Fashion a Paracord Firearm Sling

You won’t be caught unprepared with this dual-purpose sling made from detachable paracord.


Photo by Dennis Biswell

I’ve always gravitated toward items that serve several functions. I also like making things, which is why I like assembling and using paracord firearm slings.

Originally designed for the military to be used as suspension lines on parachutes, parachute cord, or paracord, is made from nylon, with a braided outer sheath and several strands in the core. It has a breaking strength of 550 pounds, thus the name “550 paracord.” Because it’s strong, somewhat elastic, rot-resistant, and lightweight, it has a multitude of uses and can be very helpful if you find yourself in a survival situation.

With this homemade paracord sling, you’ll have nearly 100 feet of paracord attached to your firearm to use if the need arises. It’s comfortable, and it weighs the same as a manufactured sling. And, even after disassembling a portion of the sling, you’ll still have a functional strap to carry your firearm.

Tools and Materials

If you’re a DIYer, you probably already have most of the tools needed to build a sling. Specialized knotting tools can make some of the tasks easier, but you can get by with their common-tool counterparts.

  • Jig (either homemade or purchased)
  • Needle-nose pliers or hemostat
  • Knotter’s tool or finish nail setter
  • 100 feet of 550 paracord
  • 4 feet of 1-1/2-inch-wide nylon strap
  • 1-1/2-inch-wide rectangle D-ring buckle
  • 2 sling swivels with 1-1/2-inch-wide loops (or whatever type of clips are needed to attach the sling to your firearm)
  • 1-1/2-inch-wide tri-glide buckle
  • Sharp scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Black permanent marker
  • Lighter
  • Masking tape

Know Your Knots

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