“Blood, sweat and tears” can make it difficult to keep a rock-solid grip on your gun. Many shooters have historically applied grip tape to gun frames, with varied results. Recently, handgun manufacturers have experimented with new grip styles to mitigate this slippery problem. I decided to take matters into my own hands with stippling.

Stippling uses heat to melt depressions into the polymer surface of a firearm. It creates a non-slip surface and allows you to express some personal style. Stippling is not rocket science, and it doesn’t need to cost you much money, if any.

You probably already have what you need in your toolbox, and the job takes less than two hours. I humbly suggest stippling a handgun you deem to be a “keeper.” Stippling is a personal thing—some love it, some loathe it.

If you are ready to take the plunge and texture your polymer gun’s grip, use the short primer above as a guide.

Scroll through the gallery above for more stippling tips

This article is from the August 2015 issue of COMBAT HANDGUNS. To subscribe or to read more from this issue, please visit

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