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 in your jurisdiction may own and carry guns, keeping it real still fall on those who carry badges.
In a gunfight, even if you do everything right, you can still get killed.