I am not convinced of the need for checkering the front strap of the combat pistol.I have been up to my elbows in muck and blood and transitioned to a rifle and pistol. In air blood turns to a sticky paste before drying filling checkering. Other body secretions can produce a slick covering on a porus surface via capillary action. The spaces in the checkering actually draw liquids into them. Thus an unstable grip on the weapon could be assumed to compensate, affecting accuracy and gun reliability. Personaly I prefer serration of the front strap and MSH as an aid to grip indexing at stage one of the draw and a mild restraint during recoil.Calthrop.