How to Make a Rifle Sling With a Parachute Cord

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How to Make a Rifle Sling With a Parachute Cord
A rifle sling can be made with parachute cord. (old soldier 7 image by Paul Moore from

Upon purchasing a rifle, your particular model may or may not come with a sling. Instead of paying extra money for a fancy leather sling, consider making your own out of durable parachute cord. Parachute cord is used widely in the U.S. military for multiple purposes, such as securing a rifle sling or other gear items, and tying off anything from bivouac sights to makeshift stretchers. Parachute cord literally has over a thousand uses, and design is left up to the ingenuity of the person using the parachute cord. Making your own parachute cord sling can be accomplished in less than an hour with little difficulty.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Parachute cord
  • Lighter
  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Dowel rod or stick
  • Rifle with sling swivels

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  1. 1

    Measure the distance between the sling swivels on your rifle. You should have a butt-stock sling swivel and a muzzle or hand-guard sling swivel.

  2. 2

    Cut three pieces of parachute cord, each 1 foot longer than the measured distance between swivels. This will give your sling slack, and more ease carrying it.

  3. 3

    Seal the ends of the parachute cord by holding a lighter under the end until the fabric starts to melt. Pinch the ends down to seal off the ends. This reduces fraying of the end material.

  4. 4

    Braid the three parachute cords together in an overlapping pattern until the cords are completely braided. Braiding is done by tying the three cords onto a dowel rod or stick, placed next to each other. Hold the middle cord, and bring the right cord diagonally over the middle cord. Take the left cord, then cross it over the middle cord, and continue repeating the process until the cord is braided. Tie the ends in a knot.

  5. 5

    Tie the ends of the braided cord to the sling swivels in a loop, and ensure that the knot is tight and secure.

Tips and warnings

  • Never point a weapon at anything you do not intend to shoot or kill.
  • Unload your weapon prior to attaching the sling.

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