Raven Concealment is perhaps best known for its ultra-minimalist Vanguard series of holsters. Those tiny trigger covers are among the smallest holster options available. Raven’s lineup includes several other models, including their Eidolon IWB holster.
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What Is the Eidolon?
The Raven Eidolon is a modular holster. At its heart is a very slim holster with numerous mounting points for hardware. Various mounting holes line the front and rear of the holster so that users can customize the fit to their liking. This particular model is ambidextrous and can be set up for left- or right-handed use.
This is the advanced kit, meaning it includes a full slate of customization parts. In addition to the standard 1.5″ and 1.75″ overhooks, there are wings and wedges for right- and left-handed users as well as extended struts to move the overhooks off the holster body. All those parts can be mixed and matched to set up a holster exactly how the end user wants it to work.
Assembling the Eidolon
All of this customization is one of the big trade-offs with this holster. Yes, it can be tailored and tweaked in many ways to get precisely the holster you want. But it also takes a lot of time to set up each iteration. Some iterations are easily dismissed. I tried a few setups that I ruled out immediately after putting on the holster. Others needed some carry time around the house before giving a thumbs up or thumbs down.
The instructions advise placing thread-locking compound on the screws, and that is good advice. I did not while I was playing with configurations and I did have a screw work its way out while I was carrying. I have no idea where it ended up, but it was gone when I took the Eidolon off at the end of the day. Once I used some blue Loctite, there were no other issues with screws backing out.
Carrying the Eidolon
Inside the waistband carry on the strong side is not nearly as prevalent as it once was. When I first started carrying concealed, that was the primary method. In the intervening years, appendix carry has become the de facto standard concealment location. All of the modular options made for a good opportunity to give it another go.
I spend a decent amount of time in a suit, and carrying at about the 3:30 position has generally been my preference with a suit coat. There are a few OWB holsters that I have worn that way, but most of the time I prefer IWB so that the barrel end of the holster doesn’t poke out under the jacket.
This is a modular holster and anyone getting one should plan to try a few setups before picking a favorite. I tried a few different configurations before settling on one I liked. My preference placed one clip over the trigger guard and the other extended forward on a strut. This sets the gun right around my hip and allows the front clip to sit somewhat in line with the holster body so it protrudes less.
Shooting from this holster is great. It works like a good hard holster should, with solid retention and easy reholstering. It also has a large, tapered sight channel that keeps tall sights from hanging up while also helping to blend the contour of the holster into the belt line.
The Eidolon can also be used as an appendix holster. In fact, it is primarily advertised for appendix use. However, I already have a pile of appendix holsters for the Glock 19 and do not need another one, so I have only used it as a standard strong-side IWB holster.
Raven’s Eidolon holster is now part of my standard carry rotation. I have carried this Glock 19 for about ten years now and I have many holster options in a bin in my basement. After about six months of carrying the Eidolon on most days, it is one of my favorites. In fact, I like it so much that I had my most recent batch of suits tailored to fit with this holster on my belt. If you are looking for a very customizable IWB holster, you should take a look at the Eidolon Advanced Kit.
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