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General Mauser Pistol Questions / Re: Ammo
« on: May 12, 2020, 02:10:32 PM »
7.65mm ammunition is the same as .32 ACP caliber sold at any sporting goods store.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Early French phosphate HSc
« on: March 28, 2020, 06:16:27 PM »
The WR stamp has been verified by Prof. Dr. Rolf Gminder (former Mauser Managing Director) as "Factory Proof or Final Audit" of an HSc assembly part.  For that reason the French marked most of their HSc pistols with the large WR ("Werksrevision") on the Trigger Guard to signify a completed and accepted unit.

Having given you all this information, I would request that you provide a complete serial number of your HSc for our database.  If you are shy about sharing it publicly you can PM it to me.  Thank you.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Early French phosphate HSc
« on: March 28, 2020, 03:47:17 PM »
Proofing was sporadic throughout the Post-War era on the HSc.  This may have been  because it was not a priority for the French or the Ulm Proof House may not have been a full-time operation then.  Either way, there were no serial numbers in large groups that fell in this category.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Now Available: "The Mauser HSc Pistol"
« on: March 19, 2020, 06:12:09 AM »
Thank you for getting our book, Scott.  I hope it answers all your questions and gives you historical insight into the HSc as a artifact of WWII.  We welcome any comments you might have.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: HSc mag with finger extension?
« on: November 18, 2019, 06:50:45 PM »
Scott, you can watch the listings on both eBay and GunBroker for a Finger Extension Magazine:

I have never seen just the Extension Floorplate for sale.  You should know that there is a slight difference in width between the Wartime Magazine and Late Model Magazine so one might not fit the other.

Hope that answers your questions.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Now Available: "The Mauser HSc Pistol"
« on: October 29, 2019, 08:41:53 PM »
Scott:  Legacy advises that they have a few left in stock (before reorder) that you can order even though the ad says "Out of Stock".  Any problems email Kurt Whiteman, owner of Legacy.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Now Available: "The Mauser HSc Pistol"
« on: October 26, 2019, 11:57:46 AM »
Checking with our Publisher now.  I'll let you know when they expect more from the printer.

General Discussion / Re: Hello from me.
« on: October 26, 2019, 11:41:52 AM »
Welcome Scott!  I'm glad you stood by to register.  We had some problems with Spammers that had to be cleaned up but OK for now.  I hope your time with us is enjoyable and thought-provoking.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Late Phosphate HSc
« on: August 12, 2019, 04:01:57 PM »
I agree with your conclusions, i.e., the Grips were produced in the Post-War era with poor materials.  They do have some significance as an artifact of that period so if you ever replace them with wood or plastic, I would retain them in your collection.

French records of German production in the final months of the war recorded 2,310 HSc pistols produced in March (refer to p.25 in your book).  That would come in at around serial number 950489 (German Army Acceptance mark).

As to your pistol, it was a new addition to our database (thanks for sharing!).  I do not believe it ever left the factory until the French probably put it to use or traded it to a G.I. as war booty.  I think that's all your questions for now, if anything else comes to mind, let me know ... I'm always available.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Late Phosphate HSc
« on: August 11, 2019, 07:56:19 PM »
Your Late Wartime HSc was assembled in April 1945 and French records do not support your theory, i.e., Mauser was still under German control so it must have been in early April before the French occupation.

This HSc would be categorized as Commercial since there are no Acceptance marks and it joins many other Commercials at this time until the end of production that were not marked.  You are very close to the end which was serial number 951939.

I am curious to know why you think the Grips are not original.  I tend to agree but I would like to know your conclusions.  Anything else, let me know.

Model HSC Pistol / Re: Engraved Postwar HSC
« on: July 15, 2019, 02:40:18 PM »
Wouldn't this embellishment be more correctly identified as "acid etched" rather than "engraved"?

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.

Holster Forum / Re: Opinion on holster? HSc maybe
« on: June 08, 2019, 04:01:26 PM »
You are absolutely correct that it is an HSc KM pattern but probably Post-War Commercial.  Then again, I'm no expert on leather goods!  A reminder that the Navy did not purchase any HSc after November 1944 which probably means any real KM Holster would be dated before that.

General Discussion / Re: Help Downsizing Photo Attachments
« on: June 07, 2019, 04:54:48 AM »
If you are unable to adjust the resolution on your camera, any photo type software can reset the size of your photos.  I use an old version of Jasc Paint Shop to accomplish this.  My ideal width on this site is 650 pixels.  If you look at my HSc "sticky" on Instruction Manuals, note the width and you can see how this fits the screen.

There is also a limitation of four on the number of attachments allowed per post.  If more photos are to be posted simply start a new post with each batch of four.  Again, you can see on the "sticky" how I handled this.

Hope that helps you.

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