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Mossberg MC2c Review: Versatile Compact Carry Pistol

We take a look at the compact Mossberg MC2c -- a 9mm pistol ready to take on concealed carry. Is it worth it? Come find out.

    A couple of years ago, I reviewed the then-brand-new Mossberg MC1c. It was a 6- and 7-round 9mm single-stack semi-auto.

    The most repetitive comments on that review were all something along the lines of “Mossberg makes pistols? I thought they just did shotguns!”

    Mossberg MC2c
    Mossberg MC2c

    In fact, Mossberg released their first pistol — a four-barreled .22 with a firing pin that rotated between barrels — more than a century ago.

    Fast-forward 100 years, and we see the introduction of the new 9mm subcompact MC1sc in January 2019. It caught on pretty well, and Mossberg sold a bunch of ‘em.

    Mossberg Brownie ad
    Ad for the original Mossberg “Brownie” pistol

    Then, at SHOT show 2022, Mossberg debuted the MC2c, a double-stack version of the MC1c that uses 13- and 15-round magazines.

    They later came out with an 11-/14-round sub-compact version, the MC2sc.

    But for now, let’s take a closer look at the MC2c. We’ll dive into the specs and features, pros and cons, and background and take it to the range!

    Table of Contents


    Mossberg MC2c at a Glance 


    • 15+1 capacity
    • Great egonomics
    • Ideal size for concealed carry
    • No trigger pull takedown
    • Flat-faced trigger with a pull weight averaging 5 pounds, 6 ounces.
    • The factory sights co-witness with a red dot sight automatically.
    • Reversible slide release and thumb safety


    • No lifetime warranty
    • MSRP of $505 might be a bit steep for some shooters.
    • No backstrap inserts 

    The Bottom Line 

    With its feature set (no-trigger-pull takedown, decent factory sights, good accuracy, nicely shaped and textured grip, and flat trigger), the Mossberg MC2c is worth consideration. Its predecessor was well-received, and I was impressed with this one too.

    Most Impressive

    Specs & Features 


    • Caliber: 9mm
    • Width: 1.1”
    • Length: 7.1”
    • Barrel Length: 3.9”
    • Height: 4.9”
    • Weight: 29 oz. loaded
    • Capacity: 13-round and 15-round extended magazines included


    • Swappable sights
    • Low-cut optics slot to allow for co-witnessing with stock sights
    • Accepts Shield RMSc and JPoint footprint optics
    • Flat-faced trigger with a 5 lbs, 6 oz pull weight
    • Available in several different models
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    The Mossberg MC1c got the gun world’s attention when it was introduced in January 2019.

    I recall thinking that the gun probably wasn’t anything to write home about…after all, Mossberg was known primarily for its shotguns, right? They hadn’t made pistols since 1920, right?

    Well, pass the Grey Poupon — it goes well with crow.

    They’re laughing at me.

    The pistol I reviewed shot well, felt good in the hand, and functioned like a champ. So, when the company had the opportunity to update their 6- and 7-round gun to a higher capacity, I’m not surprised that they jumped on it.

    We now have 13- and 15-round magazines in the box, with more 15-rounders available from Mossberg for about $30. It seems that they have a winner all over again with this MC-”deuce”-c version.

    Who Is It For?

    The MC2c is for anyone wanting a 9mm for concealed carry in the Glock 19/Springfield XD/Taurus G3/Ruger Security-9 size range.

    It is a touch larger than some of those guns, but it sits very neatly in the double-stack magazine capacity series of concealed compact carry pistols. The 13- and 15-round magazines will not leave you feeling undergunned.

    The slide rail on its dust cover (with one slot) will allow lights or lasers to be installed, which expands its usage for home defense.

    Mossberg MC2c slide
    Mossberg MC2c slide

    Lay in a couple more 15-round magazines, and you should be good to go, whether you carry the gun or leave it at home. It’s a very versatile pistol.

    Fit & Feel

    The pistol fits my fairly average-size hand very well. But, if you have Hickok45-sized paws, it might feel a touch small — especially the distance-to-trigger measurement.

    Mossberg MC2c in hand
    Mossberg MC2c in hand

    I was able to get up high under the trigger guard and rear of the frame. That usually means that I’ll be able to control the gun a bit more easily, and this was no exception. It felt very good in my hand.

    The beavertail is excellent and also works well.

    Mossberg MC2c grip
    Mossberg MC2c grip

    How Does It Shoot?

    I shot this pistol with three different factory loads. I wish I could’ve done more, but ammo is still scarce (and expensive) in my neck of the woods. So, I shot what I had.

    All three were 115-grain 9mm target loads. The brands included Maxxtech, Fiocchi Training Dynamics (now discontinued and replaced by Range Dynamics), and Winchester.

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    The Fiocchi shot pretty decently and would bear further experimentation. The others weren’t bad, but they weren’t good, either.

    It just proves that guns tend to be picky about the ammo they shoot. It pays to try several different loads to find the one your gun likes best.

    At 20 yards with Fiocchi

    What Sets it Apart?

    Why in the world would you buy this MC2c when you could buy another of the guns I listed above, like the Glock 19, Springfield XD, Taurus G3, or Ruger Security-9?

    Barrel Length:Overall LengthMSRP:
    Mossberg MC2c3.9”7.10″$505
    Mossberg MC2sc3.4″6.25″$556
    Glock 19, Gen 54.02”7.28″$559
    Springfield XD4″7.3″$440
    Ruger Security-94″7.24″$649
    Taurus G34″7.3″$340
    (Note: “Magazines” includes those that come with the gun)

    All five of these guns are built to last, and each of them is accurate and reliable — at least the ones I’ve shot were.

    So, why buy the Mossberg? A few reasons come to mind… 

    Mossberg MC2c disassembled
    Mossberg MC2c disassembled

    First, the gun comes apart without having to use the trigger. That can be a big deal.

    Second, it felt really good in my hand. The ergonomics of this pistol are top-notch.

    Third, its magazine capacities lie toward the top of the round counts for all of the other guns listed here. Plus, they only cost about $30 apiece.

    Mossberg MC2c mags
    Mossberg MC2c mags

    By The Numbers 

    Reliability: 5/5

    No problems with any ammo.

    Ergonomics: 5/5

    It feels very good in my hand.

    Accuracy: 5/5

    No issues here.

    Customization: 3.5/5

    Holsters are available, but its aftermarket is fairly small at this point. 

    Value: 5/5

    This gun is in the same price range as other guns it compares to and represents a very real value for its street price of around $400.

    Overall: 4.5/5

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    Upgrades for the Mossberg MC2c

    Even though there’s not a mountain of third-party accessories for the Mossberg, you can find a decent holster for it.

    Holsters for the MC2c are available from several different brands, though you’ll have more luck finding them through Amazon than firearm-specific retailers.

    Spare mags are harder to track down but can be purchased directly from Mossberg for only about $30. Grab a couple of those, and you should be good to go!

    Mossberg Mc2c sights
    Mossberg Mc2c sights

    The slide makes it easy to add a Shield RMSc, and JPoint footprint red dots, and those optics can be co-witnessed with the factory sights.

    Since those are more universal accessories, it should be easy to find compatible options.

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    Remember that the standard rail below the barrel should accept almost any light or laser you would want to attach to the gun.

    That opens things up a bit more where accessories are concerned.

    Final Verdict

    The MC2c is an improvement over its single-stack predecessor. Going from 6/7 rounds to 13/15 is a big deal. This little pistol is a good buy in a carry 9mm by itself. I liked this Mossburg.

    Mossberg MC2c
    Mossberg MC2c

    You should take a look at it: I think you’ll like what you see.

    What do you think of the Mossberg MC2c? Let us know in the comments below! For more concealable guns, head over to our Best Concealed Carry Pistols article!

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    • Commenter Avatar

      I’ve always been a Mossberg shotgun fan so I decided to give an MC2c a whirl. I now have two, if that tells you anything. And, looking for MC2sc. Mags are available now, too.

      October 12, 2022 6:21 pm
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        Bull o' the Woods

        Where did you find your spare mags? How much did they cost?

        October 13, 2022 6:46 pm
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          I don’t recall right off hand although I remember it was from an on line place. I’m thinking it was from Mossberg. For a while they WERE hard to find. MecGar makes them and, from what I understand, Mossberg has an agreement with them that they (MecGar) can’t sell them independently. I believe they were 30-35 bucks ea. I bought 4.

          October 14, 2022 2:56 pm
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      Bull o' the Woods

      I shopped for these when seeking a new carry gun. Street prices are dirt cheap. What put me off was the lack of spare magazines. Could not find spare mags for sale anywhere, including Gun Mag Warehouse. I really wanted a Sig X-Macro with an XL slide, but that was a non-starter. I opted for the Springfield Hellcat Pro which has worked well. If there was any support for these pistols in the aftermarket community (or from the manufacturer) I think they might be a good deal, but the inability to find spare mags was the deal-breaker.

      October 12, 2022 11:45 am
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        Ronald J. Klock

        Finding the gun itself is a problem, let alone extra mags ! Not even at Cabela's or Sportsman's Warehouse. It looks like a good pistol, but I would like to see what it feels like in MY hand before I buy.

        January 23, 2023 1:18 pm
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      This updated article lends to some confusion. You mention the optics cut but do not mention that the optics ready models come with 14 and 16 round magazines, compared to the 13 and 15 round magazines the non optic ready models have.
      I would also not compare round capacity of the MC2c to the MC2sc. Rather I would compare capacity between the MC1sc and MC2sc due to both of them sharing barrel size. This is a more fair comparison as they are both sub compact where the MC2c is a compact.

      October 11, 2022 4:01 pm
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        Mike Hardesty

        Ben, points well taken. Thanks for writing!

        October 12, 2022 12:37 pm
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        James Hastings

        How do you install an optic on the original MC2C that isn’t optic ready?

        December 10, 2022 6:39 pm
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          You will need to find a gunsmith that can mill the slide down. Or you can sell it and buy the optic ready version. You would gain one additional round capacity 14/16 rather than 13/15. Mossberg also made a couple of slight changes to the internals. Don't know if this is bad or good. If you go to YouTube and search for AmbGun he has a video (Mossberg MC2c Optics Ready: AmbGun's Preferred 9mm CCW) where he highlights the internal changes. It is at the beginning of the video.

          December 11, 2022 6:13 pm
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