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F.B. Radom 1933 Kbk.S.wz.31 Rifle - My Grandfather Brought Home From WWII

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I have here an F.B. Radom 1933 Kbk.S.wz.31 Rifle. My grandfather, the same one from the picture I posted last night, served in WWII and he brought this rifle home from overseas when he came home. I have done a bit of research on it, and this rifle started out as a single shot Polish military training rifle but most all of them ended up in German hands during the war. It is a very rare rifle, and very few of them are said to be here in the USA.

The one here is "as issued" except for the stock having been cut off. I'm certain my grandfather did it once he brought it back so it would be lighter for him to carry out hunting, which he did use this gun for. It still fires beautifully and is in 100% working order. It's one of my favorite guns of any sort to fire.

I hope to one day be able to find a replacement stock for this. Not only would it increase the value by 10x at least, but it would be amazing to have it as it originally was. If any of you have any advice or tips as to how to make that happen, please let me know.

I have no intentions to sell it, not now or ever in the future, no matter if I'm able to increase the value of it. This rifle has a personal story behind it, and that is worth more to me than any dollar amount.

In the war, my grandfather was an expert at spotting and disarming landmines and other explosives. He used to tell us the story of how he got this gun. As the story went, he was riding on the front of a tank as he often did to spot explosives, and they came upon a building with a tower. A group of German soldiers started shooting at my grandfather and the other soldiers, and specifically shots from up high in a room at the top of the tower. They fought back, and eventually the shots were silenced. My grandfather made his way into the building, and up the tower, and he found a number of German soldiers, and among them was an older lady who was shooting from the window at the top of the tower, and in her hands was this very rifle.

We loved the story, like all of us loved all of his stories, but we always assumed certain things were embellished, as tends to happen as the years go by. He passed away in 1999, and we took the stories he told and held on to them by memory. Then about a year ago after the death of his wife and my grandmother, as we were going through various papers and other items from his days in the war, we found a number of letters he wrote to my grandmother and other family members. As I sorted through all of that, I came across one specific letter that caught my eye. As I read it I realized what I was reading was the story of this gun, just as he continued to tell us all over the years, only this letter was written at the most just days after it actually happened.

So yeah, adding the gun and now the letter together, it ends up being priceless to me.

I hope you enjoy!

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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    What a story! Maybe if you aren't going to ever sell it & you have younger family to pass it down to, it might carry the story on as is & not altered. Back to original, it's just another Radom 33.
  2. pw-collector pw-collector, 1 year ago
    Great story. Make sure the letter is kept with or filed somewhere so it can be passed on also. I would not restore it because it is how your grandfather wished to have it. It is his memory you are trying to preserve. Just my opinion.
    Dave
  3. Downhome, 1 year ago
    Thanks for the love and comments. You guys are really right on holding off on not restoring it. I still wouldn't mind find it just to "have" it though!
  4. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 1 year ago
    I like that idea. Get the orig. stock etc. for the range or hunting but keep the altered stock on it otherwise.
  5. Downhome, 1 year ago
    Thanks!

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