The following pre-SHOT Show news has surprised us the most… (so far…)

Mossberg releases their first handgun in 100 years—Mossberg Carry 1 Sub-Compact—the MC1SC.

Mossberg’s new MC1SC is a 9mm, striker-fired sub-compact concealed carry pistol with a 3.4-inch barrel and integrated trigger safety.
Mossberg’s MC1SC is a 9mm, striker-fired sub-compact concealed carry pistol

What’s not surprising is this: The MC1SC is a 9mm, striker-fired sub-compact concealed carry pistol with a 3.4-inch barrel and integrated trigger safety.

This perfectly-timed release honors Mossberg’s 100-year anniversary. In 1919, Mossberg introduced its first gun, the ‘Brownie,’ a four-round small pistol designed for trappers yet became popular for concealed carry.

Mossberg’s director of media relations, Linda Powell, is quoted in Shooting Illustrated: “Based on marketing research, 44 percent of the firearm market is handgun purchases. Considering the significance of the market share, Mossberg began looking at the specific marketing data related to pistols and the features most highly-desired. With that information in hand, we began the development of the MC1SC in hopes of delivering a superb 9 mm concealed-carry handgun to consumers.”

Mossberg’s not so subtle selling point on the MC1SC is its tool-less and safe takedown. Called the STS Safe Takedown System, Mossberg’s patent-pending system is a button on the rear slide plate allowing you to take down the MC1SC without pulling the trigger. After three years in development, the Mossberg MC1SC actually has four patents.

The flat trigger has a short, tactile reset and 5- to 6-lb. trigger pull. The magazine is custom-designed by Mossberg and is clear polymer. It comes with a six-round flush fit and 7-round extended with finger plate. The mag release is reversible and there is a model available with a cross bolt external safety if you’re into that sort of thing or your restricted, no-fun state requires it.

Made in Eagle Pass, Texas, the MC1SC weighs 22 ounces loaded, is 6.25 inches long, 4.30 inches tall and 1.03 inches wide.

Personal Defense World lists five models: base, cross bolt safety, TruGLO night sights, Viridian laser, and limited-edition Centennial Edition.

Those lucky enough to have their go at the Mossberg pistol says it’s accurate, ran without malfunction, takes down easily and has a really nice, smooth trigger.

MSRP for base models is $425.00.

Watch this video from Personal Defense World for the lowdown.