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Jan Gaudenty Skrzypiński[1] ("skr-tch-pin-ski") was a Polish firearms designer active from the 1920s and 1930s. A prolific firearms designer, Skrzypiński worked alongside colleague Piotr Wilniewczyc for a number of projects.


Born the son of a veterinarian in Radzymin in 1891, Skrzypiński spent his childhood in a village near Warsaw and studied at the Kiev Polytechnic Institute's mechanical department, graduating in 1917 as an "outstanding graduate".[2] After graduating, Skrzypiński sought employment by a variety of companies from 1917 to 1921. He returned to Poland in 1921, where he was employed by Fabryka Karabinów as chief engineer; he would quickly rise up the ranks, becoming technical deputy director in 1928 and factory director in 1932.[3]

During his tenure as an employee of FK, Skrzypiński discovered that the patents for the M1917 Browning heavy machine gun had expired in Poland; after his discovery was confirmed by some lawyers, it was decided that production of the M1917 Browning be started locally, and was paid 65,000 złoty. While at the company, he would often work alongside colleague Piotr Wilniewczyc for a number of projects, including the highly successful Vis pistol and the highly secretive Mors submachine gun.[3]

Skrzypiński was later captured and interrogated by the Nazi Germans after Poland was captured; Skrzypiński refused to produce weapons for the Nazi Regime. He would die in 1939, presumably executed by the Germans due to insubordination, aged 48.[3]


Skrzypiński designed the Vis pistol and Mors submachine gun alongside Piotr Wilniewczyc, the latter being based on a prototype designed by fellow FK engineer Jerzy Podsędkowski. Skrzypiński also designed a tripod for the Nkz wz. 38 FK heavy machine cannon.