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 Post subject: Checkering chronology
PostPosted: Sun Mar 08, 2020 10:41 am 
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Does anyone know when the lower end 68x o/u stocks went from hand checkering to laser cut checkering. Would be good information to know when evaluating used guns.

Ok. Any ideas where I could research this? Don't see anything on Beretta's site.



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 Post subject: Re: Checkering chronology
PostPosted: Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:32 pm 
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nfa1eab wrote:
Does anyone know when the lower end 68x o/u stocks went from hand checkering to laser cut checkering. Would be good information to know when evaluating used guns.

Ok. Any ideas where I could research this? Don't see anything on Beretta's site.


Surely somone has this information on this forum. Help Please!

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 Post subject: Re: Checkering chronology
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:23 pm 
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nfa1eab wrote:
Does anyone know when the lower end 68x o/u stocks went from hand checkering to laser cut checkering. Would be good information to know when evaluating used guns.

Ok. Any ideas where I could research this? Don't see anything on Beretta's site.


Does it really affect the price if hand checkered vs laser?
I wouldn’t think it would make much difference??


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 Post subject: Re: Checkering chronology
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 4:36 pm 
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Don’t know about laser, but computer controlled machine checkering appeared in the late 1960s to early ‘70s in this country. Don’t know about Italy.

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 Post subject: Re: Checkering chronology
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 5:25 pm 
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I'm thinking that checkering appearance matters, not how it was accomplished.
Look at the individual gun.


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 Post subject: Re: Checkering chronology
PostPosted: Mon Mar 23, 2020 6:19 pm 
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nfa1eab wrote:
nfa1eab wrote:
Does anyone know when the lower end 68x o/u stocks went from hand checkering to laser cut checkering. Would be good information to know when evaluating used guns.

Ok. Any ideas where I could research this? Don't see anything on Beretta's site.


Surely somone has this information on this forum. Help Please!


You might try: Cole Gunsmithing, Joel Etchen and Beretta. But I'd call them directly and talk to someone.


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 Post subject: Re: Checkering chronology
PostPosted: Tue Mar 24, 2020 8:57 am 
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I do not know the chronology. I will address one of the other comments. I have the latest SP1 with the whatever it is for checkering. I think that came into being in the last 2 years. From several feet it looks like fine grained checkering. It grips strong. From up close it just looks bad. It looks like some sort of laser burn to me. But I do not know. Then there are the Beretta stocks with the little ovals burned in instead of checkering. Not my cup of tea and I passed on beautiful grained 682 because of the so called checkering. I am glad I did. I like my SP1 with the new barrel design and its eBay replacement stocks better, I think. And I have $1800 or so in change to spend on shooting it.


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 Post subject: Re: Checkering chronology
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Hand checkering will almost always have some flaws. Look for “run-overs” at the borders, slight variations in spacing and similar obvious variations. Lasers and machines will be almost perfect.

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 Post subject: Re: Checkering chronology
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Hand checkering will almost always have some flaws. Look for “run-overs” at the borders, slight variations in spacing and similar obvious variations. Lasers and machines will be almost perfect.


Does it have any effect on value?


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 Post subject: Re: Checkering chronology
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Hard to say. It would depend on the gun. Hand checkering is expected on high end guns like English best guns although I would not be surprised that more high end guns would get the machine or laser to reduce the costs.

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 Post subject: Re: Checkering chronology
PostPosted: Wed Mar 25, 2020 8:30 am 
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Certainly good hand checkering would have an affect on value of a valuable gun. But....at entry level prices they have to cut costs somewhere and that seems to be a place of choice. And the laser cut stuff is worlds better than some of the really bad checkering on some cheap guns.




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