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My Favorite Low-Profile Holster

Raven Vanguard 2 with struct and soft loop. My recommended configuration.

Since the Glock GEN 5 is stirring up the pot in the Tupperware world, I got asked what my favorite, non-tactical, low-profile holster for Glocks is?

For me, the answer is simple: The Raven Vanguard 2. And the fact that they don’t make it for my pistol of choice; and I still think the world of it, should leave a lasting impression.

Old photo shaking down a new G19. Disregard factory Glock sights. They are long gone.

So what is the Vanguard 2?

Simple. It’s a molded, rubber-ish type of plastic trigger cover with a strut and a soft-loop. At least how I configure it. I don’t use clips or strings on mine.

Clearly you can see the 3 components: Trigger cover, strut and soft loop.

The Downside

Now in full disclosure, it’s not a good range holster. And as a matter of fact, at best is inconvenient. And at worst, dangerous as a range holster. But with a caveat…

I say dangerous since the only safe way to re-holster your drawn pistol is to literally take the Vanguard 2 off your belt, clip it to the pistol, and the reattach the entire contraption to your belt. Or the short version…noobs will try to holster it like a normal draw stroke and shoot themselves in the dick.

Yes really. So don’t do that. And no…YOU aren’t that good and know better. And no, I don’t care if your Night-Elf-MoHawk, SEAL Team 47 buddy told you otherwise. If. You. Try. You. Will. Shoot. Your. Dick. Off. Got it?

But where this holster really shines the best is while traveling. I keep the Vanguard, “holstered” on the gun while working it’s way through baggage and flights. Once I land, I simply leave gun “holstered”, admin / load the gun, and then place entire system on my belt.

VG2 fits my buddy’s G17L no problem. The trigger guard is the same on most Glocks.

I can’t tell you how many times I have successfully gunned-up in the back of big city taxi’s or shuttle services. No-one ever the wiser. And I don’t even need to undo my belt or pants. It doesn’t get much better than that.

And for the record, it works well for de-gunning too. I have successfully lifted the holstered gun off my belt, turned and raised my shirt while being checked for weapons, and not gotten caught with it.

Raven Vanguard 2 with struct and soft loop. My recommended configuration.

So…there is my favorite, low-profile holster. Go to Raven’s website and check it out. If you see any options beyond Glocks and M&P? Let me know. I would love one for my VP9. But I suspect that will never happen since the cost of the molds would never be recouped by the sales numbers.

If you have any questions about this holster or wish to buy one, please contact Raven Concealment Systems here: rcsgear.com





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