NRA Gun of the Week: Mossberg MC1sc

posted on April 24, 2020

After its first handgun, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc. followed along the bolt-action rifle and shotgun path for a full century, but it was in 2019 that the legacy brand expanded on its first, four-barreled rimfire Brownie pistol with a modern design, and it did so in the form of a polymer-frame striker-fired option: the MC1sc.

Left-side view on white background of a black Mossberg MC1sc with text calling out make and model/

The Mossberg Carry 1 Subcompact—or MC1sc—enters the field of subcompact defensive pistols swinging a button-rifled, 3.4” barrel built of 416 stainless steel and measures 4.3”-tall and 6.25”-long.

Disassembled, left-side view of Mossberg pistol on white background.

Unloaded, the 9 mm Luger-chambered MC1sc weights a svelte 19 ozs. Mossberg provides a six- and seven-round translucent magazines with this pistol. Additionally, G43 magazines from Glock reliably function in the MC1sc.

Mossberg pistol in hand being loaded on shooting range.

From the top down, Mossberg provides standout ergonomic and necessary components for every-day carry. The gun’s well-textured grip frame houses a flat-faced trigger with included passive trigger safety. The magazine release is universal and can be manipulated for left- or right-handed shooters.

Mossberg pistol in hand with shooter removing orange-colored striker assembly from rear of the slide.

The trigger’s guard mates with the grip with a relieved undercut and an upswept beavertail at the rear combine to create attributes conducive for instinctive shooting and recoil management. The slide of the MC1sc was treated with a DLC finish for extreme corrosion protection and all of the edges, except for the two sections of cocking serrations, have been dehorned, or beveled, to eliminate the potential for snagging.

Man in protective shooting gear and wearing a ballcap shooting a black pistol on shooting range.

Putting rounds on target is aided by Mossberg’s three-dot sight configuration set in dovetails. Disassembly of the MC1sc incorporates a system unique to Mossberg—the stainless steel slide’s back plate utilizes a push-button feature that grants access to the gun’s orange-shrouded striker assembly. Once removed, the slide can be removed from the frame.

To learn more about the single-stack, striker-fired Mossberg MC1sc, watch our NRA Gun of the Week video above.

Mossberg MC1sc Specifications
Manufacturer: O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Inc.
Model: MC1sc
Action Type: recoil-operated, semi-automatic center-fire pistol
Chambering: 9 mm Luger
Barrel: 3.4” stainless steel
Frame: black polymer
Trigger: striker-fired; 5-lb. pull
Magazine: six- and seven-round detachable box
Sights: low-profile, three white dot; dovetailed
Height: 4.3” w/ flush-fit magazine
Length: 6.25”
Width: 1.07”
MSRP: $425

Further Reading:
Tested: Mossberg’s MC1sc Pistol

Exploded View: Mossberg Brownie Pistol
This Old Gun: Mossberg 142K
The Keefe Report: The Mossberg That Never Was
Range Review: Mossberg 940 JM Pro
Mossberg .410 Shotguns for Home Defense

NRA Gun of the Week: Mossberg 590M Shotgun

NRA Gun of the Week - Mossberg Patriot Vortex Series

NRA Gun of the Week: Mossberg 500 ATI Scorpion

NRA Gun of the Week: Mossberg 590 Shockwave

NRA Gun of the Week: Mossberg MVP LR Tactical Bolt-Action Rifle

First Look: Mossberg MC1sc Pistol


The Armed Citizen
The Armed Citizen

The Armed Citizen® July 23, 2021

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

NRA Gun of the Week: Black Aces Tactical Pro Series L

Known for coming up with some unique shotgun models, Black Aces Tactical has a stand-out shotgun with its Pro Series Lever-action shotgun design.

The Professional Hunter's Rifle

A professional hunter’s rifle is possibly the most important tool of his trade, and that which often keeps the close calls from becoming radio calls for help.

Rifleman Q&A: An Albanian SKS?

The Albanian SKS is a rather rare variant of the SKS rifle. Very little is known about its background, as compared to other versions. Read on.

Making Ammo: A Behind The Scenes Look

The recent shortage of ammunition has brought one question to the minds of many, what goes into ammunition production? Here we look deeper into the process in which commercial ammunition manufacturers produce cartridges.

Proof Research Awarded Contract for Future Weapon Systems Development

Proof Research was awarded a contract in the development of advanced medium-caliber barrels made of composite materials for the U.S. military.


Subscribe to the NRA American Rifleman newsletter