OTDefense Deluxe Firearm Stippling Kit Adds More Tips For More Options

If you have priced out professional stippling like the job I reviewed from TXT Custom Gun Works you might be in sticker shock about the price. Don’t fool yourself though, there is a very real reason that they charge the amount of money that they do. OTDefense has been offering stippling kits for DIYers with a few options for tips. The new Deluxe Firearm Stippling kit adds even more options in a convenient package.

If you are wondering where you have heard of OTDefense, they are the guys that have those cool, easy to use, round waffle tips in 20LPI, 16LPI and 12 LPI patterns.

We have used the Firearm Stippling kit in a mod minute and was rather impressed by the quality of the wood burner as well as the precision machined tips. The only complaint that I had was the lack of options for the type of texture that I was going for. I was still able to get a very nice texture out of the project given it was my first time stippling but would have preferred a slightly different outcome.

The new Deluxe Stippling Kit has several new tips that will allow a DIYer to get exactly the result that is desired (provided you aren’t too heavy handed with the melty part.)

The Deluxe kit includes the following tips:

  • 25Watt Wall Lenk Woodburner with a short shaft for ease of control and a moderate temperature.
  • Hard Case for convenient storage that may also be practiced on.
  • One 20LPI Waffle Tip.
  • One 20LPI Square Tip.
  • One 20LPI Finish Tip.
  • One Point Tip.
  • One 16LPI Waffle Tip.
  • One 12LPI Waffle Tip.
  • One Diamond Tip
  • One X Tip
  • One Wagon Wheel Tip
  • One Chisel Tip
  • One Small Round Tip
  • One Large Round Tip
  • One Rectangle Tip
  • Two Large plastic vial to hold the tips.
  • Three small plastic vials for the 20LPI tips and Finish Tip.

Before you balk at the price for the Deluxe kit, keep in mind that the tip collection offered by OTDefense runs $99.99 all by itself, another $12 for a nice case and a quality wood burner isn’t a half bad deal given the quality of the tips.

Check out the OTDefense website to find where to pick one up if you are so inclined. The MSRP for the new Deluxe Kit is $111.99 while the standard kit is a bit cheaper at $64.99.

Patrick R

Patrick is a Senior Writer for The Firearm Blog and TFBTV Host. He likes guns and has liked shooting guns for as long as he can remember. You can follow Patrick on Instagram @tfbpatrick, Facebook, or contact him by email at TFBpatrick@gmail.com.

The above post is my opinion and does not reflect the views of any company or organization.


  • EdgyTrumpet

    I don’t know, 65 dollarydoos for a garbage tier soldering iron seem little steep.

  • Asdf

    You know, you can just go to Wallmart and buy a wood burning kit with a load of different tips for $12.99.

    • raz-0

      I paid $14.99 for mine and it has about 2/3 of the tips in the deluxe kit. At $112 that’s a heck of a premium for a couple potentially useful tips.

  • Malthrak

    This looks like a sketchy DIY garage tattoo kit.

  • derpmaster

    $111.99? You can get an actual entry-level production shop soldering iron for less money. Amazon item B000BRC2XU

    • Shankbone

      “Entry-level production shop soldering iron.”

      Are you an ad bot? Quick, what’s 2 + 2?!

      • derpmaster


        That’s an accurate description of that tool, though. $100 for something that’s actually quality is really cheap in soldering equipment.

        • Phillip Cooper

          Sadly, I bought one of those in 1991 for the same price.

          One would expect in the intervening years economy of scale would have brought the price down.

          Maybe they are subscribing to the Texas Instruments Scientific Calculator business model.

          • PK

            The same dollar cost in 1991 as in 2017… the price did come down, in real terms. Recall how much food you could get for $20 in ’91, and how much you can get at the grocery store nowadays.

          • Phillip Cooper

            The point is, for the same tech, price normally goes down.
            Example: the first microwave oven cost a quarter million dollars, and the ability to buy one now for $50.

          • Phillip Cooper

            For that same $20 you get much less now.
            Food is a commodity. Soldering irons aren’t.

      • Phillip Cooper


        What do I win?

  • iksnilol

    No rubberized rectal thermometer tip ?

    • Person

      Rubberized? What, are you not an operator?

      • Bill

        “But moooom all the other oper8ors are doing it!”

    • Phillip Cooper

      No, but it is ribbed….

  • RSG

    Precision laser stippling is the way to go now. Some of the intricate patterns and exacting precision is simply amazing and can not be equaled.

  • USMC03Vet

    Stippling is the new spinner rims for handguns. You aint cool and everybody is laughing at you.

    • Shankbone

      If stippling were a new trend, maybe.

      • Dan

        It’s gained more popularity as the “cool” thing to do. I see a lot more people recommending it than ever. To the point one must wonder how they ever were able to grip their handgun before.

  • When you have an uncooperative Glock, nothing will motivated it like torturing it with a yellow soldering iron!

  • nova3930

    Wish I’d have thought to sell a $5 Chinese soldering iron coupled with $3 worth of brass tips for $120. I could probably turn that out, sell it for $35 with free shipping and still make $. Being in business making stuff the last 6 months or so, I’ve really learned just how much of a racket most of this junk is….

  • Trey

    I feel sorry for all those F-ed up frames these tacticool commandos have made trying to be cool using this crap.

    • PK

      Personally, I love it. Makes for very inexpensive gunshow purchases.

      • Shankbone

        What do you do with stippled frames?

        • PK

          Cheap project guns, MAC frame conversions (polymer magwell mated to the existing steel is doable, if not pretty), sometimes homebuilds using Glock grips as magwells…

          The possibilities are endless.

          • Person

            Pics or it didn’t happen.

          • PK

            You realize I’m far from the only person doing this? Take a look around WeaponsGuild some time, maybe you’ll end up finding a new hobby!

          • SGT Fish

            ive only seen the MAC frame conversion done with steel glock frames, which of course aren’t in production anymore. though I think Len Savage had designed a steel grip frame that was going to be made in a small production run, but never did. I know he did some great looking conversions

          • Phillip Cooper

            What is a “MAC frame conversion”??

          • PK

            Changing the grip/magwell from Sten (some M11/9 and M10/9 models had/have that) or the proprietary Zytel mags to a different system of magazines/grips. In this case, a M11/9 to Glock 9x19mm magazines.

        • mosinman

          polymer frames are quite cheap i hear

          • Phillip Cooper

            Depends on the frame. You can’t just buy a cheap replacement glock polymer frame, for example.

        • Phillip Cooper

          Throw some JB Weld on them, shape them with a Dremel, then paint them… and sell them for cheap.

  • Dan

    I question the intelligence of anyone that buys this and thinks it’s a good deal. I question the intelligence of Patrick for wasting space to promote it. Wait nevermind it’s patrick this type of item is right up his alley.

    • Edeco

      I suspect the ninjed-up glock department was dumped in his lap and he’s being forced to act sincerely, positively interested in it to keep his position. Maybe he came in last in a fantasy sports league or guessed worst at the number of jellybeans in a jar.

  • How much is that? Seriously? I can buy a soldering iron for 12 bucks at Harbor Freight. This is just nuts.

  • tony

    is this a solder iron?

    • raz-0

      It’s a wood burning tool, which is like a cheap, low power soldering iron. If you buy a cheap POS soldering iron it may well be the very same thing, but if you buy actual soldering irons meant to work well at soldering, even if the cheaper variety, they will get hotter than this tool should.

    • Phillip Cooper

      Yes, and a crappy one at that… just like every other Woodburning kit.

  • Have you ever wished your perfectly functional polymer framed handgun could look more like a diseased pancreas? Then buddy have I got a deal for you! No longer limited to just having an Octo-Glock by the scarcity of $5 pawn shop soldering irons, now you– yes, YOU!– can also make your very own SQUID-Sauer or Cottage-CZ 75! Just think of how many M&Ps you can “improve” into Smith&Waffle Irons! You’ll be the envy of the trailer park with your new Heckler&Crater!