Mossberg MC2c Optic Ready Pistol

When Mossberg got back to creating and producing pistols, it was great news for gun lovers everywhere. Not only is their pistol line innovative and well-made, it’s had regular additions of reliable, quality guns that are ideal for self-defense use. And there’s something for red dot lovers, too: The Mossberg Optic Ready MC2c (compact) pistol.

The Mossberg MC2c Optic Ready pistol has a removable slide plate so red dot sights can easily be mounted to the gun. (Photo credit: Mossberg)

Mossberg released the following information about their new optics-ready MC2c:

Mossberg has redesigned their MC2c (compact) 9mm pistol with an optic-ready slide that allows for the direct mounting of micro-dot optics (Shield RMS footprint) and increased capacity with its double-stack magazines. The MC2c Optic Ready pistol comes with a 14-round flush and 16-round extended magazine, and available models include a standard version with white 3-dot sights; an option with TRUGLO Tritium Pro Night Sights, and standard version with reversible cross-bolt safety. A 10-round standard version, which includes two 10-round magazines, is available for areas where magazine capacity is restricted.

The MC2c features a 3.9-inch barrel and has an overall length of 7.10 inches; surprisingly-slim width of 1.10 inches; height of 4.90 inches; and weighs in at 21 ounces (unloaded). Other standard features include dovetail-mounted, low-profile white 3-dot sights (drift adjustable); stainless steel barrel with cut-broached rifling, 1-in-16twist rate, and black DLC finish; front accessory rail; oversized trigger guard; and flat-profile trigger with integrated blade safety, reduced overtravel, and approximate 5.5-pound trigger pull weight.


And now, integrated into the MC2c slide is a removable plate which allows for direct mounting of an optic (Shield RMS footprint) that facilitates co-witness with the white 3-dot sights. Compared to standard sights, an optic-equipped pistol offers increased accuracy and speed and will provide a much easier time employing the sight for shooters with older or ailing eyes.

Mossberg MC2c
The original MC2c was launched by Mossberg in 2020. Now it’s being offered in an optics ready platform. (Photo credit: Mossberg)

Mossberg MC2c Optic Ready Pistol Specifications

  • Manufacturer: Mossberg
  • Model: Optic Ready MC2c
  • Type: Compact handgun
  • Caliber: 9x19mm Parabellum
  • Capacity: 14 +1 or 16 +1 (10 +1 available for restricted states)
  • Barrel Finish: Stainless Steel Black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon)
  • Barrel Length: 3.9 inches
  • Twist Rate: 1 in 16
  • Slide Finish: Stainless Steel Black DLC (Diamond Like Carbon)
  • Sights: White 3 Dot (Optional Tritium TRUGLO Night Sights)
  • Overall Length: 7.1 inches
  • Height: 4.9 inches (without optic)
  • Width: 1.1 inches
  • Frame: Glass-reinforced polymer
  • Color: Matte Black
  • Weight: 21 ounces, empty
  • MSRP: Starts at $556.00


Mossberg MC2sc (sub-compact)
The Mossberg MC2sc (sub-compact) was launched as an optics ready platform already. (Photo credit: Gun Mag Warehouse)


The days where it was the exception rather than the rule to see a red dot sight on the firing line are long past. Today, it’s extremely common for red dots to be present on each and every pistol. The thing about RDS is that if your pistol is not optics ready, you’ll have to find the correct mounting plate that fits both your gun and the RDS itself. An optics-ready pistol like the Mossberg MC2c is a solid option for gun owners who are serious about self-defense and prefer an RDS be mounted to their daily carry gun.


Mossberg MC2c
You can now get the Mossberg MC2c in an optics ready platform. (Photo credit: Instagram, USCCA)


Do you have an RDS on your daily carry? Which sight do you prefer? Tell us in the comments section below.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you’ve seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master’s Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.