A Study and Photographic Album of Poland's Finest Pistol
By William J. York
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Vis Radom is the first comprehensive collector's book aimed at detailing all variants of the VIS pistol. William York's analytical approach investigates the origins of the pistol and reveals some new conclusions about what influenced the pistol's designers. Parts and assemblies are discussed and illustrated in detail. Aside from the practical sections, like takedown of the pistol, shooting and collecting the VIS, the author has delved into the history of the pistol and its production. Working with collectors in the U.S. and in Poland, a wealth of new historical information has been revealed.
Illustrated for the first time, are many period and wartime documents, period photographs and technical drawings. All these materials greatly contribute to the work which also elaborates into prototypes, model variances, manufacturing changes as well as accessories like holsters, cleaning rods, shoulder-stocks, ammunition, conversion units, etc.
A large section of the book is dedicated to the photographic gallery, which gives an uncanny perspective on the entire production including prewar VIS model years as well as the entire wartime production. The wartime galleries illustrate every serial number letter code prefix while showing first hand the deterioration of quality and production simplifications instilled as the war progressed. Other sections include pistols of the Polish Underground, non-VIS pistol models and even rifles made at Radom.
Vis Radom will enchant both the novice as well as the advanced collector and is a must for any firearms reference library.
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I. Polandís Pistol - A Historical Overview
A brief background on its country of Origin
Military Challenges, 1918-1922
Polandís Industrial and Small Arms Situation
II. Enter the VIS
Design Influences: The Colt 1911.
Design Influences: The assumed Fabrique Nationale connection
Design Influences: The .45 caliber Ruby
III. The VIS Pistol: A detailed Parts Description
Barrel Slide Assembly
Captive Recoil Spring Assembly
The Slide Stop
IV. VIS Production
History and Characteristics
The prewar production
Production during the German occupation: Steyr, Znaim, Gusen
P35/III(p) Technical Drawings
Select Wartime Factory Documents
A Visual Representation of Znaim after Allied Bombing
V. VIS Markings
Markings on Polish production
Markings on German production
WaA illustrations and details
VI. VIS Serial Numbers
Note on BNZ serial numbers
VII. VIS Finishes
VIII. Variations of the
.22, .45 and presentation pistols
The Full Automatic VIS
The 1992 Replica VIS
Polish Underground VIS pistols
.22 Conversion Unit
X. Shooting the VIS and a
description on how it functions
Shooting the VIS
How the VIS functions
XI. Take-down of the VIS
The Frame Assembly
The Slide and Captive Recoil Spring
Parts compatibility with the Colt Model 1911
XII. Collecting the VIS
Import Marked Pistols
A Warning on Counterfeits
XIII. Production Evolution through Observations
& References to the Photo Gallery
XIV. Photography Gallery
The Polish Production from Prototype through 1939
XV. Photography Gallery
II: Occupation Production
Pre-Alphabet & First Alphabet Prefix Series
XVI. Photography Gallery
III: Occupation Production
Second Alphabet Prefix Series
XVII. Photography Gallery
VIS Pistols of the Polish Underground
Non-VIS Handgun Production at Radom
XIX. Photography Gallery
Rifle Production at Radom
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