Checkered Butt - Checkering, applied to the otherwise-unfinished butt end of a gunstock. In earlier times, guns built for a gunmaker's inventory could be left extra long in the stock, just checkered, and subsequently shortened to the ultimate purchaser's size and a proper buttplate fitted. However, many people found the look appealing in its own right and ordered their guns finished as such. Today, gun dealers are attracted to the configuration because when a tall person is interested in such a gun, his fit can often be accommodated by the addition of a recoil pad.
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