I have noticed that shooters today love the agitated plastic grips, stippled some call it I believe, and even pay others to use a soldering iron to make it more so ... for a fee of course, for a fee. This activity appears to be one of trending things today in the word of shooting and forums, tantamount to the Navy 'around the scuttlebutt' gossip. Sticky grips are excellent for play, target shooting, and range gun activities, but, and there always is a but in life, I am dubious about such grippy grips in combat when the main gun is the so mentioned customized grip type. The advantage of a smooth grip in the stressful shooting where the score kept is who is dead and who is not, the ability to change your grip while drawing and shooting is a great thing! If under speed while looking down the barrel of a saw-offed shotgun or .25 auto, you grab your guns grip off the mark, and you are stuck like chuck with that hand position on your gun's rudder until the fight is over. A smooth grip to one who is experienced and expert at gun handling at speed, not a tyro with a loaded gun, can change the grip in motion and be on the spot! This may sound easy, but not so to a lot of owners of guns and various grip styles. Most I would guess have not been taught, and have seen or heard of the technique. It may be used more often in wheel guns, due to the inherent grip shape of the design, but a 1911 with smooth grips will benefit from the smooth grip as well for the shooter who can adjust on the fly. This ability is a high-level skill in close quarter combat with so many variables and unknowns to calculate and adjust for in a short period, all the while the gun has to be under control, steady, balanced and able to put a bullet(s) where you want them to go. There are No do-overs as in competition or shooting for fun. Does anyone else like and have experience changing the grip as you are in motion, if needed to make the shot, and have you done it at speed? Most folks, even experienced shooters have rarely done it in defense of life, but some have. It is not like picking up a gun and getting a GOOD GRIP ON IT, and firing a shot at a standing still target, NO! It is like grabbing your gun from under your clothing, getting a grip as you pull it from your holster while you hear the suspect breathing as he runs directly at you, knife in hand, no one on your back, you do not get a good grip, but now your hands are stuck to the stippled grips like glue, and your hand is nowhere near the beavertail. You have troubling controlling the gun with your hand so low on the grip, and you may be dead by now. It sounds unlikely, but it is not as unlikely as you may think if you have never been tested at speed and under severe stress. Something to think about and work on at least. My grips back in the day were Jordan Troopers and were on my invincible S&W model 19, .357 mag. I also had a set on my Model 29 S&W .44 mag, which I carried on duty at one time, handloaded with Keith 250 grain semi-wadcutters. The grips on the model 19 were broken a few times, and repaired, by me, as the Jordan holster, which had zero retention and a snap strap, and if not appropriately snapped, which occurred a few times as the suspect took off, and I took off as well. The bouncing S&W 19 of course had no choice but to hit the pavement. Photos of my damaged grips are included.