LUGER .38 Special / HS-38

PRICE: R 2,500.00 Incl. VAT


MAKE Luger / Herbert Schmidt
MODEL .38 Special / HS-38
CALIBER .38 Special
ACTION Double action / Single action
CONDITION Very good used condition

Item Description


The Luger .38 Special is a double-action/single-action, medium frame, 6 shot revolver chambered in .38 Special and manufactured in West Germany sometime between 1950 and 1990.
It was manufactured by the company Herbert Schmidt Ostheim, that was also known as HS – Herbert Schmidt Waffentechnik, based in Ostheim, (Rhön).

The company was founded in 1919 and started producing shotguns, but later went on to also produce rifles, air pistols, starter pistols, double-action revolvers and also single-action army clones (cowboy guns), and other odds and ends (including swords, knives and bayonets, as well as survival knives).
Before WW II, the company provided Sweden with repeating carbines in 6.5×55 and 8×57 IS calibers, while during WW II, they serviced, maintained and repaired the K 98 rifles of the German Wehrmacht as well as maintained spare parts of different weapons of all categories.

Nowadays Herbert Schmidt guns are rare, spare parts almost do not exist, and their low price makes them uninteresting for collectors.

The HS-38 revolver was branded and sold in South Africa as the Luger .38 Special, however you can still find the ‘HS’ stamp on the side of the frame.
There is almost no other information to to found on the internet or in the books I have on this revolver.
It simply appears to be a conventional style revolver of moderate quality.


This gun is in very good to excellent used condition. It is mechanically sound and functional.
The overall finish is still excellent and the gun is possibly unfired (or fired very little).
It just requires a good strip and cleaning.
The wooden grips are still in perfect condition.
It comes in its original cardboard box with a cleaning brush.


This firearm is suitable for home self defense, but is perhaps a little large (heavy) for every day carry, unless for a large-framed person.

This revolver may also have some collectors value due to its scarcity.

This firearm is suitable for use in the following sports*:

  • IDPA – Revolver division
  • ICORE – Classic division
  • PIN SHOOTING – Stock gun & Stock revolver

*While this revolver is technically suitable for these sports, you will never find accessories nor spare parts for it, making it a less than ideal choice for sport shooting.
I would go as far as saying that this revolver IS NOT suitable for sport shooting.

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