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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
VanGuard 3 - Light Compatible Holster
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. RCS has physically verified the TLR1/TLR1 HL model to fit the following pistols as well for both the HL and non HL TLR1 Streamlight.
M&P Fullsize 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.
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
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.
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.
The Vanguard 3 is the perfect minimal holster for my light bearing pistols (I currently use 3 of them).
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.
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.
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.
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.
The vg3 for streamlight is just as solid as the surefire version. When I find the need to add my wml to my g19 I put my eidolen on the shelf and grab my vg3. Raven concealment is known for quality and trusted by professionals for a reason.
I love the concept and minimal material. However, I would much prefer a secure locking holster designed specifically for my weapon that does not leave the trigger guard exposed and won't rattle around in the holster.