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Model HSC Pistol / Re: WWII gripplates?
« on: March 14, 2019, 11:31:37 AM »
They appear to be correct Wartime vintage.

General Mauser Pistol Questions / Re: Mauser Flare Gun
« on: February 20, 2019, 10:07:06 PM »
Very good, Gerben.  For those inquisitive minds, Heym was established in 1865.  Rich and interesting history on Wikipedia:

"Are the post World War II pistols less apt to have the vast amount of feeding problems, especially .380.
I would be surprised if they did as military and police needed reliable pistols."

The vast majority of European Police and Personal Military firearms were in .32 caliber.  The HSc market was based on this and it was designed for the .32.  The late 1960s to 1970s production added the .380 to expand its market primarily in the U.S.

The HSc in .380 pushed the design to the limit of it's operating envelope and resulted in an abnormally high parts breakdown and/or weakness in feeding and ejections.

General Discussion / Re: Happy 2019!
« on: December 31, 2018, 03:32:43 PM »
And the same to you, Gerben.  Happiness is a new (old) Mauser!

Model HSC Pistol / Re: HSc Production Chart
« on: November 28, 2018, 09:16:39 AM »
Your Late Wartime Commercial HSc was produced in December 1943.  Value as you described the pistol is between $600 and $700.  Hope that answers your questions.  Anything else, please let me know.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Slide Lock problem
« on: November 27, 2018, 02:25:59 PM »
Francesco, would it be possible to get a very small file (jeweler's file) into the cutout and square it off to a certain extent.  If it is possible, file a small amount and try the Safety with a Magazine.  This may be a slow process but could work without compromising the pistol's value.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: HSc Production Chart
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:24:02 PM »
The Magazine is the correct vintage for this HSc.  You will want to be sure all three serial numbers match.  I cannot give you a value without the full serial number.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Slide Lock problem
« on: November 27, 2018, 01:16:29 PM »
Your original Magazine Safety was bent and did not work.  Why would you expect bending your new Safety to work?  The original bent Safety could have been the reason the Slide cutout was worn.  I would suggest leaving everything as is since any further modification could ruin the pistol's collectability and therefore its value.

Finally, by replacing the Slide you would lose one of the matching serial numbers and also destroying its value.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: HSc Production Chart
« on: November 26, 2018, 06:39:40 AM »
Welcome to the Forum, HunterWulf.  Commercial variations were not numbered by Jan Still and to get a valuation you will need to provide a serial number.  Also, identify the Magazine by describing it's base and what type Holster do you have and  is it marked.  See this post, Reply #1, for types of Holsters:,94.msg281.html#msg281

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Slide Lock problem
« on: November 19, 2018, 09:40:06 AM »
Watch eBay and GunBroker auctions.  HSc parts are listed all the time.  Good luck:

General Mauser Pistol Questions / Re: Italian Mauser-HSC .380
« on: November 19, 2018, 08:15:59 AM »
Interesting ... I did a Yahoo! search of "Renato Gamba HSc" and got at least 2 dozen websites in return.  Suggest you try again.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Slide Lock problem
« on: November 16, 2018, 09:04:09 PM »
Glad it could help, Francesco.  Just be sure you look for a WWII vintage Magazine Safety.  Other vintage will not work.  Meanwhile, you could try to remodel your Magazine Safety to work correctly and be sure not to lose that small Spring in the rear.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Slide Lock problem
« on: November 15, 2018, 01:08:54 PM »

Model HSC Pistol / Re: The French HSc The one no one talks about
« on: November 13, 2018, 07:06:47 PM »
You forgot two other types of HSc Magazines.  From our book, "The Mauser HSc Pistol":

"There were three major magazine types used throughout production:  the earliest ones (1940 to 1942) had a machined follower and flat bottom or floorplate stamped with the Mauser banner (trademark) on it; the banner was subsequently discontinued leaving just a plain, flat floorplate; and the final type (1943 to 1945) had a machined or stamped follower and blank sheet metal floorplate that was indented near the front."

And finally: "Finger extension magazines were offered as an option for the HSc.  These used the standard magazine housings fitted with a special 2-piece blued sheet metal floorplate assembly that extended the pistol grip length."

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Interesting HSc users: The CIA.
« on: November 12, 2018, 09:11:11 AM »
None of the three reported in our database.  It would certainly be interesting to know where they are and where they have been.

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