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Paracord Rifle Sling Design

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Paracord can be an awesome tool in your preparedness arsenal. This durable nylon rope can be tied into tons of different designs including bracelets, strengthened cords, pouches and more. If you’re in an emergency, you simply unwind the strong cord and use it to bind, haul or anything else that you might need. So, whether you’re a beginner or an expert paracord lover, we have a design for you. Check out these paracord designs below. If you don’t want to spend time weaving your own sling, you can always buy one here.


What is Paracord?

Paracord, also known as parachute cord, is a soft, lightweight nylon rope that was originally used for parachuting. Typically, 550 paracord (which is the paracord used for our bracelets) is made of 32 strands of nylon sheath on the outside and seven strands of 2-ply nylon yarns on the inside (the “guts”). The 550 paracord is the same made for the government and has a minimum breaking strength of 550 lbs. Paracord designsWhile paracord started out as a parachuters tool, people quickly recognized its usefulness in other areas. Since the cord is quick-drying, rot- and mildew-resistant, it’s great for many purposes. Military units use it for securing packs, hanging covers and tents. Many military personnel even use the guts as fishing line.


Paracord Rifle Sling

You’ll need:

• 100 feet of paracord

• Needle nose pliers or forceps

• 2x4 of wood (as long as your desired sling length)

• 2 Flat Washers

• 2 Screws

• Knife

• Swivels off of your guns



1. You’ll first want to figure out how long you want your rifle sling to be. Since this isn’t an adjustable strap, you’ll want to make sure you get it right.

2. After you figure out how long you want it to be, measure that length on to a 2x4. At one end of the 2x4, you’ll want to attach the swivel from your gun. Be careful not to damage the swivel by screwing it too tight. Add some space by placing a washer between the wood. Secure the other swivel on the board at a distance that you would like your sling to be.

3. Take the paracord and tie one end securely to the swivel. Attach the other end of the line to the other swivel.

4. You’ll want to repeat this process a few times until you have 4 parallel cords running between the two swivels. Make sure there is spacing between each cord by wrapping the cord around a few times each time you come to the swivel. This will provide a buffer of space. Tie off the cord securely to swivel.

5. Now that you have the four cords running between the two swivels, begin to weave the paracord through the four strands - over one, under the next - and circle around and work your way down the four strands. Tighten the strand as you work your way down.

6. Once you reach the end, you’ll want to securely tie off the paracord. To do this, you can either tie a knot and tuck the loose end back into the sling, or you can tie a knot, cutting off one edge and burning the end of the paracord.

7. Remove the screws from the 2x4 in order to release the swivels and reattach them to the rifle.

Paracord is incredibly versatile and is one of the most important survival tools you can keep in stock. What else have you made with paracord? Comment below to let us know. Or let us know what you’d like to see a tutorial on.

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Sam Frizzell
11 years ago at 4:03 AM
Don't own a gun but I can see this being useful in other things.
Sean W
11 years ago at 5:36 AM
I made a sweater! It's a bit stiff but I'll break it in. The hard part was making a Paracord zipper but I had determination!
11 years ago at 10:43 AM
So...I'm weaving 100' ofcord over7 under?? Best case is stsrt in the middle and work down from 50'. I'm with Woody...
11 years ago at 11:18 AM
I made dog collars and leashes and all kinds of horse equipment..reins, halters, bridles, tie downs and chestbands.
no name!
11 years ago at 12:22 AM
Is that a Ruger 10/22 with a camo stock?
11 years ago at 11:56 AM
A friend of mine gave me an old machete a while back. After arranging a meeting between it and my wire wheel, and putting a decent edge on it to boot, I took some vegetable tanned leather I had & made a sheath. I left one edge of it as I found it, which gave me a "flap" on one side that's a couple inches wide & maybe a third of the length of the sheath. Then I punched a half dozen holes or so through it parallel to the length of the machete, ran one end of the paracord through the first hole on the bottom end, knotted it through a small brass bushing I had laying around, and then began crocheting. I did about 6 rows of crochet long enough to slip my head & one arm through, and brought the other end of that sling down the front side of the sheath & sewed them all together through the holes & through the material with paracord. Must be at least 100 feet, maybe more. Can't wait to see my buddy & let him know how much work he caused me!!!!!
11 years ago at 8:52 PM
about how much black and camo did you use?
11 years ago at 10:31 AM
@Hugh you can try pulling 100ft through if you like. Personally I like having the cord bundled up or wound on a reel when working with it. You just run your reel or bundle through. Unwind as much as you need for working with at a time and no more. Think smarter not harder...
10 years ago at 10:23 AM
@dustin. Go to google and type in paracord gun sling. Look for the forum gun sling there is a guy there who details out how to build a sling from nothing but paracord and 2 buckles but he attaches it to his gun with paracord. Really neat.
10 years ago at 2:26 AM
I love the idea of seeing a tool in everything I look at.. I just got a nice SKS that I am gonna (TRY) to make a sling for. Paracord that is.. Wish me luck here.. Jack
Northwoods Cheryl
9 years ago at 7:50 AM
All the braided items are nice and useful, but I think in an emergency situation may take too long to "unbraid". I have since made at least a few items from Paracord. I used a large #K crochet hook, and crocheted them. Pull one end and the whole thing unravels QUICKLY. Crochet is very easy to learn.. I am thinking a rifle sling, dog collar, and leash to start with. I had only made a bracelet to try it out.
Alexa Hudson
9 years ago at 1:39 PM
Using 100ft of paracord, about how long is this sling? I'm thinking about making a guitar strap, but I'm afraid that using 100ft of paracord may make it too short. Thank you!
8 years ago at 7:13 PM
I like what I see. I would like to see more.