Photo Courtesy of Mossberg
Now that Mossberg has launched the MC1sc—the company’s first handgun since its Mossberg Brownie Pistol ceased production in1932—the predecessor has been receiving nearly as much press. Details for the firm’s first pistol are scarce, though, so here are some key facts to impress your trivia-loving friends at the range.
It was chambered for .22, could digest Long Rifle, Long or Short cartridge versions, and had four barrels. There were no cylinders or magazines. Instead you loaded each chamber, closed the breech and when the double-action trigger was worked it was the firing pin that rotated to a fresh round.
Loading the Mossberg Brownie
To open the action, a barrel catch at the rear of the handgun was depressed—located about where the back of a modern semi-auto handgun slide is. The barrels and entire trigger assembly could then be rotated downward as a single unit to expose the chambers for reloading. A manual extractor aided in removing spent casings.
Barrel length was 2.5 inches—for all of them, if you’re wondering—and the handgun weighed about 10 ounces. No external safeties were incorporated in the design.
The handgun’s black walnut grips featured vertical checkering and one of the handgun’s serial numbers was found underneath. Another serial number was stamped on the barrel/trigger assembly, and visible upon opening. The numbers match on original pistols that haven’t been repaired or pieced together after leaving the factory.
Metal was blue and MSRP hovered around $5, although for a period the price dropped as the company’s manufacturing efficiency improved. The total production run for the Mossberg Brownie was 37,000.
For its day, it was an innovative, reliable and affordable design—much the same spirit that Mossberg carries on as it celebrates its 100th anniversary. You probably won’t see a Mossberg Brownie at your favorite sporting goods store, but the odds are good you’ll find a brand-spanking-new MC1sc, or two, and that design is every bit as interesting.