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C96 / C12 Broomhandle / M1930
« on: January 16, 2019, 08:46:12 PM »
Took some shots of the M1930.

It has been in the display case for a couple of years now, time to let it see some light.

General Discussion / Happy 2019!
« on: December 31, 2018, 01:04:16 PM »

Model HSC Pistol / Nice find
« on: December 20, 2018, 02:24:50 PM »
While re-reading a 2004 edition of 'Die Mauser HSP' by Friedrich Moll, I discovered that my Renato Gamba HSc 80 cutaway was actually shown in this book.

Model HSC Pistol / Interesting HSc users: The CIA.
« on: November 12, 2018, 07:32:07 AM »

Recently I was pointed towards a website with declassified CIA reports.

This yielded some interesting documents.

One document is a briefing and equiping document for a team that were sent into Yugoslavia via Greece in 1954.
The document lists the issued equipment for each members, and interestingly enough, mentions 3 Mauser pistols with their serial numbers. The numbers clearly show that these were Mauser HSc pistols.

Pistol number 907990 with holster, 21 rounds of ammo and 3 magazines.
Pistol number 821659 with holster, 21 rounds of ammo and 3 magazines.
Pistol number 904528 with holster, 21 rounds of ammo and 3 magazines.

Apart from those, they were equipped with Mauser K98 rifles and a 9mm 'Schmeisser' MP, number 6559.

Would be interesting to know if the 3 pistols still exist :)

M2 Modern Pistol / 1 is good, 2 is better, a pair is best
« on: November 08, 2018, 07:33:38 AM »
Followed an auction and saw a Mauser M2 with a number that looked familiar.

I already have .45 ACP version 2243 and today they were auctioning off 2242.

So now the guns will continue their lives as a matched pair.

Model 1914 Pistol / Interesting 1918 advertisement
« on: August 28, 2018, 05:04:07 PM »
Business as usual in Berlin in december, 1918.

General Mauser Pistol Questions / Look what I found. The Mauser 1911...
« on: August 10, 2018, 06:06:07 PM »
I have been pushing for a Mauser 1911 for some years.
Looks like someone listened.

A new Mauser 1911 in .22lr HV has appeared.
Bought one and will report when I know more.

Seller's data

.22 lr HV
218 mm
140 mm
36,5 mm
975 g
127 mm
406 mm
Anzahl Züge
136 mm
1.900 - 2.500 g / 19 - 25 N

Model HSC Pistol / HSc manual printing plates
« on: July 12, 2018, 07:12:23 AM »
This set came from a recent auction.

Some collector decided to mount a set of original printing plates / dies for the post war Mauser HSc manual to a reproduction of a 1940 HSc advertising poster.

I added a mirror image of the display for clarity.

Model HSC Pistol / From the farm...
« on: July 12, 2018, 06:29:23 AM »
Well, sort of.

This HSc, serial 951740, came from the Oberndorf region where it has been used by a local butcher to put down steer calves.
He needed to invest in an expensive gun safe in order to retain his license, so he chose to sell the pistol.

Unfortunately it has been given a slight overhaul in recent years, but the pistol is in good condition. It came with a set of post-war HSc grips, the original right grip was still with the gun. I installed a set of grips from a HSc that is only 1500 numbers away from this one, just for the time being until I find a replacement left grip.

Thie pistol is interesting as it remained in private hands in Oberndorf and it made it out of the factory without being proofed or accepted by either the French or German armed forces. Keeping guns in private hands after the German surrender was a capital offense, so people took great risks to keep and hide their hand guns. On the other hand, looking at how many guns still surface, it's safe to assume that the disarming of the general public was not carried out that thoroughly…

I suspect that this pistol had a phosphate finish originally. The hammer is not reblued and still retains that dull grey phosphate appearance.

The pistol came with the shown holster.

Model HSC Pistol / Interarms HSc R&D pistol
« on: June 29, 2018, 10:33:57 AM »
This just arrived.

Interarms HSc with serial number V10.
This pistol was part of the inventory  of the Mauser R&D department.

Like V3, this pistol chambered in 9mmK had a rediculously strong recoil spring. That makes simple fieldstripping quite a challenge.

C96 / C12 Broomhandle / Handbuilt C96 clone cutaway
« on: May 27, 2018, 03:58:37 PM »
A handcrafted C96 built around a 9mm Uzi barrel. Unfortunatly the creator used construction drawings that were distorted, leading to a gun that is a factor 1.2 to 1.3 larger than the original. This meant the pistol did not repeat properly. It was turned into a cutaway eventually.

Model HSC Pistol / Out of range 'American Eagle HSc'
« on: February 05, 2018, 09:55:57 AM »
As is well documented, Interarms ordered 5000 HSc 'American Eagle' versions of the HSc in .32 ACP and another 5000 in 9mmK. These were all intended for the US market, so we don't see them over here in Europe.

In 2017, I found a 9mmK HSc with normal German proof markings and a 1978 Ulm proof date, but with the American Eagle on the slide. The pistol had a normal serial number 01.39619, and was not numbered in the special 5000-range.

So it seems that Mauser had a few pistols left with the AE that were sold on the German commercial market directly.
The 'AE' marking was a leftover from the Interarms Parabellum production. The same decals were used to etch the 'AE' on the HSc slide.

The photos show the out-of-range 9mmK HSc with AE on the slide, as well as the bitumen decals that were used to create the etching on the Parabellum chambers and HSc slides.

Model 80SA / 90DA Pistol / Mauser Compact DA
« on: December 21, 2017, 02:53:41 PM »
Another one of FEG's exploits was a slightly shorter version of their P9R (marketed by Mauser as the Model 90 DA).

The short version was named the P9RK (Kurz, German for Short) and Mauser brought them to market as the Model Compact DA.

Serial number info is scetchy, the normal version seems to outnumber the shorter one considerably.

The first 2 digits of the serial number correspond with the year of manufacture, which is also struck on the barrel
(91 for 1991).

Frame and magazine are the same as the normal version.

The pistol itself is a clone of the Smith & Wesson model 39 / 59 double action pistol.

Model 80SA / 90DA Pistol / 1991 Model Compact DA
« on: October 21, 2017, 11:07:37 AM »
The Model Compact DA is roughly the same as the Model 90 DA, but withna shorter 4 inch barrel. The slide is visibly shorter. Serial numbers in the 91... range.

Produced for Mauser by FEG.

Photos borrowed from seller. Will update when gun arrives.

Model HSC Pistol / Helmut Eppe HSc
« on: September 14, 2017, 11:06:14 AM »
This HSc belonged to Mauser manager Helmut Eppe.

The left grip contains a silver medallion with his initials set in gold. It has been on display in the Oberndorf weapons museum for a number of years as part of a loan until the relatives decided to sell his guns.

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