In October, Mossberg became one the many companies in 2021 to throw their hat into the large-capacity/micro-compact 9mm handgun ring with the MC2sc. Since I was already familiar with the MC2c and liked it enough to purchase it last year, I was excited to try the new variant to see how it held up to the likes of some of the competition out there. After 100 rounds, I have a nice feel for it and how it compares so far to other micro compacts I tested in 2021.

Feel in the Hand


Mossberg MC2sc
The grip texture is aggressive in the right places. The small undercut and ledge for the middle finger allow for a comfortable and secure grip. The texturing on the front of the grip is also appreciated. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

The Mossberg MC2sc features the same grip texture and pattern as its larger brother, the MC2c, and the older MC1sc. I rather like this grip texture. It’s aggressive in all the right places and features nice texturing both on the backstrap and front of the grip. With the 14-round magazine inserted, it fills the hand quite nicely, nearly identical to the MC2c. However, if you’re looking to go a little more incognito, the 11-round magazine will sacrifice your pinky finger and leave it hanging off the bottom of the grip.

Mossberg MC2sc
As you can see, the back of the grip also repeats the same texture as the front of the grip, and it's carried over to the extended magazine, too. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

However, it never felt like the gun was going to jump out of the hand even with the pinky hanging out because the grip texture lines up in all the right places and is comfortable. I appreciate that fact, but if I were to carry this gun, I would almost certainly carry it with the 14-round magazine because, well, why not?

Mossberg MC2sc and MC2c
As you can see, with the extended 14-round magazine inserted, the MC2sc is the same height as the MC2c with a flush-fit 13-round magazine. The barrel on the older MC2c is .4 inches longer. This also cuts down on the overall length with the MC2sc, bringing it to 6.25 inches, while the MC2c is 7.1 inches. Both have a width of 1.1 inches. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

Just like its older siblings, the MC2sc features a nice textured pad for the index finger. This is featured on both the right and left side. I happen to enjoy this feature, as I think it helps create the muscle memory to index to the same point every time. The MC2sc also features aggressive texturing at the front of the trigger guard. While I don’t use a grip technique that employs this style, I’m sure those who do would find this useful.

Mossberg MC2sc
The slide serrations aren't overly aggressive but surely enough to get the job done. I like how they textured the index point and, as you see here, there is room for a light or laser should you want it. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

Finally, the MC2sc features slide serrations on both the front and back of the slide. I also enjoy these quite a bit. They aren’t as aggressive as the Walther PDP, but they are miles ahead of the ones I’ve felt on Smith & Wesson guns, which featured more subdued slide serrations. 



Mossberg MC2sc
The striker plate easily slides off, revealing the striker assembly and making it very easy to break this pistol down for maintenance and cleaning. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

One of the most exciting and innovative parts about both the MC2c and now the MC2sc is how the gun breaks down for maintenance and cleaning. The best part is that you don’t have to pull the trigger to disassemble the gun. While this shouldn’t really be an issue (because you’re not cleaning your gun with ammo in the room, right?), it’s a nice backup safety feature built into the gun. Yes, there are other guns that you don’t have to pull the trigger to disassemble the gun. But the Safe Takedown System (STS) from Mossberg is quite unique, especially when compared to its competition.

To break down the gun, you simply rack the slide back to hold open, remove the striker assembly, and then unlock the slide and slide it forward. It’s as easy as that to get the gun broken down and thoroughly cleaned. That’s perhaps the best and easiest way I’ve ever broken down a gun, and I wish more companies would follow suit here.

Mossberg MC2sc
This has to be one of the easiest and safest ways I've ever disassembled a gun. No issues getting it back together either. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/


Taking the MC2sc to the range and stretching its legs out was unsurprisingly similar to shooting the MC2c, which I’ve had for the past year. In my review of the MC2c I talked about how much I liked the trigger and how I thought the gun flew under the radar at SHOT Show when it was released. Now, I'll admit, I'm a sucker for flat triggers and I think this one is very good. There is some mush to get through at the front of the pull but nothing atrocious and the break is clean and crisp. The reset is comparable to many of the other micro-compacts I've fired recently like the Hellcat or Shield Plus, making for easy follow up shots. This coupled with the 14-round magazine made for an enjoyable shoot at the range.

Mossberg MC2sc
This is the first mag through the gun from 25 feet. While there are certainly better shooters than me out there, I think the gun proved it's worthy of getting the job done for concealed carry. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

The three-dot white sights pick up nicely and are nothing necessarily special. The MC2sc has the benefit here over its big brother because it comes red-dot ready with a direct mounting platform. I haven’t installed a red dot yet, but it seems like a fairly straightforward process. You can also upgrade the sights if you wish to Truglo tritium night sights for an increased cost.

Mossberg MC2sc
The biggest differentiator between the two pistols, besides the height and capacity, is that the MC2sc comes red-dot ready. (Photo: Seth Rodgers/

I fed the MC2sc a straight diet of Federal Premium, and it ate up all 100 rounds and spit them out without any issues. To date, I’m probably north of 650 rounds in the MC2c without a single failure as well.



The MC2sc is yet another contender in the micro-compact large-capacity arena, but it comes with a capacity of 14+1 that puts it in the upper tier of micro-compact guns in general. While further testing is needed to evaluate the gun’s longevity, I would say this model is off to a great start and warrants consideration if you’re someone looking for a new carry pistol. 

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