That's my G17. Was my G17. It has wear marks under the 1st finger groove from my class ring. For a short time it had blood on it from me whacking my elbow against some skateboard tape I had on the grip while chasing a felon. The near medieval texture had was a nice way to keep my calluses under control. Alas, now it's gone.
At the beginning of my foray into pistol shooting, I blindly parroted all the BS you hear about glocks, the trigger sucks, the grip is uncomfortable, they point high, the list goes on. Run through Various CZs and M&Ps, then flash forward to getting hired on at a PD where my choices were Beretta, Sig, or glock in 9mm, .357 sig or .40, ora Kimber 1911. I whined, I moaned, I bought a gen 4 G17, and a funny thing happened. I realized this was going to be a gun that might be responsible for saving lives, and I practiced. Suddenly, that trigger was easy to work. The gun pointed naturally because most guns will when you do a hundred or so presentations a day for a few weeks. Ringing steel at 150yds offhand? No problem.
Then I changed careers and along came a sexy HK P30S v3 and away went an ugly G17 with some holster wear and a G19 I never really warmed to. After numerous range trips, lost of carry time and copious amounts of dry practice, I simply don't shoot the HK as well. The P30 has a more comfy grip. The paddle mag release is outta this world good compared to even the most well thought out button release, and I don't think a more durable pistol exists. All that doesn't mean much in the face of results, and the cold truth is I have to work much harder with the P30 to approach what I could do with the G17.
I don't really know what I was going for with this post, but it's an odd feeling to realize the "best" (HK)...isn't(for me).