butt·​stock ˈbət-ˌstäk How to pronounce buttstock (audio)
: the stock of a firearm in the rear of the breech mechanism

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Survival Tip The Little Badger’s skeletonized wire buttstock is easy to customize with a survival theme. Tim Macwelch, Outdoor Life, 21 Mar. 2023 But the gun purchased by Mr. Alissa, while carrying some of the hallmarks of a longer AR-15, had instead been marketed as a pistol — a gun that can be shot with one hand but which comes with a stabilizer that looks similar to the buttstock of a rifle. New York Times, 24 Mar. 2021 Inside the car was a buttstock from an AR rifle and ammunition that matched the rounds from the March shooting. Dallas News, 9 Nov. 2022 The Alligator also uses a recoil-isolating buttstock and a four- or five-baffle muzzle brake. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 22 Sep. 2022 Earlier this month, a former 911 dispatcher named Yunis Isaac Mejia was sentenced to 21 months in jail for having attached a buttstock to a pistol. Charles C. W. Cooke, National Review, 19 July 2022 Recoil will be softened thanks to a padded cheekpiece and buttstock. Joe Genzel, Outdoor Life, 21 Jan. 2021 The brace essentially replaces a buttstock, which sits at the end of most long guns, like rifles, to help absorb recoil. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, 26 Mar. 2021 The stock is two pieces with separate forend and buttstock. Bryce M. Towsley, Outdoor Life, 9 Dec. 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1866, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of buttstock was in 1866

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“Buttstock.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buttstock. Accessed 10 Jun. 2023.

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