Incredible Polish Radom Collection at NRA 2016 (RARE Guns!)

    Do you like history? Do you like Poland? Do you sing the lyrics to “40:1” in the shower when no one’s around? Then boy have I got a treat for you! At the 2016 National Rifle Association Annual Meeting, there were more than just companies showing off their wares; there was an entire section for collectors, as well. One of the booths that caught my eye (you’ll see exactly why in a minute) was that of the Virginia Gun Collectors Association, which was showing off the largest Radom Vis pistol collection in the United States:


    That’s a lot of Radoms.


    On display in a place of honor were no less than three consecutively numbered Vis pistols, including one pre-war pair made under the Polish government!

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    In the larger display was one of the last Vis pistols made before the German invasion in 1939:



    Not rare enough for you? How about a Vis prototype:



    Jeeze, you’re hard to please! Try a wz. 38M on for size:


    My jaw dropped when I saw this rifle. Besides being one of the coolest early selfloaders, it’s also easily one of the rarest. At most 150 were ever made, and today only 9 exist. Truly a treat to see something this rare at the humble NRA show!

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    It’s definitely a change of pace from the industry-focused SHOT Show to stumble upon a collection so excellent as this one in the middle of an expo. There were many other fantastic collections present at the show, and I only regret I could not cover them all!

    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. He can be reached via email at [email protected]