Celebrating the 100th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland Fabryka Broni „Łucznik” – Radom sp. z o.o., a member of Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa, manufactured a special edition of VIS wz. 35 pistols based on original, pre-World War 2 documentation. This weapon, considered to be one of the best Polish constructions, will be manufactured in a limited series of 50 pieces.
Each pistol will be engraved with the standard of the 2nd Republic Cavalry of 1939 and the inscription "100 YEARS OF INDEPENDENT [POLAND]". Each pistol will also be engraved with a serial number from 201801 to 201850.
The VIS wz. 35 pistol was constructed by notable Polish engineers Piotr Wilniewczyc and Jan Skrzypiński in the early 1930s'. The prototype was manufactured in 1930 in Fabryka Karabinów (Gun Factory) in Warsaw. It consisted of 48 elements and was named WiS wz. 1931 after the initials of its constructors. That name was later changed to VIS, from Latin 'vis' (force). In February 1932 the gun was issued with the Polish patent no 15567, then it was decided to adopt the semi-automatic 9mm VIS pistol with an 8-round magazine. Its mass production started in 1936 and during 3 years before the World War 2 almost 50000 pieces were manufactured.
VIS was used in all branches of the military. It was send to different units right after being produced. In June 1938 VIS pistols were present in tank units, in cavalry and air force. Then infantry, comm services and artillery were issued the new pistol. It was also used in the navy and in the Border Defense Corps.
Due to its perfect design and excellent parameters VIS quickly became the service weapon for officers and NCOs of the Polish Army and one of the best military handguns in the world. It was manufactured in 1936–1944 in Fabryka Broni in Radom as a semi-automatic, single-action, hammer-fired, locked-breech design. VIS pistols were meticulously manufactured and were carried in leather holsters, equipped with two pockets for spare mags.back to articles