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Some shooters like to extend the index finger of their support hand infront of the trigger guard. The checkering simply provides some traction for the finger.
 

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On the other hand, I have my gun checkered underneath the trigger guard. This help secure the index finger of my support hand against the trigger guard. I have a hard chrome frame, without the checkering it's way to slick.
 

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Return with us to the days of yesteryear.

At one time most of the big name shooters in IPSC used the off hand "trigger" finger on the front of the trigger guard. It became kind of a fad and almost every shooter wanted the checkering. Pistols had the knurlling on the trigger guards, re-formed trigger guards (flattened) and were welded up at the bottom of the TG to provide finger grooves. Most of those "improvements" made it rather hard to find holsters that would work for CCW or LEO duty.

Fads change and the number of shooters using that hold have dwindled and the need for TG checkering with them.


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