Yes Folks. It's true and it's official. I just took the plunge. Just a little backstory. I have always loved Glocks. Mostly because of it's rugged, versatile, reliable platform. I really have no bias towards metal vs polymer handguns. I also have no bias towards caliber. I decided last year that when I was going to purchase a pistol, I promised myself that aesthetics would not be a decision factor when acquiring my first pistol. Before making my decision, I did fire a few firearms at Target Sports here in Ontario. This ranged from a Springfield 1911, Glock 17, Glock 21 SF, and Sig Sauer P229. After much deliberation, I decided on a Glock 23. I figure if I wanted to shoot 9mm also, I could just swap out the barrel. The best of both worlds I would say. Can't do that with a 1911. The only thing that bothered me about the Glock series, was the hump on the backstrap. I always felt that I wasn't holding the entire pistol because the hump would prevent the palm of my hand from firmly holding the grip. I was always have to change my hand position to lock the slide, release the slide or depress the magazine release. It doesn't help that I have the hands of a four year old. I was considering purchasing a Glock 23 from the United States, sending it to Bowie Tacital for a grip reduction and stipple job, and having imported to Canada. This would have cost me in excess of $1500 at the end of the day. This just wasn't practical to me. I figured when I mustered up enough courage, I could just do it myself. -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Here we are! I did it!!! Here is what I did. Step 1 - Grip Reduction For those that don't know, filling the backstrap with acryglass, waiting for it to harden and sand is not the only way to do it! I thought it was, but it turns out there is an easier and less expensive way. It's called the Heating Method, which was coined by it's founder, "Bowtie" on Glocktalk.com. You simply hold the Glock with he backstrap facing down and heat it with a consistantly burning candle leaving 2 to 3 inches in between. You move your hand in a circular motion providing even heat to the backstrap. Once you think, you have softened the backstrap enough, you place it on a hard surface and roll it back and forth using nearly all of your force (or at least all of mine .) If you do not get the desired results the first time, just repeat the process. Do not melt the backstrap and you will cause your backstrap to split when rolling. You do not want this, believe me. I learned the hard way on my Airsoft Glock 23. Step 2 - Magazine Well Cutout This was surprisingly easy despite all the stress I put myself through planning it out. I simply traced a half circle of the cutting wheel that came with my Dremel kit. I found it to be the perfect size. My natural instinct was to centre the hole on the grip, but inserting the magazine in the well, quickly corrected my assumptions. You want to centre the hole with the center of the magazine when inserted. You can see in the pictures. Step 3 - Sand the Frame Down I decided that creating a slightly slimmer profile on the Glock wouldn't be a bad idea. I always found them to be slighly bulky and square. Some like to refer to it as a "2x4". Sometimes I tend to agree. Not anymore! I took a Dremel with the round sanding drum that came with it and went over the entire grip until the side panels, thumb bumps, and factory stippling was removed from front to back. I found that the finger grooves had to be ground down slightly because removing the stippling removed material causing them to protrude farther than stock. I decided to keep them because I liked the control they provided and they sure look good to boot. Step 4 - Round Trigger Guard I figured since I was going all out, I would round the trigger guard too. This will prevent obstruction from snagging on the pointyness of the original shape. Nothing much to it. Just use the sanding drum on the Dremel and round it slowly. Not hard to do. Just don't take too much off because you can't go back. Step 5 - Stippling! I tested my stippling on many different items because I jumped into the real deal. I had a Airsoft Glock 23 that I completely customized before attempting it on mine. I also stippled my AR15 Magazines, Dust covers, and Glock Magazine Holders. I tried everything from lines, dots, tear drops etc. I found lines to be the most time efficient, but wasn't quite as grippy as the dot method. I also found that fine dots really made the polymer stand out. Somehow it creates a darker shadow allowing you to identify clearly what is stippled and what is not. I decided on the fine dot pattern. In order to get a complete uniform look, you cannot stipple the dots in a row or in any sort of row. I started right in the middle of the frame. I dot one small area at a time. I take an area and put little dots everywhere at random leaving spaces between them here and there. I repeat, random is better. Then just fill in the spaces. I looks so much more professional than some other stipple jobs I have seen on the internet, when they line the dots up in a row to fill spaces. It doesn't look good. When I initially filled about half of one side of the frame on my Glock, it didn't feel super rough compared to my airsoft Glock. My Airsoft Glock definitely had an aggresive texture and was used to that. I decided to continue on. The more I stippled the more it felt right on my hand. after I finished I was surprisingly happy and how perfect the texture is. I didnt even need to go over it with a scotchbrite pad to smooth out the surface. It was "out of the box" perfect. The Bad News... Somehow, I may have changed the dimensions of the magazine well. My Glock magazines no longer drop freely and the magazine sometimes causes the magazine release button to get stuck after depressing it. I am sure this problem can be resolved fairly easily, but I would rather have a Glocksmith look at this before I tinker with it anymore. It does have a Ghost Lo-Pro Magazine Release on it. My Glock 23 mags insert perfectly normal, but my brothers Glock 22 Gen 4 mags are rough and have to use more force than usual on the first half of the insertion. Overall I am happy with the results, but with the mags not dropping freely, I am a little dissapointed in myself. Anyways, on the the pictures. These were actually taken with my IPhone 3gs. I am quite surprised with how they turned out. Can't complain. Cheers guys!