The paracord sling is one of the easiest weapons to make out of paracord. The added benefit is that the sling is a ranged weapon, meaning it can be used from a distance. That fact makes it handy in situations when you would like to defeat something stronger than you (remember the biblical story of David and Goliath) or hunt something. There is even a handy video of an older fellow who hunts rabbits using this very weapon.
It is also very fun to play with with friends (be VERY careful though, at the start it is very hard to control the direction of our shots!).
You can find more paracord projects at Paracordguild.com.
For this project all you will need is a piece of paracord (I recommend type 550). That and a lighter to burn the edges which will make them more consistent.
The paracord sling is made with the relatively easy process of weaving. In essence there will be a lot of go over-go under steps. That means that the basic technique is to go under a cord, then over the next one, then under again. Simple, effective and gets the job done.
This project takes a very short time to make but shooting with the sling is not something you learn over night.
Historically the sling was used because it is cheap, ammunition (rocks) is readily available and the range of the weapon is higher than that of the bow. The sling can be shot in a straight line or in an arc. Later, when metals began their prominence, lead ammunition (also called acorns) emerged. The force was said to be so high upon impact, that armor could be penetrated, making the sling a weapon of fear, as well as effectiveness. But all in all, the sling is a weapon of the poor who could not afford armor and had to fight as light infantry.
I hope you enjoyed this short intro, now let's make us a sling!