As the title says, I finally picked up a P35. Other than a couple USGI 1911s, all of my handguns are post WWII. However, there was no way my 9mm collection could be complete without one of these iconic pistols. They were built in Poland and used by both Poland and Germany during the war. It was designed in the early 1930's and adopted by the Polish army in 1935. When Germany occupied Poland, they ran the Radom factory and built the pistol for their own troops. I think that speaks volumes for just how good the design was. Either way, that's why some Radoms have German markings and some don't. Mine does not. The problem is that most of them have literally been through World War II and look that way. This model is very clean. I believe the finish is original. Its has some bluing wear and thinning, but not much. Other than a small chip here and there, the plastic grips are in exceptional condition. The P35 is widely considered one of the best pistols ever built and certainly one of the best pistols of WWII. As with most military firearms, it may not be overly refined, but its extremely solid. It shares the general appearance and some features as the 1911, but it also quite different in many ways. It also shares some design features with the Browning Hi Power, such as using a cam instead of a barrel link. However, the P35 is a single stack and has a grip safety. The Radom is equipped with a decocker. Its designed to be carried with the hammer down on a loaded chamber and you would need to cock the hammer before firing. Also, some earlier versions of this pistol have a take down lever (looks like a thumb safety) and a notch on the slide (in the serrated area). This whole concept was dropped in the later P35s. It is a military pistol after all and the take down lever and the machining of the notch in the frame was deemed unnecessary. It was faster and less expensive to manufacture them without it. As you can see, mine doesn't have it. I would have preferred a model with the lever, but it does look cleaner without it. As always, please enjoy the pics. Of course, your comments and thoughts are welcome. Wanna kill these ads? We can help!