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Mauser HSc

The HSc was Mauser’s attempt to compete with the highly successful Walther PP design. Development began in 1934, and was ready for mass production in 1938. The German Arms Bureau did not allow production to begin until 1940, however, as it wanted Mauser to focus on production of military contracts.

Mauser HSc cutaway view

Mauser HSc cutaway view

When the HSc (Hahn Selbstspanner modell C; double-action model C) did go into production, the guns were serial numbered starting with #700,000, to pick up where Mauser 1914/34 pistol production ended. A total of 252,000 HSc pistols were made during World War II, with 137,000 purchased by the German Army, 27,000 by the Navy, 28,000 by various police units, and 59,000 sold commercially (including many sales to soldiers who were not issued pistols).

Mechanically, the HSc is a simple blowback design, chambered for .32ACP (postwar variants were also made in 9x17mm). As with most contemporary pistols, they used a heel-mounted magazine release and a safety on the slide.

Manuals

Mauser HSc manual (German)

Mauser HSc manual (German)

Resources

More information on the marking variants of the HSc (and some nice detailed photos) can be found at Pistols of the German Wehrmacht.

5 comments to Mauser HSc

  • Val

    Hey Ian,
    Do you have long forgottened AJ Ordnance pistol manual??
    This model is really long forgottened,production was ended after 1970 and there is no specific details about it…

  • Robocop-55

    Hi,

    after WWII the Italian Company Renato Gamba produced the HSc in license. And in 1979 the made some modifications, i. e. a wider grip and an new magazine and new magazine catch, to allow more capacity. The new HSc-80 had been a capacity of 15 rds. in .32 ACP and 12 rds. in .380 ACP. In 1988, they renamed it to Super RG-15.

  • Robocop-55

    Hi Mic,

    look at YouTube, there are some videoes about shooting, breakdown and cleaning the HSc.
    Also as information source:
    Pistols of the German Wehrmacht (see above); Guns of the Reich by George Markham; German Handguns – The Complete Book of the Pistols & Revolvers of Germany 1869 to the Present by Ian V. Hogg; Pistols of the World, 4th Ed. by Ian V. Hoog. Maybe you will find also some articles in US-Firearms Magazines like Guns & Ammo, Petersen´s Handguns, American Handgunner. Or get in contact with a Mauser Collectors Ass. in the US.
    Maunuals are available on gun shows. Or go the the website of German Firearms Magazine Deutsches Waffen-Journal. They offer reprints of several manuals of European Firearms.
    Yours
    Robocop-55

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