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
(7.65-mm MAUSER PISTOLE, MODELL HSc)
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.
System of operation Straight blowback, double-action Caliber 7.65-mm (cal .301 in) Weight: Unloaded 585 g (1.2 lb) Loaded 646 g (1.4 lb) Length over-all 162 mm (6.3 in) Length of barrel 85-mm (3.3 in) Feeding device 8-round magazine Sights: Front Blade Rear Open U-notch, adjustable laterally Muzzle velocity 290 m/s (951 fps) Effective rate of fire 8-16 rpm Effective range 50 m (55 yd aprx) Ammunition European 7.65-mm Browning (U.S. cal. .32 ACP pistol ball will function)