I put this in beginner's corner, b/c it's the ultimate "noob" question. I've been shooting for 20 years, but while 1911 window shopping, I got to thinking about how prevalent front serrations are. Surely they wouldn't still be so frequently seen if they are 100% window dressing. But I never grab a slide up there, unless maybe breaking down the gun, or similar time that a textured grip wouldn't serve much purpose. Is there a reason -or a method of racking the slide I'm unfamiliar with? I tend to keep my hands away from that end during operation.