Working for Law Enforcement, carrying for 20 + years, both on and off duty, this raven is by far the most trouble free, carry I have had. I remember seeing the commercial, seeing the box of old IWB, and OWB holsters, thing that me now.
VanGuard 2 Holster - Basic Kit
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 strut and soft-loop assembly) 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 strut and soft-loop assembly 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.
Fits Glock models available for Gen 3, Gen 4, and Gen 5* (does not fit the G42 or G43, see our separate product listing for the single stack glocks here)
I recently began to conceal carry again, when i initially started years ago i truly hated the holster I had. It made carrying difficult i didn't realize carrying was lifestyle at the time. Due to the current climate I've gotten back into carry, and this holster made makes the life style very convenient. This holster holds well with or without a belt even in sweatpant( cheap ones). Customer service was great at fixing my order, and making sure i order the right choice for my M&P 2.0
Amazing holster, a little confusing to adjust but once you get the hang of it you won’t regret buying it!
I have an M&P 9c and can confirm that the Vanguard 2 for the 2.0 works with the 9c. I wish they would include that in the information. The holster is a very firm fit which is great because this is my first holster to only cover the trigger guard. The snap on the belt loop is a little too hard to close and open. This does keep belt retention well. I might opt for a hook later. So far it's been a good minimalist holster.
I have been a Raven Concealment Systems customer since day one. The Vanguard line of holsters are great options for when size and weight are a top priority. I always buy one for every new gun they make on for as soon as I get the gun. I keep it stored with the Vanguard on it so that if I grab it is a hurry, I know I always have a bare essential holster that totally protects the trigger and keeps the gun on my person. I have also used it in low-profile and undercover operations where total concealment was the top priority. These are a must, especially at the price point, for the holster repertoire of any serious handgun user.
Light, slim and very comfortable can't complement it enough.
I really like the "holster", but I wish it would have come with the overhook instead of the loop so I could use it when not wearing a belt. This holster provides minimal bulk while consealed carrying while still protecting the trigger, preventing unintended discharge. Great idea, you just need to remove holster to reinsert your firearm.
I've had the VanGuard 2 for a couple of weeks now and have been loving it. I use it with my Glock 23 and it makes for a very slim/comfortable carry.
This thing is friggin awesome!!! Own 2, got the first as a gift from a friend when he moved to a non friendly state. I absolutely love it, it's secure, rides amazingly secure on a good belt, and the comfort is like no other! I've sat, drove for hours on end, rode my motorcycle and even danced with a 19 in this holster and always secure. Will buy again if I ever need another!
My third vanguard holster so I know what I was getting in to. Purchased for my M&P 2.0 compact. Very loose fit compared to my Glock vanguards. I know when I ordered it, the 2.0 version wasn't listed so not surprised. Would prefer a more snug/secure fit or a 2.0 specific version.