550 Paracord (MIL-C-5040h Type 3)

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
  • Berry Compliant
  • 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.

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