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Selling: April 20, 2012

Lot 1581: Polish - Radom

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Extremely Rare Polish Radom P35 Semi-Automatic Pistol Serial Number "00000"
Estimated Price: $10,000 - $18,000
Serial #Polish - Radom ManufacturerPolish ModelRadom
TypePistol Gauge9 Mm Catalog Page14
Barrel4 1/2 Inch Round FinishBlue GripBlack Checkered Plastic
Stock ClassCurio & Relic Handgun RatingSee Condition
DescriptionThis pistol is certainly an enigma within the collector field for those of us that collect Polish VIS or Nazi Radom Pistols. Obviously the first and most distinguishing aspect of this pistol as noted is the serial number, which is "00000". In the manufacturing world this would typically signify an early prototype or preproduction test pistol. It has also been theorized that this might have been the very first pistol that was produced with the new "dark salt blued" finish, vs. the old "dark rust blued" finish, however there is no definitive rationale to support that theory as this pistol is in immaculate, like new condition and if they were going to use this as a test piece (for finish durability) usually they are in terrible condition. However if we analyze this pistol more, the actual purpose of this pistol seems to point more to the fact that it was probably the very first Polish Radom produced under German (Steyr factory personnel) control which featured the new group two slide markings and new serial range. The characteristics which indicate this are that the pistol falls into an early group two pistol, which is when the Germans introduced the new slide marking and serial numbers, however still retained some of the characteristics of the old group one pistols. This change probably took place sometime in early 1941 after most of the old Polish VIS parts were used up. As noted this slide has the new "single line" German markings of "F.B.RADOM VIS Mod. 35. Pat. Nr. 15567" with no other Nazi model markings or proof marks on the slide, however it still has the old decocking lever on the side. It is correctly serial numbered "00000" on the underside of the slide in the frame slot, indicating they were obviously produced together. The barrel is still in the machined white/bright factory finish and it is not numbered, however it does carry a small "Nazi Eagle" firing proof along with a single "Eagle/623" Waffenamt proof, clearly indicating German/Steyr factory acceptance/oversight. The pistol still has a group one frame with the old stock slot on the back strap, with the new black plastic checkered grips with the same old style "FB" and "VIS" markings inside an inverted triangle on each side. Certainly there is no definitive proof as to what the exact purpose or production place this pistol represents, so it certainly would be worth conducting considerable research on this model within the collector community to establish it exact purpose.

ConditionExcellent plus with 99% of the original blued finish with only a hint of blue wear under the decocking lever and the very front edge of the slide. The grip straps and sides of the frame are all in excellent condition. The grips are also in excellent condition with nice distinct and sharp checkering and markings. An exceptionally high condition WWII Nazi Radom pistol with a very unique and one of a kind serial number.
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