Gen4 Glock 35 Review


August 15, 2012, 04:01 PM
Here's a quick synopsis of what I've found through a little over 1k rounds through my Gen 4 G35:

-Reliable (despite the internet lore, I have never seen any issues personally with Gen4 40 caliber Glocks)
-Accurate (more accurate than 99% of the shooters that will own one)
-Durable (I'm pleasantly surprised with the lack of finish wear on the inside of this gun, the newer Glock finish is holding up well)
-Easy to maintain
-TONS of aftermarket support; especially competition sights if you are looking to use this gun competitively
-Accepts 15, 17, and 22 round factory magazines
-Similar in size to a full size 1911, yet has increased capacity and is lighter (I realize it's a different caliber, just pointing that out as not to start a caliber war)
-Glock's customer service is second to none
-Cheap replacement parts, should you ever need them
-Low Bore Axis resulting in a relatively soft shooting gun
-Easily modified to fit the shooters' preferences
-Requires very little cleaning/lubrication to run reliably (that said, clean your guns!)
-Comes with 3 mags standard

-I'm not a fan of the design of the Gen4 backstrap system
-Very little to no magwells on the market that can be used with the backstraps
-More expensive than the standard size Glock pistols
-I dislike the factory adjustable sights

Here's a video with some shooting on steel plates from the 12m line, the 40m (really 38m but I round up so it seems more impressive) line, a table top discussion with a demonstration of disassembly/assembly and a size comparison to a standard 1911, G22, and G23 followed lastly by a chronograph test:

G35 Video Review Link (

Chronograph results:

Winchester Ranger 135gr JHPs: 1208fps, 437 ft/lbs energy
Federal HST 165gr Bonded JHPs: 1114fps, 455 ft/lbs energy
Federal HST 180gr JHPs: 1095fps, 479 ft/lbs energy

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August 15, 2012, 06:18 PM
Thanks for your input, keep writing about it!

August 15, 2012, 06:21 PM
Oh and I believe the Gen4 .40s were never a problem, just the Gen4 9mm pistols other than the 26, which was always a dual-recoil assembly design.

August 16, 2012, 01:39 AM
I have the same pistol with the same light. Love them both!

The Man With No Name
August 16, 2012, 06:59 AM
Interesting review. I am not a big fan of the Gen4 guns as I feel the new rough texture frame dots are a step backwards. My little dots keep getting damaged and mashed up. This is on a duty gun but atleast on my Gen3 gun this wasn't an issue. I don't like the dual recoil spring assemblies either as I feel it makes zero difference in recoil. It's still a Glock though and I expect it to be as durable as ever meaning it will outlast 99% of us.

Like you I've never had nor seen these internet claims of 40 cal problems either.

August 16, 2012, 12:56 PM
That's a fine looking pistol there:) I handled the gen 4 35 the other day in the shop, and it was very tempting. My go-to TEoTWAWKI big-bore is a gen 3 21. The 35 just felt great in hand.

Luckily, I reminded myself that I was there to purchase a subcompact 9mm and got the 26 I was planning on:evil:

On the issue of magazines with the Gen 4s, I have heard they don't always come with 3 mags:confused: One of the guys behind the counter (a cop who works there part time) said that he has seen some of the Gen 4s come in with only the standard 2 mags. The owner checked the box mine came in and found 2 mags plus the one in the gun, so we're all good.

Has anyone else heard about the mag count of the Gen 4? The only reason I was willing to pay the premium between that and the Gen 3 beside it was because of the third magazine.

August 16, 2012, 09:19 PM
If I ran a gun shop and they shipped me guns with 2 mags, I'd call the distributor and demand they send me the missing mags. Glock's own website lists 3 mags; it's part of the reason they charge extra for the Gen4s....

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