Mauser HSc Pistol

The following report on the Mauser HSc pistol was published in Foreign Military Weapons and Equipment, Vol. III, Infantry Weapons, Pamphlet No. 30-7-4, Department of the Army, 1954.

7.65-mm Mauser Pistol Model HSc

Mauser HSc Pistol - German WWII

The Mauser HSc pistol was the latest and one of the finest designs developed by the Germans during World War II. Basically it is a commercial pocket-pistol type rather than a military arm. It is very well streamlined, has an excellent balance, and is of exceedingly simple construction. The salient recognition features of this weapon are: (1) A very short, knurled exposed hammer; (2) a matted rib on top of receiver; (3) a solid metal rib extending from the forward portion of the trigger housing to the end of the barrel; (4) manufacturer’s stamping on the left side of the slide “Mod. HSc. KAL. 7.65-mm, Mauser-Werke A. G. Oberndorf a/N”, which is found on all Mauser HSc pistols; and (5) the slide release button in the forward wall of the trigger guard.


Mauser HSc Pistol - German Hahn Selbstspanner Pistole


System of operation   Straight blowback, double-action
Caliber7.65-mm (cal .301 in)
     Unloaded585 g (1.2 lb)
     Loaded646 g (1.4 lb)
Length over-all162 mm (6.3 in)
Length of barrel85-mm (3.3 in)
Feeding device8-round magazine
     RearOpen U-notch, adjustable laterally
Muzzle velocity290 m/s (951 fps)
Effective rate of fire8-16 rpm
Effective range50 m (55 yd aprx)
AmmunitionEuropean 7.65-mm Browning (U.S. cal. .32 ACP pistol ball will function)


Marder II “Kohlenklau”

The Marder II (SdKfz. 131) was an open-topped, lightly-armored German tank destroyer armed with a 7.5 cm Pak 40 antitank gun built on the obsolete Panzer II chassis. The Marder II shown in these photographs was nicknamed “Kohlenklau” (coal thief), and was photographed on the Russian Front in 1943. The decals and figures in the old Tamiya Marder II kit were based on “Kohlenklau”.

Marder II Kohlenklau Camouflage

Marder 2 Tamiya Decal Set WW2 Sdkfz 131