Some time ago there was an excellent article in AUTO MAG covering the Mauser pocket pistols, serial numbers, and production dates. My AUTO MAGS are scattered. Perhaps a better organized member can find the article. If you supply the serial number I can ball park the production date. By 1926 the Geco catalogue was showing the Standard Model 1914 Mauser pistol in 7.65 mm. In Mauser Pocket Pistols 1910-1946 by Roy G. Pender III (on page 99) we see a presentation Mauser Humpback pistol given to Adolph Drossel by Paul Mauser. It is inscribed with the date of March 1914 and has the serial number 130. There is a book available on Amazon by Colin Webster called 'Argentine Mauser Rifles, 1871 to 1959' It is supposed to have all serial number data. The way I understand the production of the Mauser's including the 1891 is that each letter block is representative of 9,999 rifles, Loewe produced approximately 35,000 per year for Argentina which. Those made before 1914 have serial numbers between 1 and 61,000 and those made during or after 1914 have serial numbers between 61,000 and 152,000 (1914-1917) and between 200,000 and 403,000 (1919-1934). The latter figures include 1914 models in both 6.35mm and the larger 7.65mm (.32 ACP), added to Mauser’s pocket pistol offerings in July 1914.Mauser’s HSc
By R.K. Campbell
Among the most attractive, distinctive and interesting handguns of World War Two is the Mauser HSc. This pistol has a distinct Art Deco look that is reminiscent of the 1930s; however, the pistol was not produced until 1940. Just the same, the Mauser is every inch a product of the era. Development of the HSc began in 1934 at Mauser Werke Obendorf at Neckar, Germany. At the time, only the Mauser 1914, slightly improved as the 1934, was offered in the pocket pistol line. This handgun was not competitive against the Walther PP and PPK pistols. There was also the prospect of a military contract as small 7.65mm pistols were popular with the German Army.
While civilian personal defense and police needs might be solved by a light pistol - according to the Europeans - the .32 ACP/7.65mm pistol was mainly a badge of office, used to direct troops. The HSc would prove as well suited as any other to this need. While this is primarily speculation on the author’s part, I believe that the Mauser was designed to undercut the Walther in price and to be made more cheaply. The HSc’s price point was less than the Walther and remained so during its service life and during its time in commercial sales. The HSc was designed in a socialist world to take less man hours, making the price less in the socialist guild system.
Our research indicates that no less than twenty-two prototypes were fashioned prior to the adoption of the final design and series production. The Hahn Selbstspanner Pistole (self cocking hammer or double action pistol, c denoting variation) was introduced in 1940. The “c” designation meant third and final design, regardless of the actual number of prototypes and early variations. The first pistols were accepted by the Kreigsmarine and next the Army. Waffen SS and Lufwaffe pistols were delivered from Army stocks. Wartime pistols were produced in 7.65mm (.32 Automatic Colt Pistol) caliber. All wartime pistols had the serial number stamped on the front strap. The last three digits of the serial number were stamped on the bottom of the breech and further etched by hand with an electric pencil under the muzzle. Serial numbers began at 700001 and ran to almost 952000. Best guesses are that a quarter of a million pistols were produced, with the figure 252,000 often quoted. The serial number range began where the Mauser 1914/1934 pistol left off. The original Mauser HSc featured a nice blue finish and nicely turned out walnut grips. A noticeable detail change in the pistol occurred at approximately pistol 701345 when the grip screw position was changed. The first pistols featured grip screws placed proportionately lower on the frame. The newer position is regarded as a better design in order to fully support the grip panels. Interestingly, despite the wartime economy, a number of pistols were released to the civilian market though many of these pistols were actually purchased for private use by military personnel. (For clarification the early grip screw position is approximately 3/4 inch lower than the standard grip screw position.)
Wartime pistols are most often marked with an Eagle/655 inspection stamp on the left rear of the trigger guard extension. The factory acceptance proof is the Eagle over N on the right rear trigger guard. A small Army proof mark is found on the left rear grip tang. Civilian pistols have the factory proof but not the military acceptance proof mark.
During the war there were several cuts in time spent on production of material and the HSc is no exception. The finish suffered and at one time, the finish was a dull, almost green finish. This is a phosphate finish similar to Parkerizing or bunkerizing. Color schemes ranged from gray to nearly green. The collector will sometimes encounter a pistol with a mix of phosphate and blued parts. Despite the first impression that these handguns were mismatched they were delivered in this fashion. After the war, the French occupied the Mauser factory and continued production in the same serial number range. Many of these pistols were sent to French Indochina. This production run was brief.
The Mauser HSc was reintroduced in 1967 and imported by Interarms. A total production run of 63,118 pistols were produced. The pistols were reengineered to accept the .380 ACP cartridge to make it more popular in America, although many were also sold in the original .32 ACP chambering. The production figures follow;
18,868: .32 ACP
39,250: .380 ACP
Handling the Mauser HSc
The HSc pistol handles much the same as the J P Sauer or Walther double action pistols. The double action pistols in competition with the Mauser featured a hammer dropping safety, which the Mauser does not. The hammer must be manually lowered. The double action trigger is more abrupt than the Walther and is heavy in comparison. The estimated trigger pull weight in double action is sixteen pounds. The single action trigger is smooth at about six pounds. When you rack the slide to the rear on an empty magazine, the slide locks. However, even when you remove the magazine you cannot lower the slide. Reinserting the magazine, either an empty or a loaded magazine, lowers the slide. When a loaded magazine is inserted the chamber is loaded and the slide runs forward. The hammer must be manually lowered by capturing the hammer with the thumb and pressing the trigger, lowering the hammer in this manner. The safety may be placed on at this time.
To fire the pistol, place the safety in the off position. The HSc is fired by pressing the trigger. The long double action trigger press works against an internal drawbar that draws the hammer to the rear. When the hammer breaks the sear and falls, the pistol fires. The slide then recoils and cocks the hammer. All subsequent shots after the first are fired single action.
The author’s personal example was test fired with Winchester USA ball ammunition. The pistol loaded smoothly. The HSc is a comfortable pistol to fire. The small sights are snag free but make accuracy problematical. At ten yards, several five shot three-inch groups were printed, which is adequate for the task we must presume. A single five shot group from a careful bench rest at 15 yards was fired with the aid of Hansen Eagle Eyes shooting glasses. The Winchester 95 grain FMJ bullets went into a cluster of four and one half inches. There were several stoppages during the firing test – at least one per magazine. The age of the pistol and the magazine spring seem to be the fault.
The HSc is an interesting pistol with a distinctive silhouette. Quality examples are available at affordable prices and the pistol has a certain pride of ownership that cannot be faulted. The Mauser HSc pistol is well worth your attention.
Mauser 1914 Serial Number Dates
Caliber: 7.65mm and .380 ACP
Magazine capacity 7.65mm: 8
Magazine capacity .380 ACP: 7
Weight: 24.7 ounces
Barrel: 3.4 inches
Overall length: 6 inches
Total production, commercial and wartime: 334,000
Total wartime production: 252,000
- 23% Commercial
- 54% Army
- 11% Navy
- 12% Police
This article first appeared in Small Arms Review SAW (March 2013)
Mauser 1914 Serial Number Lookup
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Vlim, Thanks for posting information on these post war pistols. I have acquired a few of them over the years even though there isn't much collector interest here in the U.S. This pistol is one I bought at a local gun show just a few years ago. It came with the box which is pictured and the finger extension mag.
I added the spare mag. It didn't come with its manual so over the years I have acquired different ones hoping to come across the one that would be correct for it. Problem is, I wouldn't know which one, if any, of the three I have is correct for this pistol. I just keep all three with it for that reason. I hope you will find this one interesting.
First Variant Model 1914 -The Mauser “Humpback” Pistol Serial Numbers 1 - 2850 approximately. The distinctive nickname for the pistol comes from the contour of its slide, which is milled down and reduced in width and thickness over the ejection port and all the way down the front arms of the slide.
It has no importer's stamps on it and the wood grips are what came on it when I got it. The Interarms contract versions were made and marked by Mauser, so I would not see that marking as a problem. Then their are the Waidmann's versions from Phoenix, Az. They too are an interesting lot. Commercial numbering of the pistols started at 1001, these low numbers were probably kept at the factory for reference, demonstration and illustration purposes. Holger Veh, the owner of Teuto-Arms, bought the remaining Mauser stock around 1999-2000 when Mauser quit the pistol business.
The Mauser is in very good condition. The last gun shop owner to see it said 90-95%, that was a long time ago and it's in the same condition. All original with matching numbers and no import marks. At the time the gunsmith saw it he looked up the serial number and said it was rare, I don't recall why,. When the HSc (Hahn Selbstspanner modell C; double-action model C) did go into production, the guns were serial numbered starting with #700,000, to pick up where Mauser 1914/34 pistol production ended. A total of 252,000 HSc pistols were made during World War II, with 137,000 purchased by the German Army,.
So he acquired all pattern room, prototype and reference pistols that were still there at the time. So it is safe to assume that both number 10 and 11 came from the factory's reference collection.
The HSc was Mauser’s attempt to compete with the highly successful Walther PP design. Development began in 1934, and was ready for mass production in 1938. The German Arms Bureau did not allow production to begin until 1940, however, as it wanted Mauser to focus on production of military contracts. Mauser HSc cutaway view When the HSc ( Hahn Selbstspanner modell C; double-action model C) did go into production, the guns were serial numbered starting with #700,000, to pick up where Mauser 1914/34 pistol production ended. A total of 252,000 HSc pistols were made during World War II, with 137,000 purchased by the German Army, 27,000 by the Navy, 28,000 by various police units, and 59,000 sold commercially (including many sales to soldiers who were not issued pistols).
Mechanically, the HSc is a simple blowback design, chambered for.32ACP (postwar variants were also made in 9x17mm). As with most contemporary pistols, they used a heel-mounted magazine release and a safety on the slide. Manuals Mauser HSc manual (German) Resources More information on the marking variants of the HSc (and some nice detailed photos) can be found. Hi Mic, look at YouTube, there are some videoes about shooting, breakdown and cleaning the HSc. Also as information source: Pistols of the German Wehrmacht (see above); Guns of the Reich by George Markham; German Handguns – The Complete Book of the Pistols & Revolvers of Germany 1869 to the Present by Ian V.
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Hogg; Pistols of the World, 4th Ed. Maybe you will find also some articles in US-Firearms Magazines like Guns & Ammo, Petersen´s Handguns, American Handgunner. Or get in contact with a Mauser Collectors Ass.
Maunuals are available on gun shows. Or go the the website of German Firearms Magazine Deutsches Waffen-Journal. They offer reprints of several manuals of European Firearms. Yours Robocop-55.