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VanGuard 3 - Light Compatible Holster

4 Stars
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Product Description

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

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

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  1. Great piece of gear 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Nov 2016

    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.

  2. works exactly as advertised 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 21st Oct 2016

    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.

  3. perfection 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Oct 2016

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

  4. good product 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Oct 2016

    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.

  5. Works for my usage 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 4th Oct 2016

    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.

  6. Not what I expected 1 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Oct 2016

    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.

  7. Dilemma averted. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Oct 2016

    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.

  8. raven maintains its reputation. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Sep 2016

    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.

  9. more to be desired 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 25th Sep 2016

    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.

  10. Be prepared to be amazed 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 31st Mar 2016

    I own a number of RCS products, but was looking for something that would be more comfortable for in the waistband, appendix carry. The Vanguard 3 filled the bill. The Vanguard is definitely a "minimalist" holster, covering just the lower frame and trigger guard. Although I use it to carry a Gen 3 Glock 19 with a Surefire x300 it appears that the holster would fit other firearms due to the fact it uses the light rather than the firearm to secure the gun in the holster. Because of it's lack of bulk, the Vanguard 3 is THE most comfortable holster that I have ever used. It's single clip is easily reversible, making the holster ambidextrous. Because of it's minimalist design, I would recommend that you treat it like a pocket holster, removing the holster to re-holster the gun, then placing the gun and holster back in your waistband as a unit to avoid an industrial accident. The Vanguard 3 is definitely a purpose built concealment holster and not a range or training holster. Treat it as such. In the role that it was designed for, it is OUTSTANDING!

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