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.
Although many good citizens own and carry guns, keeping communities safe still fall on those who carry badges.
In a gun fight, even if you do everything right, you can still get killed.