Parachute Cord, MIL-C-5040h Type III (550) - 5col Survival Supply NSN: 4020-00-262-2147

Size:25 Feet
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MIL-C-5040h/PIA-C-5040 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, and a certificate of conformance is available upon request. The MIL-C-5040h Type 3 specification calls for 7-9 core strands; 5col parachute cord has 8 3-ply load-bearing core strands.


  • Minimum Break Strength:  550 lbs
  • 100% Nylon Kernmantle construction; filler consists of 8 3-ply Core Strands (marker strand is load-bearing).
  • Approx. Diameter: 5/32 in.
  • Elongation (percent), minimum: 30%, Length per pound of cord: 225 ft.
  • UV and Mildew Resistant
  • Suitable for use with Parachutes
  • MADE IN THE USA, and Berry Amendment Compliant
  • Conforms to military specifications MIL-C-5040H and PIA-C-5040
This cord conforms 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.  There are multiple National Stock Numbers for parachute cord; the most common NSN currently seems to be 4020-00-262-2147.
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