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Bill,

I was cleaning some buttplates when I noticed that one was missing the checkering on the upper portion of the buttplate. It's also missing the rivets/welds that I've seen on every other M14 buttplate:



Have you seen any like this before? I wonder if it's an early version or just a manufacturing mistake? The buttplate came off a GI M14 stock.
 

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Yes there were many buttplates made without checkering, I have had many. A friend has an H&R Museum Gun and it is missing the checkering.

As far as the spot welds I remember reading that some contractors used an advanced glue to hold the buttplate together. Don't know the time period.
 
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