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Posted: 2/2/2019 3:22:14 PM EST
I’ve been looking at different ways to mount a lanyard for my NVGs. Of course, the simplest solution would to not be a cheap ass and buy a Wilcox lanyard.

I like the TRex arms one a lot, but there’s that cheap ass theme again. I know, go be poor somewhere else...

I ordered some shock tube from Mil-spec Monkey and have been playing around with some crap I had in the random screw/parts bin and I found these offset mirror mounts. A little drilling and filing and I came up with this:

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I might be on to something here...
Link Posted: 2/2/2019 3:53:12 PM EST
If only there was a shock cord attached to the rail or something. Someone should invent that...
Link Posted: 2/2/2019 3:57:21 PM EST
My Streamlight helmet light mounts on the ARC rail directly in front of my Comms mount or else I would come up with something.

I want it to fall off to my left since my rifle mounts on my right.

Constantly evolving, lol!
Link Posted: 2/2/2019 5:12:38 PM EST
Here's my bungee drop test:
https://youtu.be/Zz-bZtfirf4
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Link Posted: 2/2/2019 6:58:07 PM EST
Oh that's even nicer than the scissors lanyard a lot of people use.

I got lazy and just used shock cord w/ some sort of ITW snap hook tied off to the helmet. Heat shrink tube can make sure the knots don't come loose.
Link Posted: 2/2/2019 7:33:52 PM EST
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Originally Posted By matt58:
My Streamlight helmet light mounts on the ARC rail directly in front of my Comms mount or else I would come up with something.

I want it to fall off to my left since my rifle mounts on my right.

Constantly evolving, lol!
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I was sarcastically referring to the shock cord that already comes with the helmet on the side. Just bend your hook onto a ring you put on your nvg.
Link Posted: 2/2/2019 7:48:13 PM EST
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Originally Posted By PineappleDevil:

I was sarcastically referring to the shock cord that already comes with the helmet on the side. Just bend your hook onto a ring you put on your nvg.
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I thought I picked up on some sarcasm; I’m a little slow.

I don’t trust my NVGs to a hook I will have to bend to somewhat secure it. And what about the times I don’t run my NVGs; how do I get them off?
Link Posted: 2/2/2019 8:16:47 PM EST
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Originally Posted By MunnyShot:
Here's my bungee drop test:
https://youtu.be/Zz-bZtfirf4
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I like it! Can I get pics of your set-up or details?
Link Posted: 2/2/2019 9:21:50 PM EST
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Originally Posted By matt58:

I thought I picked up on some sarcasm; I’m a little slow.

I don’t trust my NVGs to a hook I will have to bend to somewhat secure it. And what about the times I don’t run my NVGs; how do I get them off?
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Put something like this on it. Put the clip on the shock cord and put a small loop on the nvg. It’s done like this all the time. If you’re going to put shock cord on that little metal loop you really just making the same thing.
https://www.amazon.com/Mudder-Carabiner-Keyring-Keychain-Finder/dp/B016F3UFKA
Link Posted: 2/2/2019 9:23:29 PM EST
The $15 T-Reign works well and is easy to disconnect when you want to take it off.

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Link Posted: 2/3/2019 11:33:46 AM EST
No bungees or retractable key chain, but I made a lanyard using a kit from McMaster Carr for $20 and a S-biner. I only have a pigtail hanging off my PVS-14 when not on the helmet.

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Link Posted: 2/3/2019 3:32:32 PM EST
Paint it black, come up a tactical sounding acronym, charge 100 bucks. Profit!
Link Posted: 2/3/2019 4:35:00 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Harlikwin:
Paint it black, come up a tactical sounding acronym, charge 100 bucks. Profit!
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Do you even coyote tan, bro? Lol
Link Posted: 2/3/2019 4:49:03 PM EST
How about olive drab?
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Link Posted: 2/3/2019 10:38:28 PM EST
IMO shock cord is for taking rattle out of loose mounts. Stock helmet shock cord is horrible for a lanyard system becayse it puts the NOD right in your face to whack you. Lanyards from Wilcox tend to get hung up on things with my PVS14 due to the tension from it retracting. I actually prefer a simple 550 lanyard. It stays slack and tends to not get hung up but since it is so hard to have a clean hook up, I suffer with Wilcox lanyards (I have two).
Link Posted: 2/4/2019 12:18:37 PM EST
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Originally Posted By slowmethinks:
No bungees or retractable key chain, but I made a lanyard using a kit from McMaster Carr for $20 and a S-biner. I only have a pigtail hanging off my PVS-14 when not on the helmet.

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I like that wire S Loop. Linky?
Link Posted: 2/4/2019 1:52:11 PM EST
I’m a simple 550 guy myself. Simple loop around bump hood vent with single strand to the nvd with s-biner on the bight. Free mod with all the cordlaying around.

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Originally Posted By DevL:
IMO shock cord is for taking rattle out of loose mounts. Stock helmet shock cord is horrible for a lanyard system becayse it puts the NOD right in your face to whack you. Lanyards from Wilcox tend to get hung up on things with my PVS14 due to the tension from it retracting. I actually prefer a simple 550 lanyard. It stays slack and tends to not get hung up but since it is so hard to have a clean hook up, I suffer with Wilcox lanyards (I have two).
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Link Posted: 2/4/2019 7:56:09 PM EST
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Originally Posted By norbs79:

Do you even coyote tan, bro? Lol
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Im old yo...
Link Posted: 2/4/2019 8:18:14 PM EST
Urban ninja warrior wolf grey

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Originally Posted By norbs79:

Do you even coyote tan, bro? Lol
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Link Posted: 2/4/2019 10:58:34 PM EST
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Originally Posted By lilMAC25:

I like that wire S Loop. Linky?
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I picked mine up from Lowe's by the key making desk. It's a Nite Ize S-Biner Microlock.
Link Posted: 2/4/2019 11:00:39 PM EST
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Originally Posted By slowmethinks:
I picked mine up from Lowe's by the key making desk. It's a Nite Ize S-Biner Microlock.
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Originally Posted By slowmethinks:
Originally Posted By lilMAC25:

I like that wire S Loop. Linky?
I picked mine up from Lowe's by the key making desk. It's a Nite Ize S-Biner Microlock.
Sorry, I meant the wire loop. I think I found them at McMaster-Carr
Link Posted: 2/5/2019 1:13:07 PM EST
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Originally Posted By lilMAC25:

Sorry, I meant the wire loop. I think I found them at McMaster-Carr
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Gotcha. I ordered the 1/32" thick black stainless from them. As a note, it does not come with the same pliers that are pictured. Its a cheaper set, but still works. Mine also didn't come with the plastic box which pissed me off. McMaster Carr sent one to me for free...

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Link Posted: 2/6/2019 7:30:32 PM EST
I'll likely get flamed for this but - they sell chicom airsoft copies of the Wilcox lanyard on Ebay for ~$17.00. I bought one just to check it out and it's just as stout as the Wilcox I have. Wouldn't surprise me if they came from the same factory as the real ones.



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Link Posted: 2/7/2019 2:13:05 PM EST
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Originally Posted By matt58:

I like it! Can I get pics of your set-up or details?
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Sorry for the delay, I've been extremly busy. The parts list is: shock chord, 3/8" heat shrink, stainless steel .030 safety wire "any wire bailing or floral wire will do", Nite Ize key carabiner, small pliers and a lighter
The best thing about this system is if you have some tension on the bungee it gets rid of any play of you lowering arm, Jarm etc.




Link Posted: 2/7/2019 5:13:21 PM EST
Nice work. I love the satisfaction knowing you made something that works well versus just buying something.

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Originally Posted By MunnyShot:

orry for the delay, I've been extremly busy. The parts list is: shock chord, 3/8" heat shrink, stainless steel .030 safety wire "any wire bailing or floral wire will do", Nite Ize key carabiner, small pliers and a lighter
The best thing about this system is if you have some tension on the bungee it gets rid of any play of you lowering arm, Jarm etc.
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Link Posted: 2/7/2019 10:32:53 PM EST
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Originally Posted By slowmethinks:

Gotcha. I ordered the 1/32" thick black stainless from them. As a note, it does not come with the same pliers that are pictured. Its a cheaper set, but still works. Mine also didn't come with the plastic box which pissed me off. McMaster Carr sent one to me for free...

McMaster Carr Lanyard Kit
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Ordered this kit unknowingly there was an additional $10 tacked on for shipping and tax

Made this out of it so far:

Link Posted: 2/7/2019 10:49:45 PM EST
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Originally Posted By slowmethinks:

Gotcha. I ordered the 1/32" thick black stainless from them. As a note, it does not come with the same pliers that are pictured. Its a cheaper set, but still works. Mine also didn't come with the plastic box which pissed me off. McMaster Carr sent one to me for free...

McMaster Carr Lanyard Kit
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Fishing store sell coated stainless steel leader wire in camo, their crimps are blackened copper alloy, so no painting is required.
Link Posted: 2/8/2019 4:06:47 PM EST
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Originally Posted By MunnyShot:

Fishing store sell coated stainless steel leader wire in camo, their crimps are blackened copper alloy, so no painting is required.
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Originally Posted By MunnyShot:

Fishing store sell coated stainless steel leader wire in camo, their crimps are blackened copper alloy, so no painting is required.
These came black as well. No paint was needed.

Originally Posted By contax_shooter:

Ordered this kit unknowingly there was an additional $10 tacked on for shipping and tax

Made this out of it so far:

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Yeah, mine came to a total of $28. But I wasn't to upset about that as they ship same day and get it to you almost the next day. And it's still probably faster and cheaper than Midway...

I have to redo mine though. I finally got around to putting the DDA on mine and now the battery housing is clocked just in front of my nose.
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Originally Posted By TNVC_Augee:
Y'all worry too much about this...

550 cord loops and an S-biner work fine for less than $1.00 in materials.

If you're going to spend more than that... you may as well just get the Wilcox lanyard, it's small, low profile, and purpose designed--it doesn't look like you took a keychain or ID card or scissors leash and lashed it on to your helmet. Is it cheaper? Sure. Again, a 550 cord loop and an S-biner is even cheaper, and probably works better than all of those options, frankly.

If you're going to spend more money anyways, are you really going to quibble over the difference between $15 lanyard and a $75 one to secure your $1,500-$10,000-ish purchase?

If you really want a slick setup, get a Wilcox WMS shroud: $116 with the lanyand, lanyard is modular, and can be put at the 9, 12, or 3 o'clock position, so if your goggle does disconnect, you can set it up to swing off to the side instead of straight down (yes, every freaking picture on the internet still has it at the 12 o'clock...)

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Diy1RIrVMAEpZKq.jpg

~Augee
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I want that Wilcox lanyard but with a TW LTP helmet, I'm not sure which one to go with and how to attach it to my BNVD's.
Link Posted: 2/9/2019 9:04:20 AM EST
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I think you have a NVD-BNVD? On my SG, I was using the tabs on the pods with 275 or 95 cord loops (one end knotted and other end with a loop), for the TW hooks. It works fine unless you want to stow with pods unfolded. The bungee tension causes the pods to fold. I ended up loosening two screws on the center housing and using really thin cord with two loops, one around the screw that when tightened held it in place. This keeps the bungee tension on the housing and not the pods so I can stow it unfolded. I think it’s enough for civ use to work like a lanyard that if it were to come off the mount or the mount came off the helmet it wouldn’t hit the deck.

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Originally Posted By ChrisNTN:

I want that Wilcox lanyard but with a TW LTP helmet, I'm not sure which one to go with and how to attach it to my BNVD's.
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Link Posted: 2/9/2019 12:11:33 PM EST
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Originally Posted By ChrisNTN:

I want that Wilcox lanyard but with a TW LTP helmet, I'm not sure which one to go with and how to attach it to my BNVD's.
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you could always do the old TW "rail hack" if you have room on a side rail

the rails are made so a 1/4 x 20 nut will slide in from the rear and let you "bolt" attachments to the rails

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Link Posted: 2/10/2019 5:55:24 PM EST
I can't stop securing crap on my helmet now with the wire loop kit.

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Link Posted: 2/11/2019 5:55:00 PM EST
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