Who uses lanyards?

Who uses lanyards?

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    Who uses lanyards?

    So we have a thread on carrying in a boat and the funny off-topic thread on cutting a ball out of a catfish's mouth. Both are situations where keeping your knife (or even a gun) on a lanyard is a good idea so your precious tool doesn't end up at the bottom of a murky lake when you're using it.

    I've also heard of a gun or two dropping into the deep blue yonder of a porta-john. (Those probably were the results of bad holster retention.)

    So who here actually uses lanyards on their gear?
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    Depends on what it is. See I actually don't relish the idea of a lanyard on a knife because I don't like the idea of this sharp object dangling from my wrist. That's another reason I like the Hideaway. It offers excellent retention without that kind of problem. I'll admit though its short cutting edge doesn't lend itself to some jobs.

    I put lanyards on some flashlights and not on some others, just depends. I usually pick one piece of gear that gets the lanyard treatment. For instance I have one fighting stick with a lanyard, I have one sheath knife with a lanyard, etc.

    I've always been cheifly concerned about the possibility of getting snagged by the wrist because of a lanyard.

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    I think Betty I'd only go that route under more extreme conditions. Not every-day anyways.

    Boating sure would be one - had a buddy lose his 1911 in the water. Flashlights and knives too certainly safer if ''attached'' - however I have found often that lanyards are really a PITA when it comes to free movement etec - get caught up too easy.

    Being so ancient now I doubt there are many times I'll be in those situations any more.
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    Hey Betty, I'm not saying that I love my Kimber or anything------ BUT------iffen I dropped it into the deepest porta-pottie---- I'D GO AFTER IT !!--------

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    My HK UsP is on a lanyard from Blackhawk every boat trip and wilderness camp trip I go on. I would rather not lose my pistol.

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    When I was in Baghdad Iraq we had a guy forget his 9mm in a port-a-let. Soon after that our area commander made it mandatory to have a lanyard attached.
    We hated that - kept hanging up on stuff getting in and out of hummer.
    Most of us rigged a lanyard that we could remove when leaving our compound and attach when coming back in.

    I think it may have been handy way back when bouncing around on horseback but wasn't a good idea for us.
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    Just For Your Information

    Original & Vintage Military 1911 Lanyards are usually selling for upwards of $50.00 each these days on Ebay.

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    For my field gear (for Amateur radio call outs, search and rescue, etc) all of my gear (flashlights, compass, GPS, knives, signal mirrors, whistles, pistols, etc) has lanyards.

    I don't use one for day to day carry however.
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    Lightbulb Dummy Cords?

    Quote Originally Posted by Betty
    So who here actually uses lanyards on their gear?
    I did in the army. Back then we called them DUMMY CORDS and you could get into major trouble if your equipment wasn't tied to you, including a 90mm RR or an M60! I don't use them these days, but I would in a survival situation or a protracted stay in the woods. IIRC the SEALs use a DC that's like a coiled phone cord. Makes it so much more compact in carry mode, but stretches all the way up to extended sight picture with no problem. That's a pretty good idea.
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    I always use a belt clip for my tactical folder and my flashlight.

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    I second that!

    Quote Originally Posted by RSSZ
    Hey Betty, I'm not saying that I love my Kimber or anything------ BUT------iffen I dropped it into the deepest porta-pottie---- I'D GO AFTER IT !!--------

    I like and second your thoughts,

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    Quote Originally Posted by ExSoldier762
    I did in the army. Back then we called them DUMMY CORDS and you could get into major trouble if your equipment wasn't tied to you, including a 90mm RR or an M60! I don't use them these days, but I would in a survival situation or a protracted stay in the woods. IIRC the SEALs use a DC that's like a coiled phone cord. Makes it so much more compact in carry mode, but stretches all the way up to extended sight picture with no problem. That's a pretty good idea.

    Yup my BH lanyard is coiled . Works well , and hasn't snagged on anything yet.

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