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Old March 15, 2000, 09:47 PM   #1
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I was thinking about stippling the frontstrap of my Springfield 1911A1 Govt. I have a Sears Dremel type tool. Is there an engraving or some other type of bit I can use to stipple? Is the old hammer and punch a better route for stippling? Comments anyone?
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Old March 16, 2000, 08:25 AM   #2
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Mattfra, I've never considered using a rotary tool for stippling. I really don't know how you'd go about it. The hammer and punch method is the way to do it. I'm going to send you a little info on this. The text is on stippling in wood but the theory is the same. George
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Old March 16, 2000, 09:04 AM   #3
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Stippling is the easy and after you get the info from George, suggest you practice on some scrap metal so you get the feel.
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Old March 17, 2000, 08:10 PM   #4
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Try an electric engraving pencil. Practice on a piece of scrap first! The texture is far less "harsh" than true stippling, but still provides for a good puchase. Easier to file away for an alternate finish than stipping.
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Old March 18, 2000, 01:29 AM   #5
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Some of the links that I got in the handguns section looked like a vibratory engraver was used. Is there a preference as to hammer/chissel vs. this type engraver, George? It seems like I can get some good control in scrap alluminum w/one. Haven't seen enough to compare the difference in asthetics though.

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Old March 19, 2000, 09:13 PM   #6
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Thanks for the info. This afternoon I did the frontstrap. Turned out great!! I'm thinking about the front of the trigger guard and maybe grinding off the serrations on the flat mainspring housing and doing that too!! It really looks nice. Thanks for the help. After using the punch and hammer I'm glad I didn't use a Dremel. The gun looks very professional now. Now, the money I saved on that...MMC rear sight and front cocking serrations...soon!!
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Old March 19, 2000, 09:17 PM   #7
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Thanks for the info. This afternoon I did the frontstrap. Turned out great!! I'm thinking about the front of the trigger guard and maybe grinding off the serrations on the flat mainspring housing and doing that too!! It really looks nice. Thanks for the help. After using the punch and hammer I'm glad I didn't use a Dremel. The gun looks very professional now. Now, the money I saved on that...MMC rear sight and front cocking serrations...soon!!
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Old March 19, 2000, 09:37 PM   #8
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Equalizer, I think Mattfra's post says it all. I have a hard time trying to control a dremel type tool for anything precise. I've always used an 8oz ball pean and a stippling tool made from a drift punch. George
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Old March 19, 2000, 11:21 PM   #9
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George,

I didn't mean a dremel type (ie. rotory). I was refering to the type of pencil engraver that vibrates, rather than spins. It is easier to control than a dremel type and puts sharp various length lines in a fairly controled manner. It would doubtless look different since it handles differently than a vibrating engraver. I don't own a stippling tool to compare it to. I do however have a few punches to grind down. What is the best shape to grind it to?

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