Range Report: Glock 35

Glock 35 with extended magazine

I have previously stated that the long slide Glock is a good special team pistol for use by agencies that issue Glock pistols. However, the long slide Glock is also a great home defense and competition pistol. For those that can conceal the piece beneath covering garments, the Glock long slide is a viable defensive handgun. In the proper caliber, the pistol is also useful for hunting thin-skinned game.

Glock 35 right side
Although it is a long handgun, the Glock 35 is both light and well balanced.

The .40 Smith and Wesson has proven a capable all-around pistol caliber in many regards. I have taken deer with the cartridge. And while I do not recommend the pistol for use against bears, hard pressed peace officers have stopped bears with the .40S&W. A favorite Glock of many is the Model 35 Long Slide. The pistol is comfortable to fire and use, well balanced, fits most hands neatly, and offers a long sight radius and good accuracy.

The barrel length is 5.3 inches and magazine capacity is 15 rounds. Yet, the pistol weighs but 28 ounces unloaded. The Glock M35 is 8.75 inches long, comparable to a full-size Government Model 1911. Even though chambered for a hard hitting cartridge, the Glock 35 is comfortable to fire, the most comfortable .40 I have fired. For the purposes of this review, I broke out my long serving Glock 35 and put it through its paces.

Firing Tests

I loaded several magazines with the Winchester 3Gun FMJ load and addressed man-sized targets at 10 and 15 yards. The pistol draw was quick from a Galco belt slide, and it is fast on target. Put the front sight on the center of the target, press the trigger straight to the rear, and you have a hit.

Box of Hornady XTP ammunition
Hornady’s 155-grain XTP is a first class defense load that clocked well over 1150 fps from the Glock 35.

Catch the link as the trigger resets, fire again, and you have another hit. The Glock 35 is better balanced than most polymer guns and tracks between targets quickly. The long sight radius helps a lot. Moving to one-hand drills and non dominant-hand drills, the pistol remained controllable and good hits were realized—however, I had to slow down a little. The pistol has a good point and balance. Firing to slide lock, magazine changes are fast. Each magazine dropped free without issue.

Ammunition Performance

I fired a number of loads for accuracy from the benchrest at 25 yards. Accuracy is consistent provided the shooter does his part. Keep the sights aligned, get a good sight picture, press the trigger smoothly to the rear, and you will have a hit. The best 5-shot groups hovered at around 2 inches, but the average was 3 inches—useful for competition and defense use.

With a 180-grain XTP loading, the Glock would serve for deer to 40 yards or so, and wild hogs are taken closer than that. The pistol has more recoil than a 9mm and the muzzle flip is perhaps more abrupt than a .45, but the Glock M35 invites practice. I was not rubbing my wrists after a range session of 100 cartridges or more.

Bob Campbell firing the Glock 35 from the bench
Firing off of the bench, the author fired good groups. A lot of gear goes with us to the range for a thorough test!

Ammunition performance is interesting. As an example, the Winchester 180-grain PDX load clocks 960 fps from the typical Glock M22. The Model 35 exhibits 990 fps. The modest increase may be due to the fast burning powder blend of the Winchester load. This load burns clean and exhibits little muzzle flash.

The Black Hills Ammunition 180-grain JHP breaks about 980 fps from a Glock 22 but a fast 1090 fps from the longer Glock Model 35—a useful increase. The Hornady 155-grain XTP breaks 1155 fps from the Glock Model 35. For hunting, I would choose the 180-grain load. For home defense, the fast stepping 155-grain load is attractive.

The Glock 35 is a useful pistol that fits into several roles well. As a go-anywhere do-anything handgun it is a top contender.

Do you own a Glock 35? Are you a fan of the .40S&W for hunting or self-defense? Share your Glock 35 story in the comment section.


About the Author:

Bob Campbell

Bob Campbell’s primary qualification is a lifelong love of firearms, writing, and scholarship. He holds a degree in Criminal Justice but is an autodidact in matters important to his readers. Campbell considers unarmed skills the first line of defense and the handgun the last resort. (He gets it honest- his uncle Jerry Campbell is in the Boxer’s Hall of Fame.)

Campbell has authored well over 6,000 articles columns and reviews and fourteen books for major publishers including Gun Digest, Skyhorse and Paladin Press. Campbell served as a peace officer and security professional and has made hundreds of arrests and been injured on the job more than once.

He has written curriculum on the university level, served as a lead missionary, and is desperately in love with Joyce. He is training his grandchildren not to be snowflakes. At an age when many are thinking of retirement, Bob is working a 60-hour week and awaits being taken up in a whirlwind many years in the future.

Published in
Black Belt Magazine
Combat Handguns
Rifle Magazine
Gun Digest
Gun World
Tactical World
SWAT Magazine
American Gunsmith
Gun Tests Magazine
Women and Guns
The Journal Voice of American Law Enforcement
Police Magazine
Law Enforcement Technology
The Firearms Instructor
Tactical World
Concealed Carry Magazine
Concealed Carry Handguns

Books published

Holsters for Combat and Concealed Carry
The 1911 Automatic Pistol
The Handgun in Personal Defense
The Illustrated Guide to Handgun Skills
The Hunter and the Hunted
The Gun Digest Book of Personal Defense
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911
The Gun Digest Book of the 1911 second edition
Dealing with the Great Ammunition Shortage
Commando Gunsmithing
The Ultimate Book of Gunfighting
Preppers Guide to Rifles
Preppers Guide to Shotguns
The Accurate Handgun
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Comments (16)

  1. I have a Glock 35, gen 3, which I have installed a light and Meprolight night sights. It is in 40 S&W.
    I characterize it as a great home defense piece, but would love to upgrade to the 357 Sig for

  2. The glock 35 is a great gun. Possibly even the best pistol you could buy. Pick up 2 aftermarket barrels and its like you’ve bought 3 pistols for under 1K. This model glock will run 9MM luger .40 S&W and the powerful .357 sig with a simple barrel change. The barrels are only about 125$ and are high quality highly sought after parts for all glock models by firearm enthusiasts of all kinds including many competition shooters.

  3. First of all, excuse me for my bad english.
    I’m Piero, shooter from Bologna (north Italy). I began shooting with an old Glock 21 in .45 acp, four years ago; after that, I tried many models: 41, also chambered in .45; 34 (9×21, a local version for the 9 luger); 17 (9×21).
    Today, after a long experience at the range, and two years in a IPSC/IDPA club, my favorite choice is a CZ SP-01 Shadow and… the Glock 35 (but own also a BUL 1911 .45; a Glock 17 and a Beretta 96 .40 sw).
    It’s not common to shoot .40 sw in Old Europe, and of course in Italy too: it’s very expensive (maybe more the .45 acp, cause you cannot easily find fired brass), and many people feel an annoying recoil… But for me it’s different: I simply like the powerful sensation that only the .40 sw can give me; and in case of self defense, I think it’s better to use a round created in the late ’80 than a (even glorious) cartridge developped in the beginning of the XX century! At the time, they had not problems with bullet proof vests or obstacles like cars doors, isn’t it? In the unfortunately necessity of home defense, I’d like to neutralize a well equipped criminal in the best way (cause he’s probably much more dangerous than another one)!
    When comparing my two “super-forty”, Glock & Beretta, even it’s a big hit against my patriotism, I like more the polimeric one: very smooth recoil; best capability to reach a regular fire-pace (due to the semi-double action); best accuracy provided by the long barrel… Well: for strictly military use, Beretta is probably slightly superior; but high weight and a minor flexibility of use push me completely toward Glock.
    Someone says now the .40 caliber is dying, and it’s doomed to a progressive and quickly extintion, overwhelmed by new technologies of the wondernine bullets. I hope it’s not: this useful caliber may give more and more to shooters at any levels, and for every duty, from law enforcing to home security. And, why not?, eventually for shooting sports.

  4. Don’t see any reason to buy one, I have a 20 with 2 lone wolf slides, the 20t and 20l. Glock you waited to long for me to take this to market.
    Just like vltor saying they were going to make the Bren ten, got tired of waiting and got a tanfoglio match witness in 10.
    People won’t wait forever guys

  5. Rock Island Armory’s “Big Rock” carries 16+1 rounds of 10mm in a 1911 frame. There are other 10mm pistols, too. Glock…Schmock. Just another low featured hunk of plastic from Austria. EAA has a 10mm worth looking at, too.

    Forget Glock.

    1. My local shop has sold 3 10mm Rocks– two lost the sights—
      I was surprised by your comments, they cannot be from personal experience. The Rock is an affordable handgun and the quality is hobbyist grade. The EAA is a better gun than the Bren Ten- the big CZ based EAA is available and you can get magazines! But for longevity and reliability neither is in the class with the Glock. To secure better performance you must spend quite a bit more money. As an example- the exquisite Kimber 10mm But we were not talking 10mm in this feature, but rather .40s weren’t we? Both the pistols you mention are large frame guns.

    2. RKC… you are joking right. I have owned my 35 for 3 1/2 years now and its one of the best guns I own. Its had a few thousand rounds through it now and not one single failure of any kind. Spot on accuracy.
      “low featured hunk of plastic” Huh? You’re not the sharpest knife in the drawer are you?

    3. Rennie
      you have me confused with another post. As I pointed out the handguns mentioned are not in a class with the Glock. Your experience with the Glock is the norm. They are reliable above all else.


      RK C

  6. Fairly weak article… what about comparisons to the standard model in performance?

    The 35 is a great weapon… needs a better review.

  7. I like my G35, but I like it even better configured with an extended, ported Lone Wolf barrel in .357 Sig. Great shooter, lots of power, still easy to control.

    1. now that sounds like fun! .357 SIG isn’t a popular cartridge compared to the 9mm and .40 but seems to be a favorite of experienced handgunners wanting more stretch at longer ranges. How is Lone Wolf barrel quality?

    2. As good or better than the stock .40, but still not quite as tight of groups as I can shoot with my Kimber 1911, with stock barrel.

  8. I used A Para P16 and Glock 35 gen3 in .40 caliber for practical shoots. I have tried 9mm’s, but not enough power to always knock down metal targets. I have 18 round mags for P16 and 15 round mags for Glock. so more fire power. I would say the P16 is more accurate, but when dirty, not reliable. Glock 35 is great backup handgun. Always shoots well, dirty or not. Greatly reliable, a lot lighter which is good in some situations, fills good in hand and no safety issues. I plan on trying gen4. I can only guess it would make this handgun even better.

  9. I will stick with my 2 1st Gen 21s and a 26 in 9. Only other pistol is a Combat Commander that has not seen daylight in years.

  10. No argument with any of the conclusions but 2 nits to pick…

    1st, the model 24 is the true longslide of the .40 family the 35. If we’re comparing to 1911s the 34 is just full sized.

    2nd, one really ought to evaluate the gen4 to truly appreciate the appeal of the tactical-practical sized glocks. The slimmed down grip is just so damn comfortable in the hand. I regularly run a 17L and a 41, but the g34 I picked up last week is an instant favorite due to the slendered up grip.

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