Mossberg continues to grow its fast-shooting 940 Pro shotgun line and expanded its MC2c pistol offerings this year with two optics-ready additions. We caught up with the Mossberg team at the NRA Annual Meeting in Houston over Memorial Day weekend to check out their new 940 Pro Tactical shotgun and now optics-ready MC2c pistol.

Meet the 940 Pro Tactical Shotgun

Mossberg 940 Pro Tactical Shotgun
At a 7+1 capacity in a compact package, this 12-gauge autoloading shotgun offers fast tactical firepower. (Photo: Paul Peterson/

It can officially be called a trend at this point because Mossberg just keeps paying particular attention to its new 940 Pro shotguns, adding the tactical variant to an ever-growing list of hunting and sporting options in late March. The official roster for the 940 Pro guns, developed with the help of world-renowned speed shooter Jerry Miculek, now includes the Tactical, Field, Turkey in two barrel lengths, Snow Goose, Waterfowl, and the competition JM model.

Mossberg 940 Pro Tactical Shotgun
The bolt handle and bolt release are enlarged, but they maintain a more tactical profile than the hunting versions. (Photo: Paul Peterson/
Mossberg 940 Pro Tactical Shotgun
The loading port is also beveled and there's an elongated loading lever. (Photo: Paul Peterson/

This new 12-gauge tactical version includes the same robust and clean-running gas system as the others, which Mossberg claims allows for up to 1,500 rounds before cleaning. It also has similar – but tactically minded – additions of oversized controls such as the bolt handle, bolt release, beveled magwell, and elongated loading lever. 

Mossberg 940 Pro Tactical Shotgun
The receiver is also cut for a low-profile dot fitting the Shield RMS profile. (Photo: Paul Peterson/

Unlike some of its kin, the Tactical is also optics ready, supporting low-mounted optics with a machined sight base fit for the Shield RMS-based footprint. It’s also shorter than most with an 18.5-inch barrel topped with a fiber-optic front sight. Overall, it runs only 37.5 inches long with two sling mounting points and brings a capacity of 7+1.

MC2c Enters the Optics Game


Mossberg MC2c Optics-Ready Pistol
Slender in the hand, the MC2c still offers 13+1 and 15+1 capacities. (Photo: Paul Peterson/

Slim, budget-friendly, and capacity were the names of the game for the compact striker-fired MC2c, which first came out back in early 2020. It was marketed as a “skinny” double-stack self-defense option with a capacity of 13+1 or 15+1 with an extended magazine. Hence, the new MC2c still features a 3.9-inch barrel and comes in at 1.1 inches wide, 7.1 inches long, and stands 4.9 inches tall. 

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The latest upgrade to Mossberg’s carry-friendly guns is a clear nod to the consistently growing interest in handgun optics. That trend has most major firearms makers offering at least some form of carriable, concealable, optics-ready handgun. 

Mossberg MC2c Optics-Ready Pistol
The big story is that the MC2c is now open to optics lovers with the same Shield RMS mounting base as the 940 Pro Tactical. (Photo: Paul Peterson/

So, the real story behind the optics-ready version is, well, it’s finally optics ready and offers the same Shield RMS-based footprint as the 940 Pro Tactical, which is a nice touch if you like your self-defense guns sharing the same low-profile dots. Announced just before the NRA meeting, Mossberg basically opened the MC2c line to the optics-friendly shooting and carry community. The gun remains narrow and generally rounded for carry comfort, but now it’s also ready for those next-gen optics shooters.