To Stipple or Not to Stipple your Hi Point? That is the question

By Editor, Feb 16, 2015 | |
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    If you have a Hi Point pistol, you know that you have one of the plainest gun grips in the world and there is not a lot custom aftermarket grip options out there for these pistols. Let's face it, it's a polymer framed gun, which doesn't lend to a lot of customization on the lower. One very common DIY trick to fix this, is a stippling job. This act of burning holes in things that you love may (or may not) be the answer you are looking for.

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    Images of a Hi Point JCP40 that has been stippled by forum member Tone in just 30 minutes. Really nice job

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    What is stippling?

    Basically put, this act of modification is accomplished by pushing something very hot and very hard (think steel) into your medium. While in our case it's done to plastic (err, we mean high impact polymer), it can also be done to wood or similar items. It's an outgrowth of the old-school scroll worker's inlay known as pyrography used to checker stocks and such.

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    You can also stipple the polymer of Hi Point Carbines such as this 4095 of forum member Dewiejr

    The 'stipple' that is left behind is the opposite of a 'nipple' in the respect that sinks in rather than pokes out. The best way to perform this act on a Hi Point in question is with a soldering iron. Most serious stipplers use small, ultra-fine point battery-powered models to keep from having a cord get in the way. If you get too aggressive with it, you can always sand it back down as smooth as you like. The thing is, be careful when you do this as you can soon reach the end of the line as far as frame depth and soon wind up with a crack or hole in your gun.

    Which would really suck.

    You may need to remove factory-applied texture right from Ohio on the frame before you get started on your stipple job as your first steps to prepping your area. This can be done with a dremel type tool, good old-fashioned sandpaper (really get some elbow grease up), or the hot edge of a soldering iron.

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    In this video, Billy, from Hyatt Customs, talks to us about stipple jobs and their effectiveness on polymer platform guns. Its not a Hi Point, but you get the same basic idea.

    Why do it?

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    Stippling roughs up the surface of the Hi Point's polymer frame much more than is done at the factory. This extra roughage can help maintain a steady grip on the gun in wet, muddy, or bloody conditions. Our forums include some nice examples of stippling in our custom gun section. Moreover, a nice stippling job can really customize the look of your gun-- if you take the time to do it right.

    This brings us to...

    Why not do it?

    This is not temporary. It is a permanent modification that you cannot just peel off or unscrew. Since the frame is registered and serial numbered as a controlled item, if you destroy it, you literally destroy the gun itself. Therefore, your stipple job can be modified, sanded smoother, or reburned deeper or flatter, but can never be un-done. If you go too deep, you risk real damage and frame weakening to your firearm. In addition, your custom 7000-point stipple may mean nothing to a potential buyer down the road. In fact, it may turn them away.

    Final words

    If you chose to stipple your perfectly good Hi Point, the most important thing to do is take your time and remember that usually less is more. The last thing you want is a rushed or overworked stippled job because it will definitely show. Understand that you are gambling with the resale value of your Hi Point from the first burn onward, so be methodical and careful with what you do. If you are 110% sure you can pull it off while sitting on the couch watching Survival Preppers, knock yourself out, if not, give yourself a better fighting chance by removing outside stimuli and setting up at the man cave isolation chamber. Be smooth, be methodical, and act like a machine.

    It's best to practice on similar polymer such as on the paddle of a Fobus holster or plastic tackle box first

    A nice stippling job can add to your gun and make more usable in a tactical situation, a horrible one will leave you a shattered specter of the man you once were. Roll the dice and weigh your options.

    Moreover, watch out, those soldering irons can get hot!

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