Back during your Paracord Contest, I made myself a Paracord watch band from one of the Instructables using the weaving method. That got me to thinking. I needed a new sling for one of my deer rifles. Looking on the Internet there are some people out there making them, but the price is way out of my reach for something that I could make myself. Looking over all the Instructables that involve, watch bands and belts I had a pretty good Idea of what I wanted. I have made two of them so far…one in Desert Sand and the other Multi Camo Paracord. In this instructable I will use pictures taken form each of the builds.
100’ of Para cord (I used about 80’)
Needle nose pliers, or forceps, pic
Wood board, flat washers and some screws
Swivels off your gun
Step 2: Para Wrap
First off you need to wrap the cord so it will pass under and over… in the weaving process. Follow this link for the best way that I found to do this
I didn’t wrap mine as tight as this guy, I just needed a small bundle to work with.
To start you will need to find out how long of sling you will need for your gun. The strap will not be adjustable when you are done. I used a sling off another gun to find my length, or you can just use a piece of paracord and some trial and error.
Once you found the size that fits you best, mount your swivels on the board using the screws and washers. Keeping that distance between them.
Now the hard part, take some Paracord and wrap the swivels making 4 parallel runners, all from one peace. (I used black) just the ends will show when the sling is done and I think the black blends in pretty well. It took 15 foot of cord to do this, but leave yourself some extra to work with…. This will be tied off at the end, for now just wrap them to the back side of the board and tie them off. This will keep them from getting in the way.
Take your spool of cord and pull some off, tie this to one of the screws leaving yourself some extra to work with at the end of the weaving process. Start weaving under and over the runners feeding it in and out, I found that it was easier to loosely run about 10 weaves then go back with a pen/pic and tighten them back up one at a time. As you weave along keep everything as tight and work out any twists as you go along. It helps to push the weaves up tight so none of the runners show.
When you get near the end of the strap you will have to cut your feeder spool off, when I did this I pulled off way more then what I would need for the strap. It’s a pain keeping it from getting tangled but you want to make sure that you don’t run out. Take some stiff wire and use it as a needle to help on the last few weaves.
At this point you can take the screws out of the board and untie all the tag ends. Take the wire bent in half and fish it under a weave (3 or 4 if you can) on the inside of the strap leaving a loop to pull the cord tag ends through. Trim off and melt the ends. Do this for each one, fitting them in were you can.
Remount the swivels on your gun