- a protective plate on the butt end of a gunstock, usually of metal.
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Examples from the Web for butt plate
In our time we were required to keep all their metal parts (except the butt-plate) as bright and shining as new silver dollars.
Bending over, Rand could see the imprint of the Mauser butt-plate on Rivers's jaw; on the butt-plate itself were traces of blood.Murder in the Gunroom
Henry Beam Piper
- a plate made usually of metal and attached to the butt end of a gunstock
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