- Walther P38: 12.0cm from rest/14.5 cm offhand
- Radom Vis35: 18.5cm from rest/17.0 cm offhand
- Colt M1911: 30.0cm from rest/42.0 cm offhand
- 9mm Luger 06/29: 5.5cm from rest/11.5 cm offhand
- 7.65 Luger 06/29: 5.8cm from rest/9.0 cm offhand
As described by RIA:
Lot #: 1646Of course, $4,600.00 is a lot of money to pay for any gun. But the Radom Vis 35 is an expensive pistol to make. Its discontinued 1992 Lucznik reissue has long since sold out, priced at $2,300. And as regards its intrinsic quality, the Polish Eagle Radom will match any M1911 ever made, with top-notch custom specimens of the latter fetching that much or more these days. For that matter, if your taste tends towards pre-war Colts, consider this Colt National Match Government Model fetching $12,000.00 + 15% buyer’s premium, and this one going for a whopping $17,000.00 + 15%, in the same sale. So much for the economic downturn that affects us all.
Estimated Price: $5,500 - $7,000
Scarce Pre-WWII Polish Radom Model 1935 Automatic Pistol
Serial #: 35428
Model: Vis 35
Gauge: 9 mm Luger
Catalog Page: 55
Barrel Length: 4-3/4 inch round
Grip: plastic Stock: N/A
Description: Produced only up to serial number 49400. The pistol has the polished satin blue finish and checkered black plastic grips. The grips have “VIS” molded into the right grip and “FB” into the left. This pre-war “three lever” pistol has the decoking lever, slide stop and takedown lever on the left side of the slide and frame. A stock slot is milled into the rear of the grip strap. The left side of the slide is marked Polish Eagle and “VIS-wz.35 / pat. Nr.15567”. The serial number “35428” is located on the right side of the frame above the trigger. Proof and inspection marks are stamped on both sides of the trigger guard bow and on the left side of the slide ahead of the decocking lever. The magazine has a blue finish and is unmarked. After the fall of Poland in early WWII the Polish Radom pistols became a secondary issue weapon used widely throughout WWII by the Wehrmacht.
Condition: Excellent with 98% blue finish overall showing edge and high spot wear with some minor thinning and spotting on the lower frame. The grips are excellent. Tough to find in this high condition.
Back in pre-war Poland, this complete rig SN 8093 in a lower condition went for $7,500.00 + 15%, whereas this much touted early SN 0019 went for $4,250.00 + 15%. Even this postwar mixmaster SN 48915 went for $1,400.0 + 15%.
But for me, last weekend’s surprise was this well worn, garden variety Tokarev TT-33 selling for $1,600.00 + 15%. Regrettably, U.S. laws forbid the import of pistols lacking a positive safety device. Hence the market conditions multiplying the value of a $300 pistol.
P.S. This gun sold for $4,312.00 in the James D. Julia Spring Firearms Auction 2008. I am heartened to exemplify the Greater Fool Theory, even if auction commissions caused the seller to take a loss in our transaction.