Introduction: 1 to 2 Point Convertible Paracord Rifle Sling
Single point rifle slings have always been my number one choice of slings for my defensive rifles because they give you the ability to quickly transition to your sidearm, or go hands free for whatever reason. However, there are situations when I like to have the option of a traditional two point sling as well. Most slings on the market only give you a choice between one or the other. There are only a few convertible slings on the market and a QUALITY 1 to 2 point convertible sling will cost you at least $70. This project will cost you no more than $15 depending on where you get your materials and will give you an incredibly durable sling with one and two point capabilities.
Step 1: What You Will Need
Mash Hook Adapter or HK Style Adaptor
100 feet of paracord
Step 2: Inner Strand
Your body size is going to determine how long your sling ends up being. I would recommend using a single strand of paracord and tying it up in a single point sling configuration and trying it on for size before you start building the sling. Once you measure how long of a sling you'll need, (mine was just under 4 feet) cut a piece of paracord that is twice the length you will need. My piece ended up being about 8 feet, then I melted the two ends of the paracord and fused them together leaving me with a loop about 4 feet in length.
Step 3: Starting the Weave
Take the loop you have just fused together and loop it through whatever style hook you are using for your sling. I chose to go with a mash hook
You will need roughly 1 foot of paracord for every inch of your sling. I ended up using a piece that was 40 feet long for the first weave. Measure your sling first and then figure out how much paracord you will need for this part. It should be around 40 feet.
Loop your long 40 foot piece on the mash hook just as you did your 4 foot piece. Then began a cobra weave. I'm not going to explain the cobra weave in detail. There are a ton of video resources for that on youtube and it is much easier to learn a knot from video then it is pictures in my opinion.
Step 4: Connecting the D-ring
Continue your cobra weave all the way down the sling until you reach the point where you want to connect your D-ring to create a one point configuration. I placed my D-ring about 6 inches from the end of the sling. Start weaving your cobra weave through the D-ring to secure it to the sling. Make sure you continue weaving past the D-ring to ensure that it is not going to come loose while the D-ring is being pulled on later when using it in a single point configuration.
Cut off the excess paracord and melt the ends with a lighter to prevent fraying.
Feel free to attach another hook at the rear end of the sling if you wish. I chose to just leave a loop on the end to loop the sling onto my single point sling adapter on my rifle.
Step 5: Starting the Second Weave (King Cobra)
Now we are going to thicken up the sling a bit by doing another Cobra weave over top of the existing Cobra weave. This is called a King Cobra weave. You want to start at the rear end of the sling with this weave, right below the D-ring. Don't forget that you are weaving over an existing Cobra weave so it is going to take more paracord this time to cover the entire sling. I started out with a 100 foot piece of paracord. I used 8 on the inner strand, 40 on the first weave and I used the remaining 52 feet for the King Cobra weave.
Weave into the D-ring like you did on the first weave, making it nice and secure. Continue weaving until you reach the mash hook end. Be patient, it takes some time. Cut of the excess paracord and melt the ends.
Step 6: Final Steps
Attach the sling to your rifle in whatever configuration you prefer.
Enjoy the extra cash in your pocket.