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Model HSC Pistol / Kriegsmarine Inspection Offices
« on: July 09, 2019, 12:15:39 PM »
During World War II, the German Wartime Navy or Kriegsmarine typically stamped an Eagle/M Property Mark on most items that were used in the naval service. In addition, Acceptance Marks were applied to military equipment by inspection offices, known as Marine Abnahme Kommando, located at various manufacturing facilities (similar to those of the Heereswaffenamt).

As background, the Marinewaffenamt (MWa) or Naval Weapons Office had oversight responsibility for purchased military equipment. It consisted of five Departments:
 MWa I – (Berlin) Cannons over 37mm or 1½”
 MWa II – (Magdeburg and Kiel) Ship’s Artillery
 MWa III – (Düsseldorf) Pistols, Flare Pistols, Spare Parts, Ammunition
 MWa IV – (Nuremberg) Optics
 MWa V – (Vienna and Brünn) Precision Engineering, Navigational Instruments

From those Departments, our research has identified the following inspection offices through their Acceptance Marks:
 Eagle/M III/2 – Gerbrüder Thiel Artillary Illumination Shell Timer Fuse
 Eagle/M III/3 – Walther Flare Pistols
 Eagle/M III/8 – Mauser HSc Pistols (December, 1940 to November, 1944)
 Eagle/M IV/1 – Zeiss Binoculars, Telescopes
 Eagle/M IV/5 – Unknown Manufacturer of Wood Box from U-Boat (for Optics Storage?)
 Eagle/M IV/8 – Nederlandse Instrumenten Compagnie (Nedinsco/Zeiss) Rangefinder
 Eagle/M V/2 – Unknown Manufacturer of Pivoting Handle (for Instrument Adjustment?)

From the data, it is obvious that many of the inspection offices have not been identified but the basic structure of the Marinewaffenamt is evident.  A typical HSc Property Mark engraved on the frontstrap of the grip and an Acceptance Mark stamped on the left side of an HSc trigger guard web are shown below.

Model HSC Pistol / It's Back!
« on: March 26, 2018, 07:20:49 PM »
The ruined Low Grip Screw HSc highlighted in Adler's Sticky is back on the market at R.I.A.  Only $4,500 to $6,500 +18.5% ($1,000) Buyer's Premium. >:(  Bad news just keeps coming back!

General Discussion / MOVED: Newbie
« on: February 07, 2018, 01:01:03 AM »

Model HSC Pistol / HSc Instruction Manuals
« on: June 28, 2017, 08:42:53 AM »
Throughout its production history from 1940 to 1945 (Wartime) and 1968 to 1977 (New Model) there were ten HSc Instruction Manuals published by Mauser.  The following photos depict each of these.  For the collector, they can be individually and conveniently stored in plastic DVD cases without the center posts.

All the Wartime Manuals measure approximately 105mm x 150mm (4-1/8" x 5-7/8").  There were three designs and six variations printed in German.  The New Model Instruction Manuals were printed individually in German, French, and English measuring 4-1/4" x 5-1/2" and a later Combined Language version measuring 4-1/4" x 5-3/4".

Early Wartime:

Model 1914 Pistol / MOVED: 1910 6.5
« on: January 01, 2017, 04:26:07 AM »

General Discussion / Where Are YOU?
« on: December 15, 2016, 08:20:55 PM »
With well over 500 members now I would expect a lot more participation from everyone.  Surely YOU have a Mauser story to tell or a question to explore.  JUMP IN ... the water's fine and full of friends!  I'm waiting ...

Model HSC Pistol / Now Available: "The Mauser HSc Pistol"
« on: June 09, 2013, 04:19:14 PM »
We are offering for sale copies of our comprehensive research into the Mauser HSc pistol. The booklet is approximately 75 pages in 8½” x 11” format. It includes more than 100 grey scale illustrations and charts.

 Pistol Development
 Production HSc Features
 (Including Parts List and Disassembly)
 Proof Marks
 Acceptance Marks
 Serial Numbering
 Mark Locator
 The War Years
 Post-War Production
 The New Model HSc
 Mark Locator
 Serial Number Chart (I)
 Wartime Production Chart (II)
 Variation Charts (III)
 (With Still’s “Axis Pistols” Variations)
 Patent Listing (IV)
 KM Inspection Offices (V)
 Firearms Glossary (VI)
 Reference Notes

To purchase a copy in the U.S., go to or send payment to Legacy Collectibles, 73 Plank Avenue, Paoli, PA 19301. Email questions to Price per copy is $50.

European collectors can contact Gerben van Vlimmeren at for purchase details in Europe.

Model HSC Pistol / Low Grip Screw KM HSc
« on: May 21, 2013, 12:26:13 PM »
I thought I would share my latest addition.  Kriegsmarine HSc serial number 700516, which would make it the 516th production pistol from December 1940.  It's all matching at about 97%-98% finish with the KM Property Mark engraved on the front Gripstrap, early dark wood stained Grip Panels, and, of course, the Low Grip Screw position notable on the first 1,345 HSc pistols.  Thanks to Tom Whiteman at Legacy Collectables for brokering the deal for me.

« 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.

Model HSC Pistol / HSc Production Chart
« on: December 15, 2012, 02:02:25 PM »
This Wartime Production Chart provides researched production estimates for the HSc variations listed in Jan Still's excellent book, "Axis Pistols - Volume II", 1989.
It was created using an extensive database of information gathered from many sources, some of which came from the generous contributions of collectors in this forum and documents provided by the late Walter Schmid, founder and curator of the Waffenmuseum in Oberndorf, Germany.
As always, comments, questions, and corrections are appreciated.

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