Is This The Unknown Contender That You Should Pay Attention To In The Micro Compact Pistol Market?


The micro compact pistol market is, possibly, the hottest gun market in America right now. And for good reason. There are a number of pistols that have come out within the last few years that obviously scratch an itch that pro-gun people have had for some time, primarily the higher capacity concealed carry itch.

Interestingly, the micro compact pistol market is so hot that firearms manufacturers who don’t have a reputation for producing for the concealed carry market are jumping in.

One unexpected contender in this market comes from a company that is primarily known for their shotguns. That company, of course, is Mossberg, and their MC2c pistol is their latest entry into the concealed carry pistol market, and it has many features that shoppers in this market have been looking for. Mossberg’s press release for this pistol gives us details:


Following the phenomenal success of the MC1sc™, Mossberg’s first semi-auto pistol in the company’s 100-year history, Mossberg is announcing the next in its series of feature-rich handguns: the MC2c (compact) 9mm pistol. Combining superior ergonomics, performance-driven features and an increased
capacity with its double-stack magazines, makes the MC2c a great size for concealed carry or home protection.
Five initial offerings will include two frame variants (standard and cross-bolt safety); choice of slide finishes (black DLC-finished or bead-blasted stainless steel); and optional TRUGLO® Tritium Pro™ Night sights. And all MC2c
models come with 13-round flush and 15-round extended coated-steel magazines.

Carryability begins with the compact size of the MC2c which features a 3.9-inch barrel and has an overall length of 7.1 inches; surprisingly-slim width of 1.10 inches; and height of 4.90 inches. Weighing in at 21 ounces (unloaded), this semiauto is designed to be incredibly narrow for its capacity. In addition to its concealability, the MC2c pistol’s ergonomic features help ensure that this compact is comfortable to shoot. The grip has an added palm swell and grip angle, like a 1911, and features Mossberg’s signature aggressive texturing for a more confident, firm grip. The stainless-steel slide features aggressive multi-angle serrations that provide positive slide manipulation and MC2c pistols also have a reversible magazine release, located behind the trigger guard. Models are available with a cross-bolt safety, which is reversible for right or left-handed shooters.

The MC2c frames are constructed of glass-reinforced polymer, which provides for high tensile strength and stiffness as well as high impact and chemical resistance. Slides are stainless steel with the option of Black DLC (Diamond-Like Coating) or Matte Stainless finish. And integrated into the slide is the Mossberg STS™ (Safe Takedown System), which unlike competitive products, does not require the user to pull the trigger to dissemble for routine cleaning or maintenance. Other standard features include dovetail-mounted, low-profile white 3-dot sights (drift adjustable); stainless steel barrel with cut-broached rifling and 1-in-16 twist rate with black DLC finish; front accessory rail; oversized trigger guard; and flat-profile trigger with integrated blade safety. Trigger features
include short, tactile reset; reduced overtravel; and approximate 5.5-pound trigger pull weigh.

The MC2c flush 13-round and an extended 15-round double-stack magazines are constructed of coated steel which offers low friction and superior wear-resistance. The magazines also feature easy-to-remove floorplates for ease of cleaning and high-visibility followers.

Clearly, Mossberg has taken the time to look into what micro compact pistol buyers often look for, and they’ve worked hard to include those features in this pistol, and there are a number of folks who say that they really love the MC2c when they get a chance to shoot it.

So, if you’re in the micro compact pistol market, the Mossberg MC2c may be a firearm to take a look at.



  1. I bought a NIB Mossberg MC2C pistol at the local Bass Pro Shop this past June. First time at the range it had 6 light strikes and the bullet did not fire and 6 failure of the trigger to reset fully to allow the trigger to fire. This was out of 100 rounds of factory Winchester and Blazer 9MM ammo. Bass Pro Shop returned it to the factory for repair and when it came back the work order showed they installed a new barrel. Took it to the range and fired 100 rounds of factory ammo again and no problems whatsoever. I felt good that it had been fixed. However, the next range session of 100 rounds, I had six failure of the slide to return to full battery, which caused the trigger to not be able to be pulled. A slight bump on the back of the slide returned it to battery and the projectile fired. Returned to the facory for repair again on 09/07/2021 and presently awaiting its return. This is totally unacceptable in a firearm specifically purchased for self defense. And yes both times the firearm was properly cleaned and lubed before going to the range. Needless to say, I am very disappointed in the performance of the pistol and its poor reliability. I am not one who believes you must have 500 rounds of ammo thru a gun to “break it in” before you consider it to be reliable. When you pay several hundred dollars for a product, you expect it to perform. Anything else is just poor construction and/or shoddy workmanship. All the reviews I saw on line and in periodicals praised its performance. I have bought new and used firearms for the past 50 years. I will probably stick to used firearms from now own and it will probably be a long time before I buy a NIB pistol of any kind.

  2. Sir, try some better ammo. I once purchased a Tarus Millenium Pro and was testing it out using Blazer Brass, oh BTW=.45 acp. Thought, my this thing hardly has any recoil at all, talk about Comfortable. This thing has hardly any recoil at all for a .45 acp.
    Switched to some Good Ammo, i.e. Hornady Critical Defense & really got the “Ooomph” out the barrel (muzzle blast) & also in my hand. Made me think, “I’m surprised that Blazer Brass” even cycled the slide!

    You just said Winchester but not what type. I’m not up on Winchester now anyway after some real bad experience with it in the past & Personally, avoid it like the Plague. Mostly light strikes But DUE to Hard Primers, not my handgun. To each his/her own!

    I “DO” really like both Hornady Critical Defense and Duty + Ruger ARX and none of my handguns so far run fine using those.
    I might “Try” Blazer Brass again For Practice but am skeptical. I have good results with PMC FMJ’s for practice. PLUS of course my own handloads, both hand cast & jacketed.

    So far, no problems with either the Hornady Critical Defense or Critical DUTY or Ruger ARX fodder in my Glocks & Rugers>just a bit Expensive for PRACTICE. Try some Good ammo. Light strikes? Hmmm, THAT Surprises me from Mossberg but with that ammo, its hard to say what type of primers they “got a deal” on and purchased to load. May well have been Hard Primers instead of Light Strikes?

    HOPE you get it all Ironed out and your luck improves MUCH!
    Good Luck Sir.

    I’ll admit that So far I’ve never even fired one of those Mossbergs BUT, its a handgun I’ve been thinking about. Love my Mossberg Shotguns. Then I tell myself the truth, you’ve Already got so many. Just buy more ammo Mingo & Practice more, you need it!

    NOW Before that feces for brains BIDEN manages to somehow Ban it. Read yesterday that he’s trying to BAN All Russian ammo imported. I certainly wouldn’t carry it for Protection but I like that Steel Cased .45 acp Tulamo for Practice & of course it comes from Russia. Read in the article about him planning to Ban Russian Import AND that over 30% of our ammo is now Imported from Russia. Guess THAT’S why he wants to Ban it.
    Good luck sir!
    Live FREE or DIE
    Molon Labe
    One OLD Retired Iron Worker

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