Introduction: Rock Sling

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In this instructable, i will show how to make a sling. making a sling is easy, fun, and one of these bad boys can outclass any slingshot. Slings were first used thousands of years ago for hunting and as weapons. They were used in war up to the1700s in the British military weapon that the Calvary men used for long range hits. A sling was used by small man David to take down the giant Goliath in the bible. This shows two things about a sling: 1) it's a low status weapon and 2) in the hands of an expert it can be devastatingly effective.

Step 1: Materials

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For this instruct able you need about 12 ft of para cord A lighter (optional) And a pair of scissors or a knife

Step 2: Starting the Sling

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Take one loose end and measure out about three feet. Tie a knot there to mark it. Next make a loop (refer to picture). This part is kinda hard to explain. You have to take the side with the knot and fold it over the other string, and the pull it back over, making another loop. Grab the rabbit ears and pull them out evenly so the knot is next to the top loop.

Step 3: Weaving

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Now pull the unknotted string under the first string of the top loop, and then over the next one, then under, over.then pull it through the bottom one and repeat. Each time you finish one part make sure to slide it to the end and tighten it. Keep doing this until you reach the end

Step 4: Tying It Off

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Now take both loose ends and pull on them as hard as you can to from a pouch. Press your thumb into the middle as your tightening. Then go to the middle of the edge and tie a knot with the loose ends through the rabbit ears. (You might have to pull on them a little to get them to stick out)

Step 5: Finishing Up

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Trim any extra cord off the ends, and go ahead and melt the ends with a lighter ( make sure not to touch the wax!!) now make a slip knot on one end, and a granny knot on the other.

Step 6: Using

Making a sling is pretty easy, but using one is more difficult. For ammo, you want to use something small and heavy, like a shooter marble or a small round rock. You can also make your own out of clay. Once you've inserted your ammo in the pouch, you put your index finger (any finger really, I just prefer that one) and then pinch the other end between your thumb and index. Next you sling. Teaching someone to sling would be difficult to do with writing, so has lots of great techniques.


15jdstacey made it! (author)2018-01-06

I Made it and it work really well.

Stolzomatik (author)2016-10-17

Great for slinging eggs! Easy to get the hang of. Paintballs and rotting baby peaches make excellent ammo too!

Zorcox109 (author)2016-05-25

I made this and I flung a rock from my fence two thirds across my backyard which is an acre

JayT51 (author)2016-03-31

When I was a kid, my friend and I made slings like this, larger, to hold egg-sized rocks, went out in the countryside, and had a blast. Safety Warning: if you ever screw up and launch straight up, be sure to shout at your friends so they can all look up and avoid the plummeting rock! I was almost a "late" friend, but his errant rock luckily shattered on the stones right next to my feet.

DustinJ9 (author)2016-02-23

How do i use this?

OhtarJ (author)2015-12-04

will this shoot tennis balls or no

redwolfboy (author)2013-12-24

The launching of the sling is not something I can include in this instructable, but I will soon make one on how to use the sling

ClémentG1 (author)redwolfboy2015-11-03

I think he meant to give a more detailed description of the pouch

JohnP120 (author)2015-09-12

Very easy to make! However, I was having a little trouble with mine holding the ammo and thought it was a little long so I modified it a little to use three loops for a slightly wider pouch and made the whole thing shorter for more control (just personal preferences). Thanks for the instructable! Made both yours and mine in less than an hour ago and have already had so much fun with it already.
I put together an instructable of my own. Thanks for the inspiration!

jbuffenmyer made it! (author)2015-08-03

Took me a few tries, but i finally got it. Now, where is Goliath?

kmonroe6 (author)2015-04-08

but it's a nice sling.

kmonroe6 (author)2015-04-08

Try making a video. it will be a lot easier to follow.

vemven made it! (author)2015-01-07

I had fun making this..I made 4 last night Next I want to make one bigger with 2 braids for bigger things.

Silent_Shadow (author)2014-09-04

Wicked. Just made and have yet to test, sure it will be great. However, account for the amount of rope a knot takes up as well as the amount of rope you gain from slack.

dd6k (author)2014-03-24

Pretty fun!
Only problem i had was getting the ends to tie off nice after i weaved. Think i improvised well though

dnash2 (author)2013-12-31

it was set up to weave, then all the sudden 1/4 of it was weaved,

redwolfboy (author)2013-12-24

Dnash2 what do you mean

dnash2 (author)2013-12-24

please more descriptive on the weave for the launching part of the sling

Teachable (author)2013-08-17

Made mine last night really nice. I wonder how big you can go with the W shaped method of making a weaving lattice.

emclean (author)Teachable2013-11-02

that is what i did to make mine, 5 wire nails in a scrap hunk of wood. made it a lot easier to weave the sling.

The mini Macgyver (author)2013-11-01

Amazing! It took me a while to realize when weaving I shouldn't tighten it too much.

Thorny 13 (author)2013-10-31

I've not had a day off and over 3 weeks and I've been really bummed about that. The fact that I just made this has really just made my month. Thank you ! Seriously.

scobu (author)2013-09-02

A better descriptive process of the beginning would be helpful. More pictures to start it off between step 2 and step 3. Cool finished product but not intuitive

mitchblahman (author)2013-09-01

very easy to make, awesome instructable dude!

8steve88 (author)2013-08-16

I like it, could come in very handy.
My first couple of attempts turned out badly but once it clicks it's so easy. That's true of most of the "man knitting" that I do - once you've managed a particular weave without looking at the instructions then you know you've got it.
Voted in Weekend and Outdoor sections.

sparrowmict (author)8steve882013-08-23

would that be called "mitting"

mitchblahman (author)sparrowmict2013-09-01

I am so using that as a verb from now on.

sjoseph9 (author)2013-08-16

fun stuff, it's so cheap and easy i might have to give it a shot

primitive Finn (author)2013-08-16

I voted for you :)

primitive Finn (author)2013-08-16

Thanks for this!!!! It works and its sooo awesome :)

redwolfboy (author)2013-08-16

Thanks steve

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redwolfboy (author)2013-08-16

Don't forget to vote for me!!

redwolfboy (author)2013-08-16

My aim? I could probably smash a watermelon from 150 ft away.

donedirtcheap (author)2013-08-15

Great work, man. This would make a great bracelet weapon too. How's your aim with this, RedWolf?

stephenf (author)2013-08-15

Old mouse balls make superb slingshot ammo, so I suppose they will be good for this.

Erod D-Isle (author)2013-08-15

yes finally people are going back to the simplicities o war human powered weapons and good thing bout slings ammo is everywhere! very nice

ianmcmill (author)2013-08-14

Next on my ToDo list !

dataphool (author)2013-08-14

Nice explanation; better than another I found which uses 2 - 6 or 7 foot pieces of rope or leather. I'll give it a try. Thanx

revans13 (author)2013-08-14

this looks really cool:) my husband loves making stuff with paracord and this is something we haven't seen before.

CYNICALifornia (author)2013-08-13

Great write up! Where's the link?

redwolfboy (author)2013-08-14

Sorry about the link, I just included the name of the website in the last step. Thanks for telling me about it!

Koob Creations (author)2013-08-13

I made one a while back and accidentally hit a car mirror
Long story short I'm banned from slings

TheMrCOOLguy2 (author)2013-08-13

Very cool.

kdjanz (author)2013-08-13

I don't see the link to the website that taught you to use it. Could you please repost?

Kiteman (author)2013-08-13

I like the woven "basket" - it's almost a "survival sling", like a survival bracelet.

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