I have a pair of checkered wood on my stainless K9. Looks great and, compared with the rubber ones, bulks up the grip so I can get a better grip. Of course, the rubber makes the gun overall thinner, thus better for CCW. But since I no longer CCW my K9, that is not an issue.
In a gunfight, even if you do everything right, you can still get killed.
And thank YOU for being perfect, all the time, every time. Go forth and reproduce. We need more of you.