Two of my 1911's both have checkered front straps and having gotten accustom to them it makes my other 1911's with smooth front straps feel naked. I'm thinking of having two checkered. They are not expensive 1911's, a Colt and a Springfield, but I am partial to both and don't mind putting a little more money in both. I know who some of the bigger name gunsmiths are and I expect there are longer wait times. I'm not looking for presentation grade work as these two pistols are "working" guns that I shoot matches with, and they are somewhat scuffed up as it is. Any ideas?