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Three heavy lines were added to the Mauser HSc address approximately in the area of # 855000.
The address is stamped one or roll engraved.
As an example # 882447 can be seen.
Some time ago, I have purchased a HSc which quite obviously differs from it.
# 886893 is a civilian weapon with an unusual address.
It seems to be not stamped but engraved or corroded here.
The finish is also different from the otherwise usual series.
The pictures don't show it so well but the blueing on the slide is dark and strong, and more thinly on the frame.
In the meantime I have observed a Navy accepted HSc # 887403 with the same finish and also without three lines address.

Is this a variation? Can my observation be confirmed by other HScs from this area?
Every help is very welcome.

Fritz

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“Three heavy lines were added to the Mauser HSc address
approximately in the area of #855000”
You’re right…there is a recorded low of 852321 (Army)


“As an example #882447 can be seen…”
This pistol has the later (three-bar) slide and black plastic grips. However, the HSc three numbers higher, #882450, has the first slide variety (no bars) and wood checkered grips!


“#886893 is a civilian weapon.
HSc #886919, only 26 pistols later has been reported as identical.


Jan Still deserves much credit for establishing varieties or categories of the Mauser HSc pistol in his book "Axis Pistols"

However, in my opinion, there will always be exceptions to serial numbers falling outside of reported varieties and serials that were provided as general guidelines. The factory certainly had numerous pistols in progress, especially in mid-war, with components in various states of completion that were used up in production running changes. Without a doubt, the same would apply to Mauser production of the K98k, especially in the latter years of the war.

As always, it would be great to have more input!
 

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Fritz:
Nice pistols! I am very interested in knowing whether there are any markings on the inside of the plastic grips on what appears to be the late phosphate-finish HSc? Also, what is the serial number range of that pistol?
Thanks for your help,
JB
 

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Here are some pics from the inside grip markings of the plastic HSc grips.

On the right you see the supervision mark of the national materials testing department Berlin-Dahlem for synthetic resin compressed material ( in German: Staatliches Materialprüfamt Berlin-Dahlem für Kunstharz-Preßstoffe ).

In the middle the identifcation number of the material in combination with the letter S under the supervision mark.
In this case 2228 "S" : Compressed material typ S
"S" is the retail label for - "Durophen-Schnellpressmasse" and "Trolitan" -

On the left you see the manufacturers code " ejo ". This code is still unknown to me.

To your second question: Sorry, but I don`t know the exact serial range. The highest SN with blued finish noted by me is 946699. The highest SN with phosphate finish is 952239.

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Regarding your highest noted serial numbers above, there are additional 3rd Reich, blued</u> pistols reported above 946699. The highest is 949168 as depicted in AutoMag 8/97.
The phosphated pistol, 952239, has previously been reported as factory assembled postwar by the French. As you know, French assembled HSc's are found in both blued and parkerized finishes and with either wood or plastic grips.
 
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