I see it all over the place: everyone says that double barrel shotguns under $1,000 are junk. Could someone explain why, instead of just saying "they are more complicated to make, and it's hard to do for under 1k"?
more complicated to make, and it is
hard to do for under 1k.
That's the truth. Double guns ARE harder to make. You have to regulate the barrels which takes a lot of labor. The lockworks are more complex. You have to use twice as many barrels.
In order to do all this extra work and still keep the price down, the quality of the metal, the fit and finish of the parts and cosmetics all suffer. You can buy a very well made pump for about the cost of a cheap double. And you'd be well advised to do so.