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
Posted by John Fincher 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!
Posted by Unknown on 18th Mar 2016
I carry a couple different pistols at times but, I will use the same Surefire light. Now I only need this one holster and I can carry my Glocks or H&Ks in an appendix carry with a mounted light with no extra bulk from the holster. Thank you for this design
Posted by Joshua S. on 25th Feb 2016
About time someone came up with this. Fits great on my P226 and P30L. Recommend clips instead of loops. Covers the trigger guard completely and still room enough to eject magazine if need be. Easy to reholster without removing. Only thing to consider, may see more wear/scratches on slide when drawing from concealment. I noticed my pants button scratching the finish of the slide.
Posted by Scuba6 on 10th Feb 2016
This design really solves one of the greatest problems with mounting a light on a firearm. In the past, you would need to find a holster for your particular firearm then find the one which would fit your particular light. If have a gun which does not have a rail, then your options go to virtually none.
I used this holster with a SIG P229 with a Surefire MR14 light mount and X300 Ultra light and it worked great.
My only issue with this holster is the instructions are a little vague when depicted where the washers and O-rings go.
Posted by Tim on 7th Feb 2016
This holster positions my M&P 40 just right. Other custom-made holsters I tried were not very comfortable at all IWB with the weapon light attached. I actually preferred to carry the weapon IWB with no holster at all, until I tried this Vanguard 3 holster, which is able to cant the weapon forward slightly, improving concealability and comfort while seated. I was also glad to see they included both 1.5 and 1.75 inch belt clips. My only complaint would have to be the price. It seemed a little high for what it is, but if it lasts a lifetime, then I feel it's a very good purchase.
Posted by Fletch on 3rd Feb 2016
Love this holster. I got it with the idea or just run it and see how it would do. Now it is all I carry. I change the gun to the light and I can run anything. Very comfortable.
Posted by Derek W. on 20th Jan 2016
It's not the best holster on the market, but you are not paying best holster price. I only say this because it doesn't have the retention and ability to reholster or comfort like the Incog which I primarily use, however you're spending 3x more for something like that. For the amount of money and modularity of the holster in my opinion makes it the best bang for your buck. I do appreciate the quality of the kydex that is used and precision of the mold. Raven always makes quality gear and I often use there products for open carry or when wearing a jacket. In summary this product does exactly what Raven advertises and would suggest it to other users.
Posted by Jon Starling on 1st Jan 2016
Holster does not fit my Glock 17 or 23 with a sure fire X300 light. Instructions say that the light should "click" into holster. When I place my weapon into the holster with light attached it is very loose and there is no click. I have tried with multiple weapons and adjusted tension as much as possible. Still does not retain weapon.
Editor's note: Raven is happy to check out any issues you have with retention on your holster.
Posted by Will M on 1st Jan 2016
I'll preface this with saying I'm not a Raven fanboy.
I've been a customer for years and keep coming back because of the quality of the product, not the brand itself.
I carried an Xfer for over a year because this wasn't released. When a buddy of mine grabbed a prototype VG3 I got even madder that it wasn't released, meanwhile the godawful, non light bearing Eidelon was put on the "greatest thing since sliced bread" pedestal.
Then my Facebook exploded with pics of dudes who knew better posting their VG3 pics. I checked my email. A press release from Raven. "Oh, it's almost 2016 so they finally decided to release a light bearing appendix holster that's already been on the streets for years... Fuck it, I'll buy one" I said. (You'll note I'm a bit jaded at this point)
2-5 business days later I got a package in the mail. After some required assembly, I set the tension and did some draw strokes. Holy cocksmoke. I really wasn't impressed with the afternoon I spent with the prototype, actually it was a bit disappointing, but this, when fit to me, this was a wonder holster. It carries better than the Xfer, it's also tuckable, and the fact that it'll probably be out in Wolf Grey at some point gives me the peace of mind that even though nobody will ever see it I can still be stylish or whatever. Might as well stick your Xfer in the microwave when the mail man brings this to your door, you won't be needing it anymore.
Posted by Sean M. on 1st Jan 2016
Bought two. Installed the 1.5" hook on one and the 1.75" hook on the other. Installed the hooks in accordance with the included instructions. Cannot remove the 1.75" hook due to the strength of the provided thread locker. Contacted Raven about this issue and expect it to be handled soon.
Otherwise, fantastic product. I carry an X300U everywhere now. All other light-bearing options are inferior to Raven's product line.
(Editor's note: Loctite is great so you do not loose your hardware and belt loops. We do not suggest you use loctite if you plan to exchange belt loops often. Loctite comes in 4 colors. Red, Blue, Green, and Purple. Red is the highest strength. They can all be removed with heat. Purple with hand tools.
Loctite or not check your hardware often!)