In this short tutorial I will show you how to make a rock sling out of cord or rope.
The rock sling
The use of the sling has been recorded early in the human history. Besides other ranged weapon,s it not only provided defense and the ability to hunt, but to wage war as well. Through history, the sling has been the weapon of the poorer classes, which served as light infantry on the battlefield. Not being able to afford the protection of armor, they fought from distance.
Although ranged warfare has been frowned upon for long periods of time, it can not be denied that a skilled user can be deadly indeed. Two such historical examples are the battle between David and Goliath, and the Balearic slingers, renowned for their use of the sling. As with any skill a person may have, practice makes perfect.
The sling is in a way a symbol for fighting against greater odds and coming on top.
With that said, before undertaking this project, consider the sling as a weapon and treat it with the respect and precaution it deserves.
Why learn how to make this style of rock sling?
This is one of the easiest ways you can use to make a rock sling. It can be done with various types of cordage under a minute. As such it is great for survival purposes where you can improvise this tool quickly and focus on actually using it. It may not look as good as a woven sling, but it does it’s job well. It is easy to remember as well.
What you will need
The only supply that is needed is a piece of rope or cord. I used a piece of paracord 550.
There are three parts to a sling. The pouch, a finger loop and a small knot that you hold and release to shoot the rock sling.
The pouch technique will be shown below and is very simple. For the loop I use a bowline knot. For the knot that you release you can use any knot you like, I use an overhand knot. Now to see how this sling is actually tied:
A video tutorial:
Thanks for this… what an excellent tutorial. Made one of these during the week in less that two minutes total with a piece of spare paracord. Wasn’t expecting too much, but it actually works really well. Having loads of fun with it.
May well inspire me to make a “proper” sling soon — but amazed you can create a very functional sling so quickly with a single piece of cord.
I’ve been looking for a sling that’s easy and to the point. I just found it. Thank you so much.