Mossberg MC1sc: A Polymer Striker-Fired Subcompact 9mm

Mossberg jumps into the concealed carry pistol market with their MC1sc, a polymer striker-fired single-stack subcompact 9mm.


Nearly a century ago, Mossberg released the Mossberg Brownie, a four-barreled derringer type pistol chambered in .22 Long Rifle. Fast forward almost 100 years, and now, Mossberg has introduced a second handgun, the Mossberg MC1sc.

They are getting into the concealed carry pistol game with MC1sc, a lightweight polymer striker-fired subcompact chambered in 9mm. I made a quick chart to compare some of the specs of the MC1sc to some other pistols in its class, see below.

 Mossberg MC1scGlock 43XD-S MOD.2S&W M&P9 Shield 2.0
Barrel Length3.40"3.39"3.3"3.1"
Weight (unloaded)19 oz17.95 oz21.5 oz18.3 oz
Capacity (Flush Mag)6+16+17+17+1

As you can see, the MC1sc specs are right in line with some of the other popular subcompact single-stack striker-fired pistols on the market. And one thing Mossberg and brought over from their budget-friendly shotgun line is the price. The base model comes in at $425 which is lower than the Glock, XDS and the M&P9.

Since I haven’t gotten my hands on one, this will not be a full review. We have reached out to Mossberg to get one for evaluation and testing, so be on the lookout for a full review soon. At the very least, I’m sure they will be featuring the MC1sc at the 2019 Shot Show which I’ll be attending so I’ll get some hands-on time with it there.

There will be four different models of the MC1sc available:

  • MC1sc – #89001 Base Model
  • MC1sc Cross-Bolt Safety – #89002
  • MC1sc TRUGLO Tritium PRO Sights – #89003
  • MC1sc VIRIDIAN Laser Equipped – #89004

Some notable features are their integrated grip panels with aggressive texturing. At first glance, I thought they might have been removable, but that doesn’t seem to be the case. It looks interesting, but I obviously can’t comment on it until I have one in my hands.

The takedown process of the MC1sc is pretty interesting. Basically, you remove the magazine, lock the slide back, push a button on the back of the slide to remove the rear slide plate, then when you close the action, the striker assembly pops out — no need to pull the trigger during the takedown process.

Mossberg MC1sc Takedown

Here are some other features pulled from Mossberg’s website:

  • Safe Takedown System ensures no trigger pull required during disassembly.
  • Mossberg signature multi-angle slide serrations for positive slide manipulation.
  • Standard snag-free dovetail white three-dot sights for easier target acquisition, windage adjustment, and after-market customization. (Sig #8 compatible.)
  • Stainless steel slide with upgraded Diamond-Like Carbon Coating.
  • 3.4″ barrel with upgraded Diamond-Like Carbon Coating.
  • Extended trigger guard for easy access.
  • Mossberg flat-profile trigger with integrated blade safety.
  • Reversible magazine release.
  • Aggressive signature Mossberg grip texturing.
  • Palm swell and grip angle provide superior ergonomics.
  • Glass-reinforced polymer frame for enhanced durability.
  • Mossberg Clear-Count™ polymer 6-round flush-fit and 7-round extended magazines offer low friction and high wear-resistance.

Joe Kurtenbach with American Rifleman got his hands on one, and you can check out their video below.

Now for a bit of speculation. Let’s take a look at the name, MC1sc. The first half is MC1 possibly meaning Mossberg Carry 1 which obviously would leave room for newer versions such as MC2, MC3, and so on. And the second half is “sc” presumably standing for subcompact. So could we see a Mossberg MC1c compact pistol or a Mossberg MC1fs full-size pistol in the future? I would say anything is possible in today’s market and if this pistol does well with the masses, why wouldn’t Mossberg look to expand the line into larger single-stack pistols. Did I hear someone say Glock 34X and 48?

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