Lanyards for Tactical Flashlights

Since there have been tactical flashlights in existence, there have been retention lanyards.  Most people are gifted with only two hands.  Therefore, having a method of retaining a flashlight while doing other tasks is beneficial whether you are searching for an armed subject in a dark house or changing a tire on a lonely road.

Surefire has always made it a practice to include lanyards and attachment rings with their tactical line of flashlights.  The lanyard typically consists of a length of parachute chord with two chord locks to retain the lanyard across the palm of the hand.

Quite frankly, I have always found flashlight lanyards to be more trouble than they’re worth.  First of all, while hanging freely, the flashlight behaves like a pendulum, which can be especially annoying when doing tasks requiring vigorous hand motions, like reloading a pistol.  Second, regaining a grasp on the flashlight while hanging from the lanyard is not fast, even under ideal circumstances.

Over the last few years, I have seen and heard of people using all sorts of things, attempting to improve on the flashlight lanyard.  Some of the items include large, round, rubber gaskets, hard plastic rings, etc.  None of them ever proved to be much of an improvement in my mind.

After some experimentation, I have come up with a tactical flashlight lanyard system that works well for me.  It consists of a tactical flashlight retention bungee lanyard (cough, hair-tie), available at all tactical flashlight retention bungee lanyard dealers (discount stores).  

The attachment of the lanyard is the tricky part.  The tail-end lanyard ring provided by Surefire is not as ideal of a location as a bezel mounted lanyard ring, in my experience.  Figuring out ways to mount a lanyard to the bezel can be difficult.  Surefire used to make a bezel-end lanyard ring for P-series lights (Z12 lanyard ring), but they are no longer available.  Rumor has it that they caused circuit problems in some flashlights, causing the light not to work.  

On the L1 Cree, I used a standard O-ring mounted in the groove at the bezel to attach the lanyard.  I simply wrapped parachute chord around the O-ring once and then affixed the lanyard to the chord.  The result is a tactical flashlight lanyard that hangs close to the hand when dropped, doesn’t swing or bounce around when not in use, and is easy to reacquire when needed.

I have found that it works best to put the lanyard accross the palm versus around the wrist or thumb. 

If you are fed up with standard chord lanyards, try the method I outlined to attach a lanyard to your tactical flashlight.  I think that you’ll like the result.   

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