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Gen4 Glock 35 Review

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by plouffedaddy, Aug 15, 2012.

  1. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy Well-Known Member

    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

  2. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    Thanks for your input, keep writing about it!
  3. NG VI

    NG VI Well-Known Member

    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.
  4. TxBobS

    TxBobS Well-Known Member

    I have the same pistol with the same light. Love them both!
  5. The Man With No Name

    The Man With No Name Well-Known Member

    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.
  6. Fiv3r

    Fiv3r Well-Known Member

    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.
  7. plouffedaddy

    plouffedaddy Well-Known Member

    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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