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Old 12-26-2015, 12:04 PM   #1
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First attempt at metal stippling(pics) advice welcome

This is my first attempt at "stippling." It is on a CZ Tactical Sport, the grip was too big, and the raised cast checkering needed to be removed. I performed a grip reduction on the pistol, and decided to add some texture. It isn't finished, I plan to possibly extend the rear stippling all the way up the beaver tail. I need to sharpen some of the borders on the front strap too. I have been using a bastard half round file and a ball peen hammer. I know not the correct method, but it's the route I went. I'm mixed on how I feel it turned out. However, spending as much time as I need Monday and Tuesday hopefully I can get it to be atleast, satisfactory. Any advice, tips and critism are welcome.

Here is a quick YouTube video showing the grip in progress.

Thanks in advance, Ethan.
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Old 12-26-2015, 06:24 PM   #2
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Looks good.

The types of stippling punches are endless. If a round file works, it works.
There is no "right" tool.
You can use center punches, triangular punches, even large diameter punches with the ends checkered with metal checkering files and hardened.
When doing large areas you may need to re-point the punch because they will dull and alter the appearance and texture.
The punch is usually best if it's not real sharply pointed. Slightly dull seems to work better.

You can get different textures using different shapes and how hard you tap the punch.
Tap hard you get stippling. Tap lighter and you can get a matted texture.

To finish it, if you have access to a bead blaster that will even out the texture and give it a more uniform finish.

Another trick if you don't have a bead blaster is to get some Bar Keeper's Friend polishing powder and mix with water to a paste.
Use a brass "toothbrush" and the mixed paste to liberally scrub the stippling.
This will also even it and slightly dull the shine.
Old 12-29-2015, 07:09 PM   #3
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Looks good. The CZ75 is the premier pistol in international IPSC. Even the Russians use them in preference to their own Russian issue pistols.

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