Vis wz. 35 Radom pistol

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Vis wz. 35 - 9x19mm - Left side
Vis wz. 35 - 9x19mm - Right side

The Vis wz. 35 (Vis meanig "force" in Latin) is a high-end semiautomatic pistol developed and built by Poland prior to the years of World War II. Its designers, Piotr Wilniewczyc and Jan Skrzypinski, took their inspiration from John Moses Browning's M1911 pistol. In 1935, the pistol was adopted as a standard handgun in the Polish Army and sent to production in Fabryka Broni Radom - state armory in the city of Radom, Poland. After the German invasion in 1939, the Germans continued production of Vis pistols and issued it to their own troops, as the Pistole P35(p). They also decided to move barrel production to the Steyr plant in Austria, with plans to make whole pistols there, because Radom's workers were known to make guns for the Polish resistance.
In American and English sources, this pistol is known as Radom, mainly because of its place of birth. This moniker is not recognized by other European sources and most importantly, the Poles themselves, but it is so widespread that it became the pistol's de facto name and is listed in the title for search purposes.



(1936 - 1945)

  • Type: Pistol
  • Caliber: 9x19mm
  • Weight: 2.1 lbs (1 kg) unloaded
  • Length: 8.1 in (20.5 cm)
  • Barrel length: 4.5 in (11.5 cm)
  • Capacity: 8 rounds
  • Fire Modes: Semi-Auto

The Vis wz. 35 Radom pistol and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notation Date
Fighting Film Collection No. 7 (Boyevoy kinosbornik No. 7) An SS officer 1941
Ivan Nikulin: Russian Sailor (Ivan Nikulin - Russkiy Matros) Stepan Kayukov Daddy 1944
Victorious Return (Majup ar uzvaru) Pavel Volkov Melnikov 1948
Ludmila Spilberga Mother Grieze
Tracks in the Snow (Sledy na snegu) Vladimir Gusev Lt. of State Security Grigoriy Petrenko 1955
Vladimir Krasnopolskiy Major of State Security Roman Shelestov
Oleg Zhakov Vasiliy Belolyubskiy
Mikhail Medvedev Ivan Sharaborin
Ants Eskola A spy
Razzia (Razzia sur la chnouf) Seen in Liski's gun cache 1955
Some Like It Hot Mike Mazurki Mob henchman Anachronistic 1956
Canal (Kanal) Kazimierz Dejunowicz Capt. 'Zabawa' 1957
Ashes and Diamonds Zbigniew Cybulski Maciek Chelmicki 1958
The Gleiwitz Case (Der Fall Gleiwitz) Members of Naujocks' group 1961
The Black Seagull (Chyornaya chayka) Igor Dmitriev "Yankee" 1962
Monsieur Gangster Lino Ventura Fernand Naudin Suppressed 1963
The Little Soldier (Le petit soldat) Michel Subor Bruno Forestier 1963
Henri-Jacques Huet Jacques
The Monocle Laughs (Le Monocle rit jaune) Paul Meurisse Théobald Dromard alias "The Monocle" 1964
Room 13 Police constables, gangsters 1964
The Seventh Victim Hans Nielsen Reverend Turner 1964
The Dirty Game Robert Ryan General Bruce 1965
Modesty Blaise Monica Vitti Modesty Blaise 1966
Terence Stamp Willie Garvin
Fothergill´s men
The Second Wind (Le Deuxième Souffle) Lino Ventura Gustave "Gu" Minda 1966
Westerplatte Polish officers and NCOs 1967
Dead Season (Myortvyy sezon) Mauri Raus Greban 1968
Kelly's Heroes Len Lesser Sgt. Bellamy Used as a substitute for the M1911A1 1970
Clint Eastwood Pvt. Kelly
Hornets' Nest Rock Hudson Capt. Turner Suppressed 1970
Walter Defends Sarajevo (Valter brani Sarajevo) Velimir 'Bata' Zivojinovic Walter In pocket 1972
Flatfoot Jho Jhenkins Jho 1973
Ricco Christopher Mitchum Ricco Aversi 1973
Luis Induni Gaspare Aversi
The Gypsy (Le gitan) Maurice Barrier Jacques Helman Nickel plated 1975
Syndicate Sadists Adolfo Lastretti Ciccio Paterno 1975
Luciano Pigozzi Conti's henchman
Death of a Corrupt Man (Mort d'un pourri) Alain Delon Xavier 'Xav' Maréchal 1977
I Am Afraid Giuseppe Fazio Pastorino 1977
A hitman Suppressed
Rebellious "Orion" (Myatezhnyy "Orion") Leonid Yanovsky Lt. Yury Novikov 1978
Vladimir Brodskiy Chief Officer Nikolay Pavlovich
Yuri Mochalov Michman Bobrin
Georgi Dvornikov Lt. Obolenskiy
The Fall of Italy (Pad Italije) Seen among partisans' booty 1981
Deadly Circuit (Mortelle randonnée) Michel Serrault Beauvoir 1983
Guy Marchand Jean aka "The pale man"
My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Moy drug Ivan Lapshin) Andrey Mironov Khanin 1984
Andrei Boltnev Ivan Lapshin
Island of Lost Ships (Ostrov pogibshikh korabley) Nikolay Lavrov Jimmy Simpkins 1987
Gediminas Storpirstis Volodya
Arunas Storpirstis Fergus Slayton
Unknown Pages from the Life of a Scout (Neizvestnye stranitsy iz zhizni razvedchika) Vitaliy Zikora Ignat Barytski 1991
Andrei Alyoshin Vladimir Azov
Anton Sivers Mscislaw Swiatski
Avalon Malgorzata Foremniak Ash 2001
Jerzy Gudejko Murphy
Typhoon Jung-Jae Lee Lieutenant Kang Se-Jong 2005
Manhunt (Oblawa) Marcin Dorocinski Cpl. 'Wydra' 2012
City 44 Józef Pawlowski Stefan Zawadzki 2014
Anna Próchniak Kama
Maurycy Popiel "Góral"
Tomasz Schuchardt "Kobra"
Filip Gurlacz "Rogal"
Michal Zurawski "Czarny"
Max Riemelt Johann Kraus


Title Actor Character Note/Episode Date
Makar the Pathfinder (Makar-sledopyt) Igor Dmitriev A British officer 1984
The White Guard (Belaya gvardiya) Aleksey Serebryakov Col. Feliks Nay-Turs 2012
The White Guard (Belaya gvardiya) Nikolay Efremov Nikolay Turbin 2012
Days of Honour. Uprising (Czas honoru. Powstanie) Maciej Zakoscielny Bronek Woyciechowski 2014
Hetaeras of Major Sokolov (Getery mayora Sokolova) Filipp Yankovskiy krest 2014
Aglaya Tarasova Infanta
Mikhail Kasapov Miki
(Panin's screen double) Maj. Andrey Sokolov

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Mods Notation Release Date
Deadfall Adventures 2013


Anime Title Character Note Date
Jormungand Soldier in Major Pollack's forces "Pulsar" 2012

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