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bac1023
08-17-2012, 14:27
As the title says, I finally picked up a P35. Other than a couple USGI 1911s, all of my handguns are post WWII. However, there was no way my 9mm collection could be complete without one of these iconic pistols. They were built in Poland and used by both Poland and Germany during the war. It was designed in the early 1930's and adopted by the Polish army in 1935. When Germany occupied Poland, they ran the Radom factory and built the pistol for their own troops. I think that speaks volumes for just how good the design was. Either way, that's why some Radoms have German markings and some don't. Mine does not.

The problem is that most of them have literally been through World War II and look that way. This model is very clean. I believe the finish is original. Its has some bluing wear and thinning, but not much. Other than a small chip here and there, the plastic grips are in exceptional condition. The P35 is widely considered one of the best pistols ever built and certainly one of the best pistols of WWII. As with most military firearms, it may not be overly refined, but its extremely solid. It shares the general appearance and some features as the 1911, but it also quite different in many ways. It also shares some design features with the Browning Hi Power, such as using a cam instead of a barrel link. However, the P35 is a single stack and has a grip safety.

The Radom is equipped with a decocker. Its designed to be carried with the hammer down on a loaded chamber and you would need to cock the hammer before firing. Also, some earlier versions of this pistol have a take down lever (looks like a thumb safety) and a notch on the slide (in the serrated area). This whole concept was dropped in the later P35s. It is a military pistol after all and the take down lever and the machining of the notch in the frame was deemed unnecessary. It was faster and less expensive to manufacture them without it. As you can see, mine doesn't have it. I would have preferred a model with the lever, but it does look cleaner without it.

As always, please enjoy the pics. Of course, your comments and thoughts are welcome. :)


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bac1023
08-17-2012, 14:28
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Anyone here own one of these and shoot it on a regular basis?

:wavey:

G26S239
08-17-2012, 14:49
Congrats bac. I remember reading about the Radom back in the 1980s how it was very reliable and tough. :thumbsup:

The_Gun_Guru
08-17-2012, 15:23
Congrats!!!

These "I Finally Picked Up a...." threads are getting old!






JUST KIDDING! You know we all wish we were YOU!!!

Enjoy all of your new toys! We are all jealous.


TGG

ETA....


I LOVE THE GRIP PANELS!!!:wow:

bac1023
08-17-2012, 15:38
I LOVE THE GRIP PANELS!!!:wow:

Thanks. They are in great shape for 65-70 year old plastic.

On these pistols, the left grips was stamped "FB" and the right grip "VIS". :)

427
08-17-2012, 15:40
Nice!!! It's difficult to find one of those that clean.

bac1023
08-17-2012, 15:45
Nice!!! It's difficult to find one of those that clean.

Thanks and I agree.

Most of the models I seen in the past were extremely rough.

rgregoryb
08-17-2012, 16:14
the day you say you have new carpet because you wore it out using as a background...............now that will be a red letter day :-)

raven11
08-17-2012, 16:24
That is the cleanest looking Radom I've seen. It like you have a time machine and you went back to 1938 and picked it up off the factory floor.

My uncle bought( well won in a poker game ) a German captured Radom. But it looked like it was dragged behind a panzer for the whole war. It's grips were replaced By some weird plexiglass grips. But it was a good shooter.

countrygun
08-17-2012, 16:27
I was fortunate enough to have a friend who was a collector and I got to shoot one and a Lahti, and Astra (I can't remember which variation) on the same day.

The radom was the most 'comfortable" IMO but the Lahti wasn't bad either. the astra...well........

Nestor
08-17-2012, 17:20
I don't think that I ever seen a better preserved, original VIS pistol.
I've seen some super cool, modern, Polish made (by Radom) reproduction models, but not the original gun.
Super cool find Brian. At least from my own perspective ;) Congratulations!

bac1023
08-17-2012, 17:32
the day you say you have new carpet because you wore it out using as a background...............now that will be a red letter day :-)

:rofl::rofl:

bac1023
08-17-2012, 17:35
I don't think that I ever seen a better preserved, original VIS pistol.
I've seen some super cool, modern, Polish made (by Radom) reproduction models, but not the original gun.
Super cool find Brian. At least from my own perspective ;) Congratulations!

Thanks Nestor :wavey:

DRJ1911
08-17-2012, 17:40
Bac, Where in the world do you find all these great pistols? On second thought don't tell me or you might have to kill me.:rofl: Congrat's on another fine weapon and keep those pic's coming.

Doyle

bac1023
08-17-2012, 17:45
Bac, Where in the world do you find all these great pistols? On second thought don't tell me or you might have to kill me.:rofl: Congrat's on another fine weapon and keep those pic's coming.

Doyle

:rofl:

Thanks

Its been a great year for me. :)

bac1023
08-17-2012, 17:47
That is the cleanest looking Radom I've seen. It like you have a time machine and you went back to 1938 and picked it up off the factory floor.



Thanks.

Its the cleanest I've ever seen in person, that's for sure. I see them at gun shows, but, again, they're usually pretty beat.

bac1023
08-17-2012, 17:48
My uncle bought( well won in a poker game ) a German captured Radom. But it looked like it was dragged behind a panzer for the whole war.

As most do...

Blitzo
08-17-2012, 18:30
I have always wanted one. I often hear collectors say this is the best shooting gun in their collections. A local dealer near me has two in stock. Both in very very rough shape. One has German markings on it. Like others have mentioned, that is the best looking Vis I have seen. Congrats!

bac1023
08-17-2012, 19:23
I have always wanted one. I often hear collectors say this is the best shooting gun in their collections. A local dealer near me has two in stock. Both in very very rough shape. One has German markings on it. Like others have mentioned, that is the best looking Vis I have seen. Congrats!

Thanks.

They are hard to find in fairly clean shape.

Beanie-Bean
08-17-2012, 19:46
bac,

Once again, it's a pleasure to see your new treasures. They're always in excellent shape! The historical summaries are my favorites, too.

Congrats once again!

bac1023
08-17-2012, 19:52
Thanks Bean

I've been meaning to buy one of these for years.

m2hmghb
08-18-2012, 00:39
Thanks. They are in great shape for 65-70 year old plastic.

On these pistols, the left grips was stamped "FB" and the right grip "VIS". :)

So they had facebook back then too ehh:whistling:


I will say congratulations on another fine pistol, and leave out the rest of what I was thinking. Don't forget to give us a range report Bac!

bac1023
08-18-2012, 01:04
So they had facebook back then too ehh:whistling:

!
:rofl:

bac1023
08-18-2012, 06:39
I will say congratulations on another fine pistol, and leave out the rest of what I was thinking. Don't forget to give us a range report Bac!

I plan on getting to the range this weekend, in fact. :cool:

glock2740
08-18-2012, 06:46
Very cool Brian. :thumbsup: You've been picking up some guns here lately that I've never even seen before. You'll be needing to add a new wing to the museum before too long. :supergrin:

bac1023
08-18-2012, 07:39
Very cool Brian. :thumbsup: You've been picking up some guns here lately that I've never even seen before. You'll be needing to add a new wing to the museum before too long. :supergrin:

:rofl:

Thanks Joe.

I'm surprised you've never seen a P35 though. Like I said, when you do see them, they're normally very rough.

Nestor
08-18-2012, 08:22
Thanks. They are in great shape for 65-70 year old plastic.

On these pistols, the left grips was stamped "FB" and the right grip "VIS". :)

FB stands for "Fabryka Broni" which means "Firearms Factory".
VIS (latin for strength, but the original name was WiS actually) stands for Wilniewczyc & Skrzypinski - names of the pistol's designers.

bac1023
08-18-2012, 08:43
FB stands for "Fabryka Broni" which means "Firearms Factory".
VIS (latin for strength, but the original name was WiS actually) stands for Wilniewczyc & Skrzypinski - names of the pistol's designers.

Yeah, actually VIS Radom P35 would be the name of the gun, I guess.

I'm not sure why I titled it "FB". :dunno: