I recently inherited, from my father's collection, a Mauser HSc pistol with leather holster and extra magazine. I can identify certain hand/weapons but "that's a Luger" is about it! This weapon has no SS/SA markings, no markings other than the standard manufacturer markings. Dad got it in a trade from a WWII vet who tells the story of having to remove the grips, because they had SS runes on them, and having to fashion new grips from the "Plexiglas from a downed B-17" (That story I heard first hand). The finishing touch for the pistol, for me at least, is that he, or someone, put cigarette foil under the clear grips to resemble pearl or, at least, mother of pearl grips. I'm sure we all remember what Patton said about a pistol with pearl handles!!
As I said, I know little to nothing about Axis firearms. If I had not read "Mauser" on the barrel, I would have assumed it was a Walther PP or PPK. I did see a picture of an artilleryman wearing what looked like a Mauser HSc, at least it looked like one from the style of the holster.
Can anyone shed some light on this pistol? Was it ever issued to the Heer, SS, SA or even the SD? As for the value, I know that Dad traded work for the gun, not cash, so I don't know what the investment was and since Mom handed me the pistol and told me that Dad wanted me to have it, that's about all I know. Dad didn't keep any records as far as value for his guns.
Any help'll be appreciated.