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savage1r
May 3, 2012, 02:18 PM
A fun option for the survivalists in the group. Give it a watch and let me know what you think!

VIDEO (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-UT-SsEj1o)

shaunpain
May 3, 2012, 02:49 PM
These are quite common these days. Lots of uses for paracord and every one loves the stuff. I don't have any, only the original leather slings, but I wouldn't pass on one either.

paknheat
May 3, 2012, 05:32 PM
Nice work. Gotta go find some 550 cord now.

the rifleer
May 3, 2012, 06:51 PM
That guy sure likes para cord.

UnbearablePanda
May 3, 2012, 07:09 PM
Well survival situation. Would much rather have paracord than a leather strap. If you get hit or cut by some random piece of misplaced brick or faucet (happend a couple times ;(. freaking faucet was sharp as hell) can be used a turnakit. Plus they do have camo paracord which would be even sexier.

Jason_G
May 3, 2012, 07:57 PM
You can't use that paracord to make a loop sling like you can do with a good leather or web sling.

Carry some cordage in your pack, and a real sling on your rifle. How much space does a small spool of 550 cord take up? Not much in a bag.

Well survival situation. Would much rather have paracord than a leather strap. If you get hit or cut by some random piece of misplaced brick or faucet (happend a couple times ;(. freaking faucet was sharp as hell) can be used a turnakit.
God forbid you ever did need a tourniquet, I doubt you'd be wanting to waste precious time unraveling all of that cord. Not real sure how great of a tourniquet 550 cord would make anyway. Plus, if you're out and about anywhere that you'd need a rifle, you really ought to have an IFAK/BOK ready to go.


Looks neat, but this is an arts and crafts project IMHO. Not knocking the guy's work, he obviously spent a lot of time on it, but I don't see it as being as utilitarian as I imagine others might.


Just my $0.02. YMMV.

Jason

Chris_B
May 3, 2012, 08:01 PM
That's pretty cool

I'm lazy; 70 bucks will get me a 1907 sling that will do anything I need a sling to do

bpeezer
May 3, 2012, 08:11 PM
Real nice work on both of those slings. Even if you never have to use the cord, it's always satisfying to use something that you made by yourself.

UnbearablePanda
May 3, 2012, 08:34 PM
Its one of those survival situations if your lost stranded on a island deal. You would be able to use the paracord for hundreds more than the leather sling.

Jason_G
May 3, 2012, 09:35 PM
Its one of those survival situations if your lost stranded on a island deal. You would be able to use the paracord for hundreds more than the leather sling.


No doubt cordage is one of the most useful things you could have in a pinch, but
I fail to see any situation that would place me on an island, stranded, with my rifle, but nothing else. :confused:

When I'm hunting, scouting, etc., I always carry a small lightweight pack, with a few important survival items in it, including some cordage and a FAK, among other things.

I guess I'm just not seeing how a cord sling is a better idea than a web sling or leather sling that does more to stabilize a rifle. I guess if all you use a sling for is to hang the rifle on your shoulder, then it wouldn't be much of a loss.

They do look cool.

Jason

jimbob86
May 3, 2012, 09:42 PM
That's a pretty crafty sling there .... but IIRC 550 cord is pretty stretchy for use as a sling, I think...... I'll keep the M1907's that I use.

I'll leave the 550 cord in the pack.

UnbearablePanda
May 3, 2012, 09:52 PM
Well you never know! :P could be one of those Cast away moments. Plus 100 feet of paracord 550 is only 10 dollars!!! xD

the rifleer
May 3, 2012, 11:05 PM
God forbid you ever did need a tourniquet

In my shop class one of the multiple choice answers to a question regarding a head injury was "place a tourniquet around their neck" which is funny to most people (me included), but its sad because some people selected this as an answer.

mrawesome22
May 4, 2012, 12:16 AM
Been using paracord as my bootlaces for a couple years. Lasts much longer than any other store bought lace, and I have 16 feet of it if I ever HAVE to use it.

Tie in some shellholders on that sling...

Sent from MIUI using Tapatalk 2.

rickyrick
May 4, 2012, 04:43 AM
Here's a few examples, ................I am almost always on my older Android phone, so forgive me for not watching the video......but I think I know what you all are talking about.



http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/rcprrtt/IMAG0444.jpg

http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/rcprrtt/IMAG0447.jpg

http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/rcprrtt/IMAG0446.jpg

savage1r
May 4, 2012, 10:14 AM
Ok, I don't care what anyone else says, but THAT sling is freaking epic. If Thor were to own a shotgun, that's the sling he'd put on it. Total win! Those are some crazy ties.

rickyrick
May 4, 2012, 12:06 PM
Why thank-you.

They are fairly simple to do....but its incredibly difficult to explain. The one with the ball is adjustable, the ball works like a button.

these are not very stretchy and are actually comfortable, even the narrower ones.

L_Killkenny
May 4, 2012, 01:04 PM
No doubt cordage is one of the most useful things you could have in a pinch, but
I fail to see any situation that would place me on an island, stranded, with my rifle, but nothing else.

When I'm hunting, scouting, etc., I always carry a small lightweight pack, with a few important survival items in it, including some cordage and a FAK, among other things.


Ya, been an issue of mine with all this wilderness survival crap we have on TV, books and the net today. I've watched plenty, read plenty and been part of message boards but come on, if you're not smart enough to bring lighters and matches, first aid, simple food to eat, etc do you think watching videos, reading books, paracord wrist bands and slings, etc is gonna save your ass you're a dead duck anyway. Best plan for survival? Be prepared ya smuck.

I'm not opposed to paracord items. I've made and use hat bands and will probably do a sling but they will never, ever get unwrapped.

LK

zippy13
May 4, 2012, 01:23 PM
Very nice. Macrame reborn! Haven't done knotting since my navy and college days!

UnbearablePanda
May 4, 2012, 01:25 PM
Fact is things can change FAST. Like the man in washington who died from hypothermia while trying to find safety for his wife and son. They were trapped in a car and nothing they could do. Did they expect to be stuck? Not the least chance. IMHO a bracelet is more viable than a lighter. Most people do not smoke, so carrying one everywhere is going to get clunky. (coming from a Zippo collector)

rickyrick
May 4, 2012, 01:35 PM
My stuff pales in comparison to some of the sailors stuff I've seen pictures of. Mine aren't for survival purposes. Just didn't like many slings at the store for the prices.

I wanted to do a rifle stock like they do some of those boat oars. For one, I could not figure out a way to do and remain useful.

MagnumWill
May 4, 2012, 02:01 PM
Frankly Savage, give a rudimentary guide on how to do it, and I would sticky this puppy. Very nice. You too rick, the shoulder pad is pretty cool :thumbsup:

savage1r
May 4, 2012, 02:05 PM
Well, I'm not about to take credit for coming up with this, I used this youtube vieo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny06s2LR5MU&list=FLy0yol2jmkEPMJ-jqjsP59w&feature=mh_lolz
and went from there. Like I said, it's a fun project, but damn if it doesn't take forever.

rickyrick
May 4, 2012, 02:13 PM
Dang video won't load, gonna have to fire up the laptop later.

You got a picture?

Carne Frio
May 4, 2012, 04:53 PM
Those slings look very nice. Thanks for sharing.
If your into para cord at all, then you should
check out Stormdrane's blog::D

http://stormdrane.blogspot.com/

rickyrick
May 5, 2012, 11:25 AM
Ok I watched the videos, that method looks pretty cool too.


One trick that I discovered: when you are finished weaving or braiding, take a hot iron after it, that will really help the uniformity of the appearance.
I did that to the one on the shotgun, but the other one hasn't gotten that treatment. I'm still experimenting with adjustable aspects of it.

Here's another view with a touch on the grip.


http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/rcprrtt/IMAG0241.jpg

UnbearablePanda
May 5, 2012, 03:20 PM
We got ourselves a braiding competition! Ill have to buy some camo para550 now, you guys :P.

rickyrick
May 7, 2012, 01:13 PM
Ok here's a fully adjustable paracord sling, with a sliding shoulder pad.


A little gawdy but hey paracord sling, you gotta go all out LOL.

http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/rcprrtt/IMAG0451.jpg



http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/rcprrtt/IMAG0453.jpg

rickyrick
May 7, 2012, 04:24 PM
Ok,
Added the woven strap to the middle of the pad to help hold it in place.

Need a little more tucking and trimming but you can get the idea.



http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/rcprrtt/IMAG0455.jpg

Skadoosh
May 7, 2012, 04:35 PM
Here is a paracord sling that I might actually consider purchasing if it was sold commercially:

from Pirate4x4.com (http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/showthread.php?t=818743&highlight=paracord+sling)

http://www.pirate4x4.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=465208&stc=1&d=1252560742

rickyrick
May 7, 2012, 05:23 PM
That would be pretty easy to make.

Skadoosh
May 8, 2012, 07:35 AM
...but patience and time consuming.

madcratebuilder
May 8, 2012, 08:31 AM
You can't use that paracord to make a loop sling like you can do with a good leather or web sling.

Sure you can. You just need to keep the weave tight. If it's tight there is no stretch in it. Another thing you can do is steam the cord as you work making it slightly moist. When it dries it is very tight.

I'm not ready to toss out any of my leather or web slings but a paracord sling is a cool idea. A hand crafted and personalized sling that's a one of a kind. what's wrong with that?

I've used paracord to cover floated AR tubes for temp control. Those aluminum tubes get real cold sometimes.

http://i32.photobucket.com/albums/d37/madcratebuilder/65Grendel/g01.jpg

Skadoosh
May 8, 2012, 09:12 AM
I imagine that unlike a canvas or nylon websling, a paracord sling would not be a very useful shooting aid.

Has anyone here used a paracord sling as a shooting aid versus using it just as a carry aid?

rickyrick
May 8, 2012, 09:53 AM
If not adjustable, you are stuck with what you got. If you managed to make it the right length it would work. The one like you pictured may not be very comfortable. The first ones I made were not adjustable.

I am now experimenting with ways to adjust them. All of mine are flat. The last one posted is adjustable and I have used it as a shooting aid. I also went out of my way to make it gawdy, LOL... the best way for me to get the feel of different braids and knots is to just include them all on a sling and evaluate the differences. Eventually, I will settle on one particular pattern.

The slings that are tied to unravel will be stretchy, mine aren't.

rickyrick
May 8, 2012, 09:56 AM
That cat!!

rickyrick
May 8, 2012, 10:06 AM
Here's one that didn't quite match the rifle.




http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/rcprrtt/IMAG0445.jpg

Jason_G
May 8, 2012, 10:05 PM
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jason_G
You can't use that paracord to make a loop sling like you can do with a good leather or web sling.
Sure you can. You just need to keep the weave tight. If it's tight there is no stretch in it. Another thing you can do is steam the cord as you work making it slightly moist. When it dries it is very tight.

I mean a loop sling, not a hasty sling. Maybe I'm missing something, but I can't see how you can do that with the slings in the original post.

Jason

rickyrick
May 9, 2012, 07:09 AM
You're right, probably would have to make a purpose built sling for a loop support. Can be used as a hasty sling if the right length.

rickyrick
May 14, 2012, 07:00 PM
You can bling your foregrip also




http://i1058.photobucket.com/albums/t411/rcprrtt/IMAG0459.jpg