[Lightning Review] GNG Tactical’s Trigger Holster

I enjoy minimalist in most things in my life. I didn’t know I needed a minimalist trigger holster until a buddy of mine got one. I’d heard of the Raven Vanguard (specifically the Lanyard Kit), and I know people swear by them, but have never played with concept of a “minimalist” holster myself.

Another thing I believe in is supporting local businesses. So when I found that a local company, GNG Tactical, was manufacturing trigger holsters I decided to give one a try.


Can't get much simpler than this. It holds surprisingly tight.

Can’t get much simpler than this. It holds surprisingly tight.

First off, there is nothing complex about it. It is basically a folded piece of Kydex, grommeted and slung with a short piece of paracord. It is available in a number of colors. The paracord is basically used as an anchor to affix the holster, so when you draw the weapon, as you hit the terminal length of the cord, the weapon breaks free from the holster.


My main use case was as a securing option for my Glock inside my Hill People Gear Recon bag. I had been using a velcro based holster (with a main strap that goes over the trigger guard), but there was nothing that specifically would prevent anything from getting near the trigger, and during practice I occasionally had difficulty drawing the weapon. With GNG Tactical’s Trigger Holster, it is a piece of cake to draw. And it definitely holds the weapon securely.

It did take a little bit to get used to the “feel” of it though. At first there is no resistance when you first draw the weapon, and then as the cord reaches the end holster is when you feel the tug. Definitely something you should practice with, but certainly not a barrier to adoption.


For $20 (each) I can’t see a reason not to grab one while GNG Tactical still has some. If you are interested in picking one up, you can visit their Facebook page and message them at: https://www.facebook.com/GNG-Tactical-1738267879767421/?fref=ts or visit their website (which was just stood up; can’t order from there yet, but should be able to in the next few days) at http://gngtactical.us/

Tom is a former Navy Corpsman that spent some time bumbling around the deserts of Iraq with a Marine Recon unit, kicking in tent flaps and harassing sheep. Prior to that he was a paramedic somewhere in DFW, also doing some Executive Protection work between shifts. Now that those exciting days are behind him, he has embraced his inner “Warrior Hippie” and assaults 14er in his sandals and beard, or engages in rucking adventure challenges while consuming craft beer. To fund these adventures, he writes medical software and builds websites and mobile apps. His latest venture is as one of the founders of IronSights.com; a search engine for all things gun related. He hopes that his posts will help you find solid gear that will survive whatever you can throw at it–he is known (in certain circles) for his curse…ahem, ability…to find the breaking point of anything.


  • BattleshipGrey

    I made one myself when I switched to carrying my Glock a little more than a year ago and I love it. Safe and secure IWB at 4 o’clock with the string looped round the belt and no extra bulkiness since you’ve only got the width of the pistol between skin/underwear and the pants or shorts.

  • JumpIf NotZero

    Another thing I believe in is supporting local businesses.

    I like to support local… but not knockoffs, so I’d have a problem here.

    The Vanguard and clones are good for bag carry though. The Vanguard specifically is almost as comfortable in shorts and tshirt with a glock 17/19 as any other holster I own, with the exception that it can move around a bit.

    • Doc Rader

      Yeah, I go back and forth on the patent thing. I wouldn’t say this is a “knock-off” of the Raven–this seems to be a much simpler design. This is a folded over piece of kydex. Hardly an innovation, let alone one worth patenting… 🙂

      • Harry’s Holsters

        Most “patents” aren’t fully executed and it’s really a question of if someone has the cash and desire to fight someone in court. In most cases it’s not worth it. Smart Carry, thunderwear and a couple others all have “patents on something but are all making their very similar products.

    • Bill

      I don’t know if Raven was first to make this style of holster, but the *only* trigger guard holster that has unique attributes unto itself is the one done by Regulation Tactical. The others are just variations on a theme.

      • Harry’s Holsters

        In the world of kydex it’s very tough to figure out who came out with what first. We all have a lot of similar influences and some companies have marketing that can make it appear they came out with a product first.

    • GunGuy

      Knockoffs are cheap products, mirrored from a good product. However, all GNG Tactical holsters and gear, are GREAT products. Each product is hand made and not massed produced. Once you get one you’ll see the difference. Until then, calling somebody’s product a knockoff is not only disrespectful, but ignorant.

      • Doc Rader

        Agreed. It is a great piece of kit. I didn’t mean to imply by my other comment that the workmanship was inferior. Just that the product concept is not something especially unique.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      A ton of people started making the vanguard around the same time. I think a few companies may have made then before Raven.

      • The_Automator

        I know the person who invented the Vanguard and licensed it to Raven. It was the original. It was made for US Marshals who were travelling overseas and were often given a gun but no holster.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          While I see what you are saying the may just have been the first to file the patent. A lot of people develop things at the same time.

    • JoshCalle

      I’m pretty sure the original was made by MIC Holsters.

  • somethingclever

    The Raven Vanguard 2 is top notch. If they made it for more models, I would buy them.

    • Harry’s Holsters

      They are so much better than most competitors they are injection molded. Insane cost to product for more models.

      • somethingclever

        Exactly. Much easier to produce a coyote color for the line you already produce than to make a new mold, I’m sure. Still, I would buy one for each of the pistols I carry if they were to make them.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          Some raven reps were talking about how they wanted to rapidly expand the Eidolon lineup and over a year later no new models have been released. Not even for the shield or M&P FS or C. The Shield is my second best seller to the Glock 19 and is a best seller for many. There are so many holster makers out there and great products it’s hard for raven to grab the market share for injection molded parts.

          I could make a product similar quality to the Vanguard as could many other companies using Membrane-less vacuuming forming and the tooling would be a two grand per model. But if I did it successfully Raven may sue and a company my size can’t afford to fight legal battles.

        • Harry’s Holsters

          I’m pretty sure that’s the reason Blade Tech, Gun Craft, Henry Holsters, Phlster etc… haven’t produced them.

  • Don Ward

    I guess this is a problem Glock guys have. Or you can just buy a gun with a proper manual safety?

    • Doc Rader

      Ha! I wondered when someone was going to go there… 🙂

      • Don Ward

        It was too easy.

  • jerry young

    This is not something I would carry but for when mu gun is on the table or nightstand next to me it might be easier to use than a regular holster, as far as putting my gun in a glove compartment or some other place I don’t like the idea of an exposed barrel where something could get jammed into it but there are good possibilities here!

  • scaatylobo

    I cal it “Mexican carry” and that is as was done a long time ago with the 1911’s that I used to EDC.
    When I started carrying the Glock,I stopped that carry mode as I felt it was not safe with the Glock action and open trigger and no manual safety.
    I now use this manner of carry without any other holster.
    Takes a bit of getting used to,but it is DEEP concealment !.
    Can be covered with a ‘T’ shirt = really.
    btw = got these FIRST from Crossbreed a “few” years back.