A rifle sling is used more often as a carrying strap than for an aid to precision shooting. Whether scaling a steep cliff, or scampering through thick brush, there are many times when a rifleman may need both hands free from carrying his rifle. For this task, a sling need not be an elaborate, expensive piece of shaped and carved leather, or store-bought nylon. A simple band, made of cheap, easy to procure parachute cord, will make a strong, nearly unbreakable sling for your rifle.
Things You'll Need
- Rifle with sling swivels attached
- Parachute cord
- Lighter or matches
Take the standing end of a long piece of parachute cord and tie it to the front sling swivel on your rifle. An overhand knot with a half-hitch keeper is the simplest method for attaching the cord to the sling swivel.
Place the running end of your parachute cord through the rear sling swivel of your rifle. Do not tie this end off, but keep enough slack in the cord between the two sling swivels to allow you to carry the rifle in your preferred manner.
Run the end of the parachute cord back through the front sling swivel, and then back to the rear sling swivel again. Repeat this step until you have a minimum of 10 strings of the cord between the two sling swivels.
Use the running end to tie a double-half hitch around the cords, approximately 3 inches below the front sling swivel.
Wrap the running end tightly in a spread-out coil down the length of the newly formed parachute cord rifle sling. This will prevent the individual strings of parachute cord from separating. The larger the total diameter of your sling is the better. This will spread the load of the rifle's weight across your shoulder, making it somewhat more comfortable to bear.
Place the running end of the parachute cord through the rear sling swivel once more and tie it off 3 inches above the rear sling swivel with a double half-hitch knot.
Cut the end of the parachute cord off 3 inches from the double half-hitch knot. Tie this new running end into an overhand knot. This will act as a "stopper knot" to keep your sling from coming untied and falling apart.
Use a match or cigarette lighter to melt the cut end of the parachute into a solid mass of plastic, tight against the end of the stopper knot. This will prevent the parachute cord from fraying at the end. It also gives your sling a more refined look.
Tips & Warnings
- Try and keep your paracord sling tight enough to carry the weapon snug against your body. This will prevent damage to your rifle as a result of banging against trees and rocks when crawling up cliffs and through brush.
- The use of firearms can be an inherently dangerous activity. Please seek professional, qualified instruction before use. Contact your local National Rifle Association Representative for help in locating an NRA-certified firearms safety instructor.
- "The Ultimate Sniper: An Advanced Training Manual for Military and Police Snipers, 2d Ed;" MAJ John L. Plaster, USAR (ret.); 2006
- "Survival Paracord: Slings, Belts, and Products;" RangerDigest.com
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