In 2151, the Enterprise used the grappler on various occasions. These occasions included snagging a Suliban ship, attempting to recover Shuttlepod 1 from a comet, and again to recover a shuttlepod from a Klingon hijacker. (ENT episodes: "Broken Bow", "Breaking the Ice", "Sleeping Dogs")
In 2159, Starfleet had developed tractor beam technology, rendering the grapplers obsolete. By May, the Enterprise was refitted and her grapplers were replaced by tractor beams. Shortly after the Enterprise left spacedock, the tractor beam was used to pull the USS Coto out of a protostellar nebula. (ST video game: Legacy)
Some commercial vessels retained grapplers in the 23rd century. Cervantes Quinn's outdated vessel Rocinante was fitted with a grappler instead of a tractor beam. It consisted of a grappling magnet attached to duranium cable. In 2265, Quinn used it to reel in a sensor drone. (VAN novel: Summon the Thunder)
- ENT episode: "Broken Bow"
- ENT episode: "Breaking the Ice"
- ENT episode: "Sleeping Dogs"
- ENT - The Romulan War novel: To Brave the Storm
- TOS comic: "The Eagles Have Landed"
- TOS comic: "Target: Zargot"
- VAN novel: Summon the Thunder
- ST video game: Legacy