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    Default Mauser HSc preseries 1968

    Just in,

    A Mauser R&D department built HSc in .380 / 9mmK.

    Series production started with serial number 1001 (00.1001 in .32 and 01.1001 in .380)..
    This pistol is part of a limited number of handbuilt R&D pistols.

    The grips are also handcrafted and are numbered to the pistol. Surprisingly, the pistol has no disconnector spring nor any signs of mounting facilities for it.

    The slide address and serial number are engraved, not etched like on the series version.

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    Default Is this a preseries?

    Vlim,

    Here is my '68 HSc in .32. I assumed it was part of the regular series but the serial number is like the one you posted.

    Mauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, Left Side.jpgMauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, Right Side.jpgMauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, Box Top.jpgMauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, Box Inside.jpgMauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, Box End a.jpgMauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, Box End b.jpgMauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, Manuals.jpg

    It didn't come with a manual so I acquired the three pictured in the hopes one of them might be correct for it. Each is a little different.
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    Greg, yes. Your pistol is also one of the preseries examples. Number 00.000002 is currently at the Oberndorf Weapons Museum.

    The first regular production .32 has serial 00.1001.

    Note that yours also has the engraved slide address. You may want to lift the left side grip to check for a disconnector spring and the inside shape of the grips.

    Nice, and rare, HSc. 00.000011 should also be in the US.

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    Thanks Vlim. When I get a chance I will take it apart and provide pics.
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    Looking forward to seeing them.

    'No manual' is actually correct, as these pistols were never intended to be sold on the market. They were R&D items for internal use only.

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    OK, here are some phone pics taken outside. I can do better with my real camera given time but I think these may satisfy your curiosity. The bottom of the barrel is numbered and so are the grips. Thanks for the information about the manual. The joke is on me, I looked pretty hard to find what might have come with the pistol only now to find out there should be no manual. I noticed the inside front of the frame is numbered so I added a pic.

    Mauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, a.jpgMauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, b.jpgMauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, c.jpgMauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, d.jpgMauser HSc 1968 Mfg., sn 00.000010, e.jpg
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    Very nice! It follows the same pattern as #3.
    Same numbering, hand made, numbered grips and no sign of a disconnector spring.

    The shape of the chamber is roughly cut and not polished.

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    Thank you very much for the information Vlim. I will update my database. Hopefully it has helped your research.

    Funny how things work. I've had this pistol for 18 years and I am just now finding out it is a preseries pistol. I had not heard of the preseries. Do you know how many were made?

    I like these post war Mausers. I also have a Renato Gamba in .32 with 13 round mags. A One of Five Thousand (3878) in .380 and an Interarms Import Nickle plated HSc in .380.
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    Hi Greg,

    We do have the original numbering plan for the Mauser Parabellum, in which they reserved numbers 1-9 for R&D preseries models. They had the 2-digits reserved for the Swiss 06/29 pistols that were 'reworked' to look like Mauser pistols in 1969. So the Parabellum preseries-range was limited. Since the HSc had no Swiss counter part, they had a maximum of 99 pistols in the numbering range. But so far, number 11 is the highest I have registered. So I don't think they made more than 11 (in 9mmK), and perhaps 10 or 11 in .32 / 7,65.

    The Renato Gamba's are hard to find in Europe noweadays, most were exported to the US and the Italians are not keen on exporting anything to fellow EU-countries.

    They are an interesting and fun collecting area, the post-war HSc's.

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    Superb - both Vlim and Greg! Thanks for sharing these.
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