TTAG reader Bill Julian writes:
Recently, I purchased a Beretta PX4 type D from budsgunshop.com. It came with two magazines. One has the standard magazine base retainer and the other has the upgraded locking retainer. After shooting the gun I discovered that the standard mag’s base moves under recoil. I called Beretta a couple of weeks ago to discuss the issue. I talked to one of their customer service representatives. His reply: get a new magazine. I explained that there’s nothing wrong with the standard mag save the baseplate . . .
I told him that the mag with the locking retainer works perfectly. His answer: buy a new magazine. I asked if I could buy a locking base. Nope. Not available. So I purchased a new magazine. It too has a base that moves.
So I called again and spoke with a Customer Service Representative. I told him I’d purchased a replacement magazine; it was no better than the one it replaced. I explained that the magazine with the locking base retainer worked a treat. So . . I’d like to purchase two please. Nope. “Law enforcement only.”
I asked him why it was OK for a civilian to have an inferior magazine? I use my Beretta for home defense and concealed carry. * Crickets chirping *
Beretta USA should really think about supplying flawed magazine to owners. I don’t see how they can, in good faith, NOT swap out the poor retainer for the locking retainer or, at the very least, offer the extended base as a fix to owners of the flawed mags.