Is checkering on the front strap of a Kimber 1911 a good thing or a bad thing, IYO ?
Would you rather have a pistol with the front strap checkered or not and why ?
IMO, it looks good and it's functional. So +2 from me. If you really like it, I recommend buying a gun that already has it rather than add it later. It's expensive to have done.
It has been my experience that checkered or stippled front- and back-straps are extremely good ideas. I also believe that smooth grip panels (at the sides) aid in the quick-reload manipulation of a 1911, since the pistol has to swivel in the hand a little, to allow contact with the magazine release.
+1, what Steve said!
+1 Steve M1911A1
I like mine checkered front & back.
I also like checkering on the front of my trigger guard.
I like checkering on a 1911 - to me, it kinda denotes the higher end 1911s to the cheaper ones - call me a gun snob.
That being said - I sorta prefer serrations to checkering. I think it gives me a better grip.
I also prefer rubber pachmeyer grips, or at least rubber grip panels.
I have two 1911s with front strap texturing (checkering on 1, and chainlink on the other). I still prefer the wrap around pachmeyers.... So, admittedly, they cover the texturing on the front strap...
I don't like checkering ANYWHERE on my guns.
I've never had a problem with gripping a smooth gun.
Install a set of pach rubber combat grips on your pistol & then fa-git-about-it--have been loving mine since the 1970's & have never had gripping issues with their products. For my python & model 29 smith, i prefer the hogue brand grips.
Atta-boy-----now you talking-----when your hands get damp, the rubber grips will not slip. You will be amazed at the difference in the shooting comfort. Jim hoag & frank pachmyar are the fellows we shooters can thank for designing these marvelous products almost 40 years ago.