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

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Fits M&P Shield 9mm and .40 cal only, Versions 1.0 or 2.0. Does not fit the Shield .45 or the EZ. Will not work with Crimson Trace


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.

Other Details
UPC 810022110652
Width: 5.00 (in)
Height 5.00 (in)
Depth 5.00 (in)


5 Average based on 19 reviews Write a Review
Written by Todd Jenkins on 18th Oct 2020

Simple, but great holster

I have a drawer full of holsters that I don't use or don't like. I cannot find an IWB holster better for me than the Raven Minimalist holster. I have one for Glock and Shield. The only improvement I could suggest is to make them for use with a Crimson Trace laser.

Written by Drew on 24th Aug 2020


Works well S&W 2.0 shield 9mm

Written by Keith E. Turner on 4th Jul 2020

Vanguard 2 for S&W M&P Shiel 9/40

I think this is a great product but it doesn’t fit my M&P 9 EZ. The return/refund was speedy with no hassle. If you make one that fits the 9 EZ or I buy a standard M&P Shield, I’ll be sure to buy it again. I’d also suggest making the for the Springfield XDs snd Ruger SR9c.

Written by Dustin Timmons on 2nd Jul 2020

9mm shield holster

Very good product. A little uncomfortable at first but I think I had to get used to it and I’m wearing it at a little better spot. Very very concealed with the 9mm compact S&W shield.

Written by Frankie Kudla on 29th Jun 2020

VanGuard 2 kit review

The VanGuard 2 kit is amazing. It is top quality and I’ve never seen a smaller holster that protects the trigger like this. I forget I’m wearing my firearm sometimes! Highly recommend!

Written by Joe on 12th Dec 2019

Easy to conceal

When I first got this I was excited for it. With that said, it took me a while to figure out how I like to carry it and how to get it in comfortable position. So if you struggle at first keep trying different things. I love this little thing, very sturdy, definitely not cheap plastic. I bought this because I wanted a way conceal easily in a work place. I didn’t anticipate having to deal with the clip that hangs on your belt though. It is small but if you’re worried as me about people asking what’s that clip for have got a solution for you. I needed to make the clip that hangs on my belt look like it belonged there, like I was wearing it for an obvious reason. My workplace is pretty hostile to guns but they don’t provide security. Guess I gotta do everything myself. So I put my gun about 3:30, tucked in my shirt around it, grabbed my keys and hung them on the clip of the vanguard. Boom, now it just looks like a clip to hold my keys. Thanks Raven Concealment!

Written by William E Kerner on 12th May 2019

Vanguard 2

No complaints, it fits my firearm well and is secure to my belt. I have no discomfort with wearing it and I would recommend this to anyone who is looking to not print while wearing their firearm.

Written by Lorenzo Lovato on 18th Apr 2019

Vanguard 2

Purchased about a week ago. Everything I thought and hoped for. Minimal, sturdy, and after many dry runs..reliable.

Written by Colby Adams on 28th Mar 2019

M&P 9mm shield

Overall great quality product. Solid comforting click as you holster the gun. I don’t have a print from the gun or the holster. Great for summertime carry because you don’t have the bulk from a holster printing when wearing light clothing. Only default for this, is that I wish it came with the claw hook to really help hug the gun against your body. Other than that, it’s a great holster for the price!

Written by Carlos P. on 14th Mar 2019

Excellent Product!

I had a friend highly recommend this product and I believe his review is below mine but man! What a difference! No more bulk! Nothing digging into my skin and super easy to draw from and it covers the most important part... the trigger! What an excellent product, I couldn’t be happier! Thank you raven!