Short Review: Raven Concealment Vanguard 2
Thought I would do a quick run down of the Raven Concealment Vanguard 2 for anyone who may be interested. I recently purchased one and have had the chance to try it out and get used to it. The Raven Concealment Vanguard 2 is an interesting "holster" for sure. I have been interested in the Vanguard since the first model came out but never got around to ordering one. The original seemed like a good idea as it was basically a trigger guard for Glocks and would be handy when storing a loaded pistol in a bag or around the house. The Vanguard 2 takes that concept and builds on it.
By adding a strut and belt loop the trigger guard now becomes a tuckable IWB holster. It can be placed just about anywhere on the belt but I am finding Appendix IWB to be the most useful/comfortable. It is a very minimalist device and only covers the trigger, the retention is good for what it is though. The pistol seats in with a very audible "snap!"
Drawing is easy, a quick tug breaks the pistol loose. Holstering with the Vanguard 2 in place is not an option. Once the pistol has been drawn the Vanguard 2 must be removed from the belt and attached to the pistol before putting it back in place. Simply line the Vanguard up below the trigger guard of the pistol and press up until it snaps into place. With practice it can be done relatively quick, however it is by no means as quick as re-holstering with a regular holster. Trying to holster a loaded pistol with the Vanguard still in the waistband would be a recipe for disaster and a good way to put a round through your leg/crotch.
I have typically carried a Glock 19 IWB at around 3:30-4 but wanted to experiment with AIWB carry. Since I only carry Glocks and the Vanguard 2 was relatively cheap it seemed like a great option. It would work with all of my 9mm Glock pistols and provide me with a way to try out AIWB carry, a trigger guard for storage of a loaded pistol, and a minimalist rig when carried at my typical 3:30-4 position. By experimenting with the Vanguard 2 I have discovered that I can carry a full sized Glock 17 (with extended mag and Sentinel Designs magwell) under the same clothes that I typically wear when carrying my Glock 19. In fact, the G17 in Vanguard actually conceals BETTER!
It isn't for everyone but it does fill a unique niche for me. I believe it is a good investment for the Glock owner, especially if one is considering trying out AIWB carry or wanting a minimalist set up. I would definitely say the Vanguard 2 is not for people who are unsure about their firearm handling abilities. Having a loaded pistol with nothing but a trigger guard over it shoved down your crotch takes a bit of getting used to :biggrin2: .
Now I just need to get some decent sights on that G17 since it's gonna get carried now :yup: .