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Old 08-08-2021, 03:54 AM
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For some reason, I have become interested in Mauser pistols. Been doing some reading and watching YouTube videos. The Model 1914 and HSC have caught my fancy. Please show me what you have in these two models, and let me know what you think of them in general. I like their history and looks, not thinking about carrying one. I know sometimes you can find surplus HSC's for sale, but I don't believe you see 1914's being sold that way anymore.
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I only have a model 1914. Also have a 1910 in .25ACP. They are very well made reliable and accurate. Their unnuasal style fascinates me.

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I never really warmed up to the HSC even though it is also a very good pistol. I blame that on the Walther PP and PPK. This does not mean I won't buy one if given a chance.
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My preferred Mauser pistol remains the XIXth Century design.

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I have a 1933 vintage Mauser 1914, good shooter. I recall a message string here a little ago on the Mauser HSC, mentioned some problems with disassembly and reassembly.
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The HSC is a sleek little gun that performs well in .32 ACP. I had a bunch of them over the years and also some HK4s. The HK4 is based on the Mauser HSC design but has in general a better trigger and also a recoil buffer. The post war HSC is the less expensive option.

Field stripping the HSC is extremely easy when it is done correctly and the steps in the manual are being followed.

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Mauser 1934 with holster. Given to me by my uncle who brought it back from WWII. It's in pretty good shape witha little holster damage. Other than that is functions great. Fits my hand, which I like. I apologize for the photos, should get better pics.
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The Mauser 1914 and HSc represent different generations of design. So you really need one of each

While the 1914 in its iterations approximately parallels the Luger from pre-WW I until WW II, the HSc (like PP/PPK) extends from its design in early WW II to really being a modern post-war pistol being produced until the late 1970s.

I am more interested in the 1914. Like the Luger, you find it in different variants and with markings denoting Imperial military, Weimar-era police, and early Nazi military (Kriegsmarine’s Model 1934 iteration).

If I were after a carry gun in that category, I would only consider the HSc, however. I find especially its grip ergonomics superior, also to the Walthers.

Of the two, I currently have only a Model 1914 manufactured in 1919.


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My experience is limited to the HSC.

Neat guns that break firing pins with regularity. Replacing the firing pin is tricky. Most folks break a firing pin or two trying to replace a broken firing pin.

The HSC is the only center fire pistol I know of that regularly breaks firing pins by dry firing.
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I have two post war Hsc's, just sold three of my four HK4's.
IIRC the main difference of pre and post war Hsc is the screw location for the grip panel but that's from memory.
The HSC is a much more advanced design than the PPK, It's a bit large by today's 380 standards.
I have never broken a firing pin but there I go tempting fate.
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Thanks all for the posts so far. Keep them coming, the pictures and information are great.
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Here are a couple of pistol a friend has. I took a picture when he brought them over for a show and tell. 😎
I think the upper right one has WW2 German markings. I should of taken more and better pictures.
Kurusu could tell you more about them than I could.

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I have one of the post war Interarms reissues of the HSc like the one Andyd posted above and one of the Mauser Model 1910's and Model 1914's. I have owned the HSc since the mid 1970's, fired a heck of a lot of rounds through it and never broken a firing pin. I have never fired one in .32 ACP but I can say with good authority that the .380 is not pleasant to fire more than a few magazines full at a time. It really beats up the web of my hand. But I'd take it over any of the currently popular polymer framed .380's that are in vogue today as CCW guns. One other thing, the only hollow points it has ever been reliable with were Winchester Silvertips. With any hardball I have tried it has been 100% reliable. The HP's hang up on the feed ramp.
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I had a friend (now deceased) who had a 1910 in .25 ACP that I really enjoyed shooting, although we didn't shoot it often. I wanted to buy one back before I quit buying guns, but evidently what I think they are worth is wrong.

I've shot a few HSC's in .380, and while they're snazzy looking, they didn't do anything for me. A high bore axis and questionable functioning. As you can tell though, they have quite a few fans.

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My 1914 has the Imperial acceptance mark. Shoots very well. It is large and ruggedly built for a 7.65
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I found a .380 HSc at a gunshow a few years back. One of the Interarms imports, still in box with all accessories. I bought it mostly as a investment and for nostalgia. I always have thought the HSc was a really beautiful handgun, from way back when I was a youngster flipping through old Gun Digest catalogs.







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Yes, the HSc has a great shape, curves and angles, very modern for the times.
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Here is a photo of the HK4. I have one in .22 l.r. with the dedicated .22 l.r. extractor. The pistol works like a charm and has become one of my favorite plinkers.

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I haven’t got a “new” Mauser pistol in many years although I’m still looking for a WWTPII.

I’ve mostly sought out Commercial examples, (even the HSc is,) when applicable. For the most part they were cheaper anyway.

The PO8 is, (was a K date,) VOPO that was under $300.00 and the P38 is a BYF43. I wanted and paid for a first run 42 but received a 43 instead, (under $400.00,) so I just kept it.

Of course I had to pursue CZ’s and HK’s due to the Mauser connections.

The mid ‘80’s to mid ‘90’s was a great time for cheap surplus and to have an FFL.

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I left them out because they wern't Mauser designed, only Mauser made.

But they are one of my favorite pistols. And I do have 3 by Mauser. So here goes.

An S/42 from 1938, a Byf 41.

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And a byf 42 from the Portuguese Contract.
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I left them out because they wern't Mauser designed, only Mauser made.
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For the sake of completeness, we should mention those pistols that were neither Mauser-designed nor Mauser-made, but still say Mauser on them

(FEG/Hungary. Not my gun pictured)


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Here are a couple of pistol a friend has. I took a picture when he brought them over for a show and tell. 😎
I think the upper right one has WW2 German markings. I should of taken more and better pictures.
Kurusu could tell you more about them than I could.

The one in the Upper RH corner has Kriegsmarine marking on the side.
A not often seen marking in itself but I'm told it does appear on the small Mausers with some frequency.
Watch out for faked M markings as they can really boost value if past off as orig.

I've had several Hsc pistols over the years. All wartime 32's. Never seemed to be able to hang on to any of them. Loved the mechanics though shooting them wasn't ever anything special as I recall.
Still a better shooter than the Sauer 38h IMO though I liked those as well for the same reasons.

Only a couple Mauser 1914's.
Still have one left. A post WW1 with PD markings on the front grip strap. I believe it's marked for (City of) Bremen Police Dept.
That one is very accurate to shoot off hand and comfortable as well.
The magazine is nicely marked with the Mauser logo on one side wall.
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My 1914 has the Imperial acceptance mark. Shoots very well. It is large and ruggedly built for a 7.65
I can see it, but not tell what it actually is. What actually is the Imperial acceptance mark?

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I haven’t got a “new” Mauser pistol in many years although I’m still looking for a WWTPII.

I’ve mostly sought out Commercial examples, (even the HSc is,) when applicable. For the most part they were cheaper anyway.

The mid ‘80’s to mid ‘90’s was a great time for cheap surplus and to have an FFL.

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I've had a few HSc pistols over the years. The only one I have now is this French occupation made one. It's a great shooter

I owned one in 380 made in the 1970s, but it had feeding issues, so off it went. I also had an Italian made HSc Super. It was a good pistol, but not a true HSc, so I sold it.

I did once own a Model 1914 in 32. It too was a great shooter, but it was well used and didn't have much finish remaining. I sold it off and am still on the hunt for a nice replacement.

As mentioned, the HSc performs best in 32ACP.


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How is this one?
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