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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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Product Description

The product featured here is the 1000 foot spool of black parachute cord, direct from the manufacturer. This is the exact type of cord that is sold to the US Military for non-critical missions, where reliability is a must. The paracord advertised here is not a cheap imitation, it is the real thing! Because individual strands of 550 paracord can be easily removed and combined into your own configurations, this small rope can be put to a wide variety of survival uses. As a general purpose utility cord 550 can be used for: Ridge lines for Tarps Securing Equipment Shoelaces Hanging Food from Bears Vehicle Tie Downs Sewing Fabric Repairing Equipment Making a Fire Bow Fishing Line Paracord String for a Bow Making a Shelter Fish Gill Nets Fishing Line Animal Snares Clothes Lines Paracord Lanyards Anchor Line Binding Twine Animal Restraints Tooth Floss Splints Tourniquet Paracord Braiding Other Paracord Crafts From setting up a tarp to paracord braiding, no survival kit is complete without a long hank of paracord. This strong cordage is the survival experts friend.

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  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B002JJSP5W
  • Item model number: 305
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (237 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,140 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)

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Be careful and consider this before you spend your money. The real 550 Type III Parachute Cord that is sold to the military must meet a military specification as documented in Mil-C-5040. While this ad does not claim this, they do claim to be "Military Specification", which means absolutely nothing.

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').
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Paracord is one of those must have items. I was a little apprehensive about ordering a 1000' spool, but the entire thing is about the size of a large coffee can. I've already used it to make one paracord bracelet and played with the sheath and inner strings. This is great stuff.

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.
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I ordered the 1,000 ft roll of 'OD Olive drab green parachte cord paracord type III military specification 550' and got exactly what I paid for. Alot of reviewers have gone on about it not being what they used in the military etc. This stuff has a core of seven, white twisted pairs. There is no color coded strand, nor was there eight pairs. I'll use this cord to hoist my pack up a tree to keep it away from animals; tying down the tent; hanging clothes in camp, hoisting a deer up a tree for field dressing etc. I won't be scaling cliffs with the stuff so it's not essential to me that it breaks at 550 lbs or 450 lbs. What I like about it was the price; less than 5 cents / foot. I've paid twice as much in the local hardware store for junk with the fluffy pillow stuffing core. This product will serve my purposes. As far as delivery time; I ordered from Love It Enterprises. They said it would be delivered in 8 days and it was.
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I realize there is much debate as to the "Mil-Spec" status of this product. Personally, I see this product as the same stuff I have been using for over a decade in the military. It is indeed missing the green/white 8th strand and an additional 9th strand but these do not need to exist for the overall product to be considered Mil-C-5040 quality. The only requirement is that the weight limit must be 550 pounds and that the outer casing and inner core strands are made of the material this product and the 8 or 9-strand products are made of. It is Type III and resists rot, abrasion, and mildew just as it states. Use it correctly and you will be happy.
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One thousand feet of 550 mil spec paracord equals a lot of fun for a middle aged dad and two young sons. I think everyone needs a roll of paracord. Once you have it around you will wonder what you ever did without it.
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I've tested this spool to 300lbs, being myself and my gear. Since knotting can reduce a rope's strength by up to half, that is really as much as I expected from this stuff. Plus, it is light and not at all bulky.
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First off....This was a reorder for me and I expected to get the same quality of cord as the last 1000 foot roll that I ordered before....(not even close)
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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