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I've been lucky to have many pistols, the HK45C is the best I ever had. Especially when I converted to LEM, I thought it is probably the most perfect (polymer) pistol ever.

I only had one complaint about it. The grip. It is slippery.

I tried a few common solutions that helped, but none were satisfactory. I removed them. I have thought about stippling but after seeing a few horrific results, there is no way I'm doing that to any of my HK's. I wouldn't even do it to my Glocks.

Recently I ran across a local guy (So. California) who looked like he did some good work. I visited him and looked at some of the guns he's worked on. Saw it with my own eyes, and felt it in my hands. Really impressive work. I trusted him to work on my Glock. It came back incredibly transformed in form, but more importantly, in function.

It made me actually think... should I have this done on my HK? I thought about it for a few days. My HK was looking jealous of the Glock, so I sent it, and here is the result.

Not bad right?









So that permanently solves the slippery grip problem.

In addition to a lot of worry about how my HK would look after the operation, I was also worried it might be too aggressive for carry, and that it might tear through my skin. I carry my HK the most. But after trying it out with the Glock and having no issues with it rubbing my skin off, it would probably not be a problem with the HK. Which it isn't.

It kind of has a velvety feel to it if you rub it with your fingers. When you grip the firearm, the traction is just right, and is a vast improvement over stock.

According to my guy, the HK's polymer is softer than the Glock's so the stippling technique requires a much more finesse and careful hand. The result is quite impressive both in looks and function, and actually comes out nicer than the Glock's feel, which is slightly rougher.

Really happy about my newly stippled HK!
 

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That turned out well. That's the second stippled 45c that I've liked...has me thinking about doing it. But do I have the balls?
 

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I think that it turned out great. Very well done indeed. Do you mind sharing this gentleman's contact info? You can PM me if you would prefer. Thanks!
 

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great work!! he must have a lot of patience........
 

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Excellent, excellent work - please kindly share the contact information of this vendor, and the cost he charged you for this service. You can never have too many H&K polymer stippling specialists in the digital rolodex. Especially when it comes to the HK USP/USP Compact/Expert/Elite/Tactical series, which are my all time favorite handguns with one of the most painfully uncomfortable grips ever, at least for me.

Also, and not to hijack/divert this topic, but since you like the HK45C platform so much, I would encourage you to get the reduced reset action package with nickel-Teflon internals from Mr. Rick Holm at Lazy Wolf Guns. He does these for LEM as well. It will enhance the platform even more - trust me on this. The service is not cheap, and neither is an H&K pistol to begin with, but you will absolutely get what you pay for.

Thanks again for sharing, and congratulations! :biggrin:
 

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Welcome, glad to share the info. I know it's not easy to find good stippling talent for Glocks, much less HK's. I found him through the Calguns.net website, his user name is RRTactical. He will accept trades for gun parts, but in terms of cash, I cannot say as I made a trade deal, but I'm quite sure he charges about half what the big shops charge (big shops charge $300-$450 for professional stippling).
 

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OP, is the back strap still removable or is it now essentially welded in place by the stipples?
 

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Great work, to be sure. The thing that stops me from stippling my 45c's is the permanence of the thing...it really reduces the number of potential buyers if you ever decide to sell. Yeah, I know, never sell an HK. Well, I have, and replaced them with others, so there is that.

I actually sold my first 45c on this site due to my dislike of the grip. When it came to buy one again (yes, I missed it), I first used the Talon skateboard-like tape. I found it to be way too aggressive on my rather costly shirts. I switched to the rubber Talon tape, and it seems to be a comfortable middle. It still can be a bit slick when hands are sweating, but it is an improvement over stock.
 

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That is really nice work. Looks like velvet. I like that the sides of the grip were not altered. I am also concerned about the modification being permanent. What I like isn't what someone else might like. You better like the end results because you're probably stuck with it.

I have done three SIG P320 grip modules of my own. They came out looking as nice (to me) but if I ever decide to sell, the modules are inexpensive and available to return the pistol to oem.
 

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OP, is the back strap still removable or is it now essentially welded in place by the stipples?
The backstrap is still seamlessly removable and replaceable without issue. He can stipple both.

On a side note, this is only the second HK he has done, and the first 45C model. Although he is very experienced with other brands, he stippled a small area of the backstrap first as a test procedure. In case the polymer is not compatible with his style, the backstrap is relatively inexpensive to replace. One he got a feel for it and proved favorable results, then he proceeded to do the whole thing.

Great work, to be sure. The thing that stops me from stippling my 45c's is the permanence of the thing...it really reduces the number of potential buyers if you ever decide to sell. Yeah, I know, never sell an HK. Well, I have, and replaced them with others, so there is that.

I actually sold my first 45c on this site due to my dislike of the grip. When it came to buy one again (yes, I missed it), I first used the Talon skateboard-like tape. I found it to be way too aggressive on my rather costly shirts. I switched to the rubber Talon tape, and it seems to be a comfortable middle. It still can be a bit slick when hands are sweating, but it is an improvement over stock.
That's a decision process most of us think about with the 45C. The number of people that have let go of the 45C due to the grip design is more than a few. I myself thought about it. But stippling is a big risk. If it doesn't come out right, we not only have to suffer the misery of an irreversibly ruined HK, but also a loss of half its value at least.

Luckily, I was able to see his work done on my Glock and many other guns, and that gave me some confidence to take a risk to make this gun "perfect" (IMO). I thought about it a lot and know for sure even with 20 pistols, the last one I will keep is the 45C, ugly or not, I will keep it last.

So I took what I think was a calculated risk. We carefully planned out the stippling pattern. What was going to be stippled and what wasn't. It was important for me to retain the original grip design of the 45C, that is why the lateral stripes were not stippled over. (I picked up that idea from another guy here in HKPro that stippled only the stripes). Also, retaining the curvature in front of the Safety was important to maintain the original look. Luckily, it worked out even better than I even thought, and the original look is retained.

The risk for you guys is less now, since you kinda know what direction to go, so if you really love the 45C, go ahead and do it with this guy or some other guy with similar talent, because it's worth it.

Hope that helps.
 
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