i think that perception of quality is subjective. as there is quality as defined as how well something functions and is reliable. then there is quality in relation to how well something appears in regards to fit and finish and appearance. then some will judge a firearm on how accurate it is in regards to quality. quality can be judged in relation to price as to if i spent $5000 on a custom hunting rifle or custom made pistol, then i expect a my highter level of qualitity in comparison to a $500 rifle or pistol. price is sometimes used as a way to define and compare quality.