After waiting far to long for my G17 to show up (2 weeks) I finally picked it up yesterday and went to the range. I put 100 trouble free Sellier and Bellot 124gr FMJs through it. Bottom line, I'm loving this gun. I need more range time as my groupings are off to the right a bit, but this gun is awesome. I did note one distinct brass to shoulder incident. I haven't had any to the face... yet. Most of them ejected about 45 degrees to my right. As far as the texture. Yes it is a bit rough. In cleaning it and general (unloaded) handling it did seem to "scrape" up my hand. When firing, I did note it seemed a bit rough. I quickly got over that and enjoyed the rest of my range time. Perhaps if I'm shooting it for extended periods of time I would want a pair of gloves, but for what I plan on doing with it I think I will just tough it out. It's not that bad. The only things I think I really want to do so far is the extended slide stop lever and night sights. I liked the way the extended lever felt on the models I held at the LGS. I think I've been bitten by the Glock bug.