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The NOD Retention Lanyard


The NOD Retention Lanyard

Between the mount and adapter are three potential points of failure connecting the AN/PVS-14A to your helmet. Professionals think in terms of "when," not "if" and plan accordingly.


The NOD Retention Lanyard is designed to retain and prevent the loss of the AN/PVS-14A in the event of a mount failure.


This improved “dummy cord” provides a critical level of redundancy in the field.


The simple, proven design is reliable and easy to employ with no learning curve.

You know that, bad as it is to have to sweep a training area for missing gear, the consequences of equipment loss outside the wire, on deployment are far worse. If you've been in the game long enough, you've probably experienced at least one such occurrence. You are probably reading this because you don't want it to happen again. 

"Dummy cording" sensitive equipment is a time tested, proven infantry practice, something everybody knows they should be doing 100% of the time.... but probably aren't. Maybe your unit has a standing order that isn't being followed or just not executed as diligently as it should be.

The NOD Retention Lanyard has been on the market since 2009 and units have fielded some 15,000 pieces, largely in battalion sized orders. We've struck a chord with our users and the system is, by now, a known quantity.

This solution integrates with currently issued equipment to solve a real problem. As a functional, thought out system it encourages compliance by removing friction and eliminating excuses. We've done all the work, sweated all the details so that it's ready to field as a working solution reinforcing your SOP. Properly employed, the system will mitigate instances of equipment loss. By design implementation is easily inspected for and verified.

With a history building the solution, working with customers in large numbers and an important, shared end-user perspective, you can have confidence in selecting the NOD Retention Lanyard. Users appreciate the simplicity and ease of use, eliminating barriers to adoption. We use high quality materials with attention to detail in build quality that performs in the field. Budget friendly pricing makes it practical to field to entire units reaching the troops who will get the most out of it. Listings in GSA and USMC ServMart make the NOD Retention Lanyard readily attainable through approved sources. 

The NOD Retention Lanyard is not a piece of gear that changes what you do but it's employment will have an impact on your unit. It reinforces proven infantry best practices. You're already "dummy-cording" your optics or know you should be. This is a better way to do it. When you're tired of losing optics or worrying about it, the NOD Retention Lanyard is a sensible, practical solution.

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Elastic tension stabilizes the mount taking play out of the assembly. It makes the system wobble free and positions the optic consistently. 


Suitable for issue to large units with a wide user base. The NOD Retention Lanyard is affordably priced with the infantry in mind. 


Easily installed by the end user without special tools or expertise. The design is robust, simple and field ready.


Proven design allows for the application of a uniform SOP across the entire unit. Easy to implement and verify, it fosters consistency with no room for uneven interpretation.


Does not interfere with the function of the optic. This add-on solution is built around your gear and does not alter, change, modify or compromise usability.   



Metal hooks with heavy duty elastic cord have no place anywhere near your eyes. The NOD Retention Lanyard uses releasable buckles that pull away from the face.



Attaches and disconnects quickly and easily. Side release buckles provide a single point of attachment, positively securing the optic and easy to disengage.


Requires no alteration of host mount or optic to integrate with issued equipment. The NOD Retention Lanyard works with the equipment you take into the field every day. 


Simple design is reliable under field conditions. Designed to function where it's needed most because complicated gear stays packed in seabags or left in shipping containers.

Low profile to minimize snag hazards. The minimalist design keeps out of your way when not in use. When employed the assembly remains tight with no excess. 

You'll appreciate how little clutter there is when the sun comes up and the optic goes back in the pouch because we know night operations are only part of your job.

The optional Dummy Cord Clip interfaces with MOLLE webbing creating a secondary point of attachment for added security when the optic is stored in a pouch.