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1000' Foot OD Olive Drab Green Parachute Cord Paracord Type III Military Specification 550
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- Color: Olive Drab
- 7 Strand Cordura Nylon | 550 Type III Parachute Cord (Paracord)
- Strength: 550 lbs
- Length: 1000 Feet
- MADE IN THE USA! US MILITARY SPECIFICATIONS!
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According to the actual Mil-C-5040 government document 550 type III Paracord should be made up of between 7 and 9 strands and each strand shall be 3-ply. Although I have yet to see a true Mil-C-5040 cord that was anything but 7-strand/3-ply. The stuff being sold here is 7-strand/2-ply, this is easy for a trained eye to pick out the 2-strands from the third photo, as the 3-ply strands are a much tighter twist.
Also, Mil-C-5040 requires that one of the strands have uniquely colored identifier thread(s) to identify the manufacturer, this cord does not.
That is not to say this is not good paracord that meets the specification for 550lbs. strength. There is a lot of garbage being sold out there. This is likely a commercial variant of the Mil-C-5040 cord and probably made by the actual military supplier. The added cost of labeling it as Mil-C-5040 comes in the cost of meeting the government demands for inspection of each small lot. Why pay for that. It all comes down to you get what you pay for, I have yet to find true "Military Spec" Mil-C-5040 paracord for less than about $90-$100 per 1000 feet. BTW, the true Mil-C-5040 type III cord will hold up to about 750lbs. before breaking.
I have both the commercial and Mil-C-5040 variants of Type III 550 Paracord from each of the two top military suppliers and I would not hesitate to use any of them for most purposes. That said, the Mil-C-5040 versions are noticeably more robust. See my detailed review of the commercial vs. true Mil-Spec cords from the same military supplier on bladeforums.com (Search: 'MIL-C-5040H Type III').
One word of advise, when you're ready to start working with the cord, have a lighter handy. I find the long-neck lighters easier and safer to work with. It keeps your fingers away from the molton nylon. After you cut the cord, use the lighter to burn the end. I prefer to keep the heat on until the cord starts burning on its own. Once you remove the heat, it will quickly burn out, leaving a nice, solid end piece. BE VERY CAREFUL! The end of that cord will be semi-liquid for about 60 seconds and hot enough to burn for another 60 after that. Let the cord cool completely before working with it.
Here is what is different with this cord from Built for Survival over the cord I purchased before from Love It Enterprises, LLC
1-The color is off....This cord is way darker than issue od cord
2-There ARE 7 strands but these are only two cord twists in stead of three cord twists and there isn't a color code strand like in the previous cord.
This is NICE cord but not the same quality as what I had before....I can't put the same trust in it as I did in my other cord.
....What I learned.....DO NOT just push the reorder button and trust that you will get the same quality item every time...This mistake is on me this time.. Learn from my mistake.
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So it's not the same stuff used for military
(Such as this one: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00T22V6FK/ref=cm_sw_r_other_apa_r-pPxbA05DRB3
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