Making a Lanyard hole on XD's

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  1. Tercel89

    Tercel89 XDTalk 1K Member

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    I have an XD-9 and an XD-9SC and I am thinking of making a hole in the lower rear grip for a lanyard to attach to it . I ride an ATV through the woods and it gets really rough sometime and I like the extra insurance of a lanyard to keep my pistol with me in case it comes out of the holster . My holster is awesome , its a Don Hume 721 but with me brushing up against trees and limbs at 20 MPH it gets rough and any extra insurance is better than none .
    Have any of you guys drilled a hole for a lanyard in your XD's ? My Glocks have one except for my G-26 , which I am getting ready to drill on it tonight .
     
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    What holster are you using?
     
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    Don Hume 721 .
     
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    Wired XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    From what I can see that is an open top holster, correct?

    Are you carrying IWB and worried about it coming out?

    I say rather than drilling a hole in a gun, get the correct holster. Probably something with a thumb break over the top. That's what I use when I ride.
     
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    It is an open top but I still want the extra insurance of having a lanyard . I even use the Lanyard on my Glocks and with them I have a Galco holster with a snap . But as you know , when going through rought terrin , tree limbs will pop open any thumb snap holster . I am so tired of worrying when riding about my gun . I am always reaching around to see if it is still there . And that brings alot of attention to everyone else too .
     
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    Serpa.. the end
     
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    I had one and sold it , but even with it I would still like a back up "insurance" piece.
    It was good but it just let the gun stick out too far for concealment . It was a good holster for court and duty , but not concealment for me .
     
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    well are you wearing OWB when riding? I would recommend getting a holster with better retention before drilling into the gun. Can possible hurt resale value a lot. You can snatch a serpa online for $23 shipped. Buy one for when u ride..
     
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    I am not selling my XD's :p They work too nice! :) So I dont need to worry about resale value .
     
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    I would think it would be very easy to drill a lanyard hole in an XD. Just use a glock as a model. The hole would be harder to get a lanyard through because the empty channel in an XD is a lot smaller than the glock.

    One thing to think about is this. Suppose the gun does manage to make it's way out of the holster. It would then be flailing about on the lanyard as you rode. I see the possibility of a ND happening in this scenario. So if you do decide to use a lanyard then I wouldn't carry one in the chamber.
     
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    I've never had a tree limb open up my thumb break or anything for that matter. Even when it does open I have to push the strap out of the way for it to open. You could get a Level II duty holster and that damn sure wouldn't open.

    Meh, I'm not so sure. I have a Serpa and I like it, but I don't use it on the trails. I prefer a strap over the top.
     
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    I don't see a possibility for a ND happening here. These pistols have been drop tested multiple times and do not fire. Unless the grip safety hits the fender and a tree branch magically sticks through the trigger guard and pulls the trigger while the grip safety is depressed it's not happening.
     
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    The guy is dead set on drilling a hole to putting a lanyard on his XD and just asking if anybody else has done it. He's not asking if it's a good idea or not.

    I've never heard of anybody drilling a hole in the gun to do this, but there is a thread one here regarding an attachment for a lanyard.
     
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    The XDm has a slot in the grip panel for attaching a lanyard with the roll pin used to retain the panel. Don't see why something similar couldn't be done with the XD. Either a slot for lanyard and a hole for a pin or just a feed thru hole for the lanyard at the rear and secure it inside the grip or loop it out thru the bottom and back around the lanyard. Lanyard is an accessory sold for the XDm by SA. pg47 of the SA catalog for XD and XDm, found on the xd page as a pdf file.
    There is a different tip grind angle used for sharpening drills for plastic to reduce stress.
     
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    What about in 50 years, or if your kids sell them.. I am just saying. Better options then to drill. But if you really want I assume it could be done thru the open space without problem. I would think a lanyard would be even more likely to catch and pull the gun out while riding

     
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    +1. I wouldn't do it while it is probably possible. Good point on the lanyard catching. It has to be long enough for you to still pull and be able to shoot, but is that too long to catch on the trees and stuff. I would think so.
     
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    Terrible choice for the application. Serpas are crappy hard use holsters.

    There's nothing wrong with getting a lanyard; for what the OP is looking for, it actually makes good sense.

    As to hurting the resale...it's a freakin' XD, not a 1st generation model P colt, or a Singer 1911A1...

    Drill, baby, drill. Sarah says so.;)
     
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    Well that is when the grip safety comes in handy:)
     
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    Thanks for seeing and understanding the real meaning of my thread ;)
     

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