VanGuard 2 Basic Kit for S&W M&P Shield 9/40

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Fits M&P Shield 9mm and .40 cal only, Verions 1.0 or 2.0. Does not fit the Shield .45.

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. 

* This VanGuard 2 holster is not compatible with Shield 9/40 pistols with serial numbers beginning with LH.

 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.


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Written by David on 26th Apr 2018

Small, light, safe...perfection

This is the lightest holster I have used, and also the smallest. I can wear almost anything with this holster with no printing and it is extremely comfortable. I love that with the trigger guarded I can throw this in a bag safe and secure. I highly recommend this holster, it's completely replaced my old EDC holster from Alien Gear.

Written by MATT on 18th Apr 2018


I have been waiting for this. This is my third holster from Raven and I have loved every single one. very comfortable, minimalist, and secure. Absolutely recommend.

Written by Jeremy J on 13th Apr 2018

Great overall product

Very well constructed. I flipped my clip around to use for behind the back carry. It is very comfortable as there is no additional bulk from the holster. Downside, to this holster is that you really should remove the holster from your pants to re-holster your firearm. As a designer, I am impressed by the audible click because there does not appear to be any ribs on the holster that snap over the trigger guard. Great job! Would love additional hand gun selections. Editor's Note: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.

Written by Bryan on 7th Mar 2018


I carry my Glock 43 with this holster every day. Best holster I own need one for my xds!

Written by Marshall on 30th Jan 2018

Best IWB Holster

The best and only holsters I use. Waited a long time for Raven Concealment to make a vanguard for the Shield, and they outdid themselves. Fantastic quality and retention.

Written by Lew DiPietro on 18th Jan 2018

vanguard 2 for Shield.

Have been waiting for this for a long time. Have one for my 9c and these holsters are awesome. Thanks for finally making one for my shield.....

Written by Mark on 12th Dec 2017

Glad to add it to my family of holsters!

I purchased one of these for my Glock 19 a while ago, and I can't say enough good things about it. That is why, when I came into a Shield, as people do, I went directly to this site to purchase one for it!! But unfortunately there was not one available. Because of how amazing my first one was, as soon as I got the email about the new product, I bought it ASAP. I have only carried it a few times, but it is in every way, as amazing as my first one. Fits the gun great, feels solid when it clicks into place. The clip retains the firearm without any issue, and holds well on the belt when you draw. Clicking the guard on is a little different at first (from the glock) but it doesn't take long to get used to it. Overall, another phenomenal product from Raven Concealment.