Mossberg Enters the Concealed-Carry Market with the New MC1SC – SHOT Show 2019

The MC1sc was designed with concealed carry in mind. It is small, comfortable.

The concealed carry crowd is competitive, with heated debates over carrying a Glock or a Springfield or a 1911. However, there is no one right gun or the market wouldn’t be so competitive. Mossberg opted to take advantage of this and introduced the new MC1sc into this ever-growing market.

The MC1sc is a polymer-framed, striker-fired subcompact handgun with a staggered-stack magazine chambered for 9mm Luger. This gun comes in five packages that range from bare bones to “all of the things you might want”  In addition to internal safeties the MC1sc has a passive trigger safety and an optional cross-bolt safety behind the trigger. The cross-bolt safety is reversible for left-handed use.

The gun can be totally disassembled using the one button safe takedown system.

The magazine release is also reversible. The MC1sc uses both flush fitting 6-round magazines and 7-round extended mags. The magazines are interchangeable with Glock 43 magazines.  The MC1sc uses an aggressive grip texture and has sharp slide serrations at the rear and front of the slide.

One thing that makes the MC1sc stand out is Mossberg’s safe takedown system. By removing the striker retainer plate in disassembly the user does not need to pull the trigger for cleaning and maintenance. This is a major safety concern for a lot of striker-fired handguns. Suggested retail pricing starts at $425 and tops out at $526 for the night sight model.

The trigger has a 6 pound pull weight and about a half-inch of travel.

The night sight model comes with TruGlo Tritium Pro sights and for about the same price as the Viridian E-Series red light laser model. All of the offerings are dehorned at the factory in order to reduce snagging on the draw.

I was able to shoot this handgun at range day, and I was very impressed with how it performed. The trigger is on-par with other striker-fired pistols. It has a little travel with a trigger pull around 6 pounds and is manageable. I was able to hit steel at 15 yards easily and the gun felt great in my hands. Overall shooting the MC1sc was a good shooting experience.

Shown are the TruGlo Tritium Pro sights.


  • 9mm Luger
  • 6-round flush and 7-round extended magazines
  • Integral trigger safety and optional cross-bolt safety
  • Polymer frame
  • 416 stainless steel slide
  • 3.4-inch 416 stainless steel barrel
  • Black diamond-like carbon finish
  • 6.2 inches long
  • 4.3 nches tall
  • 1 inch wide
  • 19 ounces unloaded, 22 ounces with magazine

Shown with 6-round flush fit and 7-round extended magazine.

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About the author: Riley Baxter is an avid and experienced hunter, shooter, outdoorsman, and he’s worked in the backcountry guiding for an outfitter. He also get’s a lot of enjoyment out of building or customizing his firearms and equipment. Check out Riley’s Instagram @Shooter300

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  • Jay February 4, 2019, 9:27 am

    Disassembly w/out pulling the trigger… Idiot proofing. Mechanics in place of being responsible. Remove magazine, rack slide twice to be sure you didn’t goof! Open slide and visually inspect both magazine well and chamber to be absolutely positive weapon is clear and safe. Point weapon in a SAFE direction and pull trigger.
    That’s all there is to it, took longer to type than it takes to do and yet, so many it seems can’t be bothered to do so.
    Maybe this is the gun for them?…

  • Trevor_Phillips January 28, 2019, 6:44 pm

    Ahh another ladies gun

  • Trevor_Phillips January 28, 2019, 6:43 pm

    Ahhh another gun for the ladies and limp wristed sissy boys that post on here. A real man shoots something in 40 or 45 caliber.

  • Phillip Bell January 28, 2019, 4:25 pm


  • MattKcc January 28, 2019, 4:02 pm

    With the market flooded with small polymer guns I don’t get this coming out. If they had come out with something that was better, much cheaper or a truly original idea it would make sense. The other problem is they have a history of dropping non shotguns I bought a SSI singe shot rifle from them years ago. You could get extra barrels in different calibers. One you got the trigger work done was a really nice rifle big step up from my H&R. After a couple of years they dropped it so I sold it due to a lack of parts to get the rifle repaired in the future.

  • Scott B. January 28, 2019, 2:25 pm

    I have been looking forward to seeing this new hand gun for a month or so now. Does anyone know when they will start showing up at the gun stores? Also, like many others I am a fan of Mossberg shotguns as they are a no none sense shotgun priced fairly and extremely dependable. With regards to a same ole, same ole CC hand gun, why not get into the market. Yeah it’s starting to get a little crowded with small, light weight 9mm’s, but as they say, competition is good for business. In my opinion Mossberg may not have hit a home run, but at least a double by designing the little fella to use Glock mags. If the new MC1sc is priced right and they address any early bugs quickly I see a new Mossberg’s handgun line in the future. Wish Mossberg the best of luck on their new venture!

  • MacWub January 28, 2019, 1:42 pm

    Did some Glock patents expire? It takes Glock 43 mags (very helpful). It would be nice to know where they are sourcing this, from a reliable Slavic manufacturer with experience or from a newbie tool shop? Price is key. If actual selling price is a sizeable discount from MSRP it might find a market. My major concern with all these single action only, striker pistols is that most young purchasers don’t understand that the “holster” IS the safety, not that “drop” safety in the trigger. There are many stripped don’t “holster” options including some, for the Glock, that just fit inside the trigger guard that you pop out with your finger. It’s far to easy for a stray shirt tail to enter an un-covered trigger guard housing and release the trigger.

  • Joe January 28, 2019, 12:16 pm

    I hate those triggers. I wish someone had a Makarov knockoff with a polymer frame.

  • The Mike January 28, 2019, 9:45 am

    The Mossberg I want to see is CC 12 gauge. 😁😁

  • johnnyraygun January 28, 2019, 9:42 am

    This pistol is most likely manufactured in one of the Slavic countries. Many of those countries, like Yugoslavia, have skilled labor, along modern equipment and on top technology. They can mass produce excellent pistols and this is probably a reliable product. It is hard when the field is so crowded, so the price point is the key to successful run.
    I like the fact that the safety is optional and the pistol design does not offend me, nor does it inspire. We will see what the street value comes in at, then put it in my hand for a ride

  • Robert D Curtis January 28, 2019, 9:32 am

    I like the way it looks. Everyone complains.Your lucky u live in a capitalist country where competition is the name of the game, That’s why there are so many sigs, remingtons, springrields, glocks !!!

    Good luck Mossberg !!!!

  • Jeffrey L. Frischkorn January 28, 2019, 9:11 am

    Just like a Chevy Cruze: It starts and runs and is economical but so undistinguished you don’t even notice it on the road… Sorry, Mossberg, I own one of your rifles and one of your shotguns.. Both are fine products, and I am sure that this pistol is going to work just fine.. But as something to pass down or treat with any sort of respect, let alone, reverence? Nope. It’ll be kept for a couple of years and then become gun show trade bait…

    • al January 28, 2019, 11:48 am

      So, reliability has no reverence?
      In a Carry gun????
      Hell man, do you have a price on life?!?
      It’s a legitimate question, what good is a fine looking firearm that may not work when really needed?
      And yes, I’ve spent big bucks on fine looking handguns that performed like shit, don’t get me started on certain era Colts for example. Or Walthers. And a Sig.
      Or the POS Weatherby that screwed me on a nice Buck.
      Give me an ugly gun that functions under all circumstances and I’ll cherish that gun till death.

  • Michael Gothard January 28, 2019, 9:11 am

    So its .5 inches longer, .3 inches higher, 4 ounces more, hold 4 rounds less, and cost over twice as much as a Sccy or Keltec. Not really a good idea. Also, as a new product it will take a while to work out any bugs.

  • Smithy January 28, 2019, 9:03 am

    I want more than 6 rounds… I’ll pass.

  • Old OutdoorsGuy January 28, 2019, 8:55 am

    As an addendum to my post earlier, I don’t see how that subcompact could possibly have “a half inch” of trigger travel in that compact trigger guard?? Someone needs to find out if this guy’s credentials are enough to qualify him to field test or fire a new weapon and properly critique its operation. And if so, who the heck would WANT a pistol, with a half inch of trigger travel, to fire a round???

  • Lou January 28, 2019, 8:48 am

    The way it comes apart may be different. No trigger pull isn’t unique in the way it disassembles in that catagory of firearm. The P365 comes apart without pulling the trigger as I’m thinking some others as well.

  • Joe P January 28, 2019, 8:45 am

    I think the price will be significantly lower than Glock and Sig, 2 that I think represent that segment of the market well. The pistol seems well designed, with the right features. Yeah, I would like 100 rounds available, but 6 + 1 is right for a concealed carry. I have to wear it ! Hopefully it will be in the $300 range and all the bugs have been worked out. It seemed to have good aim recovery in the video.

  • Old OutdoorsGuy January 28, 2019, 8:42 am

    Not interested, I have been carrying a Taurus PT709 Slim for 5 years now as one of my EDC weapons. It is less than an inch in width, 9mm, 6+1 mag, and very light and comfortable to carry in whatever style of carry holster I choose from an IWB to a couple of new style Dupont Cordura “band” holsters. It came with tritium sights also standard, and, if you have any common sense about handling a handgun at all, you do not need 3 different safeties on any handgun to be “safe”!!

    Case in point, the integrated trigger safety will only “unsafe” a pistol when you are on the trigger and in the motion of firing a shot. By that time, a “safe” shooter will have reason to remove the safety and he/she has already made a commitment to fire on the target at hand. Accidents will happen and a trigger safetied pistol could conceivably be fired when dropped or snagged on something but not likely to happen, IMHO.

    I question the “6 round and 7 round magazines” also. Unless this guy simply loaded and fired one round less than the capacity of the mags he was using in the video, [which doesn’t make any sense at all!] those are more likely 5 round and 6 round magazines with one in the pipe which is not the way it was presented on the video and in the article.

    I have been a fan of Mossberg long guns for years and have a Mossberg 500 8+1 “riot” gun next to my bed for one of my personal defense weapons in my home. But I am not impressed with this new introduction from Mossberg.

  • Steve Warren January 28, 2019, 8:19 am

    What’s the point of buying a knockoff if it costs exactly the same as the real thing?

  • Frank S. January 28, 2019, 7:06 am

    I don’t see it as much different from the many competitors in the CC market. Ugly? Again, on a par with others in the target market. The only real difference is the “safe takedown system”… or the only ting unique I should say. So it’s just another choice in a big field. If it sells well maybe they will make a full size and/or compact (I consider this and similar size a sub-compact) version with a double stack magazine and 10-15 round capacity. It will still be just another choice in a crowded field though. Mossberg has traditionally been a great value/price gun, at least their shot guns. Seems like they are priced at the lower end of the big name brands. I can get any number of $425-450 sub-compact guns, so why the Mossberg? I do like the fact that they used a popular magazine instead of something unique, at least that means magazines won’t be hard to find or expensive.

  • Gem January 28, 2019, 6:51 am

    Sorry, but I do not see the point at that price. Looks like the small Taurus and a bunch of other guns that cost about half as much. For that price you can buy a Glock. Even the Kahr is way cheaper and the S&W Mini-Nine is way cheaper and with more rounds to boot. This will flop and be a bad marketing decision unless they can make it for about half the price.

    • Greg January 28, 2019, 7:47 am

      Most, always have lower price at release. Looks are better then the Glock 43 😉

    • srsquidizen January 28, 2019, 8:44 am

      Probably will depend on the street price. If it’s discounted as much as some popular Mossberg long guns it will go in more like the $300 range for anybody who bothers to shop around. Yes that is still higher than the street price of a similar Taurus and some other value-priced marques but it’s got a more respected label on it. I think this might coax some long-time dedicated fans of Mossberg long guns to buy their first 9mm (the “Who needs a pistol when you’ve got a 12-gauge?” kind) and they will give it to their wife. But that’s about all. The market is too crowded already.

  • Fredrick January 28, 2019, 4:16 am

    How sad. For their first pistol this is what they came up with? A small ugly looking 6 round capacity pistol? Not impressed. So many better guns to choose from.

    • AJ January 28, 2019, 9:43 am

      Vanity never trumps practicality. If it shoots true, it’s another option for people. Especially those just coming into the CC world.

      However, it never matters how many bells and whistles are added to a gun. People need to train with their firearms to be effective.

      • Zupglick January 28, 2019, 11:16 am

        Well said. I remember a night not long ago when a couple of gangs went at each other. Cops picked up over 160 casings and the only thing they hit was the window of a local restaurant.

        • AJ January 28, 2019, 1:00 pm

          There is a couple of things lawmakers are quick to forget when they try to nickel and dime the 2nd amendment.

          1. Criminals rarely train themselves to actually shoot.

          2. Criminals very seldom are out to trick out their hardware with the latest gadgets (bumpstocks, trigger packs, etc.)

          However, this is never pointed out.

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