Handgun Review: Mossberg MC2sc

In late 2018, Mossberg introduced their first pistol since the 1919. I was one of about 20 firearms journalists who spent three days shooting the new pistol at the Gunsite Academy, and I was impressed with the MC1sc. A year later, Mossberg introduced the MC2c, which was a larger 9mm pistol with a double as opposed to a single-stack magazine. And in late 2021 Mossberg introduced the MC2sc, which is probably what the MC1sc should have been in the first place. We included the MC2sc in our 2022 handgun test and it performed very well.


Mossberg MC2sc specs

  • MSRP: $556.00 (at the time of this writing)
  • Caliber: 9mm Luger
  • Magazine capacity: 11 +1 (Ships with a magazine of 11 and 14 rounds)
  • Views: Three white dot, three dot or Tritium sights
  • Overall length: 6.25 inches
  • Overall width: 1.10 inches
  • Hight: 4.30 inches – with an 11-round magazine
  • Barrel length: 3.4 inches [86mm]
  • Weight: 19.5 ounces – unloaded
  • Additional rail: Slot-pack, M1913
  • Trigger action: Shot by the attacker
  • Barrel material: 416 stainless steel

During our test, the MC2sc’s closest competitor was the Taurus GX4, but it only beat the Mossberg by less than half a point. Demi gained his point advantage due to a lower price of $468.18, compared to $556 for Mossberg. However, in every other category, Mossberg equaled or slightly outperformed Demi. Overall, the MC2sc ranked fifth out of the 13 pistols we tested.

There is a good reason for this. For starters, the MC2sc is easy and safe to remove just like the original MC1sc. After unloading, close the slide to the rear and press a button in the center of the slide plate on the back of the slide. After that, you slide the plate down and out of the slide, allowing you to remove the shock assembly. All you have to do next is release the slide lock and remove the slide from the frame. Unlike many striker-fired pistols, there is no need to pull the MC2sc’s trigger before dismounting.

A slide cut on a Mossberg MC2sc pistol.
Mossberg’s MC2sc has an optical cutout in the slide that will fit the J-Point/Shield RMSc track. Sebastian Mann

But like many modern pistols, the MC2sc comes optic ready. The factory sights are also high enough, and the optic is low enough, that you can use the factory sights after installing an optic. We shot the MC2sc with only the factory sights, but before our test, I tested several MC2sc pistols with a Crimson Trace CTS-1550 reflex sight.

The MC2sc ships with two magazines. Both are doubles – one a convenient 11-round magazine and the other an extended 14-round magazine. With the extended magazine, which extends the grip, the pistol was significantly easier to control, but of course, the extended grip makes the pistol a bit more difficult to conceal. There is a polymer sleeve on the exposed part of the extended stock that smoothly maintains the shape of the grip. You cannot feel this sleeve while shooting; it just feels like a longer squeeze.

Pistol sitting on a white background with aftermarket sights.
Sight cuts on the Mossberg MC2sc will accept the same aftermarket sights as the Sig Sauer P365, meaning there are plenty to choose from. This MC2sc has XS Sights RD3 sights. Richard Mann

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Sights on the MC2sc we tested were of the three-dot variety, with two bright white dots on the rear and a single white dot on the front. For an additional $106, a version of the MC2sc is available with a set of TRUGLO Tritium Pro Sights. There is also an MC2sc version that comes with a manual cross safety which is a bit odd. It’s not a safety that’s conducive to quick deactivation, but it can work well for those who store the gun for home defense or perhaps carry the gun off-body in a bag or pack. A single 10-round version of the MC2sc is also available.

We had a complaint with MC2sc. The trigger had enough clearance between its tip and the trigger guard to sometimes pinch the trigger finger during the trigger reset. This was experienced by only about half of the shooters and seemed to occur less when using the higher capacity magazine. Perhaps the higher cap magazine changes the grip enough to somewhat bypass this irritation. Interestingly, at another event at Gunsite Academy, when this MC2sc was debuted with another group of writers—myself included—about half of the attendees experienced noticeable finger grip.

Girl near the target holding a pistol.
The author’s daughter with a reflex-equipped Mossberg MC2sc and one of her targets at Gunsite. Richard Mann

Shortly after that Gunsite event, my teenage daughters and wife used three MC2sc pistols for a one-day tutorial at the Academy. They performed well with pistols that were all equipped with reflex sights. By the end of the day, and after about 250 rounds each, the youngsters experienced several stops. Most likely they were due to the fatigue of the shooter; micro-compact pistols must be held tightly to function properly. However, none of the ladies experienced the toe pinching issue. So finger size can also play a factor.

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With or without a reflex sight, the Mossberg MC2sc is a strong performer in the micro-compact 9mm arena. It has proven reliable and is compact and light enough to be considered an everyday weapon. With the MC2sc, Mossberg has clearly created their best pistol to date. My wife still carries her MC1sc, but the oldest son and daughter are very happy with their MC2sc pistols. My daughter likes it with reflex sight and my son prefers it without. We replaced the factory sights on his with XS Sights RD3 sights and it has become his warm weather carry gun.

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