My AR-15 build is almost done so I decided I wanted a custom sling to put on it. Paracord has gained popularity for its usefulness and has quickly become an essential EDC (Every Day Carry) item. When I announced I was going to make my sling a few people suggested I make a video, I didn't. There's plenty of good ones out there (link to the one I used below). But I did take pictures to give you an idea of how I did it.
I decided Paracord would be the perfect material because I could chose from many colors, it's very handy, and I already knew the knots from my years of hemp necklaces and macrame projects I did as a kid.
I did some studying (YouTube) and found one video particularly helpful. I don't think my finished product would look as nice if I hadn't seen his techniques. Another video gave me the idea to add the black second layer for extra padding (and paracord). Both video links will be at the bottom of the blog.
I decided to get Rothco paracord because I'm sales rep (Yes, you can buy all your paracord supplies through me!) and they have many colors to choose from (Also MADE IN THE USA!!!).
I wanted some color but mostly black so I bought 100" each of Hunter Green, Foliage Green and Black. I ended up using about 220' total. I could make another sling without the second layer with what I have left over.
I ordered 1" "Swivel rifle sling hooks" from EBay but when they came I checked them and they wouldn't open big enough to accommodate the sling ring on my rifle. (Boy am I glad I checked!) So I went all the way back to EBay and ordered 1.5" swivel hooks. I believe they were $2 each.
I measured and cut the paracord following the video's instructions- this is the most difficult part especially if you have kids talking to you while measuring. Next time I'll pay to order a bigger amount on a spool to make this step much quicker. Once you get everything all set up to start you'll progress quickly.
Once I got everything measured and cut I was ready to get weaving. I figured a slide show would be the easiest way to document the pictures so... here you go!
So there's my sling. I'm pretty happy with it. In an emergency I will have plenty of paracord to use as well as a compass to help navigate. If I never end up needing it, it's still comfortable and looks nice. :)
Videos I used for inspiration:
This video shows the Double Cobra weave and how to finish the ends so they look really nice. https://youtu.be/0mJZXJftrCo
This video shows the second weave (Triple Cobra) though I did mine a little differently and added a compass. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=D_ekwbvQmIs