WWII GERMAN MAUSER PISTOL MODEL HSC -
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 was continued in
1945–46 during the French occupation and, later, from 1968 to 1977 by Mauser. It features a semi-exposed hammer,
double-action trigger, single-column magazine, and a spring surrounding the barrel.
This page is a recognition and identification guide for WWII German collectibles. Multiple
detailed photos of a specific sample are provided. Descriptions point out clearly defined points
that should be noted.
One of the most commonly asked questions is "How much is my WWII German collectible worth?". A price
guide is included here to address this question. The value of the collectibles is reviewed
over a period of several years. A trend can be observed. The present worth of the German
items in the collector's market is illustrated.
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The full serial number of each pistol is located on the front of the grip frame, just above the magazine. The last
three digits of that serial number are located on the bottom of the chamber (stamped) and the flat panel of the
slide just under the muzzle (electropenciled).
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 the German Navy (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
The holster is made of brown leather. It has a separate pouch which holds a single magazine. A leather
flap is placed on the lower section and hooks to a metal stud found on the flap. This secures the pistol
in place when holstered.
The inside of the flap has the words "Mauser 7.65" stamped with black ink.
Military personnel of all ranks not issued sidearms often purchased HSc pistols in the commercial marketplace and
carried them in the field. Such commercial pistols often returned with veterans as World War II war souvenirs, often
in military proofed HSc holsters.
Distribution of total HSc pistol production (1940–1945):
| BRANCH || NUMBERS
| Army (Heer) || 137,121 (54.4%)
|Navy (Kriegsmarine) || 27,100 (10.8%)
|Police (Polizei) || 28,300 (11.2%)
|Commercial (Civil) || 59,467 (23.6%)
| TOTAL || 251,988 (100.0%)