Glock’s 4th Generation or “Gen4” guns have made quite a splash nationwide. These weapons have brought new life into the Glock line, offering more options than were previously available for law enforcement and civilians alike. As the Gen4 version was moved into the different lines of the Glock family, they have been both highly anticipated and praised.

Now Glock Gen4 has come to one of my personal favorites, the Glock 35. These longslide .40 S&W pistols are made to bring the slide length of tactical pistols such as the 1911 into the tried-and-true duty gun design of the Glock .40s. The Glock 35 has been the choice for issue of at least two separate departments in Southern California, and is accepted as a duty gun in almost all the others if you wish to buy it. I personally love the longslide as a carry gun on and off duty. With its 5.3-inch slide with the characteristic cutout to the top of the slide behind the muzzle, the balance is excellent and reminds me of the 1911s I used to own.

A couple of months ago, I had a chance to try a Glock 35 Gen4 that the local Glock representative brought recently to our range and really enjoyed it. On a fluke, I called my local “cop shop” and asked if they had one. Sure enough, he’d just received one in stock, and I broke a few speed records getting in there to put my money down.

Gen4 Effect

The Gen4 version of Glock pistols addresses some options wanted by shooters. First off, you’ll notice the Rough Textured Frame (RTF) surface on the grip of the gun. This gives the shooter a positive hold onto the pistol in the worst of conditions. It’s ideal for people who work in conditions such as marine environments or wherever you’re likely to get wet.

More importantly, the grips of all Gen4 guns use the MBS (Multiple Backstrap System) that allows the gun to be better adapted to the shooter’s hand. The gun comes standard with a “short frame” shape to the grip, a medium back-strap insert, and a large backstrap insert.

Another addition is the reversible magazine release, granting the ability to switch the release for right-or-left-handed shooters. This again makes the gun more adaptable to left-handed shooters who, up until now, have had to learn to use their trigger finger to release the magazine when shooting. Now it can be a true left-handed gun with the switch of the release. The new magazines are also made with ambidextrous cuts to be useable with either side magazine release.

The most important innovation in my humble opinion is the addition of the new recoil spring system. I say “system,” as it uses multiple springs over a rod and plunger-like system, just like the Glock 26 and 27. This spring setup allows the recoil to be better absorbed and will last longer. I have heard recommendations from some to change out the recoil spring assembly every 1,500-2,000 rounds on the older Gen3 handguns in .40 S&W. The Gen4 will last over twice as long as they suggest every 5,000 rounds.

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