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Warbird

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BLACK HSc CARTONS
« on: April 22, 2013, 03:06:30 AM »
Looking for any factual information about these black HSc boxes, specifically years produced.  They are printed in English (for export?) and have been associated with both Wartime and Post-War pistols.
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Re: BLACK HSc CARTONS
« Reply #1 on: April 22, 2013, 02:10:14 PM »
I am pretty sure that Interarms was the source of these. In the 1950s and 60s they sold to other resellers, chain stores and mail order companies as well as directly to the public. This probably explains the absence of any Interarms branding on the boxes.
Shown is my French HSc which came with the black box, numbered to the pistol on the bottom.

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Re: BLACK HSc CARTONS
« Reply #2 on: April 22, 2013, 04:02:02 PM »
Interarms reseller cartons.  I hadn't thought of that possibility but it makes sense considering the Wartime and Post-War pistols associated with it.  For those interested, Interarms was founded by Samuel Cummings in 1953 and became one of the major resellers of surplus WWII firearms in the U.S., later establishing exclusive contracts with Mauser and Walther to import and sell their new production models beginning in the late 1960's.
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Re: BLACK HSc CARTONS
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2013, 01:12:48 PM »
There were similar style boxes for the P08 and P38 as well.