About 15 years ago I picked up a cut down Ugartechea 12 ga, which is a downright decent Spanish double gun. But some idiot cut down a not very cheap gun, and turned it into a cheap gun, but with a little style. It had a coin finish receiver with some respectable light engraving. The wood was rather straight grain, but had beautiful color. The tubes were quality barrels, not even mono-blocked; this was a good quality double. 19" of tubes though. When it had what I'm assuming were 28-30" tubes, I'm betting the gun was probably just over 6lbs. Now missing most of that length, she was just a touch over 5lbs. Well I was going to use it for a home defense gun and maybe, just maybe some Cowboy action. So I needed to see how she handled with some #4 Buck with a maximum charge behind it and a 2 ¾" shell. The first shot hit me like a left hook from a light-heavyweight. The stock was a bit too short, and when a double guns stock is too short, they smack you in the face. Well, I was dumb enough to pull the trigger a second time. I had a thundering headache for the remainder of the day. I had a small cut on the inside of my right middle finger from the trigger guard which hit with enough force to draw a little blood. That gun was sold within a week of that outing. Since then, I'm more than happy to stick with my pump guns, or like these days; I have an old 20 bore Remington Model 11 that does double duty as a defense gun.KG, I have no problem with "old designs"--my EDC sidearm's engineering IS older than even my oldest living relative, after all... LOL and my only problem with an old-school coachgun would be the lack of ready ammo on-tap.
Well, that and the fact that so far in my experience I have one of those misshapen shoulders that it's all but impossible to make a stock fit into, paired with the stubby arms that come with being a short guy (5'6"). LOL