Mossberg MC2c 9mm
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Press release:

Following the phenomenal success of the MC1sc™, Mossberg’s first semi-auto pistol in the company’s 100-year history, Mossberg is announcing the next in its series of feature-rich handguns: the MC2c (compact) 9mm pistol. Combining superior ergonomics, performance-driven features and an increased capacity with its double-stack magazines, makes the MC2c a great size for concealed carry or home protection.

Five initial offerings will include two frame variants (standard and cross-bolt safety); choice of slide finishes (black DLC-finished or bead-blasted stainless steel); and optional TRUGLO® Tritium Pro™ Night sights. And all MC2c models come with 13-round flush and 15-round extended coated-steel magazines.

Mossberg MC2c
Courtesy Mossberg

Carryability begins with the compact size of the MC2c which features a 3.9-inch barrel and has an overall length of 7.1 inches; surprisingly-slim width of 1.10 inches; and height of 4.90 inches. Weighing in at 21 ounces (unloaded), this semiauto is designed to be incredibly narrow for its capacity. In addition to its concealability, the MC2c pistol’s ergonomic features help ensure that this compact is comfortable to shoot.

The grip has an added palm swell and grip angle, like a 1911, and features Mossberg’s signature aggressive texturing for a more confident, firm grip. The stainless-steel slide features aggressive multi-angle serrations that provide positive slide manipulation and MC2c pistols also have a reversible magazine release, located behind the trigger guard. Models are available with a cross-bolt safety, which is reversible for right or left-handed shooters.

Mossberg MC2c
Courtesy Mossberg

The MC2c frames are constructed of glass-reinforced polymer, which provides for high tensile strength and stiffness as well as high impact and chemical resistance. Slides are stainless steel with the option of Black DLC (Diamond-Like Coating) or Matte Stainless finish. And integrated into the slide is the Mossberg STS™ (Safe Takedown System), which unlike competitive products, does not require the user to pull the trigger to dissemble for routine cleaning or maintenance.

Other standard features include dovetail-mounted, low-profile white 3-dot sights (drift adjustable); stainless steel barrel with cut-broached rifling and 1-in-16 twist rate with black DLC finish; front accessory rail; oversized trigger guard; and flat-profile trigger with integrated blade safety. Trigger features include short, tactile reset; reduced overtravel; and approximate 5.5-pound trigger pull weight.

The MC2c flush 13-round and an extended 15-round double-stack magazines are constructed of coated steel which offers low friction and superior wear-resistance. The magazines also feature easy-to-remove floorplates for ease of cleaning and high-visibility followers.

Recognized as the world’s leading pump-action shotgun manufacturer, Mossberg has established its place in the concealed carry handgun market with last year’s successful release of the MC1sc (subcompact); and now with the launch of a companion compact pistol, the MC2c. For more information on the complete line of Mossberg handguns, please visit

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    • “unlike competitive products, does not require the user to pull the trigger to dissemble for routine cleaning or maintenance.”

      Not a Glock

      • My S&W M&P has something inside that you are supposed to push down to remove the slide. I just pull the trigger after making absolutely certain it’s completely unloaded. If you shoot someone during disassembly, it’s because you are careless and/or ignorant about handling guns, not because the gun has a design flaw. (Note that I neither like nor own a Glock.)

        • If no one solved that problem you could argue it’s still a design flaw. Its less than ideal. After anyone else solved that problem, it’s 100 percent a design flaw.

        • I agree, not a design flaw, it’s an operator error/flaw.

          I’ve yet to have one person educate me on a single firearm that shouldn’t be unloaded and made safe/clear before disassembly and/or cleaning. Not one. Therefore, not a design flaw.

          The MC1 is an impressive little gun that I like very much. Trigger is darn nice and it’s very ergonomic, especially in the price bracket they landed in. Very smart to use a magazine that has already been proven reliable, easy to find and inexpensive in the G43, instead of other mags costing nearly two or three times as much.

          Mossy is still a family-owned company so I’m impressed they have come out with two pistols in quick succession. That isn’t easy nor cheap to do. The cross-bolt safety is not something I’d personally use, but it’s a smart idea and will add comfort to those who are not as well trained as others, new shooters or just those that like a manual safety of some sort. The take-down feature is in the same vein as the safety. Not something I see as a huge selling point, but for some, it may be THE reason they select this gun, so I’m not really sure why so many people are bashing these guns, especially at these prices!

          Competition is good for innovation!

        • Good for you. I’m still shooting the holy crap out of my Gen 1 G17 – 35 years later – , and recently had every internal part replaced/upgraded at no charge during a factory Glock day at a local range. They gunsmith seriously wanted to buy my pistola but it’s not for sale.

          I luv my Glock and you can’t have it. Neener. Neener.

  1. Yep everyone’s making a Glockish 19. I’m getting a surprisingly well reviewed Taurus G3. Does this Mossberg have the bizarre takedown where you lose er take out the firing pin?

    • Yes. It’s not bizarre. It’s easy and takes away the variable of pulling the trigger to take down the gun. Which for you and me isn’t an issue, but the average idiot has this problem from time to time.

    • Actually it compares better to the Glock 48 and beats it.
      1.10 width (same)
      4.9 height (shorter)
      7.1 length (shorter)
      13 rounds (vs 10) and 15 round magazines.
      Accessory rail (vs none)

      I’d take this over the 48 by the numbers.
      The cross bolt safety is a bit weird though.

  2. After firing a 50 round box of ammo for a compact 9mm or 45acp, will your hand hurt to the point where you have to stop shooting for the rest of the day? Lighter guns make for more recoil forces in a gun when fired.
    If possible test fire a gun before you buy it. Try a rental first.

  3. Unlike Glock, they provide a manual safety. Though it is unusual. It is that small push button just above the mag release button. So I guess the idea is to thumb operate the safety like you would the mag release. Just don’t hit the mag release by mistake.

  4. I have had my MC1sc for almost a year, and it is a great pistol. Easy to conceal, particularly with my Galco Combat Master holster. I wish Mossberg would create an extended magazine for it. 10 rounds would be cool.

    • Remember that it takes Glock 43-spec mags which are now made by Magpul and ETS Group. I have some of both and they seem to work great.

      The mag that rides in the G43 from ETS holds 7 and fits flush, like the factory 6 rounder, which is nice.

      Best part is, the mags are pretty cheap!

  5. Would likely get me one. However being in a restricted hell hole state, (you know the one) the political overlords have deemed it unsafe and so so DANGEROUS we (unless you’re a cop) can’t have. Ain’t freedom and liberty great?

  6. These days, if you can’t find a EDC pistol that suits you for under $600, then you must not really want one. There’s literally never been a time where there’s been so many options.

  7. Looks like Mossberg has come to play.

    Their pistols seem pretty well made and ergonomic.

    They may late to the game on Tupperguns, but they went to school and offer a solid product… least with MS1.

    Looks like a nice option.

    • I’ve got an MC2c and I’m really quite fond of it. It’s eaten everything that I’ve fed it. Zero failures of any kind. And it’s really accurate, too. The only objectionable issue is that the mags are proprietary (made by MecGar) and there are none to be procured and Mossberg has none in stock. It’s my understanding that MecGar had to sign an agreement that they couldn’t sell aftermarket mags. So, I’m limited to the 15 and 13 rounders (one ea) that came with the pistol. I contact Mossberg periodically to inquire about mags and the response is always to sign up to be notified when mags are back in stock. My thinking is that Mossberg should have had the logistics/supply line established when marketing the gun. But, maybe that’s just me.

      • UPDATE: Mossberg has 13 and 15 round mags back in stock for the MC2c. Right now when ordering it’s a max of 2 each. So, I snagged two 13 and two 15 round mags. That give me three 13 and three 15 round mags. Think I’ll get a couple more of each and that should do me for now.

  8. MSRP of $490? No thanks. It is good to see new offerings but looks like it will be selling for about the same price as the M&P 2.0 Compact or CZ P10C.

  9. Full size pistol but only about an inch wide?
    That’s pretty good. Also sits low in the hand. Looks like very well thought-out ergonomics.

    Now if only it came in something larger than a pop-gun caliber.

    • Not sure on this, but if someone got one in center mass or between the eyes, I hardly think they would come back with oh was that just a 9mm…

  10. I have the mc2c sometimes it’s just awesome at the range it’s my edc but sometimes it just doesn’t eject the casings properly jamming up gives me second thoughts about carrying it

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