There are a lot of different types of stippling out there in the 1911 world. Each one unique to the Smith that holds the hammer. Stippling isn't anything new as it's been around for a long time. As a lower cost alternative to checkering. While still adding some grip to your gun. For the most part it is usually a lot more forgiving on the hands than checkering. Especially if you shoot a lot of rounds. But with the variety of options you have to choose from now for a front strap treatment. Stippling has seemed to fade in popularity and be a bit out of style. For me I will always like stippling and enjoy doing it guess I am old school. To me if stippling is done well it not only adds grip to your gun but creates an appealing pattern that blends into the gun.