Background on Paracord

Parachute cord (also known as Paracord) was originally used in the suspension lines of parachutes by airborne units and divisions. Once in the field, paratroopers discovered many other uses for this cord, such as tying gear together and creating tourniquets. Now, it is used as a general purpose utility cord by both military and civilian personnel. 

Paracord is made from lightweight nylon kernmantle rope, which is designed to optimize strength, durability and flexibility. The kern (interior core) provides the Paracord with its tensile strength and is protected from abrasion by the nylon woven mantle (exterior sheath). 

Paracord known as all-weather cord due to it being completely mildew and rot resistant, which makes it extremely reliable in any outdoor application. 

- MIL-C-5040 Paracord is certified military-grade and is used by the US Armed Services. MIL-C-5040 has a tensile strength of 550 lbs (249 kg) - minimum

- 550 Type III Paracord has a maximum tensile strength of 550 lbs (249 kg).

Paracord Bracelets 

Hikers and other outdoor sports enthusiasts often carry Paracord with them to use in various situations. Paracord bracelets are woven into a compact and wearable form to conveniently carry cord. The general rule - every inch around your wrist provides you with approx. one foot of Paracord. Such bracelets are meant to be unravelled when one needs Paracord. We also offer a restring service. Click here for more information.

Top Uses of Paracord

Here is a list of our top uses of Paracord.

  • Secure a tent/ tarp
  • Create a sling for your firearm
  • Make a tourniquet
  • Secure a splint
  • Create a lanyard
  • Hang something off the ground
  • Rig a pulley system
  • Make traps and snares
  • Make a rope
  • Secure people together on a trail
  • Fishing line (inner threads)
  • Dental floss (inner threads)
  • Emergency suture material (inner threads) 

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