Ohio-based Hi Point is hot and heavy on options to bring guns that include hydrographics to their grips, slides, guns, and mags within the next few weeks. As a matter of fact, hydro dipped grips that add a little style along with enhanced texturing are already available.
What is hydro dipping?
This process is called a lot of things to include (per Wiki) immersion printing, water transfer printing, water transfer imaging, hydro dipping or cubic printing. Basically, it takes a 3D object (let us say a gun) and allows a polyvinyl alcohol film that is impregnated with a design on it to wrap around it.
Once the film applies the floating ink layer bonds to the material and, once dry, is pretty much on there for good. Subsequent clear coats can ensure that. Still unsure? Watch this:
Onehorseracing shows how a gunstock is hydrodipped with a camo pattern
Hi Point moves towards the hydro
First advertised at the SHOT Show in January Hi Point had a few display guns at their booth that had been coated through immersion printing.
At the time they said, "Shipping soon to dealers our line of hydro dipped grips. Looking to add some character to your Hi-Point pistol? Check out the patters, carbon fiber, digital desert, woodland, snake skin and country girl. Look to see them around $15.00 to $18.00. As for the colored slides that is still TBA."
This followed an appearance this month at the Great American Outdoor Show in which they had even more designs on display.
On their social media account the company wrote, "We have the hydro dipped on display but the targeted release is this summer. We do have the hydro dipped grips, and mags for sale. So swing by today or tomorrow."
With that said, they are advising customers to head over to Reaper Camo where the accessory dealer has CF380, C9, JCP40 and JHP45 grips in nine different patterns including snake skin scales, pink woodland, carbon fiber, and digital desert styles all at $15 a pop just as promised at SHOT Show. It's nice to see a company keep those these days.
However, neither Hi Point nor MKS have any mentions of hydro stuff on their site yet.
We'll keep you in the loop as soon as we find out more. As Mom said, guns and slides may be out this summer...