The MC1sc was a big surprise in the industry last year. Mossberg’s very first gun was the Brownie, a small handgun popular with trappers. Even though it was their first gun, they wouldn't produce another pistol in almost a hundred years.

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So when they came out swinging with a snappy little single-stack subcompact in 2019, we were all a bit surprised, albeit pleasantly. Looking to land another punch in 2020, Mossberg introduced the MC2c just ahead of SHOT Show earlier this month. The MC2c is a compact variant that holds a bit of size and width compared to the MC1sc. This extra size comes courtesy of a double-stack magazine that offers either 13 or 15 round magazines, depending on which you prefer to use.

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  • Models are chambered in 9mm and come with a 13-Round (flush)/15-Round (extended) pair of double-stack magazines. Five configurations are available, including sight package and slide finish options. (see model captions for details).
  • Slides are stainless steel, with Black DLC or Matte Stainless finish. Features angled serrations for positive slide manipulation. Integrated into the slide is the Mossberg STS™ Safe Takedown System (see inset, below left).
  • Sights are dovetail mounted and come standard in a low-profile, snag-free white 3-Dot configuration. TRUGLO® Tritium Pro™ Night Sights are available as a factory option.
  • Frames are high-tensile strength glass-reinforced polymer that feature Mossberg’s signature aggressive grip texturing and palm swell for a confident, firm grip under a variety of conditions. A front rail for accessories mounting is standard.
  • Triggers have a flat-profile and integrated blade safety. Trigger guards are oversized for access and comfort.

Models of the MC2c also come with cross-bolt safety that is unique for handguns or the option for a built-in trigger safety. Other models include a two-tone model with a stainless steel slide and a model outfitted with tritium night sights. The MC2c is hitting the market hard and coming loaded for bear.

Range day gave us our first shots downrange. The grip texture is one of my favorite features. It allows you a solid grasp on the gun and to retain complete control of its thin, solid grip. Fully loaded, the gun weighs 29 ounces, so it’s not overly burdensome, keeping it in line with most pistols of this design.

The MC2c handles just as well as it's predecessor, if not better. The wider and longer grip gives you a handful of the gun and allows you to control the weapon better. The gun comes with a safe takedown system that enables the gun to be disassembled for cleaning or general maintenance without having to pull the trigger.

The sights were dead on, and they delivered impressive accuracy. The MC2c and it’s flat trigger were suitable enough for concealed carry or home defense. The gun was gentle and controllable, and fast double taps to the head were dead on a steel USPSA target.
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The gun has nice and deep slide serrations on the front and rear of the weapon. The rear slide serrations are particularly aggressive, and you are getting an outstanding grip on the slide.

The Mossberg MC2c could very well become a popular alternative to the Glock 19, especially for guys like me who like to be a little different.

What do you think, will you be looking to throw a few rounds of ammo through this new gun at the range?

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Travis Pike is a former Marine Machine gunner who served with 2nd Bn 2nd Marines for 5 years. He deployed in 2009 to Afghanistan and again in 2011 with the 22nd MEU(SOC) during a record-setting 11 months at sea. Travis has trained with the Romanian Army, the Spanish Marines, the Emirate Marines, and the Afghan National Army.

He serves as an NRA certified pistol instructor and pursues a variety of firearms based hobbies.

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