If you know me, you know that I'm a champion for certain guns, more than others. While I try to be fair and unbiased, I am human and can't help what I like. In the case of the mighty home defense shotgun, my go-to is a Mossberg 500. In my humble opinion Mossberg has been doing it right for decades and their quality control has, to my knowledge, never suffered like some of their competition's has.
About a year and a half ago, I did a review for a different publication on a Mossberg 500 Flex. That's a great platform, and I highly recommend it.
They make great guns, are one of the biggest gun manufacturers in the United States, and they have finally broken their mold–venturing into the handgun market for the first time in about 100 years.
They just announced their MC1sc and from first impressions it looks pretty good. Some of the things I'm pretty excited about are the clear magazines. My eyes are pretty bad and if I'm distracted while loading mags at the range and forget how many rounds I've loaded, looking into the little peep holes on the back is strenuous on my eyes.
Having clear mags so I can see without a doubt how many rounds are there is a huge benefit to me. The MC1sc comes with two mags, a flush 6 rounder, and an extended 7 round mag. While capacity seems to be the name of the game these days, there is some innovation here that I'm pretty stoked for.
Perhaps the most innovative thing I've seen in a while, is what Mossberg is calling their Safe Takedown System where the user actually removes the rear slide plate (with striker), in order to take the gun apart for cleaning and maintenance.
I'm looking forward to seeing how this takedown works, and plan to request a pistol from Mossberg to test. I know plenty of people who place their thumb on that rear slide plate as they're re-holstering, so it'll be interesting to see how much pressure is needed for it to come out, or if it does come out un-intentionally.
My guess, however, is that they thought of that already.
These guns are currently being offered in five different models, with prices starting at a $425 MSRP and going up if you choose the Viridian Laser model. Here are some specs that I pulled from Mossberg's product page:
|Capacity||6-Round Flush-Fit / 7-Round Extended|
|Safety||Integrated Trigger Blade Safety|
|Barrel Rifling||Button Rifled Six Groove|
|Twist||1:16 RH Twist|
|Trigger Pull||5-6 lbs.|
|Frame Finish||Polymer, Matte Black|
|Barrel Finish||416 Stainless Steel, DLC|
|Slide Finish||416 Stainless Steel, DLC|
|Weight||19 oz (Unloaded), 22 oz (Loaded)|
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