A paracord rock sling can be very useful when SHTF.
With practice, a paracord rock sling could be used for hunting small game.
You’ll also have about 15 feet of cord which can be reused for lots of SHTF needs. The cord inner fibers can even be used to remove a stuck ring off an injured, swollen finger.
WHAT YOU’LL GET BELOW
-step-by-step pictures and video of making a paracord rock sling
-pictures and video of making the rock sling jig
-a fun way to reuse your paracord
Paracord has so many uses that it’s a favorite with preppers.
Paracordist Kevin Gagne has a great video showing all the steps needed to make your own paracord rock sling. Kevin doesn’t do much talking in the video by way of explaining what he’s doing, so I hope this step by step guide is helpful.
It was for me. 🙂
First, we need to make the jig – a form to help hold the paracord as we tie it together.
Make the jig
To make the jig we need a flat rectangular board 7″ long by 3 3/8″ wide, the thickness is up to you, and 11 finish nails.
Finish nails (no head on the nail) will make using the jig easier because the nails don’t have a head to get caught on the cord.
Set up the jig with 6 nails on one side of the board and 5 on the right.
For this project, you’ll need about 15 feet of cord.
Leave about 2 feet of the cord free, so you’re starting at about 2 feet along the cord when you tie it to the jig.
Make your paracord rock sling
Be sure to leave the top knot VERY “open” because you’ll be weaving the cord around the jig and back through your open knot.
The “top” of the jig has 5 nails. The bottom has 6.
It’s confusing at first (at least it was to me), but you’re starting with an open knot around the top nail. All of the other cords are woven around the jig and then back through the open top knot.
Tie your open knot then weave the cord down the left side of your jig, to the bottom.
Weave the cord around the nails at the bottom, and back through the top knot.
When bending around the second nail at the top, make sure to go over and through the top knot, then around the other nail and back down to the bottom.
Likewise, when coming up to the top and bending around the right side nail, be sure to go over the top knot and through.
If it’s confusing, don’t worry. The video goes through the setup and the way this looks in a little more detail.
If you’re new to this type of cord tying, patience will be your friend. 🙂
Once you have this tied in place, take the long end of the cord and attach it to a pen.
Take a pen and weave it through the cord, above the nails at the top of the jig.
From right to left, you want to go over the first cord, under the second, over the third, and under the fourth.
Then draw the pen and the rest of the cord through.
Come back to the left side of the jig and weave your pen (with cord attached) over the first cord, under the second, over the third, and under the fourth.
Repeat this process until you’ve squeezed as many rows above the nails as you can.
Then move below the nails and continue with the weave.
Squeeze as many rows between the top and bottom as you can. Keep the weave flat, and compact.
Continue with the weave on the outer side of the bottom nails.
But instead of squeezing in as many rows as you can, this time we’ll leave a little room, so we can easily unhook our sling from the nails.
Leave the weave around the last two nails to finish off the weave, continuing to weave so it tapers down.
Feed your pen through the loop at the bottom to tie the weave off.
And then one more time through this knot.
And there you have it. A paracord rock sling.
There’s some info on Wikipedia too.
Here’s the video source:
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