Type 3 parachute cord, also known as "550" or simply "paracord," is the go-to utility cordage for the US military, survival experts, bushcrafters, hunters, and outdoorsmen. Our 550 paracord meets or exceeds military specification MIL-C-5040h and PIA-C-5040 requirements. This means that you can count on our parachute cord for a consistently high level of quality and reliability.
550 paracord is manufactured using kernmantle construction. This means it has a braided nylon sheath with 3-ply nylon filler (core strands). The MIL-C-5040h Type 3 specification calls for 7-9 core strands; 5col Survival Supply parachute cord has 8 3-ply load-bearing core strands.
Minimum Break Strength: 550 lbs
Material: 100% Nylon
Filler: 8 3-ply Core Strands
Approx. Diameter: 5/32"
Elongation (percent), minimum: 30%
Length per pound of cord: 225'
UV and Mildew Resistant
Suitable for use with Parachutes
MADE IN THE USA
Conforms to military specifications MIL-C-5040H and PIA-C-5040
Marker Strand: Green and White
All lengths guaranteed continuous.
This is true military-specification cord, conforming to specification MIL-C-5040, Revision H, Dated 3/17/1994 as well as the Berry Amendment 10 U.S.C. 2533A. The manufacturer's Certificate of Conformance is available upon request. You are also welcome to visit the Defense Logistics Agency website and look this cord up by National Stock Number (NSN): 4020-00-262-2147.