2018 is set to see the return of Fabryka Broni Łucznik-Radom (FB Radom)’s iconic pistol, the wz.35 VIS, widely known simply as the Radom.
Milmag reports that the pistol will return to production next year and hopefully be available in the in the second half of 2018. While the production runs won’t be large, FB Radom reportedly hope to continually offer the wz.35. Radom also confirmed that the new VIS pistols will cost no more than 4,000 PLN – or $1,100.
The 9x19mm wz.35 was adopted as the Polish service pistol in 1935. The design is derived from John Browning’s 1911, although it differs in calibre and some internal and external features. The pistol was developed by Piotr Wilniewczyc and Jan Skrzypiński in the early 1930s.
Approximately 49,000 were made before Poland was invaded in September 1939. Production at Radom continued under the Nazis occupation, with approximately 330,000 more pistols produced before 1945. The German designation for the wz.35 was the Pistolen 35(p). Poland did not resume production after the war.
Radom hope to stay as close to the original design as possible while utilising modern production methods. Back in 2015, FB Radom produced a limited run of cased wz.35 pistols to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the pistol’s adoption and the 90th anniversary of Radom’s founding.
TFB contacted Radom to verify the news and they confirmed that the wz.35 would be returning to production in 2018, and would be offered for export, however, Radom did not confirm if they were also hoping to export to the US.