Mossberg MC2c, by Pat Cascio. Fair enough accuracy.

Believe it or not, Mossberg hasn’t made a weapon in over a hundred years. Of course they are known for their rifles and shotguns, but not for their shotguns. I reviewed their MC1sc 9mm pistol a while back, and it’s a nice little pistol in 9mm. It comes with a flat 6-shot magazine and an extended 7-shot magazine, although I prefer the extended magazine for a better grip of the gun. Mossberg promised there would be another 9mm, and that was about a year before I saw the first one on the market, and I’m impressed.

The MC2c is a compact 9mm unit, but it looks bigger than it is. When I held it up next to other similar 9mm pistols, it was no bigger or even smaller than I thought it would be. Well, during the coronavirus pandemic, anything resembling a 9mm pistol was sold as quickly as it was on the shelves at dealers, and it goes without saying that it is even harder to find a 9mm machine gun today. One place, and I won’t name them, blatantly sells 9mm ammo imported from the FMJ for $799.99 a box, or about 80 cents a round. It’s almost criminal if you ask me… but people pay for it. I should also point out that the same distributor sells imported .223 steel-cased Russian-made cartridges at a price of $699.99 per 1,000 cartridges – again, these are steel-cased cartridges, not quality copper-cased cartridges.

Here in Oregon, the wait time for the background check to get the gun you just bought is nine to ten days – and at the time of writing, more than 5,000 people are waiting for their firearms. If you think guns and ammo are hard to find and expensive now, you haven’t seen anything yet!

I used to carry big guns – I almost always found them more comfortable than small guns. But that has changed a lot over the years. Today, small compact, subcompact and even micro 9mm pistols are more in demand than ever – and they work! Over the years, many attempts have been made to keep firearms as small as possible – and many of them have just not worked out!

The Mossberg MC1sc was a pleasure to shoot with, and is very compact and easy to transport. Many women find it a nice size because it fits in a hidden pocket handbag with a spare magazine, and you should always carry at least one spare magazine when carrying a gun! The guys love the little MC1sc because it’s reliable – so far – 100% in my real tests – and it has punch, and can +P 9mm, and it can be worn on a belt, waist, ankle holster, or even a pocket holder. And, if you carry the hidden, hidden in the last word!

The MC2c examined here is the big brother of the MC1sc, and it too is a real winner. For starters, the rifle comes with two magazines, one holding 13 rounds and the other 15 rounds – that’s a lot of ammo for such a compact 9mm rifle. I’ve been carrying this gun for a few months now, and I prefer to have a magazine of 13 rounds in the barrel, and a magazine of 15 rounds in reserve on the left side. The pen is very thin, and I don’t understand how it holds those double-stacked mags, but it does – a nice touch, Mossberg is very well designed.

Here are some of the features of this little 9mm : First, it weighs only 21 with a black polymer frame. The slide is made of stainless steel, but with a black DLC coating for anti-glare. We have the traditional white three point viewers, one on the front viewfinder and two on the rear viewfinder, and they go up very quickly. And it’s my understanding that all aftermarket sights are compatible with the Glock 9mm’s dovetails on the slide if you want to add night sights. The frame of the grip has a very fine grid on the sides, while the back and front of the strap have a different pattern, allowing the weapon to be held very effectively under recoil – not that the 9mm has punishing recoil. On top of the magazine, we have small notches on either side of the frame so we can put our thumb on the weapon – great!

For quick reloads, the magazine is usually square and easily accessible, and it doesn’t stick out too much either – on some pistols, the buttons to unlock the magazine are too big, so you can accidentally bump into them and drop the magazine when you don’t want to. The tractor tray is large enough for a gloved hand, and is slightly wider at the back than at the front.

Now the ignition. It’s a flat version – not twisted – and I was determined not to like the flat trigger – that is, until I tried it on a few other guns over the past two years – I have to admit I really like the flat trigger. And in the middle of the trigger is a wide blade, which is very common in many shotguns in a polymer casing, which is considered one of the safety features. Mossberg says the trigger pressure is about 5.5 pounds – I don’t know if that’s true or not. When you pull the trigger, it will give a little slack, but once you use that slack, the trigger will break cleanly. The more I shot, the softer the gun felt. But, as I said, the trigger pull is very clear!

There is a release/lock slide on the left side of the frame, but it is difficult to lower the slide after it is locked with an empty magazine. In my opinion no problem – just charge the barrel with a new charger, pull the latch and it goes into the battery – it’s a more efficient way to charge than using an unlocker. An old friend and one of the best firearms instructors in the world, John Farnam, taught me this method in 1989. We also have a Picatinny guide on the lid if you want to mount a light or a laser. The frame has hollow notches on both sides just before the trigger guard and is very rough on both sides. It’s about putting your finger right on the trigger when you’re not pulling the trigger…. Put your finger on the trigger in the hump and you practice safe gun use.

There are notches on the sides of the car – front and back. They are angled and deep enough to grip the carriage when closing the cartridge or checking for the presence of the cartridge in the chamber. The ejection port is lowered and broken into flares so that both empty and loaded cartridges exit the ejection port. Extractor – not too big and not too small to get the job done. And the oddities we’ve already talked about. There is a continuous recoil spring guide under the barrel.

This is where the MC2c differs from many other similar rifles when it comes to cleaning. There is a small button on the back of the slide – make sure the gun is unloaded and has no magazine in it. Close the cover, press it and slide it down – you can then remove the cover and spring. Then, while holding the frame, slowly release the slide stop and the slide comes off the front of the gun – and that’s it – very easy to learn – I love it! Oh, the 3.9-inch barrel is also made of stainless steel and is also DLC coated.

Testing my zone

I’ve reduced the amount of ammo I put through the firearms these days, for items, because of the drought in ammo, and this is the worst drought in ammo we’ve ever had – no ban. I only fired 300 rounds with this little 9mm pistol during the test – normally I shoot about 500 rounds. From the good folks at Black Hills Ammo, I had the following ammo on hand: 115-gr JHP, 124-gr JHP +P, 124-gr JHP, 115-gr Tac XP +P Barnes – all copper hollow point, and their excellent HoneyBadger 100-gr solid fluted +P ammo. I haven’t had a single glitch in all my tests, nor was I expecting one. The logs can also be easily downloaded. I’d like to add that I ordered a couple of spare mags from Mossberg. They were out of stock and it took about two months for my order to ship, during which time the price increased from $24.00 to $27.00 each. Wow!

The precision test was performed at 25 meters with the MC2c resting on a sleeping bag on the hood of my pickup. All loads pull easily between 3.5 and 4.0 inches…. and that’s more than enough for this compact 9mm. There was one feature – and that was the JHP Black Hills 124-gr, not the +P version. And when I did my part, I could usually get just under the 3.5-inch tapes. I always shoot more than one group, on each load, for my accuracy test – just to be honest.

If I see another Mossberg MC2c for sale, I’ll buy it for my wife – she loved shooting mine. However, the chances of finding another MC2c are currently slim, as not everyone buys every 9mm pistol they can find. But I can stand the weather. Take your time, the woman has enough guns already. But it says a lot about this little weapon that I want another one.

I can’t tell you what these guns are fetching these days, prices are all over the net due to supply and demand. If you want your own MC2c, start looking and don’t overthink it. Take it if you’ve got your eye on it. If you don’t, the boy or girl next to you will buy it before you can say it’s sold.