Mossberg has announced the release of a full-featured, 9 mm concealed-carry handgun as part of the company’s 100th Anniversary celebration this year. The MC1sc (subcompact) comes full circle from the company’s first firearm design, called the Brownie, a .22 caliber, four-shot “pocket pistol.”
The handgun is available in five initial 9 mm offerings: the standard MC1sc and an optional cross-bolt safety version; two standard offerings with either Truglo Tritium Pro Night Sights or Viridian E-Series Red Laser; and the Centennial Limited Edition with a production run limited to 1,000 commemorative models.
Mossberg has grown to be the 6th largest U.S. firearms manufacturer in its 100 years of operation, and remains dedicated to innovation, with over 100 design and utility patents to its credit. The MC1sc reflects three years of development and new patent-pending ideas in combining the most highly desired features in the subcompact market with the firm’s innovative approach to design.
The MC1sc has an overall length of 6.45 inches and weighs 19 ounces (with empty magazine). Barrel length is 3.4 inches and the gun ships with a pair of two single-stack magazines—a flush 6-round and 7-round extended; glass-reinforced polymer frame. MSRP for the pair of standard models is $421.
The pistol features Mossberg’s Clear-Count single-stack magazines, which are constructed of a transparent, lubricious polymer compound that offers low friction, high wear-resistance and the ability to assess the number and type of rounds loaded. Easy-to-remove floor plates and high-visibility followers make maintenance a breeze. The MC1sc has the revolutionary, patent-pending Mossberg STS (Safe Takedown System), which, unlike competitive products, does not require the user to pull the trigger to dissemble for routine cleaning or field stripping. Rounding out the innovative design is an aggressive patent-pending Mossberg signature grip texturing, added palm swell and grip angle similar to a 1911 for a more confident, firm grip.
Standard features have not been overlooked. The slide is constructed of stainless steel with a DLC (Diamond Like Coating) finish, providing for reduction of slide friction and wear resistance. Aggressive, multi-angle serrations provide for ease of slide manipulation. And, the slide is topped with dovetailed-mounted, low-profile white 3-Dot sights.
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Its durable frame is constructed of a glass-reinforced polymer that provides high impact and chemical resistance with high tensile strength and stiffness. The barrel, constructed of stainless steel, also features a DLC coating and 1-in-16-inch twist rate. The MC1sc trigger has a flat profile and integrated blade safety; short, tactile reset; reduced overtravel; and has a 5- to 6-pound pull weight. Trigger guards are oversized for ease of access and comfort. All MC1sc models have a reversible magazine release, located behind the trigger guard, and there is also a frame variant with a reversible cross-bolt manual safety available.
In celebration of Mossberg’s anniversary, a MC1sc Centennial Limited Edition will be available, limited to a run of 1000 units with sequential serial numbering. Features include 24 karat gold accents engraved on the slide; Titanium Nitride-finished barrel and metal small parts; and special serial number.