Paracord Rifle Sling Design

Written by Brandon Garrett

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.

Check out these designs:
Paracord Bracelet
Paracord Snake Design
Paracord Woven Watchband
Paracord Keychain
Paracord Belt Design

Paracord Rifle Sling
You’ll need:
• 100 feet of paracord
• Needle nose pliers or forceps
• 2×4 of wood (as long as your desired sling length)
• 2 Flat Washers
• 2 Screws
• Knife
• Swivels off of your guns

Directions
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 2×4. At one end of the 2×4, 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 2×4 in order to release the swivels and reattach them to the rifle.

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.

Updated April 9, 2013

18 Comments

  1. Tuan wrote:

    Great idea.. Love the article. Keep them coming..

    April 10th, 2013 at 3:09 am
  2. Sam Frizzell wrote:

    Don’t own a gun but I can see this being useful in other things.

    April 10th, 2013 at 4:03 am
  3. Sean W wrote:

    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!

    April 10th, 2013 at 5:36 am
  4. woody wrote:

    @Sean – That’s funny!

    How would you adjust the sling for fit?
    What good is the power cord once it starts to fray?
    If you need the cord, you’re out of a sling. This is a nice novelty project, much like the $8 para-bracelets.

    April 10th, 2013 at 8:25 am
  5. Nicole M. wrote:

    @Sean – would love to see a picture of the sweater and maybe even purchase one? Have a website?

    April 11th, 2013 at 8:30 am
  6. Hugh wrote:

    So…I’m weaving 100′ ofcord over7 under?? Best case is stsrt in the middle and work down from 50′.
    I’m with Woody…

    April 12th, 2013 at 10:43 am
  7. Cheryl wrote:

    I made dog collars and leashes and all kinds of horse equipment..reins, halters, bridles, tie downs and chestbands.

    April 15th, 2013 at 11:18 am
  8. Tony Dcunha wrote:

    I never thought I would be knitting but I will now. Love the idea of not cutting the paracord and the easy access to removing it with such ease. That’s an outstanding idea – para chord seems to be the duct tape of wilderness survival. Sometimes when your hands are cold or you need it fast, this is the perfect sling to have when you need it for an emergency use. Thank you so much.

    April 17th, 2013 at 3:32 am
  9. no name! wrote:

    Is that a Ruger 10/22 with a camo stock?

    June 28th, 2013 at 12:22 am
  10. Mark wrote:

    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!!!!!

    August 20th, 2013 at 11:56 am
  11. Chuck wrote:

    @Others –

    I always worry about the people who comment that something is useless, that’s exactly the wrong attitude you will need if things go horribly wrong. I hope the guy next to me sees a tool everywhere he looks.

    If you measure to fit the gun you shouldn’t need to adjust it, and if you are in a situation where you are desperate enough that unraveling the paracord from the sling will save your life I doubt you are going to care whether or not you have a still have pretty sling the next day. Besides, you can always just tie a single length of the paracord to the sling hardware again without getting fancy just to get you by.

    Then, go home and celebrate that you made it through the night, and make another one.

    Give me a good knife, 100 feet of paracord, and a decent poncho or space blanket and I think I can get through just about anything.

    August 29th, 2013 at 5:41 am
  12. emily wrote:

    about how much black and camo did you use?

    October 27th, 2013 at 8:52 pm
  13. Nathan wrote:

    @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…

    November 23rd, 2013 at 11:31 am
  14. Dustin wrote:

    I would like to do something like this just started making stuff with paracord so not to sure I can do it but would be willing to try the only issue I think I have is I have a mosin nagant that I would like this for but there are no swivel parts its just 2 holes in the top and bottom where the sling would connect so not sure how to start or attach it please help me and email me if you can

    December 1st, 2013 at 10:24 pm
  15. Bob wrote:

    @dustin. Go to google and type in paracord gun sling. Look for the bushcraftusa.com 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.

    January 26th, 2014 at 11:23 am
  16. Sharon L. Lockhart wrote:

    I love these articles, and have emailed them to myself to have them ready to print for future reference.
    Thanks for all three, the Bracelet, Watch Band and this Rifle Sling.
    I have been looking for some good directions and these really fit the bill.
    Thanks again.

    January 29th, 2014 at 11:46 am
  17. NameJack wrote:

    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

    February 16th, 2014 at 3:26 am
  18. Michael Taylor wrote:

    I have made bracelets, I made a dog collar. I am getting ready to make a rifle sling.I have also made key rings. I am trying to learn how to make as many things as I can. Your articles are a great help. Thankyou.

    April 16th, 2014 at 6:50 pm

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