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. It's 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 Polish army, and sent to production in Fabryka Broni Radom - state armory in the city of Radom, Poland. After German invasion in 1939, Germans continued production of Vis pistol and issued it to their own troops, as the Pistole P35(p). They also decided to move barrel production to Steyr plant in Austria, with plans to make whole pistols there, because Radom's workers were known to make guns for Polish resistance.
In American and English sources this pistol is known as Radom, mainly because of the place of its birth. This moniker is not recognized by other European sources and most importantly, the Poles themselves, but it is so widespread, that it became de facto pistol's name and is listed in the title for search purposes.
(1936 - 1945)
- Weight: 2.1 lbs (1 kg) unloaded
- Barrel length: 4.5 in (11.5 cm)
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: