VanGuard 3 - Light Compatible Holster

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The VanGuard 3 (VG3) is a minimalist IWB holster designed to be used with weapon mounted lights. Unlike traditional IWB holsters, the VG3 attaches to your weapon light and covers only the light and 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. Because the holster is fitted to the light and not the weapon, the VG3 will work with a wide variety of pistols. The VG3 is fully ambidextrous, tuckable, and can be worn anywhere on the waistline except the small of the back.

RCS has physically verified the fit of the X300U A and B on the following pistols. As a general rule, any Pistol + X300U A/B combination will fit as long as the distance between the muzzle end of the gun and the bezel end of the light is ¾” or more.  

Fits Glock








M&P Fullsize 9mm/.40cal

M&P45 Midsize

M&P45 Compact


P226R/MK-25/P226 Navy




P320 Compact




VP9 9mm/.40cal




USP 9mm/.40cal (w/ aftermarket rail)

USP Compact 9mm/.40cal (w/ aftermarket rail)

USP45 (w/ aftermarket rail)

USP45 Compact (w/ aftermarket rail)


XD 9/49/45 4”bbl.

XDm 9/40/45 4.5”bbl.

XDm 9/40/45 3.8”bbl.

XD MOD2 4”bbl.




FNS 9/40

FN Five Seven (w/ square trigger guard)


PX4 Storm 9mm

PX4 Storm .45cal




CZ-75 SP-01 Phantom





PPQ Gen 1&2 4”bbl.

PPQ .45cal 4”bbl.




4.25” w/ rail

4” w/ rail

Other Details
UPC 810022110782
Availability: Ships in 1-3 business days
Width: 6.50 (in)
Height 2.00 (in)
Depth 3.00 (in)


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Written by Kegan D on 13th Aug 2020

Works as advertised.

Solid enough retention. Feels a tad on the bulky side as far as width goes, but it's supposed to be a universal fit so can't really complain about that. My Glock 19 with the x300U-A had a lot of wiggle when holstered so I switched the light mount out to the rail lock mount provided with the light and it tightened it right up nice and solid. Re-holstering without removing the entire holster is a no-go per the manual(not safe). Not a huge deal IMO if you go with the clip instead of the soft loops. Would bring a different holster if I was gonna do an activity with alot of re-holstering. Overall very satisfied considering this does the job well and if I change carry pistols I likely wont need to find a new holster.

Written by Mark on 27th Jul 2020

Vanguard VG3

I recently purchased this holster. and thus far am quite pleased with it. I've been making the move to AIWB and wanted something for a weapon light that remained slim profile. I find the holster to be quite comfortable while allowing me carry multiple model firearms given the holster is for the X300U weapon light and not the firearm model. I also appreciate being able to carry my full size models comfortably and easily concealed. The product information does. reference the holster working with HK compact models - 45C and USP C - with an adaptor; however I cannot find any adaptor for the HK 45C even after contacting surefire. I do however recommend the holster.

Written by Scott on 10th May 2017


Tremendously disappointed. I have several Raven holsters, including the VG2 and the Eidolon. Love them. I wanted a minimalist light bearing holster and got excited about this one. The retention is terrible! Even with the screws fully tightened, my G19 and G17 rattle around way too much. I have no confidence in this holster. Makes me wonder if I made a mistake to brag on RCS to my friends. My next purchase would be a drastically improved VG3 or a light bearing Eidolon. It seems they pushed this holster out too soon. It needs some bugs worked out. Editor's note: If you purchased the VG3 for the Surefire X300U, please contact customer service at Raven will check your holster for an adjustment. If your purchased the VG3 for the TLR-1, please also contact customer service. The TLR-1 has been out of stock for quite a few months. It was pulled so that some adjustment could be made. The VG3 for the TLR-1 is still not available on our website. It is possible you purchased through a dealer.

Written by undefined on 21st Nov 2016

Great piece of gear

I've recently started carrying a light (TLR-1) on my G19, and the Vanguard 3 has been a great holster. I switch between appendix and 4 o'clock carry and this holster makes drawing and re-holstering easy peasy. I wish I could give it a 4.5 rather than a 4, my only (ever so slight) complaint is that there's a tad bit of play when the gun is holstered. Im assuming this is probably because this is a "one size fits all" holster, but all in all I've been very impressed.

Written by RC on 21st Oct 2016

works exactly as advertised

This holster works very good for my application. I'm able to completely conceal a full size Glock with a Tac light in appendix carry position. The overhook holds firmly to my belt and the draw is smooth. Overall a great product.

Written by undefined on 16th Oct 2016


The Vanguard 3 is the perfect minimal holster for my light bearing pistols (I currently use 3 of them).

Written by undefined on 6th Oct 2016

good product

G19 w thread bbl, tall sights, streamlight tlr 1s. Fits it fine, holds secure, easy to set up. My only issue is I was so used to the vanguard that even this minimalist holster seems bulky. Side note: if RCS wants to make a ridiculous amount of money, they will stiffen this holster up a little, make it OWB with 2 stiff clips for belts, and market it to the suppressor community.

Written by undefined on 4th Oct 2016

Works for my usage

While camping in bear country often find myself without an easy way to carry my G20, like hikes in swimsuits to the swimming hole, campfires in sweats etc. I purchased a Hill People Gear chest pack for this reason. Using the vanguard holster system I can secure my G20 w/ streamlight in the chest pack and keep the trigger covered. Works for what I need.

Written by Wesley Mayo, Jr. on 3rd Oct 2016

Not what I expected

As a Law Enforcement Officer for 30 years and a undercover detective for most of those years, I fieel that this holster does not fit the bill for securing /concealing your weapon. I love your products, but not this holster for me and my needs. I will be returning it for another holster.

Written by Darryl McCreary on 2nd Oct 2016

Dilemma averted.

Dilemma? Yes, dilemma. After purchasing a Streamlight TLR-1HL and making the decision that my EDC pistols should be light-equipped, I faced the daunting proposition of spending nearly $300 on holsters for the guns that I typically carry. I have several pistols that I carry depending on where I plan on being or what type of work I'm doing for the day. I might be carrying an M&P9 w/RMR or a Sig P320C. I also might start occasionally carrying a newly acquired Glock 17. So, what's the dilemma? As far as AIWB holsters go, very few companies are supporting light-equipped P320s at the moment. The same can be said for RMR/TLR-1-equipped M&Ps. How does the VG3 solve my dilemma? In at least a couple of ways: 1) I can purchase one holster instead of three different holsters, which saves me time and money. Lot's of money, in fact. 2) As long as I'm running my TLR-1HL on any of the pistols in my safe, I can use this holster, assuming of course, that the trigger is adequately covered. Additionally, any pistol I purchase in the future, as long as my TLR-1 fits it, will also work in the VG3... There is a slight learning curve on perfecting the draw out of the VG3 but with a little practice it's not a problem. If you find yourself in the same dilemma in which I found myself, then I'm confident that the VG3 can resolve it for you.