View Full Version : RCS Vanguard 2

02-29-2012, 11:44 AM
Disclaimer: I am deployed. Contrary to popular belief, I cannot take my personal sidearm with me. Therefore, I will be using a G17 SIRT trainer for the pictures. I have been carrying both a Blue G19 and the Red SIRT for a few days. All pics will be in uniform, if I could wear something else I most certainly would, but the only other alternative would be some sexy green silkies, so bear with me. I am not affiliated with Raven Concealment, and I was not paid to do this review.

I spoke to Tom at RCS as soon as I found out about the VG2. He offered to send me a T&E model, I offered to pay full price, and he refused. I offered to pay for shipping....and he refused. The customer service displayed here is the same CS that I get every time I deal with Raven, whether I am paying for something or not, they always treat me like my money is the only money they receive.


Every holster has a philosophy behind it, and this is no different. To me, this holster means extreme concealment, combined with versatility. I can carry a G17 appendix with the VG2, and just as easily switch it to 3, 4, or 5 o'clock within seconds. It covers the trigger completely and keeps the firearm from being able to fire.


The VG2 allows the user to get a full firing grip on their pistol before they draw. You can draw from nearly any angle; a simple firm draw stroke will have the pistol out quickly. Retention focuses on the inside of the trigger guard, and is more than enough to keep your pistol from falling out, but loose enough to allow a smooth draw. The user can adjust for height and cant on the holster, but will need to use a good gun belt to see the best performance as far as cant is concerned.


This holster was not designed for lightning fast re-holstering, and you will have to remove the holster from your waistband in order to reholster. This is no daunting task, as a simple snap of the pull-the-dot loop is all that is required. Place the holster back onto the trigger guard, and then reinsert into the pants. The last step is simply weaving the loop through the belt and snapping it on. All can be done safely in less than 30 seconds.


Another way I can see myself using the VG2 is in the same manner as the original VG was designed: carrying in a bag. A 1 foot strand of nylon cord is included with the VG2, which can be used to tether the holster to the inside of a backpack, fanny pack, purse, center console, or any thing where a standard holster would not work. With the holster tethered securely, the VG2 will detach itself from the pistol as you draw, but will protect the trigger until that moment. I intend to order another for use in the pistol pouch of a HPG Kit Bag.

I really can’t find much to complain about with the VG2 as it has really impressed me. It is a bit of a hassle practicing my draw with it, simply because I must reattach the holster every time. But, like I said, it’s a 3 step process and very easy. If you are using it as a concealment holster, and reholstering it in the way I described, it is 100% safe for use. I’ve never been able to carry AIWB as it has always bugged me, but with the VG2 it is very comfortable and accessible. I think I will end up carrying at the 4:30 most of the time, but AIWB will certainly make its rotations. As more of these holsters hit the market, I think we will see a huge fan base for this product, and it may begin to lead in a whole 'nother direction for holsters as we know it. Now, all I need is to order a few more for my Glocks and wait patiently for the J Frame model to be released.

RCS, this thing is an A+++ product. Well done.

02-29-2012, 6:48 PM
Thanks for that review. I saw that product in a shot show video and was really curious about it. Every time I lookat the Raven website, it was for their phantom holster so I didn't even realize there was a Vanguard 1.

02-29-2012, 8:24 PM
Would like one to try.