What is it called?

Discussion in '1911 Forum' started by BeyondTheBox, Jan 28, 2013.

  1. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Those patches of pattern, like dots, on some guns, most 1911s... I think they're intended to give grip.
     

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  2. Pasquanel

    Pasquanel Proud to be an American Supporter

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    checkering? stippling?
     

  3. Overkill0084

    Overkill0084 Active Member

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    Yeah, what he said.
    In this instance, it appears to be checkering.
     
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  4. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    I thought it was stipling, and was measured in dpi or dots per inch?
     
  5. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    I thought stipling was different, like raised and sharp material, where this is like additional and rounded. Interesting. I guess it could be considered checkered stipling... No?
     
  6. orangello

    orangello New Member

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    It's just too bad that the name "roughage" was already taken.
     
  7. Olympus

    Olympus New Member

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    If the area is criss crossed with vertical and horizontal lines then its called checkering.

    If it's vertical lines only, then it would be called serrations.

    If its indentations, then it's called stipling.
     
  8. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    This is little bumps in rows/columns 8x20. Not innies but outties, rising above the surface.
     
  9. Dearhunter

    Dearhunter Supporting Member Supporter

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    Then it is called titing!!!
     
  10. SSGN_Doc

    SSGN_Doc Well-Known Member

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    Do they form blocks or pyramids? If so, it is checkering. Just like a checkerboard you get repeated patterns of squares. Stippling is usually dots. Or random wavy lines.

    Checkering is done with a checkering tool which has evenly spaced cutting teeth. By running the tool horizontally and then again vertically it becomes checkering. Process has more than likely been replaced largely by CNC machining or casting now.

    Stippling on metal was usually done with a punch and a hammer.

    So there is usually a lot less precision to stippling.

    With polymer frames stippling is often done with a soldering iron.
     
  11. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    A polymer mold job?

    I have to ask, what is that firearm in your picture in the OP? It does not look like 1911.
     
  12. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    Star Firestar all steel, no plastics.

    I asked the question here because it's something I usually only see on 1911 styled guns like this.
     
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  13. BeyondTheBox

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    This is like dots, half spheres.
     
  14. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    If that frame was cast, those could have been in the original mold.
    Stipple the mold, and you get bumps on the product.
     
  15. BeyondTheBox

    BeyondTheBox New Member

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    That sounds accurate! So a reverse stiple? Lol
     
  16. drvsafe

    drvsafe New Member

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    Yes that is it.