Mossberg has entered the popular
striker-fired compact pistol market, and their effort is a home
run. The MC1sc is a lightweight, compact, reliable little 9x19mm
pistol that fills a very popular segment of the defensive pistol
market; that of a pistol with enough power to do the job, while
being small enough and light enough to carry every day. The
Mossberg has some features which will endear it to those who
carry such pistols. First is the excellent trigger for this type
of pistol. The trigger releases with just over four pounds of
resistance, but more importantly, the trigger pull is relatively
short, and has a positive reset. The trigger is straight, and
has a bladé insert trigger safety, which
releases as the shooter places his or her finger on the trigger.
There is a model available (89002) which has a crossbolt safety
just behind the trigger, if desired. These features make the
MC1sc easy to fire, and easy to fire accurately. Disassembly
requires no pull of the trigger, and is accomplished by removing
the slide plate at the rear of the slide. Mossberg calls this
the Safe Takedown System, as the striker is removed and disabled
before removing the slide. No tools are required.
Unlike some compact pistols on the market,
the Mossberg is fitted with a real set of usable sights. They
are the three-white-dot pattern, dovetailed into the slide, and
are made of steel. Thank you. There are also models available
with tritium night sights and lasers attached. The black polymer
frame is well-textured in the grip area for a positive hold. The
magazine release is right where God intended it to be, behind
the trigger guard, and is reversible to suit the preference of
the shooter. The MC1sc is supplied with two clear plastic
magazines. The one with the shorter base plate holds six
cartridges, and the one with the extended base plate holds
seven. Both functioned flawlessly in this pistol.
The slide and barrel are made of stainless
steel, and wear a matte black finish which Mossberg calls a
Diamond-Like Carbon Coating. The slide is serrated front and
rear for a positive grasp.
specifications for the Mossberg MC1sc are listed in the chart
below. Weights are listed in ounces. Linear dimensions are
listed in inches. Trigger pull is listed in pounds of
resistance, as measured with my Lyman digital trigger pull
scale. Height includes sights and standard short magazine base.
||9x19mm (9mm Luger)
|Weight with Empty Magazine
||4 pounds, 3 ounces
||6 and 7
|MSRP as of February 2019
fired a variety of ammunition over the chronograph to check
velocities, with the results listed in the chart below.
Velocities are listed in feet-per-second. Bullet weights are
listed in grains. JHP is a jacketed hollowpoint bullet. DPX is a
hollow nose homogenous copper bullet. FP is a frangible,
pre-fragmented flatnose bullet. FMJ is a full metal jacket
roundnose bullet. Velocities were taken at an elevation of 541
feet above sea level, with an air temperature of fifty-six
degrees Fahrenheit. Velocities were recorded at ten feet from
|Super Vel +P
|Super Vel +P
|Remington Black Belt JHP +P
|WCC NATO FMJ
|Buffalo Bore +P JHP
|Buffalo Bore +P JHP
|Super Vel FMJ
|Cor-Bon +P DPX
|International Cartridge FP
|Precision Delta JHP
The MC1sc proved reliable with each type of
ammunition tried. Every cartridge fed, fired and ejected
flawlessly. Recoil was easy to handle, even with the hot +P
ammunition. +P+ ammunition is not recommended, so none was fired
through this Mossberg pistol, but it handles the +P ammo
perfectly. The grip is shaped just right for my hand. While
compact, the palm swells and texturing make the MC1 easy to
handle, with either magazine in place. It is almost as if
Mossberg had the human hand in mind when they designed the grip!
This is one of the easiest-to-shoot compact pistols on the
As mentioned above, the MC1sc has a unique
procedure to disassemble for cleaning. With the magazine removed
and chamber cleared, lock the slide open. Push the button in the
center of the slide plate at the rear of the slide, and push the
slide plate downward and off the slide. The orange striker guide
can then be grasped and removed rearward, and the slide moved
forward off the frame. Very simple, and does not require the
trigger to be touched. Reassembly is in reverse order.
There are many good choices on the market
today for those seeking a compact pistol for self-defense, and
this Mossberg fills that role nicely. It is small and
lightweight, but has enough size and heft to handle well and
deliver accurately on target.
Check out the MC1sc pistol and other Mossberg
firearms and accessories at www.mossberg.com.
For the location of a Mossberg dealer near
you, click on the DEALER FINDER at www.lipseys.com.
To order the MC1sc online, click on the GUN
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