The Mauser HSc,
First developed in 1937, the Mauser HSc was a blowback operated compact pistol created by Mauser Werke to compete with Walther’s legendary line of PP pistols. The pistol featured a double action mechanism with a partially concealed hammer and a magazine which held 8 .32ACP cartridges. Originally the HSc was created for law enforcement and the civilian market, however with the outbreak of World War II most production was directed toward military use. The pistol was especially popular with the German Luftwaffe (Air Force) and Kriegsmarine (Navy), although the Wehrmacht (Army) also procured a number for military use. Production continued well after World War II, and in fact in 1970 a new model entered production that was chambered for .380ACP. Production ended in 1977 with over 334,000 pistols being produced.