Mauser HSc .32 ACP pistol

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Overview

The Mauser HSc pistol in .32 ACP (7.65mm) was made in Nazi Germany during WWII and post war.

The designation HSc stood for “Hahn Selbastspanner Pistole”, third and final design ‘C’. Production 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.

It competed with the contemporary Walther PP and PPK and the the Sauer 38H for police and military use. The Mauser HSc was intende as a commercial pistol but was procured initially by the German Kriegsmarine, soon followed by the Army (Heer) and police. HSc pistols also used by the Luftwaffe and Waffen-SS and procured from army stocks.

Production commenced in late 1940, following on from the Model 1934 pistol, a more difficult and costly pistol to manufacture, but the build quality of these early examples was exceptionally high, highly polished wood grips and richly blued finish. Much of the early output went to the German Kreigsmarine, these are now rare and much sought after by collectors.

Army and Luftwaffe contracts followed and by the end of the war the total production was over 252,000 pistols. German war production ended with the capture of the Oberndorf area by American troops in late April 1945.  After the area was given to the French, production resumed for French use and was concluded in 1946.

German military personnel of all ranks not issued sidearms often purchased HSc pistols in the commercial market place and carried them in the field. These commercial pistols often returned with veterans as WWII war souvenirs, often in military proofed HSc holsters,

 Helpful Info

Regarding dates and period correctness, this item is appropriate for use with German forces throughout World War II, in post war Europe and could be seen/used up to the present day.

Foxtrot example shown is a Mauser HSc pistol in .32 ACP (7.65mm) fitted with wood grips and is in a blued finish.