Gorgeous Replicas of ViS wz. 35 in .45 ACP and wz. 38M

Ian at the ForgottenWeapon’s Facebook page links to a highly skilled Polish gunsmith, Ryszard Tobys, who has made replicas of some of Poland’s more obscure and rare weapons; the .45 caliber ViS pistol (of which there may be no surviving examples), and the 8mm wz. 38M self-loading rifle.

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In my opinion, the wz. 38M is one of the prettiest, if not the prettiest of the selfloading rifles of the 1930s. Follow the link to see great high-resolution pictures of these beautiful firearms.

Nathaniel F

Nathaniel is a history enthusiast and firearms hobbyist whose primary interest lies in military small arms technological developments beginning with the smokeless powder era. In addition to contributing to The Firearm Blog, he runs 196,800 Revolutions Per Minute, a blog devoted to modern small arms design and theory. He is also the author of the original web serial Heartblood, which is being updated and edited regularly. He can be reached via email at nathaniel.f@staff.thefirearmblog.com.


  • chris22lr

    Two notes:
    1. Gunsmith’s name is Ryszard Tobys. “Tobys Rusznikarstwo” is name of his company, and it means just “Tobys’ Gunsmithing” 😉
    2. .45ACP Vis is not a “replica” of the prototype from 1930s (made for some South American country – Argentina IIRC), but rather up-scaled 9mm Vis. As you’ve noted: there is no surviving example of original .45 Vis, but also no visual documents (photos, sketches, plans) were left. So nobody can confirm “historical accuracy” of Mr Tobys work (which is still astonishing).

  • Renegade

    To quote the famous producer Max Bialystock, “I want you to know, my dear, that even though we are sitting down, we are giving you a standing ovation.”

  • dan citizen

    Great article. Thank you.

  • big daddy

    I really like the look of that rifle. If they produced one now I’d buy it, as long as it was in modern ammo. Beautiful rifle, similar to a BAR, classic lines, smooth functional, nice.

  • cahillm2

    I would love to have some new production Vis 35 pistols brought in to America.

  • DiverEngrSL17K

    Beautiful, absolutely beautiful. Judging even from the photographs alone, the attention to minute details, fit and finish is really obvious. Thank you to Ian and Nathaniel for giving Ryszard Tobys the exposure he deserves for his consummate craftsmanship.

    • He is truly an artist in his craft!

    • chris22lr

      He also made biggest working revolver in the world – cap & ball Remington.
      .500 S&W Magnum is for loosers! 🙂

      • Beaumont

        Now that’s a revolver!

        Was it ever fired?

        • chris22lr

          Well, yes, that’s the point of this toy! 🙂


          Translation of the most interesting part: “Cylinder holds six lead balls, each of 28mm caliber and 128g weight. Weight of powder in one chamber is 22g. Revolver is accurate up to 100m. It is 126cm in lenght, 40cm in height and weights 45kg. In 2002 it was included in Guiness World Records as the biggest working cap and ball revolver in the world”.

  • Duray

    Had one of the original pistols in my shop once. Why on earth would anyone ever want a decocker on a single action pistol? Long term storage? Absurdity.

    • Back then, firearms safeties were much less mature than they are now. It’s not a stretch to think they intended the ViS to be carried hammer down, and it would kind of defeat the point of additional safety if the gentleman carrying it had to pull the trigger to release the hammer…

      • Yeah, I believe Condition Two was considered much more of a viable option back in the day.

    • chris22lr

      As Nathaniel pointed out – in 1930s nobody heard about firing pin “drop-safety”. Our Calvary requested decocker and they’ve got it. Vis wz. 32 prototype had no decocking lever.

      • mikewest007

        Cavalry, that makes sense. Decock and holster the gun one-handed while holding the reins with your other hand.

  • n0truscotsman

    Thanks for this post Nathaniel

    I feel like I’m going through puberty again with the frequent tightening of my pants…