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jdg30
06-20-2010, 10:37 AM
I've been considering getting rid of the finger grooves on my Glock 19 that I have had for a while. Ever since I've had Glocks they never felt completely right in my hand when stock. I wasn't able to figure out why until I finally realized that I didn't like the finger grooves. My solution? Grind them off and heat stipple the grip. This G19 is my only Glock that is completely stock and that is going to change today. The only exception is my 2nd Generation G23 which is very comfortable as it is because it has no finger grooves. I wish they still made them that way. I have heat stippled my others in different ways (full grip, front and back only) and this one is only going to be the front of the grip.

I'm not really concerned about permanently altering my Glocks because I don't plan on selling them, the stippling makes the grip way more comfortable for me, and if I did ever sell any of them I think the buyer would think of it as an asset to the gun. If they didn't like it I wouldn't want to sell it to them anyways. Will post before/after pictures.

Here's the before picture with the taping/prep work done:

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59463&stc=1&d=1277057901

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59464&stc=1&d=1277057917

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59466&stc=1&d=1277058446

jdg30
06-20-2010, 10:38 AM
Here are the pictures after I just finished the stippling. The grip feels very comfortable and easy to hold. It feels just like a Generation 2 Glock grip but sticks to my hand even better. I may need to do a little fine tuning to smooth out and flatten the grip area a little more.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59504&stc=1&d=1277079817

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59505&stc=1&d=1277079846

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59506&stc=1&d=1277079914

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59507&stc=1&d=1277079978

XDRoX
06-20-2010, 10:39 AM
Can't see the pic.
Good luck, keep us posted.

XDRoX
06-20-2010, 10:45 AM
Works. I posted them for you:
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59467&d=1277059356
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59468&d=1277059366
http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59469&d=1277059378

bsg
06-20-2010, 11:02 AM
i've always preferred the older glocks without; good luck with your project.

xxINKxx
06-20-2010, 11:07 AM
Are you gunna stipple it with a soldering iron?

Donk310
06-20-2010, 12:09 PM
I would love to see how that turns out. I bought a Glock 19 not too long ago and it very quickly went from brand new to the last pistol (behind my Sigma) in my safe that I would grab if I needed a pistol. I too think its may be just a finger grooves issue if not an entire grip issue. I am willing to sacrifice my Glock for a cure. Let me know.

jdg30
06-20-2010, 4:39 PM
Are you gunna stipple it with a soldering iron?

Yes I stippled it with a soldering iron. Everything that I used was blue painters tape, an x-acto knife, Dremel with coarse sanding wheel and soldering iron with pointed tip that I bought from Wal-mart.

I'm pleased with the results. OD frame guns show a little more imperfections than black ones do. When melting with the iron, some of the green plastic turns black and shows a little bit in the finished product but I don't mind. Black guns hide it because they are already black.

The grip is way more comfortable than before and gives a good secure hold. I may do a little touch up and sand off slight curves that remain still so that the front of the grip is straight and flat.

Doheny
06-20-2010, 4:47 PM
Wow...that came out good. You're a braver (and more talented) man than I am. I woulda screwed mine up for sure.

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p24
06-20-2010, 4:53 PM
Looks great!

Donk310
06-20-2010, 5:06 PM
WOW!... That does look good. It has to feel much better. I don't think I can do that though. I may just get rid of it all together.

baggerman0
06-20-2010, 5:13 PM
donk if you want get rid of it or have this done i have done 4-5 of them now. would help or do for you. or buy it if you dont want it PM me.

badandy
06-20-2010, 5:23 PM
Came out very good IMHO. Plastic ROCKS!

BLD
06-20-2010, 5:30 PM
excellent work. I have a buddy who went to town on his G 35 and made it more comfortable then my favorite 1911. Who says you can't have Glock reliability and comfort at the same time :43:

calishine
06-20-2010, 7:05 PM
Nice job

smittty
06-20-2010, 7:13 PM
Very nice work!

I don't know why they come with the finger grooves. Without looks better imo and I think it feels better. My friend has an older one without the grooves and and we both prefer it.

Grumpyoldretiredcop
06-20-2010, 7:22 PM
Nice job. Every time I see one done this well, I take a looong look at my G23 and think more about doing it.

glockwise2000
06-20-2010, 7:30 PM
You did great at that Glock. The finger groves just felt right to my fingers so I am very pleased as-is.

blikeandy
06-20-2010, 7:34 PM
Looks good.

jdg30
06-20-2010, 8:08 PM
Nice job. Every time I see one done this well, I take a looong look at my G23 and think more about doing it.

You should just go for it. The main way to get the lines straight is to tape it straight. The tape works as sort of a guide for the stippling. You can take as long as you want and re-do the tape as many times as you need to make the lines straight. For the curves use the exacto knife. If the curves look uneven or you mess up then just remove the tape and do it over again.

I really take my time if I stipple a gun. If you rush you will mess up. I just sand little by little until I get it how I want it and then set it aside and come back to it a little later for a fresh look. I melt the checkering and ridge lines together and then sand a little more to get the contours straight like I want them. Once I actually start the stippling, I trace the outlines of the tape and then start filling the areas in. I stipple a little then move somewhere else and do a little there. I constantly move around so that no area gets too hot. It's really not that hard to do. The key is to take your time and go a little at a time.

Once you think you are done you can always go back and sand some of the stippling down to get it more uniform if you need. You can re-melt the stipples deeper after sanding and they will look just fine. The good thing about stippling is that it is forgiving of errors and you can fix things if you mess up a little. The most important part is getting the tape exactly how you want the stippling to be.

esskay
06-20-2010, 8:34 PM
Nice job.

For those who can't bring themselves to work on the polymer, I find that this grip tape helps reduce the annoyance of the finger grooves for me:
http://www.ericwesselman.com/store/Glock.html
http://www.ericwesselman.com/store/G17_WhiteBackground.gif

waawaaweenie
06-20-2010, 8:51 PM
Looks good

I have a gen 1 G17 and have never even thought of the finger grooves.

I am thinking about getting a 45ACP model but am not sure now because of the finger grooves.

thanks for showing us this

Alexjr1967
06-20-2010, 9:11 PM
looks good :thumbsup:

baggerman0
06-21-2010, 5:28 PM
i have left the finger grooves and done the stippling on my 17 and it feels great did full 360 deg. of grip and bottom of trigger guard. did glock 23 by removing the finger grooves and stippling front strap and stock textured area's. and a few others here and there for fun the stippling makes them feel great in the hand and the controll of the weapon is enhanced a good deal.

bsg
06-21-2010, 5:54 PM
it came out very nice; great job.

$P-Ritch$
06-21-2010, 6:43 PM
That came out really clean. I know it takes some serious consideration to take the dremel/hot iron to your gun.

jdg30
06-21-2010, 7:09 PM
That came out really clean. I know it takes some serious consideration to take the dremel/hot iron to your gun.

Thanks. The first time I tried it was on a G33 I converted to .40S&W that was one of my first guns. The gun was ok but I kept going back and forth about liking it because it was slippery to hold and the finger grooves made it uncomfortable for me to hold. I figured it would be a good test gun because if I messed up it wouldn't be a real loss. After stippling it I liked it so much that it became my favorite gun because it was so comfortable to hold. That was my only Glock at the time. I wanted a G27 instead of a converted G33, so I traded the G33 for a G21 SF and have since bought a few other Glocks. I have stippled each one of them with the G19 being the latest. In two days I will pick up a new G26 and probably stipple it the same as the G19. I practiced a lot on a couple mag loaders before I first tried stippling to see what pattern I liked best. I ended up liking just a plain pointed tip on a $5 soldering iron best. It seemed easiest to create clean lines and made for a very effective gripping surface. Here is a picture of my stippled Glocks: The only one I have that I haven't stippled is a Gen 2 G23 because it doesn't really need it.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59648&stc=1&d=1277175916

remyjoeboxer
06-21-2010, 8:06 PM
Brave man, but end result is worth the risk. Looks great!

G38xOC
06-21-2010, 8:49 PM
nice collection

xibunkrlilkidsx
06-21-2010, 10:06 PM
well done sir. looks great.

$P-Ritch$
06-21-2010, 10:17 PM
Thanks. The first time I tried it was on a G33 I converted to .40S&W that was one of my first guns. The gun was ok but I kept going back and forth about liking it because it was slippery to hold and the finger grooves made it uncomfortable for me to hold. I figured it would be a good test gun because if I messed up it wouldn't be a real loss. After stippling it I liked it so much that it became my favorite gun because it was so comfortable to hold. That was my only Glock at the time. I wanted a G27 instead of a converted G33, so I traded the G33 for a G21 SF and have since bought a few other Glocks. I have stippled each one of them with the G19 being the latest. In two days I will pick up a new G26 and probably stipple it the same as the G19. I practiced a lot on a couple mag loaders before I first tried stippling to see what pattern I liked best. I ended up liking just a plain pointed tip on a $5 soldering iron best. It seemed easiest to create clean lines and made for a very effective gripping surface. Here is a picture of my stippled Glocks: The only one I have that I haven't stippled is a Gen 2 G23 because it doesn't really need it.

That's exactly how I practiced for the pattern I did on my 19. I think when I get around to sanding off the grooves on my 17 I'll try the dot texture with the pointed iron tip and see which I like better.

MikeR
06-21-2010, 10:24 PM
Looks good man. I like thats its not over done and you left the rest of the grip alone. Some people just dont know when to stop ...like me with a can of spray paint. :D

Omil
06-21-2010, 10:28 PM
Here are the pictures after I just finished the stippling. The grip feels very comfortable and easy to hold. It feels just like a Generation 2 Glock grip but sticks to my hand even better. I may need to do a little fine tuning to smooth out and flatten the grip area a little more.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59504&stc=1&d=1277079817

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59505&stc=1&d=1277079846

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59506&stc=1&d=1277079914

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=59507&stc=1&d=1277079978

Looks GREAT!

l8apex
06-21-2010, 11:34 PM
Good job, you should start charging for the service!

AIMSMALL
06-22-2010, 12:06 AM
Nice job, looks like a different gun afterwords. You could offer this service for a fee and people would probably be all over it. Only thing is do you need any type of license to have people ship thier guns to you and then ship them back to the owners?

Masterdebater
06-22-2010, 1:25 AM
i when shiopping guns u have to ship to an ffl correct? and excellent job man wish the ppl over at the glock plant would see this haha

randy
06-22-2010, 1:30 AM
Really good job.

DerGlock
06-23-2010, 12:05 AM
I'm usually not a fan of stippled guns, but that looks great. The difference appears to be your work is more subtle and is only on a small area of the grip - well done.

jdg30
06-27-2010, 7:08 AM
Here is a new addition to the family: the g19 now has a little brother.

http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/attachment.php?attachmentid=60198&stc=1&d=1277651214