My first experience with OF Mossberg & Sons rifles was in 1967 when my friend, Rayvon Bennet, and I decided to go dove hunting after school. It was a different time and we kept our guns in our school lockers until after school and walked out of the school yard to an 80 acre farm behind the school. I had a High Standard JC Higgins 20 caliber autoloader and Rayvon brought his dad’s Mossberg 500. As a teenager, I was interested in all kinds of firearms, but was really impressed with how light and well-functioning the Mossberg was, a gun that cost less than what I had paid for my JC Higgins from opportunity.
Gun Talk’s Chris Cerino tried out the Mossberg MC2sc during a recent visit to the range. After shooting the gun early in its development, he was impressed with the final product.
Since 1919, Mossberg has been known for producing no-frills, affordable and reliable firearms. While they were known for their reliability and economy, few designs inspired rave reviews from gun writers of my youth. Primarily, Mossberg produced a series of uninspiring bolt-action rimfire rifles and shotguns, but in 1962 the company introduced the Mossberg 500, its most successful firearm, reaching 10 million sales at a time. record. Military versions of the 500 and subsequent models 590 and 590 A1 were the only pump-action shotguns to ever meet the requirements of US Military Specification 3443.
The first pistol marketed by Mossberg was a pistol, a four-shot .22 rimfire pepperbox.
Today, Mossberg produces a full line of sporting, military and defensive firearms, centerfire and rimfire rifles, shotguns and, most recently, the MC line of 9mm pistols. Until the introduction of Mossberg’s line of modern pistols, few people knew that the original Mossberg was a .22 caliber four-shot pepperbox pistol called the Brownie. In 2019, the company introduced the MC1sc, a six-shot subcompact 9mm that received positive reviews. A year later, Mossberg introduced the MC2c, a compact 9mm with a four-inch barrel and 13+1 capacity, along with a 15-round extended magazine.
With a flat blade trigger, a bump on the grip to prevent accidental dropping of the magazine, textured grip panels and a forward index point in front of the frame, the MC2sc ticks all the boxes.
While both guns were well received, the world was changing with the introduction of subcompact guns with increased capacity such as the SIG P365 and the Springfield Armory Hellcat. Today Ruger, Smith & Wesson, Taurus and Kimber have introduced similar subcompacts, as has Mossberg with the new MC2sc.
The MC2sc fully engages the competition with an 11+1 capacity in the standard magazine and an included 14-round magazine. Despite nearly doubling the capacity, it weighs only half an ounce more than the original MC1sc. In fact, there’s little difference in grip width – just 0.040 inches. The bore axis is low and the trigger guard is clear for desired hand placement. The grip surface has aggressive panels in the right places, and on each side of the frame, forward of the trigger guard, there are small aggressive panels where the trigger finger and support thumb should index. As an instructor, I particularly like this because it helps novice shooters relate to a good grip. The convertible magazine release sports a similar surface, and there is a small protective bump on the back of the magazine release button, which prevents accidental release of the magazine when the pistol is very close to the body in concealment.
With 14 and 11 round magazines and one in the chamber, the MC2sc sports an impressive payload of 26 rounds.
Sights are the standard three-point arrangement with a shoulder in front of the rear sight to allow one-handed slide scrolling if necessary. Forward of the rear sight is a filler plate to cover the optic mounting surface. TruGlo Tritium Pro night sights are available for an additional $106. There is also a rail section in the front for lights or lasers. Good cocking serrations are present on the front and rear of the slide. Also, the flat faced, bladed trigger snaps in at around 5.5 pounds, standard fare for percussion rifles and fair in my mind for a defensive pistol.
Fieldstrip is simple, but unconventional. Disassembly of the plate at the rear of the slide allows disassembly and access to the firing pin.
Field stripping is accomplished without dropping the firing pin, by removing the magazine, locking the slide back and pushing in and down on the takedown plate on the back of the slide. At this point, the firing pin and its guide come out the back of the slide and the slide detaches from the front. There is a captured double return spring arrangement. The system is a little unconventional, but it’s easy to do and solved the problem of having to pull the trigger for disassembly.
Left: The MC2sc comes with the standard three-point system or optional TruGlow tritium sights built into the slide. Right: In my qualifying exercise, the Mossberg MC2sc did well, with a score of 99%.
The last three years have seen more improvements in concealed carry pistols than the previous 25. SIG gets a lot of credit for the trend with the introduction of the P365, but the Mossberg MC2sc is a solid option.