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Creating a Multi-Purpose Paracord Survival Sling

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In this video you will discover the versatility of creating a multi-purpose paracord survival sling. A multi-purpose paracord survival sling can be used to carry knifes, machetes, rifles, or even positioned in a way to carry a satchel.

Creating a multi-purpose paracord survival sling will give you many carrying options while out in the wilderness. You can use a multi-purpose paracord survival sling to carry knives, machetes, rifles, satchels, pace beads, compasses, and anything you can attach to the sling. The most basic paracord survival sling is made up of a single cobra stitch, and will be the focus of this article.  

To start you will need a hundred-foot section of paracord; a fifty-foot section might be too short so you want to start with more than you need. Find the center of the paracord and pinch a small loop. Then on the right side, make a loop at the bottom around your pinky finger and bring the paracord up to where you are pinching the first loop. You should be pinching the first loop with the strand that comes up from the second loop.

Switch hands keeping the loop and strand together. You should be pinching and holding the loops with you right hand now. On the left side create another loop at the bottom around your pinky finger, bringing the cord up to the first loop and pinching in together. You should have three loops, one at the top in the middle and two at the bottom on either side of the middle loop.

Take the left hand strand and go across the top all four strands that you have pinched between your fingers. Take the right hand strand over the left hand strand that you placed across the four strands, and behind, working to the left. The strand you are working with should now be on the left hand side, behind everything. Now take that strand, and place it through the left hand loop from behind, pulling it all the way through. Gently tighten the knot by pulling on the ends of the paracord in opposite directions. There should be one loop at the top in the middle and two loops at the bottom on either side of the center loop.

Now, you want to adjust the bottom loops to about 2 inches less than the circumference you need. To do this, allow slack in the ends and pull the slack out by pulling on the loop. Make sure you pinch the center to keep things from coming undone. The right stand controls the bottom left loop, and the left strand controls the bottom right loop. The top loop only needs to be about a quarter of an inch, it will be used later.

Once you have you set your loop lengths the hard part is done, and you are ready to start the cobra knots. Whichever side the end comes out away from you is the end you need to start with. To start take the end that is coming out way from you, which should be on the right side, and create a loop by placing the paracord over the top of the four strands that make up the bottom loops. Take the left strand over the top of the right strand, around the back and through the loop on the right side. You should be pulling the left strand towards you through the loop on the right side. After pulling the strand all the way through the loop, tighten it up by simple pulling on the strand ends. You should notice that the left hand strand has now become the right hand strand and vice versa.

Repeat this, starting from whichever side the strand comes out away from you, until you have reached the bottom of the loops, leaving about a quarter of an inch of loop. You should be alternating sides with each knot. Finish the end by taking the strand that exits away from you and putting it through the loop on the same side from underneath, and taking the strand that exits towards you and putting it through the loop on the same side from above.

Close the bottom loops by gently pulling on the top loop and then gently pulling and wiggling the stitches down towards the bottom. The last thing to do is tie off the strands at the bottom using a simple over hand knot. You want to make the overhand knot with both strands, not each strand individually, you want one knot. Cut the excess paracord ends and melt to the overhand knot, and now you’re finished creating your own multi-purpose paracord survival sling. You can click here to see all of the different paracord options available at TITAN Survival.