOCK- SO EXCELLENT YOU WANT TO DO HIGH SCHOOL WOODSHOP CRAP TO IT.”

  • Harry’s Holsters

    I was looking into starting another business doing this and from the people I talked to who know more about lasers than I do this type of stippling may not have the same great grippy feel that a heat iron gives. It does look great and you could do some great customization in terms of logos but unless it has the grippy texture it’s pointless.

    A 5 axis machine is also a necessity to avoid multiple fixture changes. You’d also want to machine the frame for an undercut and any other frame mods you can think of.

  • Edeco

    This appears to be removing material. Not much, and I’m not sure I’d trust material that had been melted and moved with a soldering iron anyway. But yeah none for me and I’ll be interested to see if there is accelerated cracking or noticably increased floppiness.

  • Ebby123

    1- That’s a great drill.
    2 – I’ve had different experiences doing it.

    Stipling isn’t for everyone, but many find great value in it.

  • LazyReader

    mmm, plastic fumes….

  • Bigg Bunyon

    Trypophobia as a grip enhancement. What’ll they think of next?