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Lot 3332: Radom Vis 35 Pistol 9 mm Luger

Auction Date: May 1, 2016

Exceptional 1938 Dated Polish Eagle Radom VIS-35 Semi-Automatic Pistol Rig with Holster, Two Extra Magazines and Documentation

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Exceptional 1938 Dated Polish Eagle Radom VIS-35 Semi-Automatic Pistol Rig with Holster, Two Extra Magazines and Documentation

Manufacturer: Radom
Model: Vis 35
Type: Pistol
Gauge: 9 mm Luger
Barrel: 4 5/8 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip: black checkered plastic
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 157
Class: Curio & Relic Handgun

This is an exceptional example of a scarce group/type 1 Polish Eagle Radom VIS-35 pistol with original calvary holster and two spare magazines. This exceptional pistol included a notarized document from the consignor that states "this pistol was given to his uncle (Col. Fredrick Drake) by the Polish Ambassador in London in May of 1945, in appreciation for the assistance that his uncle had rendered to the Polish Airborne troops". He goes on to say that the only time he ever saw this pistol was when his uncle (Col. Drake) took it out after the war to clean and oil the gun. As noted this is one of the rare group or type 1 Polish VIS-35 pistol that has the early slide markings as manufactured in 1938. After the fall of Poland in 1939, the Polish Radom pistols became a secondary issue weapon for the German Army and was used widely throughout WWII. The left side of the slide is correctly marked in three blocks with "F.B. RADOM/1939r" followed by the "Polish Eagle" and "VIS-wz.35/pat. Nr.15567". The serial number (16663) is located on the right side of the frame above the trigger. There are several Polish proof and inspection marks on both sides of the trigger guard bow as well as the left side of the slide. This pre-war pistol that has the correct "three levers"; decocking lever, slide stop and takedown lever on the left side of the slide and frame, with the correct stock slot milled into the rear grip strap. The grips have "VIS" molded into the right grip and "FB" into the left. Complete with an original Polish Eagle VIS leather holster that includes two extra magazines inside the holster, the very rare brass cleaning rod that also has a Polish circled S-2 proof and the rare leather shoulder strap. The back of the holster is fitted with a single belt loop and two "D" rings for a shoulder strap. The inside of the flap is ink stamped with the large (partially visible) Polish Eagle proof. All three of the magazine included with this rig, correctly have the double pinned magazine base with the small Polish factory proofs on the front edge, (either a circled G-2 or S-2 proof).

Rating Definition:

Excellent with 97% plus of the original blue finish overall with only minor edge and high spot wear with a small spot of blue loss on the upper front grip strap and on the lower edge of the slide directly under the safety lever. The grips are also in excellent condition. Mechanically excellent. The holster is also in fine condition with nice medium brown color overall with tight stitching showing minor scuffing and handling marks on the front flap with fading visible on the tab. The extra magazines are both excellent. An exceptional, documented Polish Eagle VIS-35 pistol rig that would be difficult to improve upon!

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