Mauser HSc Pistol
Serial No: 785129
Early Mauser Waffenamt inspection stamp consisted
of an eagle above the number 135 (E/135).
The Mauser HSc is a 7.65mm pistol made in Nazi Germany
during World War II and post-war. The designation HSc stood for Hahn Selbstspanner
("self-cocking hammer") Pistole, third and final design "C".
Production continued in 1945–46 during the French occupation. It
features a semi-exposed hammer, double-action trigger, single-column magazine,
and a spring surrounding the barrel.
The Mauser HSc was originally intended as a commercial
pistol. It competed with the contemporary German Walther PPK and PP and
Sauer 38H for police and military use. It was procured initially by the
Navy (Kriegsmarine) soon followed by the Army and Police.
HSc pistols used by the Luftwaffe or Waffen-SS were procured from Army
and police stocks.
Production began in late 1940 at serial number 700,000, as an extension
of the serial number range of the Mauser Model 1934 pistol, a much more
difficult pistol to manufacture. The early pistols have well-made wooden
grips, and are highly polished and richly blued. The first 1350 pistols
were made for the commercial market and, because of the low positioning
of the grip screws, have become known as the "Low Grip Screw"
variety. Approximately half of this initial production was purchased by
Nazi Germany's Kriegsmarine. All these early low grip pistols are today
very rare. At approximately serial number 701345 the grip screws were
relocated upward to a more central and sturdier position.
The example appears to be from the 3rd order for 4,000 pistols
ranged in intermittent serial numbers from about 745,000 to about 790,000.
These bear an early acceptance mark of Eagle/135 on the left rear trigger
guard web and the two Eagle/N firing proofs on the right side. The high
quality finish of the earlier pistols starts to decline in this production
range but still retains the cross hatched machining inside the top sight
Just been proofed at the Birmingham Proof House
Very Good Condition Including The Bore
Suitable for: Section 5 or Section 7.3
Can be Deactivated if required