The paracord rifle sling is a great addition to every hunter’s or shooter’s gear, since it’s a sturdy, useful and versatile piece of equipment. That’s why we think you should have at least an idea of how to make your very own slings from paracord, in case you’re tired of spending money on things you can make for yourself.
But before we let you know what the best ways in which you can make a paracord sling are, let’s talk about why exactly you need a rifle sling, and especially why you need a paracord one.
Why Should You Own A Rifle Sling?
There are a lot of rifle slings out there, and you can easily buy one or make a day out of it with a DIY project. But the question remains: why do you need a rifle sling?
For carrying your rifle
In fact, you don’t just need a rifle sling to carry your rifle, but other weapons need to be carried comfortably as well, like your carbine and shotgun. Just place the strap around your back and carry the rifle without using your hands. Don’t forget to check on our reviews of the best hunting rifles to aid you in your hunts.
In fact, there’s a type of sling called the three-point sling which enables you to free your hands for other things. Whether you want to have your hands free to readjust a target, take hold of prey or even get to another weapon, the sling will ensure you don’t have to drop your rifle. That way, you can still use it again at a moment’s notice.
For shooting better
A rifle sling is amazing when it comes to increasing the probability of your aim and thus improving your shooting performance. That’s because it holds the rifle pretty steady and you don’t have to worry about it recoiling. This is particularly beneficial for people who have just taken up shooting, or for people who are using weapons with bigger recoil.
For changing shoulders
A sling named the single-point sling will let you drop your rifle so that it hangs down even though it’s still secured to your body. This has amazing tactical benefits for the short term.
The disadvantage is that it can be placed in just one way around your body, meaning it doesn’t have the same support as other slings since it makes your rifle dangle uncomfortably, getting in your way. However, if you are interested in changing the shoulders on which you place the rifle fast, this is one sling that can do that for you.
Why Should You Have A Paracord Sling?
Once you have seen the benefits a rifle sling offers you, the next question that arises is why a rifle sling made out of paracord.
And mainly why should you make one of your own? The disadvantages may seem obvious:
- A store bought one is way more resistant, since it’s manufactured out of topnotch materials and with topnotch technology.
- Many store-bought slings come with a pretty sweet warranty.
- Buying a sling means you don’t have to spend up to 4 hours (yes, we’ve said that right) making one.
On the other hand, if you’re a DIY freak and you really have a knack for these projects, here’s why you should totally make your own paracord sling:
- It’s a fun project that means spending quality time with yourself and developing your DIY skills.
- You never know when your store bought sling can get lost or damaged and you’ll need a new one on the spot on a hunting expedition.
- It’s a sling for your rifle, and rifle slings are amazing for all the reasons we’ve already discussed.
- It’s extremely cheap to make a resistant and sturdy paracord sling, somewhere in the range of $5.
- A DIY paracord sling will feel a lot more comfortable than the standard one you buy ready-made, since it’s custom-made according to your body shape.
- It’s made from paracord, so when you’re out hunting you basically have an endless supply of paracord along with you in case something bad happens.
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How Do You Make A Sling?
To begin with, there are many different ways to use the paracord in order to manufacture a sling like this, and you don’t necessarily have to follow our ideas. If you’re a DIY aficionado yourself, you can easily come up with new ways in which to make different kinds of slings. You can even tell us if you’ve found an easier or more interesting way to do so, in the comment section below.
But for now, here are our favorite ways for making a paracord sling.
The basic model
This model, also known as the Double Cobra, is easy to make and it’s the most common pattern used by shooters and hunters alike. However, don’t think that that makes the sling less durable, because that’s not the case.
- 550 paracord – 3 rolls (choose various colors).
- Gun sling swivel.
- Rifle shell.
It doesn’t matter how long the paracord actually is. In fact, the longer the better, because when you start the weaving process you’ll soon find it becomes much shorter. As such, if you have 3 rolls of paracord at your disposal, you can easily decide the length of your sling according to your height, or body shape.
To have a clearer picture of how much paracord you’ll need, most people do fine within the limits of 28 to 32 feet of cord.
If you don’t need as much, just use the rest for something else, paracord should never go to waste.
- Prepare the first cord, by folding it in half and then weaving it around the rifle swivel.
- Make a slip knot like this: take the middle portion of your first cord to produce a small sized loop, and then weave through it.
- Repeat these first two steps for the other two pieces of paracord.
- Arrange the three pieces of cord in order to be one next to the other.
- Start the weaving. This is the point where it helps to have selected different colors for your cords, but it’s alright if you haven’t. We’ll name them Cord 1, Cord 2 and Cord 3 from left to right.
- Make half of a loop with Cord 3.
- Place this to cover Cord 1 and Cord 2.
- Take the extreme right part of Cord 2 and put it over the extreme right part of Cord 3.
- Weave Cord 2 underneath the extreme left part of Cord 3.
- Weave Cord 2 through the loop made from Cord 3 at step 6. Make a tight knot.
- Now Cord 2 is on the right side.
- Take the extreme left part of Cord 3 and make another half of a loop.
- Put the cord underneath Cord 2 you have weaved in a knot at step 10.
- Put it underneath the extreme right part of Cord 3.
- Weave it through that half of a loop made at step 12. Make a tight knot.
- Repeat the weaving in the left part of your sling.
- Make half of a loop with Cord 1.
- Place this to cover Cord 3 and Cord 2.
- Take the extreme left part of Cord 2 and put it over the extreme left part of Cord 1.
- Weave Cord 2 underneath the extreme right part of Cord 1.
- Weave Cord 2 through the loop made from Cord 1 at step 17. Make a tight knot.
- Now Cord 2 is on the right side.
- Take the extreme right part of Cord 1 and make another half of a loop.
- Put the cord underneath Cord 2 you have weaved in a knot at step 17.
- Put it underneath the extreme left part of Cord 1.
- Weave it through that half of a loop made at step 23. Make a tight knot.
- The middle side should now appear as a combination of plus signs on the vertical.
- Repeat this process until you have no more paracord left.
- Finish the pattern with a cobra stitch..
- Add some thickness by threading about 10 more inches, starting at the end of your swivel.
- Cut the extra pieces of paracord you’ve added at the end of your swivel.
Video instructions on How to Finish a Double Cobra Weave Shotgun/Rifle Sling you can check below:
The bit more advanced model
This type of DIY sling is a bit more advanced, since it’s based on a triple Cobra instead of a double Cobra. Of course, that means some added strength and durability even if the first model was not some trifle either.
But this one can’t be cut even if you try it, so you’re more assured that it won’t damage if you forget it in the rain or if your dog starts chewing it.
- 550 paracord – two pieces of 30 feet.
- 550 paracord – one piece of 50 feet.
- Swivels – a pair for the end of the slings.
- Connect the swivels to a board made of wood. That will keep them secure and help you know how long the sling will be.
- Get the first piece of 550 paracord that measures 30 feet.
- Fold this in half.
- Make a slip knot around a swivel.
- Put what’s left of the paracord inside the remaining swivel.
- Begin weaving by making a cobra knot.
- Make a loop on the extreme left.
- Take the second piece of 30 feet paracord and put it underneath this loop.
- Weave it through the loop.
- Make a tight knot.
- Repeat the process on the opposite side.
- The loop should always start at the top part of your sling. The other thread has to be placed inside the loop, but from under it.
- Once you have finished weaving, don’t use the knife for cutting the cords.
- Take the second 30 feet worth of paracord to start the process all over again, but in reverse, where the first 30 feet paracord has finished.
- Thread and make knots by applying the cobra knot until you have reached the end of the other swivel.
- Once you have finished, return to the end parts of the first knot made to your sling.
- The remaining pieces of paracord should be weaved inside the swivel, by using a double knot to make everything secure.
- Cut or burn the remaining pieces of cord.
- Repeat on your other swivel.
- Begin working with the 50 feet paracord, applying the cobra knots throughout the process.
- Make one slip knot with this cord around the place where you have cut and burnt the remaining pieces of cord at step 18. The purpose is esthetic in nature, as well as practical.
- Make half of a loop with the left cord.
- The right cord is on top at this point.
- Bring the right cord around underneath the sling.
- Place the right cord inside the loop made at step 22.
- Make a tight knot.
- Make a knot with the piece of paracord that is now on the right side.
- Weave the piece of paracord that is in your left hand through this knot, but work from underneath.
- Continue the process until you have reached the swivel.
- Cut what’s left of your paracord by using the knife.
- Make a knot through the swivel.
- Pull these knots through the weaved pattern to make them tight.
- Burn the additional paracord you have left.
To turn this into an adjustable sling, you’ll need:
- Connect the belt with one end swivel of your sling.
- Put a tri-glide through the belt.
- Put a buckle at the end part of your belt.
- Adjust your sling accordingly.
Video instructions below:
The fishy model
This is one of the easiest ways in which you can weave a paracord sling for your rifle, and it’s sturdy too.
The end result will look like a fish tail which is what makes it so durable, but you should be prepared to invest more time than with the other two patterns.
- 550 paracord – 50 feet long.
- Wooden board.
- Swivels – two.
- Establish the final length of your sling.
- Mark the length on the board.
- Put the swivels on the marked places on the board. This will facilitate the whole process.
- Take the middle part of your paracord and fold it in half.
- Do a slip knot around one of the swivels.
- Weave what’s left of the cord around the second swivel. The paracord should be straight.
- Weave the cord’s ends through the first swivel.
- Put each half of the paracord inside the swivel, but through separate sides.
- Begin the fish tail-ing process with the two pairs of paracord you have obtained.
- Place one of the free cords over one of the paracord pairs.
- Weave this loose cord in between the pairs of paracord.
- Pull the loose cord underneath pair number 2.
- Make a tight knot. You will have a remaining piece of cord underneath and opposite the place you have started.
- Place the second loose cord through the pairs of paracord obtained at step 10.
- Make sure the second loose cord is underneath the first pair and the sling.
- Loose cord number one should be threaded like this too.
- Repeat the process with each loose cord in its turn, in order to obtain the fish tail look. Be sure to make each knot tight.
- Once you have reached the end, cut them with the knife.
- Weave the cut ends through the pattern by employing the tweezers, to make the whole thing even tighter.
- Use the lighter to burn the remaining ends.
You can also make the same fish tail weaving by using only single cords instead of double.
This could be easier for some of you, and it takes less time, but it’s not as strong as the sling made from double cords.
The paracord sling made from the store-bought rifle sling
What’s the point of making a paracord sling out of an already existing rifle sling? Well, we’re talking about a very cheap and often flimsy sling you’ve bought, the sort of sling which could definitely use an improvement to make it sturdier and ensure it lasts longer.
This way, you’re saving the money you might have spent buying a more expensive sling and you’ll end up with the same quality after you finish the paracord addition.
- Rifle sling – one; cheap, adjustable.
- D-ring – one; 0.75 inches.
- Scrap leather – one piece 0.75 x 1.15 inches.
- Rivets – 2.
- Paracord – 1 string; 75 inches long.
- Your rifle.
- Scrap wood piece.
- Place the sling on your rifle to take a feel of its fit.
- Once you’ve taken the measurements, place the sling on a hard surface.
- Add the leather and D-ring.
- Put a piece of wood underneath the sling prior to making the holes. This will protect your work area.
- Cut the corners of the leather piece in order to make it look oval. You can attach the paracord to the leather easier this way.
- Put the leather underneath the adjustment piece you can find at the center of your sling, and attach it to the sling on the nylon strand.
- Using the nail, make a hole.
- Insert the D-ring inside the middle part of the leather.
- Make another hole under the D-ring, making sure it’s in line.
- The holes should protrude both leather and nylon.
- The rivets should be put inside the holes you made.
- Burn the free strands next to the rivets by using your lighter.
- Use the D-ring to secure the leather,
- Hold one end of the rifle sling in place on something hard, like a wall.
- Stick the other end of the sling on your floor to make it tense.
- Fold the piece of paracord in half, keeping the ends together to make a loop.
- Place this loop inside the D-ring.
- The two ends of the paracord should be pilled through this loop too.
- Put the right end of the paracord inside the lower-end clasp.
- Repeat for the left end.
- Place the right end in the first loop made at step 16. The direction is up then down.
- Repeat on the left, but without making a very tight pull.
- Hold the ends of the paracord together.
- Put the left part of the paracord around back, then the right part.
- Put the left part across the right, then put it above it, and lastly through it, like when you’re tying a shoelace.
- Make a tight knot, without making the D-ring feel tense.
- Repeat steps 25 and 26 for the right part of your paracord.
- Repeat the whole process in order to continue your weaving.
- Once you have finished your weave, cut the two pieces of cord 6 inches under the last knot made.
- Burn these ends.
- With the use of the tweezers and the pliers, thread the ends inside the weaved sling, pulling tightly.
- Melt both sides of the remaining paracord at the back of your sling, to apply the finishing touches.
So Are You Going to Make A Paracord Sling?
Well, having a paracord sling for your rifle has amazing benefits, but you’ll also enjoy yourself with these amazing DIY projects, learning to fend for yourself, making new, inexpensive models of slings or improving the ones you already have.
Either way, it doesn’t hurt to learn some new skills, but be warned that along with the tens of feet of paracord needed for this, you’ll also need a few hundred feet worth of patience. For more ideas on creative paracord uses, see our article on this important topic.
What do you say, will you give these ideas a try?