I Owe Mossy An Apology

Who is Mossy, you ask? Some of my guns have nicknames, especially the ones I spend a lot of time with. Mossy is my Mossberg MC2c, the handgun that has become my EDC as of late. I like this gun a lot because it’s about the size of a S&W Shield or Glock 43 but it’s a double-stack nine carrying 14 or 16 rounds depending upon which magazine I have in it.

I had been building up to a range trip while waiting for an opportunity for my grandson Josh to go with me. Josh and I are shooting buddies as you’ve probably noticed from other posts. Not only does he enjoy shooting, but he’s a big help to his old granddad who doesn’t get around like he used to. I had a list of guns I wanted to shoot for one reason or another. Three were new guns I hadn’t shot before and several more were wearing red dot or R/G dot sights that needed a sight alignment check before I had absolute confidence in them.

Where we would shoot was a toss up. It’s easier for us to shoot outdoors, but I’m a wimp when it comes to cold weather. The temp wasn’t going to get above 60 so I figured we’d go to Texas Gun Experience and shoot indoors. But when we went out, the sun was shining and there was no wind to speak of, so the outdoor range at Quail Creek beckoned.

Josh and I set up on the handgun short range at the very end of the shooting bench. Next to us a man and his daughter were shooting several guns and he was coaching her through some trigger and accuracy work. As the afternoon progressed and we rotated through my guns, I visited with the gentleman next door during times when the range went cold for target swaps. His name was Chuck and he turned out to be a long time gun guy with a nice collection and lots of gun knowledge to go along with it. As we talked about carry guns, I said, “You might be surprised that a guy like me who has a lot of really nice guns to choose from carries a very affordable Mossberg MC2c,” and I offered it to him to take a few shots.

Mossberg MC2c

The gun didn’t feed. I said it must be the ammo. He loaded some different rounds in the magazine and the gun wouldn’t feed any of them. Naturally, I was embarrassed and puzzled as Mossy has always been trouble free. “Get a Sig,” Chuck said. I have Sigs, but I really like Mossy. I threw her in the gun bag, loaded up a Stoeger STR1 Compact to put in my carry holster and went back to the mission Josh and I were on.

When we got our guns home at the end of a nice afternoon and pulled them out for cleaning, Josh showed me how he couldn’t get a cleaning rod to go through Mossy’s barrel. Right there just a half an inch beyond the chamber was a stuck projectile. It wasn’t there as a result of a squib load, it had just worked it’s way loose from the shell while in my holster. I’d love to get word to Chuck so he would know it wasn’t the gun, but I’m wondering why I didn’t think to look for that. The ammo wasn’t one of my reloads. It was factory ammo. Hornady factory ammo. Hornady makes fine ammo., so this was some kind of fluke. So, Mossy, I apologize for not finding out it was the ammo at fault, not you, while others were watching.

As we started working with the red dot sights I was disappointed some of them were hard to see in bright daylight. I’ve read that green is supposed to be better, but I don’t really seen much difference. The one brand of red dot that showed up very well in the bright light was Riton. You can easily adjust the brightness on the Riton red dots, so that’s what I did Being aware of the issue is a good start and I’ll make sure any red dot equipped carry gun I use will have a Riton or some other brand that is equally visible.