VIS Pistol wz.35

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Wz.35 VIS Semiautomatic Pistol (aka the Radom Pistol)

The Model of 1935 semiautomatic pistol by Piotr Wilniewczyc and Jan Skrzypiński is a personal defense handgun, capable of accurate firing to ca. 50 m. It is a short-recoil operated pistol with breech locked by tilting barrel. Manufactured between 1936 and 1939 at the Fabryka Broni in Radom, it was a standard sidearm of the company-grade officers, NCOs and specialist enlisted personnel in the Polish Army. The manufacturer legend o­n the slide, struck beside Polish Eagle, gave this excellent-quality sidearm its sobriquet of „the Radom pistol”, making it a best known FB product ever, even though o­nly under 50 000 „Eagle Radoms” were made prior to the outbreak of WW2. The design was found sound enough by the Germans to carry o­n production throughout the war (with some 350 000 pistols made), deleting the Eagle from the slides, but retaining manufacturer’s and patent legends.

Technical data:

Caliber: 9 x 19mm Luger
Muzzle velocity:  V0=355 mps
Muzzle energy: E0= 504 J
Magazine capacity: 8 rounds
Number of magazines per pistol: pre-WW2 – 3, then – 2
Operating principle: short recoil
Firing mode: semiautomatic-only
Locking action: barrel tilting
Trigger and firing mechanism: Single Action with external hammer
Safeties: automatic grip-safety plus hammer decocking lever
Sights: iron, rear: V-notch set to 25 m, driftable for windage, front: solid, inverted V
Length: 205 mm
Heigth: 135 mm
Width: 32 mm
Barrel length: 115 mm
Sighting radius: 160 mm
Empty with magazine: ca. 1025 g
Magazine, empty: ca. 70 g