Split (feed) Lip
For those who are interested in the details, here they are: I keep my magazines fully loaded, bullets down, in my Sneaky Bag. This bag always accompanies our family whenever we leave the house. This means that the bag (and consequently, the magazines) is frequently picked up and set down—sometimes none too gently. This has been standard since I bought and reviewed these magazines last year. Considering that level of impact alone over this period of time, I’m impressed that one slightly cracked feed lip is all I’ve sustained.
After taking this picture, I sent it to US PALM and let them know what had happened. Within 24 hours, I received a reply from Mark Goss, who asked how many of the old style (pre-locking tabs) mags I owned. Mind you, he did not ask how many had cracked, how many had given me issues, or how many I had bought in that particular batch of magazines. He asked how many I owned that were the older-issue total; he wanted to replace them all.
Since we had already left for vacation (we were actually in New Orleans by then. It was just as miserably hot and humid there as it has been here in Indianapolis, if you’re curious), it took me until Friday (6/22) to verify that I only had five of the older-issue mags. Yesterday, I received a box from US PALM with five brand-spanking new US PALM AK-30’s. Had I gotten back with Mark sooner, it's entirely possible that these magazines would have been waiting on the doorstep when we returned.
I said in my previous review that I was looking forward to seeing how the AK30’s would perform over time. Apart from one split lip, I have had no issues whatsoever. In fact, if I were a betting man, I’d wager that the damaged magazine would continue to perform flawlessly. I’ve seen how the magazines perform, and now I have seen how US PALM performs under pressure as well. I continue to be impressed.