Mossberg Gets Into Handguns with the MC1sc Pistol

The striker-fired, single-stack 9mm subcompact is designed from the ground up for concealed carry.

This year, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. turns 100 years old. To celebrate, the rifle and shotgun company is doing something a bit different—they’ve released a handgun.

Today, Mossberg announced the release of a 9mm concealed carry pistol dubbed the Mossberg MC1sc (subcompact).

Though the company has limited its production to long guns…and some short shotguns, for decades, it did begin as a handgun company producing the .22-caliber, four-shot "Brownie" pocket pistol. You can read more about that and the early days of Mossberg here.

The MC1sc has been released in five variants, all chambered in 9mm: the standard MC1sc (MSRP: $421) and an optional cross-bolt safety version (MSRP: $421); two other versions with upgraded sights - either TRUGLO Tritium Pro Night Sights (MSRP: $526) or a Viridian E-Series red laser sight (MSRP: $514); and a Centennial Limited Edition with a tritium nitride barrel and guide rod, polished DLC slide, and 24kt gold accents engraved on the slide—which will be limited to a run of 1,000 guns with special serial numbers.

From Mossberg:

“The MC1sc reflects three years of development and new patent-pending ideas in combining the most highly-desired features in the subcompact market with Mossberg’s innovative approach to design. Important features in a subcompact handgun are size, weight, caliber and carryability; and the MC1sc delivers with its overall length of 6.45 inches; recoil-managing weight of 19 ounces (with empty magazine); and barrel length of 3.4 inches in the popular 9mm chambering. Other desired features include two single-stack magazines, a flush 6-round and 7-round extended; glass-reinforced polymer frame; and suggested retail price of $421 for the two standard models.”

The pistols all feature what Mossberg is calling Clear-Count single-stack magazines that are constructed of a transparent, lubricous polymer compound “that offers low friction and high wear resistance, while providing quick at-a-glance assessment of the number and type of rounds loaded” in the magazine.

All MC1sc pistols come with a flush 6-round magazine and an extended 7-round mag. The pistol also has a takedown system that doesn’t require the user to pull the trigger during disassembly—which is evidently desirable for all the folks who like to try to take their gun apart while its loaded. Mossberg is calling it the STS (Safe Takedown System).

The pistol also has an aggressive patent-pending Mossberg signature grip texturing, added palm swell, and a grip angle similar to that of a 1911 pistol.

The slide is stainless steel with a DLC (Diamond Like Coating) finish for reduction of slide friction and wear resistance with aggressive, multi-angle serrations. The slide is topped with dovetail-mounted, low-profile white 3-Dot sights.

The frame is constructed of a glass-reinforced polymer that provides high impact and chemical resistance with high tensile strength and stiffness.

The barrel also has the DLC coating and a 1:16 twist.

The trigger on the MC1sc has a flat profile with an integrated blade safety, short reset, reduced over travel, and a five to six-round pull weight.

The trigger guard is oversized for ease of use with or without gloves and all MC1sc pistols have a reversible magazine release

Mossberg MC1sc Pistol Specs

SKU Caliber Capacity Barrel/Receiver Finish Sights Overall Length Frame/Finish Weight MSRP
89001 9mm 6+1, 7+1 3.4" stainless steel DLC White 3-Dot 6.45" Glass-Reinforced Polymer 19 oz. $421
89002 9mm 6+1, 7+1 3.4" stainless steel DLC White 3-Dot 6.45" Glass-Reinforced Polymer, Reversible Cross-Bolt Safety 19 oz. $421
89003 9mm 6+1, 7+1 3.4" stainless steel DLC TRUGLO Tritium Pro 6.45" Glass-Reinforced Polymer 19 oz. $526
89004 9mm 6+1, 7+1 3.4" stainless steel DLC Viridian E-Series Red Laser sight + White 3-Dot Sights 6.45" Glass-Reinforced Polymer 19 oz. $514
89005 9mm 6+1, 7+1 3.4" stainless steel, tritium nitride barrel and guide rod, polished DLC slide w/ 24kt gold plating White 3-Dot 6.45" Glass-Reinforced Polymer, tritium nitride, and cerakoted small parts 19 oz. $686