Ahead of the 2019 SHOT Show, Mossberg announced a new pistol: the MC1sc.
The Mossberg MC1sc is a subcompact 9mm handgun that is designed for the concealed carry and self-defense markets. It offers a range of features that make it worth considering.
One hundred years ago, O.F. Mossberg & Sons opened its doors and started selling firearms. The first gun it offered was a handgun called the Brownie – a .22 caliber pistol with four barrels that looked similar to, but operated differently from, some pepperbox pistols of the era.
Fast forward from 1919 to 2019 and Mossberg has become the 6th largest firearm manufacturer in the United States. Even though the company is better known for its shotguns and rifles, it returned to its handgun roots with the new MC1sc pistol.
The MC1sc is a striker-fired, polymer-framed handgun that is an obvious candidate for concealed carry duty. Three years of development and testing suggest the engineers have had ample opportunity to work all of the bugs out of the new design.
Shooters may wonder if the “sc” in the name stand for “subcompact.” It does. Using this naming convention makes one wonder what else may be in the pipeline. Also, this gun is chambered in 9mm only. Other caliber options may also be in the works.
The MC1sc or MC1 subcompact is relatively small and lightweight. It has a 3.4″ barrel, and with an empty magazine, it weighs a little more than one pound.
Today’s shooter has a broad selection of subcompact pistols from which to choose. Mossberg seems to have recognized this as the company attempts to differentiate itself with a number of features such as:
- Clear-Count Magazines: Mossberg uses Clear-Count magazines with translucent bodies that allow the shooter the ability to quickly assess round count. According to the company, the magazine bodies are made from a “lubricious polymer compound” that offers very good wear resistance and low friction. Mossberg also states the floor plates are easy to remove. Bright red followers also help owners quickly ID when a magazine is completely unloaded.
- Mossberg STS: One of the complaints I’ve heard about Glock pistols relates to the need to depress the trigger to field strip the pistol. While I don’t feel the complaint has much merit, I recognize that perception is reality for most consumers. So, I completely understand Mossberg’s use of the STS, or Safe Takedown System, that negates the need for a trigger press to disassemble the pistol.
- DLC Finish: Diamond-like carbon coatings (DLC) have become quite popular for shooters that want excellent wear and corrosion resistance on their firearms. Mossberg uses a black DLC as standard to reduce wear and improve durability of the MC1sc. Both the barrel and slide have a DLC finish.
- Flat Faced Trigger: Mossberg uses a flat faced trigger with a blade trigger safety. The company states the trigger pull weight is between 5 and 6 pounds.
Mossberg includes two magazines with each pistol: a flush fitting 6-round magazine and an extended 7-round magazine. Additional features include 3-dot sights, an oversized trigger guard, reversible magazine release button and forward slide serrations.
CONFIRMATION: A Mossberg representative confirmed that the MC1sc will feed from Glock 43 magazines.
Specifications & Variations
At launch, there are five different versions of the MC1sc that can be purchased.
Standard MC1sc Specifications
|Magazine Capacity||6 (flush), 7 (extended)|
A variation of the basic model is a version with a cross bolt safety. This safety is located on the frame and directly behind the trigger. I wonder how well this configuration works as it looks like a shooter’s trigger finger may activate or deactivate the safety simply by grasping the gun. This variation is otherwise identical to the basic MC1sc pistol.
If the standard 3-dot sights aren’t ideal for you, Mossberg offers two other aiming options. The first has a set of Truglo Tritum Pro sights installed.
The second optional sighting system leaves the basic 3-dot sights in place, but adds a Viridian E-Series laser unit. This unit attaches to the front of the trigger guard and uses a red aiming laser.
The final variation is the Centennial Limited Edition MC1sc. Recognizing the company’s 100th anniversary, this is a limited run of 1000 pistols with sequential serial numbers. It features 24k gold accents on the engraved slide and a titanium nitride finish on the barrel and other metal parts.
Mossberg aims to keep this gun affordable. The basic models have a suggested retail price of $421. This beats the wildly popular Smith & Wesson M&P Shield 2.0 by more than $50. It is, however, priced more than $100 above the Ruger EC9s pistols.
Stepping up to the model with the Truglo Tritium Pro sights, the suggested retail price increases to $526. If you opt for the Viridian laser sight with standard 3-dot sights, the price is $514.
As one might expect, the limited edition gold plated pistol is the most expensive at $686.
When the gun launched, several companies announced concealed carry rigs that are made for the guns. Since then, more companies have announced fits. See our full list of Mossberg MC1sc holsters here.
It will be interesting to see what the public’s response to this new gun will be.Â A gun designed for personal protection must be reliable. For it to be a commercial success, however, it has to feel good in the hand and look good enough to catch people’s attention.
The use of “sc” to indicate “subcompact” certainly suggests that a MC1 or MC1c might also be in development. If this gun sells well enough, Mossberg may have an entire line of pistols on the market by this time next year.
In my experience, Mossberg makes quality firearms. So, I have high expectations for how well this gun performs. Time will tell.
Last Update: October 16, 2022
22 replies on “Mossberg MC1sc – A New 9mm Pistol with 100 Year Roots”
Found mine here:
Hope to have it in hand sometime next week. Have been wanting a striker fired sub compact 9 for some time but couldn’t commit to any of the others on the market. This one just seemed right.
Just got the new MC1, went straight to the range and ran fifty rounds through it. Zero problems, no misfires and dead on at twenty five and fifty feet. 124gr jacketed and 147gr hollow points used during this fun.
The pistol feels great and controlable at all times. There were no accidental trippings of the safety on or off during the shoot. The longer magazine is my favored of the two. Feeling that the shorter magazine is a backup piece only and might be left in the box with the other misc stuff. Definitely going to purchase more magazines and the correct holster for it.
All said, I don’t have any negative thing to say about the new Mossberg MC1, I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in a compact 9mm.
I was wondering if I could load the clip; and chamber one round, then put another one in clip turning it into seven rounds instead of six. Any and all responses greatly appreciated. Thanks ahead of time.
Recently put 200+ rounds through newly purchased Mossberg MC1sc; external design with ergonomic concerns for handling and concealed carry are excellent. I found myself appreciating the clear magazines the more I used the gun – they’re easy to load with ammo with no question how many rounds you’ve already put in. Mags also seem far tougher than they appear and I’ve heard they are very durable and I had no feed problems. BUT, the trigger on this gun renders it unbearable to shoot for any length of time – the end of the trigger and the end of the safety blade are shaped in a manner that pinched my trigger finger repeatedly until I gave up from the aggravation and pain of it. I flinched constantly and decided no trigger should be this much of a problem. Trigger pull and reset were fine but the very end of the thing is designed poorly. Too bad because otherwise Mossberg has something good going on with this pistol. Hope they can resolve this issue.