What's the difference between the classy-sounding Prince of Wales grip and a standard pistol grip on a shotgun?

Beretta Silver Pigeon

Chequering on a Beretta Silver Pigeon

Chequering on shotguns

  • Chequering is defined by the number of lines per inch, and tools are available for cutting a wide range, generally from 16 to 32.
  • The most popular patterns tend to fall in the 22 to 28 range, which seems to give the best grip on a shotgun.
  • The fewer the lines the deeper the pattern has to be, otherwise you would get diamonds with very blunt points which would offer a very poor grip.
  • For a very elegant pattern, the very coarse and very fine patterns are best avoided.
  • Very coarse just looks crude, while very fine can hide the fine grain of the wood.
  • Chequering is of little use when it gets filled in with a mixture of sweat and dust, so keep it clean by brushing along the lines with something like a toothbrush – not a wire brush.

  1. 1. Prince of Wales grip versus pistol grip - how they differ
  2. 2. Chequering on shotguns
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