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Do you use a lanyard?

Discussion in 'Handguns: General Discussion' started by Super Sneaky Steve, Sep 2, 2011.

  1. Super Sneaky Steve

    Super Sneaky Steve Well-Known Member

    I'd like to know if anyone uses a lanyard and if you do, why?

    What are the pros and cons?
  2. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    Only good if running around a battle field and drop your handgun or dressing up for war games
  3. EddieNFL

    EddieNFL member

    Got one on my truck keys.
  4. Wishoot

    Wishoot Well-Known Member

    Maybe if I were backpacking or hiking, but that's about it. Otherwise, I'm suburb dweller and it would look pretty silly and serve no purpose.
  5. Carne Frio

    Carne Frio Well-Known Member

    A lanyard might be useful while backpacking.
    They are more useful when kayaking or boating.
  6. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Deep snow or deep water might qualify as a good excuse for me to use one.

    Otherwise not.

  7. 22lr

    22lr Well-Known Member

    I would if over water or snow, but ya otherwise I just have a holster that offers good retention and call it a day. Besides I dont have a handgun with a lanyard ring anymore.
  8. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    In the past, I've used them while hiking and tryin' to hang onto a 4-wheeler in rough terrain. Lately, the rings have gone unused...but they're still there. They ain't eatin' nothin' and they ain't in the way.
  9. we are not amused

    we are not amused Well-Known Member

    Back packing, hunting or boating, (including kayaking). If I was still dirt bike riding, I would probably want one then.

    Any time you are physically active in rugged physical activity a lanyard would not be a bad idea. I have a lanyard for my GPS, Cell Phone, digital camera and wear retaining cords on my eye glasses when sailing or kayaking.

    I wouldn't bother with a lanyard when carrying concealed in town, but in an active physical environment, I would consider it as I would anything else I didn't want to lose and considered vital to remain attached to.
  10. CraigC

    CraigC Well-Known Member

    Or you're an outdoorsman who does more than just sit in a treestand with your trusty, rusty .30-06. They are imminently useful and as stated, they ain't eatin' nothin' and ain't in the way.

    I will have them fitted to all my future custom sixguns.
  11. hardluk1

    hardluk1 member

    Haven't used one yet in 40 +years of running around in the woods are , a, stumbleing now. Allways relied on a good holster to do its job.
  12. Loosedhorse

    Loosedhorse member

    I use them regularly on knives and flashlights: things I might want to let go of suddenly or briefly, while still retaining them and being quickly able to get a working grip on them again.

    Have rings on a few revolvers, but haven't used them yet. Recently I did a little spelunking while carrying. A lanyard would have been a very good idea, but I still managed not to lose anything while wriggling through the narrower spaces on my back. Similarly, I think they'd be great in white water or on horseback above a trot--in adddition to (not instead of) a covered holster.
  13. 1911Tuner

    1911Tuner Moderator Emeritus

    Murphy hates me...personally...and he goes out of his way to prove it.

    I go to rough country...I use a lanyard.
  14. MM OneSix

    MM OneSix Member

    I have one and have used it occasionally when riding through rough country. Small tool that does much for some peace of mind.
  15. we are not amused

    we are not amused Well-Known Member

    Me too!:uhoh:
  16. antiquus

    antiquus Well-Known Member

    Yea of course, goes nice with my Sam Browne.... :D
  17. Rogerschrisj

    Rogerschrisj Member

    I use them on most of my knives and on my scandium j frame that rides in my from pocket or deep appendix carry. It's great for aiding in extraction.
  18. Averageman

    Averageman Well-Known Member

    "Put your lanyard back on your pistol", I told him.
    He ignored me and bent down to shut the water on the washrack off,.....Kerplunk.
    "SGT, I dropped my pistol in the water !"
    "Take your shirt off and I will lower you down in the water and pull you up when you have it, just shake your feet." I said with a big grin.
    There is nothing like hypotermia on a wash rack in Germany in February to teach you why a lanyard is a very good thing to have on a handgun.
  19. robert garner

    robert garner Well-Known Member

    Ya mean Nobody uses a lanyard to steady their hold for shooting?
  20. Rexster

    Rexster Well-Known Member

    It is situational. In swampy areas, or when otherwise around water, yes. It is very easy for me to rig a temporary lanyard of paracord, with my SIG P229 pistols' factory grips having a built-in lanyard attachment point.

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