With all this time off from social media, I’ve been doing all sorts of things. I’m playing more guitar. I even started getting the hang of my ukulele, that I’ve had for several years. I’m also reading more, especially reading more of the Word. I’m enjoying my family a bit more too!
However, my stupid back injury has really been a limitation. It’s been a real bummer to have to limit my activities. One thing I just can’t wait to get back out doing is shooting more. I’ve tried it, with the injury, and it’s not as great as it could be.
I can stand for a bit, no problem. If I take along a chair to the range, I can even extend out my time a bit longer. But it’s just not the same.
During this time off, I’ve also learned a few things. One thing in particular is a new term; called “stippling”. Technically, stippling is an artistic term. It’s simply creating a pattern or art from dots. When applied to firearms customization, it’s more about the effect than the pattern. Well, that’s not entirely true. Many people seek to add a bit of style to their firearm, with stippling. But that’s really more of a side effect.
With my little Ruger LCP, I’ve wanted a nice way to add a bit more “grab”, if you know what I mean. When shooting it I’ve experienced the desire to grasp it stronger, as though the little stock may pull from my grip. (Others have made similar observations)
So when I discovered this cool technique, I was sure that I’d discovered the solution to my problem. But I ain’t paying some dude a bunch of cash to basically hack up the stock/frame of my sweet new Ruger.
Enter the internets.
Guess what? You can stipple your own firearms! Yep!
Just get yourself a wood burner (which is really just a soldering iron). I picked one up at Home Depot, for like $15.
With a bit of practice on an unused magazine base, I was set. Take a look at the bit of work I’ve done so far, below. I liked the work on the magazine base, so I swapped it back onto a good magazine. I wanted to start off with a small project, so I simply stippled the rest space for my trigger finger. (The white crayon lines will be cleaned off at the next cleaning.)
What do you think?