Guns & Weapons

Paracord Rifle Sling: A DIY Project with Instructions

Rifle sling made from paracord
Samuel Funt
Written by Samuel Funt

Paracord lanyards and slings are quite modern these days and many people like the handmade custom pattern you get when doing something yourself. You know it’s not manufactured and weaved by a machine, but by your own hands, which makes it much more valuable at least for you. Not only that, but 550 paracords are quite durable and it takes a lot of pressure and pulling to snap a paracord in two. So, if you’re out in the wild hunting or simply walking around a countryside forest (obviously for hunting or as a defense tool) your rifle will need a nice strong solid sling.

In this article we will show you how to make one for yourself and/or your spouse or friends, using different weaving patterns to make the sling more beautiful and unique, with your own touch.

Rifle sling

How to make a paracord rifle sling, double cobra knot

Let’s begin by gathering the needed items. You will need 3 rolls of 550 paracord and they should be of different color. Also prepare a knife or scissors, pliers, some ordinary lighter, gun sling buckle/swivel and optionally you can prepare a rifle shell (but that’s if you have more time and find this really interesting to do).

The paracord can be as long as possible, since weaving it will significantly shorten the paracord length and will be easier to control how long you need the sling to be. Some people recommend you begin with 30 feet (about 9-10 meters) length of Paracord. Even if it ends up being more you can always cut it where you find it to be excess.

Rifle sling, double cobra knot

Set the rifle swivel ready and prepare the 3 cords. Fold then in half each and thread them through the swivel. Make a small loop with the middle of the cord and thread it through that loop, performing the so-called slip knot. This is your first setup. Do that for all three paracords and arrange them so they are nicely placed next to each other. We advise you to use three differing colors for these three cords, as it will be far easier for you to follow the weaving pattern. We will use red, yellow and green for the sake of these instructions.

Begin by preparing a half-loop with the green right-most cord. Set it over all the other cords. You then have to take the right-most yellow cord and first place it over the right-most green cord you prepared for the loop, then thread the yellow one below the left-most green cord. As you set that up, thread the yellow cord through the green cord’s loop and tighten the knot.

For the time being your yellow cord will be entirely to the right. Then take the left-most green cord and again prepare a half-loop and place the cord below the yellow cord you threaded in the first knot. Take it and place it below the right-most green cord and thread it through the half-loop you prepared. Again tighten that well.

As you continue, you need to end up having a mirror image to what you did so far, but on the left side of the sling. The middle part should look like crosses from top to bottom of the sling. The pattern repeats throughout the entire weaving process.

You can either keep that pattern all the way to the end, or you can finish the shoulder part in a cobra stitch.

Finishing off the pattern is nothing complicated. Just continue weaving all the way to the end swivel, if you haven’t performed the cobra stitch. If you have, you can add some thickness to the end swivel. To do that, you can begin a new weaving, just like in the beginning but start from the end swivel. You can weave for no more than 10 inches or even less, depending on your own preferences.

When you’ve weaved to your desired length. Cut the added cords (those you needed to add thickness to your end swivel). In the meantime, if you have used the cobra stitch, continue with it until you get to when you stopped with the end swivel pattern. As you get very close to it, thread the extra end swivel cords through another weave of the cobra stitch and burn the ends, pressing them (while still hot) to the cobra stitch weaving. This will attach them firmly to the sling.

If you need to see this in action you can watch the YouTube video on making the main weaving pattern explained in this tutorial. This pattern is called a Double Cobra stitch but if you want to learn other patterns, that are more intricate, take a look at our paracord knots tutorial.

Making a triple Cobra stitch rifle sling

This type of sling will be far more durable and virtually impossible to even cut, let along break or something similar.

So, before you start you have to gather the things you need – two 25 to 30 feet 550 paracords and one third paracord of 50 feet. Prepare also a knife or scissors and a pair of swivels for both of the sling’s ends.

It’s far easier to attach the swivels on a wooden board so that these are secured in place. Thus you can also determine the overall length of the sling. So, do that and prepare the first 25/30-foot paracord. Fold the paracord in half and perform a slip knot on one of the swivels. Thread the remaining of the paracord through the other swivel and you will begin weaving. You have to do a single cobra knot – prepare a loop to the left and take the other cord, place it below and then thread through the loop.

Tighten and repeat on the other side. Since you’re working with long cords, you need to have some patience while threading the paracord. Also, the loop must always begin on top of the sling and the opposite thread must go from below and into the loop.

Continue doing this weaving all the way to the end, right where the other swivel is. Don’t cut the cords yet.

Next, take the second paracord (25 to 30 feet in length) and you will need to do the same thing with it, but you have to begin in reverse – right where you finished with the previous cord. Again, weave using the cobra knot all the way to the other swivel end.

Now that this step of the tutorial is done you can finally work the ends of the first cobra knot sling you made. Take the extra cords and thread them through the swivel itself, making a double knot to secure it in place. You can then cut and burn the exposed edges. Do the same thing on the other swivel to have it symmetrical.

Make a Triple Cobra stitch rifle sling

In the next step, you have to prepare the third far longer paracord. You won’t have to do anything you haven’t done already – you need to use the cobra stitch to finish the entire sling. So, begin by making a simple slip knot around the bulging end, right where you cut the extra cords. This will hide them and make them fit much nicer in the entire sling.

Then take the left cord and prepare a half loop. The other cord should be on top, and then place below the sling and in the end – all the way through the loop. Tighten well and make sure you arrange nicely the knot and cords. To continue, take now the right-hand cord, make a loop and thread the other cord through, from below.

Continue weaving this pattern all the way to the end swivel. As you reach the end swivel, cut the remaining cord, since you won’t need it anymore and prepare to pull it through the swivel and then tighten it under a weave of the pattern. Since you’re at the end, the weaves will be slightly loose and more manageable, so you can do so without much effort.

Pull them strongly through the weaves so you can tighten far better the weave and sling and then it’s time to burn the ends. You can either seal them on top of the sling, or try to pull them below the weave and thus hiding the finishing touches below the pattern. It’s all up to you and your preferences.

If you need more detailed and visual tutorial you can watch the YouTube video on making a Triple cobra weave rifle sling.

Extra idea: You can make this sling with an adjustable length by adding an extra belt buckle. You need a nylon belt, buckles for the belt and a triglide so you can use it for adjusting the length (just like you have with backpack shoulder belts, ordinary bags, etc.). Attach the belt to the sling swivel, so it can be attached to it on one end. You have to then thread through the belt another tri glide and end the belt with an ordinary buckle. Here in this YouTube video you can see how to do it properly.

Fish tail paracord rifle sling

This paracord pattern isn’t complicated at all, and is in fact much easier to do. Again, since you’re handling long paracords, this takes technological time to make the entire sling, but in the end it will look good and will be all yours.

Begin with gathering a pretty long 550 paracord, no more than 60 feet in length. Measure how long you would want the sling to be, and prepare a wooden board. Mark the sling’s desired measure on the wooden board and attach the swivels there to secure them in place, thus making the weaving much easier.

Fold in half the paracord, right in the middle, and make a slip knot at one swivel end. Thread the remaining cord through the other swivel and straighten the cord. Then take the loose ends of the cord and thread them through the first (starting) swivel. Then separate each paracord’s half to the opposite sides, through the swivel. You then are set and ready to weave you fish tail pattern.

By the time you begin you will have two pairs of ‘string’-like cords from end to end. Take one loose cord over one pair and thread it between each two pairs and pull below the second pair. Tighten. The cord will remain below and on the opposite side from its starting point.

Spiny fishtail

Take the other free cord and pull it through two pairs and below the first pair. It will also be on the bottom side of the sling.

Then take the first free cord and you need to weave it again like the last one. The second free cord should be weaved like you did the first. And so on. This is basically the principle behind a fish tail pattern. It’s pretty easy and straightforward. Always tighten very well the knots you make. The weaving pattern must be as tight as possible.

The ends can simply be cut and threaded through a weave using tweezers. This will tighten pretty well the entire sling. Burn the ends and you’re ready.

In this YouTube tutorial you can see the basics of the fish tail pattern. In it, the base around which the weaving is done are single cords, whereas, making it as explained above (double cords) makes it more durable and strong. But the idea is virtually the same. You don’t need to have an additional color paracord for this to work great for the rifle sling.

If you liked doing this project, we recommend trying other items like bracelets or lanyards. There are many survival items you can do with paracord and you can see the most popular ones in our paracord projects article.

There are many other paracord weaving patterns which you can experiment with and you’re highly encouraged to do so, since you will learn more techniques and will be able to improve yours and even create your own patterns. Enjoy doing that even if it takes time to weave all the length of the paracord (some may take you up to 4 hours). Before you begin with these lengths you can first try the pattern in shorter weaves to get used to it.

About the Author
Samuel Funt
Samuel Funt

Samuel is a prepper with over 15 years of experience. Samuel is excited to share his knowledge and the things he learns while travelling in British Columbia, Canada where he lives and around the world.

  • KArroyo614

    What kind of slides are you using to adjust the paracord strap for your orange and brown sling?

    • Hello and welcome on our site! When it comes to slides, it’s completely your choice. You can go with metal ones, for more resistance, but plastic ones will also be great. Just make sure to take the correct size.

  • mike desormeaux

    hello ,

    the slides that you use to adjust the strap for your paracord orange and brown scarf ? where I can buy this product

    • Samuel Funt

      Try eBay or Amazon, you can get a similar product or a better option.

  • Mike Miller

    Personally, I use 550 cord with a wide Solomon core and a Cobra weave around it. If you are looking to shoulder your rifle, it would provide a great padding for any amount of time.

    • Samuel Funt

      That’s a good combination, Mike. The best and most effective rifle sling is one that is highly resourceful and versatile.

  • James Turner

    I was going to meet my grandfather after a long time. Since I wanted to offer him a meaningful gift, I thought a paracord sling for his hunting rifle would be great (he really loves hunting). I watched some videos on youtube and with a little effort I made him a great sling. He really loved it, in fact, he did not believe that I made it myself!

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  • Mr Inject

    Hello.
    Where I can buy buckles that you use to adjust the length of the strap for brown/orange sling in first image.
    They are a special form.
    I can not find them.
    What their name?
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f1579559c48048dbc175e3f61e66b5e56493b9a4315820bd9f15104a5f5b53d4.jpg

  • David Dawson

    You can get the displayed buckles or alternatives on Amazon and eBay.

    • Mr Inject

      Can you give me a link to them on Ebay?
      I do not speak very well in English. I can not find the same buckle.
      How they can be called in a search engine?
      Thanks for insight.

  • Samuel Funt

    Hello! Finding the exact model based on the image can be a bit challenging, but you can always check out alternatives on eBay and Amazon.

  • uche ben

    Are you a hunter or adventurer in the countryside forest? You need a strong and durable sling for your rifle. This is a do-it-yourself article aimed at teaching you the simple steps you need to follow in making your paracord rifle sling for yourself and friends. There are various types in the market but you can make this one easily within four hours and it will provide an easy carriage for your gun. Can you give it a try?

  • Samuel Funt

    A rifle sling does not only make it easier for you to carry your rifle when moving uphill, but it simplifies the carry. The info provided is enough for you to make your first sling.

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