Mossberg Unveils New Striker-Fired Subcompact 9mm, the MC1sc

The MC1sc is the newest addition to the 9mm subcompact world from an unlikely source. (Photo: Mossberg)

O.F. Mossberg & Sons announced today the launch of the MC1sc, the company’s first foray into the already-crowded subcompact 9mm handgun marketplace.

The rifle and shotgun manufacturer hopes their 100 years of gunsmithing expertise have prepared them to enter one of the most popular handgun categories, and the MC1sc’s spec sheet indicates that they’ve developed a competitive offering.

The striker-fired, polymer-framed handgun comes with a 6-round flush-fit magazine and a 7-round extended magazine. It measures 6.25 inches long, 1.03 inches wide, and 4.3 inches high. It weighs 19 ounces (with empty magazine) and uses a 3.4-inch barrel.

For comparison, the Glock 43 features almost the exact same specifications, but Mossberg’s handgun beats the Austrians’ on price: at $421 MSRP, the MC1sc will likely run $50-60 less than the 43 on the street.

The MC1sc also includes two components that distinguish it from its competitors. The handgun comes standard with what Mossberg calls Clear-Count™ single-stack magazines. These mags are constructed from a “transparent, lubricious polymer compound” that allows the user to see the type and number of rounds in each magazine. Mossberg has confirmed to GunsAmerica that the MC1sc will accept Glock magazines as well.

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The MC1sc also uses a takedown mechanism that requires the user to remove the striker assembly before disassembling the handgun for cleaning. While this sounds more like an impediment than a feature, it ensures safe takedown and doesn’t require users to pull the trigger before disassembly. Also, based on the company’s description, the process looks like a simple matter of removing the rear slide plate and racking the slide.

Other features include a flat-faced, 5-6-pound trigger, aggressive grip texturing, and a serrated slide.

The MC1sc is available in four varieties, depending on the desired sighting system and safety mechanism. The standard model is available with or without a cross-bolt safety and comes with white, three-dot sights. Mossberg also offers the MC1sc with TRUGLO Tritium Pro sights or a Viridian laser.

To celebrate its 100-year anniversary, the company is manufacturing a 1000-unit run of the MC1sc Centennial Limited Edition, which features 24 karat gold accents engraved on the slide, Titanium Nitride-finished barrel and metal small parts, and special serial number. The MSRP for the Centennial model is $686.

For more information visit Mossberg.com.

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About the author: Jordan Michaels has been reviewing firearm-related products for over four years and enjoying them for much longer. With family in Canada, he’s seen first hand how quickly the right to self-defense can be stripped from law-abiding citizens. He escaped that statist paradise at a young age, married a sixth-generation Texan, and currently lives in Waco. Follow him on Instagram @bornforgoodluck and email him at jordan@gunsamerica.com.

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  • Sou Foulette February 5, 2019, 6:51 pm

    You commenters are absolutely daft. This was a great move by Mossberg. This is basically a better G43 that comes from the factory with several of the features that people usually put on their G43 by way of the aftermarket. And all that at $100 or more off the Glock price *before* any aftermarket stuff.

    If I were in the market for a G43, I’d definitely grab this instead at this point. This has nothing to do with your 1911.

  • Steve January 19, 2019, 5:59 pm

    Seeing as Taurus G2C’s are going for $175 on sale(reg $199) around here I can’t see this weapon going anywhere. I’ve put 500 rounds thru mine without a glitch and it has12 round mag. The Ruger LC9s is a smaller profile, easy to shoot, carries 7 rounds and sells in the low to mid $200’s. The EC9 is the same weapon with fixed sights and sells for even less.

    Why is the Mossberg on the market?

  • Charles Valenzuela January 5, 2019, 11:26 pm

    Mossberg . . . . Just stick to the shotguns. Next we’ll have Remington trying to make pistols. . . . Wait!

    • Richard February 16, 2019, 6:29 pm

      Mossberg made a handgun in 1919 they know what they are doing

  • Lawrence Dimeo January 5, 2019, 12:15 pm

    AWESOME!

  • Beachhawk January 4, 2019, 9:03 pm

    Just what the world needs: Another polymer frame, subcompact, 9mm pistol. They are based on a very good design, light weight, easy to conceal, easy to maintain and generally reliable. But is there any handgun maker who doesn’t make one just like it? At least Sig came up with a useful innovation, a 10+1 round capacity. That is a real game changer and it shows what can be done when good engineers set out to improve on a good design.

  • Mikial January 4, 2019, 6:22 pm

    “…doesn’t require users to pull the trigger before disassembly.”

    What is the big deal about pulling trigger before disassembly? Does no one ever do dry fire? Does no one ever pull the trigger after unloading their EDC? This whole “you don’t need to pull the trigger” is absolute nonsense. If you’re too stupid to clear your gun before you clean it you shouldn’t own a gun.

  • PaulWVa January 4, 2019, 3:18 pm

    Just what we needed … another little auto with the crappy Glock trigger… I’ll keep my Sig, thank you .. even if it was twice the price (which it isn’t) I’d still take the Sig. I prefer everything about the Sig …grip, sights … oh and the trigger! If you’re going to copy someone else’s designs I suggest you start a little farther down the alphabet.

  • Ro Gal January 4, 2019, 3:06 pm

    I’ve alway wondered why Mossberg didn’t wade into the pistol line with 1 or 2 models over the past decade?
    Now I see they’re late to the dance, and with a model that seems downright “out to lunch”. With the S&W Shield, Glock 43, and a few other compacts (this is a compact right, not a sub compact?) like the new Sig P365, WHY would Mossberg enter the pistol market with this mundane model? Why not something on par with a CZ-75, Glock 19, Walther PPQ or FN FNS? A big but sleek pistol with at least 10+1 rounds. Oh well, at least they may become a collectors items one day.

  • Joe January 4, 2019, 12:56 pm

    Could they make this in .40 S&W +P with a 7 round magazine so it would not be considered an assault pistol for those carry holders that live in Cuomo land ?

  • missourisam January 4, 2019, 11:33 am

    For a shotgun, I’ll go Mossberg every time. For a handgun, Ruger, S&W(preferred), and in a pinch a Glock. For a rifle I prefer a CZ. Mossberg is solid on their Shotguns and rifles, but I”m afraid they have stepped in it on a plastic striker fired handgun. Hope they come out alright, but they are wading in deep waters.

  • Barry January 4, 2019, 11:02 am

    Why would anyone buy this at $50 under the price of a Glock 43? They had to come in at at least $100 under Glock for me to even look at it. But, even Glock 43 doesn’t beat a far superior Shield at $325.00.

    • Billy Bob January 4, 2019, 12:47 pm

      I am honestly curious and would love to know why you consider the Shield to be superior to the Glock? Thanks for your time and opinion.

      • Laarry January 5, 2019, 11:24 am

        It’s not…

    • Scotty Gunn January 4, 2019, 6:51 pm

      I bought a used nickel boron coated Glock 43 for $300. I put a rocket trigger bar and night sights on it. Polished all the trigger parts. Gun is a tack driver , even sand bagged at 100 yds. I can hit a basketball sized target consistently with a slight holdover. Freaking amazing. Has yet to skip a beat, with me putting over 500 rounds through it.
      I had a Shield, liked it, but the trigger made it shoot very inconsistent for me. I swore the trigger pull was different every time (the early version). Would have cost nearly $80 to fix. Screw that, sold it. Never looked back.

  • FirstStateMark January 4, 2019, 10:51 am

    Another compact 9mm …………. (yawn)

  • Charles Sears January 4, 2019, 10:31 am

    So how many rounds fired before the rear slide plate button falls off and the striker falls out? Only the striker secures the slide to the frame, sounds like a fail looking for a place to happen.

  • khiem January 4, 2019, 10:24 am

    Not a bad clone of everything else on the market, should sell for about $200.00 or less, if not, won’t be around long! Sorry, I don’t like plastic pistols, that’s why most of mine are 1911 types or ALL steel Stars!

  • Bad Penguin January 4, 2019, 9:57 am

    How about we get some hands on reviews before declaring this is a worthless pistol. Going to Glock compatible mags was a good thing and the clear mags allow you to get a round count even in low light situations. Lets see some accuracy and usability tests before declaring it a failure.

    BTW Everyone raved about the Glock GEN 2 when it first came out before it ever cme onto the market but the trigger sucked as did the plastic sites and the mags that had to be pulled out of the pistol. Not only was the trigger the worst one I’ve ever pulled but the polymer trigger itself can be felt to bend a little so it was replaced with an aluminum one when they came out.

    It took a serious trigger job, new sites and mags to make it into a decent pistol but people still raved about it

    As a general comment why is it that with all of this high tech manufacturing they cant make a trigger that consistently breaks at the same place? That 5-6-pound trigger doesn’t mean a range between different pistols but between individual pulls of the trigger on the same pistol. Still better than milspec.

    • Chris January 4, 2019, 10:39 am

      Was thinking the same thing. It’s not a Glock, and all of a sudden $400 MSRP is too high haha. I’d go $350 on one if it proves to be good

  • Rodney January 4, 2019, 9:47 am

    If they made out of metal then at least would not be another run of the mill look a likes!

  • Forest Capps January 4, 2019, 9:20 am

    Taurus Millenium G2 copy. I was thinking Mossberg made a deal with Taurus to make this pistol.

    • Ross Neal January 4, 2019, 11:20 am

      The only difference is the Millenium G2 has a larger magazine capacity (double stack).

  • Milan Krkljus January 4, 2019, 8:36 am

    This will be a huge fall. They just took all of that Shockwave money and wasted it on the R&D and rollout of this basic pistol.
    It has the looks of the Taurus and offers no discernably new features to the market.

  • Larry Abrams January 4, 2019, 8:34 am

    Have owned many Mossberg Firearms over the years with no problems.. But surprised at the rather high price they put on their sidearm for just entering the market…. I don’t think it will fly at that price. Less than $400.00 would seem more in order with today’s market for the less expensive makers.

  • Karl Vanhooten January 4, 2019, 8:25 am

    For $400? Pul-leese…I can get a proven new Ruger LC9s for $275 and less. The MC1sc Centennial price is just silly.

    I’ll say this: Mossburg has some real cojones to try and compete in the Glock, Walther, Ruger, & Taurus subcompact market.,

    • Richard February 16, 2019, 11:17 pm

      They’re going make 1000 of the centennial that is all

  • Star Elton January 4, 2019, 8:02 am

    Oh boy! Another striker fired polymer with a different name on it. Yawn. I agree with Jay. Good luck Mossberg.

  • Steve_Earl January 4, 2019, 7:46 am

    Wow, another glopy? it looks so different than everything on the market already! And the features… Sheesh!

  • Jared Neirinckx January 4, 2019, 7:43 am

    I heard originally Remington was going to launch it, instead they “sold” it off to whomever was willing to buy it … ie Mossberg. I hope Mossberg focuses on quality and not quantity this go round.
    Good luck to them, it’ll be on shelves for $250 second hand this time next year.

  • Richard Dilorenzo January 4, 2019, 7:43 am

    Interesting offering…. Unlike Honor, Mossberg is a well known name. I don’t see much of an advantage to having a clear magazine…I can only wonder how long Mossberg’s 9 mm will survive in this very crowded, competitive market.

  • Jay January 4, 2019, 7:18 am

    In an already crowded market Mossberg might have to lower the price real soon to be competitive for already proven designs! I wish them luck as they’ve been around for quite some time and have many good offerings out there!

  • David Robinette January 4, 2019, 7:14 am

    No thank you.

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