I would give this a 9.5/10 with a half point off because there is no metal clip option. The plastic clip slides around too much on my belt and doesn't clamp well enough. Other then that I think this is an amazing holster. I actually jury-rigged a metal clip on by drilling a second hole in it and it works amazingly. Please consider a metal clip option!!
VanGuard 2 Basic Kit for Glock 42/43
The VanGuard 2 is a minimalist IWB holster. Unlike traditional IWB holsters, the VG2 covers only the trigger guard of your weapon. This unique design eliminates the bulk of a traditional holster, while providing a level of safety and security not attainable by simply sticking a pistol in the waistband of your pants.
The VanGuard 2 can be used multiple ways:
First, it can be used (without the lanyard or the overhook) as a trigger guard cover for storage and transportation safety. This prevents foreign objects from finding their way inside the trigger guard and potentially pressing the trigger, while still allowing the slide to be cycled and the magazine released. This gives users the ability to clear the weapon without the danger of a negligent discharge.
Next, it can be used with the static-line tether for on-body (IWB) or off-body carry (such as inside a bag, purse, briefcase, vehicle console, etc). This allows the weapon to be safely carried with a chambered round without fear of a negligent discharge, while still being rapidly deployable. The holster can also be removed by catching the nose of the holster and prying it off. This allows one-hand deployment of the weapon even if the tether or attachment point fails to remove the holster.
Finally, the user can attach the overhook to create a stable, secure, IWB holster. The complete system is fully adjustable for ride-height and cant, is tuckable for maximum concealment, and fully ambidextrous.
Please be aware, we do not advise attempting to re-holster the weapon while the VG2 is inside your clothing. You should remove the VG2 and install it on the weapon outside of your waistband.
This is a perfect accompaniment for this little gun. It transitions easily from off-body moments to concealed carry with little fuss or muss. The covered trigger guard is perfect for when it is carried temporarily off body.
Great fit. Prefer strap with snap.
Absolute best minimalist holster. Have one for my Glock 27 and now 43. All other IWB holsters are in a shoebox.
This is my second vanguard trigger guard. First one was for a Kahr pm9 this one for Glock 43. I carry in my purse, what I love about the vanguard is I can carry in any purse. Right now it is a Kate Spade purse! I take a carabeener and hook it on the lanyard then hook the carabeener on my purse with the trigger guard on my gun put my gun in an inside pocket so if I need to use it I grab my gun, drop my purse the trigger guard comes off and it is ready to fire. I dont have to buy a special purse I can carry in any purse I want. So glad they made this for the Glock 43!!
I ordered this holster for my G43 with TBRC comp. holster works well and carries with a much smaller footprint than other a IWB holsters.
Not a big fan of the thin belt clips. Allows a little more movement than I typically like. Also you are unable to really adjust the can't like I need to because then the belt clip is directly in the way of where your middle finger would go when drawing the firearm. I do love the minimalist approach with just the trigger guard holster, but I feel like it still needs some tinkering with to make more efficient or effective when drawing at speed or under pressure. I can live with needing to remove it from your waist to reholster, but makes training with it a bit tedious. I am still trying to figure out the "secret" to being as fast with this holster as I am with my other holsters. Lastly I like how the Vanguard 2 for the G26 and G19 etc has the "belt claw" on it but doesn't seem to be any way to have one for the G43 because then you would really have a problem drawing your firearm.
Several years ago I purchased the Vanguard 2 holster for my glock 23. I liked it so much that I wanted another one for the glock 42 I recently purchased. The fit and finish is second to none. It is not like the cheap kydex holsters that you get. It is a plastic injected holster that retains its shape whether it is hot or cold. The holster really holds the pistol well. You don't have to worry that the pistol will come loose out of the holster with normal movement. To me, if you want to carry as minimal as you can it is the way to go. Also, the vanguard 2 doesn't add any width to the gun itself. I never worry with having one in the chamber at all times with the way the trigger is protected. Thank you for having such a good product! Scott
I usually carry a glock 19 in the vanguard 2, it's been my favorite since I started using it and I've used it daily since. When the glock 43 came out I added it for it's intended roll as a smaller option to the 19 but it never got any carry time because I was unhappy with the available methods of carry for it. I immediatly went to the RC site, but the vg2 wasn't available for it yet. A 43 in any other holster makes just as thick as my 19 slide so I felt it pointless as I am not affected by the weight aspect. And i am unhappy with kydex varrient I have tried. I recently decided to check back on RC and was extremely happy to find this finally available for the 43. Fit and finish are perfect and you should get a perfect one everytime you order a new one. They are not one off or "custom kydex" pieces so if you buy 3 there will be no difference in tolerances between them and they will all have identical build quality and same great retention. I love the hook/ clip now offered with the kit. 10/10 I recommend this product
Product is awesome-safe, simple, secure, adjustable,discreet. I ordered the basic kit, if I had understood what was included in the more advanced or complete kit I probably would have ordered it that way. the info in the included instructions was great, I couldn't find that detailed info on the web site before ordering