Beretta 70s magazine release popped out
I have this old (late 70's) 380 Beretta and the magazine plunger/spring popped out. After some difficulty I was able to get the right side handle piece off and locate the rectangular piece that the plunger thread were supposed to screw into. The threads were worn or likely never were cut properly and I'm not sure the hole in the rectangle had good threads. In other words it won't hold. Is it possible that these old parts might be available? Or shall I clean them up and get out the JB Weld? I looked in the Brownells catalog but they didn't list this model. Any suggestions or where to look for parts would be appreciated.
Numrich may the parts your looking for, I found all the parts I was needing to repair my Great- Grandfathers old Springfield .22 there. They listed several Beretta pistols, but I wasn't sure what model you have so I couldn't find out if your pistol is listed.
Checked Numrich. They have some 70s parts but not the magazine release plunger screw. JB Weld is looking better all the time. The screw end and the hole are rough, if not very well threaded and that may make an epoxy weld hold for a while.
So far the JB Weld seems to have worked. I put some Royal Purple Gun Oil under the rectangular piece that holds the magazine in to ensure it didn't stick to the metal portion it rested on (it did stick a bit but came loose fairly easily) and so far-magazines go in, hold and release when I push the button. I left the clamp on about 24 hours and applied the weld sparingly to the hole in the rectangular piece with a bit on the threads of the push button bolt (with the spring in place). In a day or two I'll fire a few rounds to see if the recoil causes things to let go but there shouldn't be a lot of strain on this mechanism. Otherwise the lousy threads would have given way 20 years ago.
Someone once advised "never buy an Italian car". Perhaps that advice applies to pistols, too.
Yeah, Beretta is total crap! Damn 35 year old guns requiring maintenance! What the hell!?!?
The parts can be had but you'll have to do some searching to get them. Beretta wouldn't have let the gun out if the threads were buggered so more than likely they have just gotten worn over the years. If you're not the first owner then it's entirely possible that someone else in the past has done some work to it also. You might also check Marstar in Canada, I used to get 70 series parts from them every now and again as they seemed to have a good stock. You might also look at Jack First. Although they aren't as used friendly as Numrich they also have a fairly comprehensive stock of old gun parts.
I'm the original owner. I doubt it's had 200 rounds through it and I still think the threads were faulty from the start. JB seems to be working. I fired 20 or so rounds through it the other day and the mags stay in when I'm firing and come out when I push the button. I will say it is accurate and I like the extra heft compared to some of the new concealed weapon 380s. My wife bought a Sig 380 the other day and––it's a whole different class of weapon!