MIL-C-5040H Type III 550 Paracord has tested and certified for braking strength of 550 lbs. This is the genuine parachute cord manufactured by certified USA Government contractor E.L. Wood Braiding CO Inc. for the U.S. Military.
Don’t confuse the commercial 550 cord with MIL-C-5040H Type III 550 Parachute Cord (the official certified product used by the United States Military). The military designation Type III MIL-C-5040H has a tested braking strength of 550 lbs and is the actual cord used in the Military.
There are massive amounts of commercial grade paracord on the market that claim to be five hundred and fifty-pound test but are by no means certified manufacturers of the cord.
How do I you know that this is a real MIL-C-5040H Type III parachute cord? It is easy, every certified MIL-C-5040H Type III parachute cord has an ID marker certified strand used to identify the manufacturer. This parachute cord comes with an ID Marker Yellow/Black/Yellow on the Certified Strand. Note that this certified cord is manufactured only in 3 colours (OD Green, Coyote, and Black). However, commercial grade 550 paracord is widely available in many colours and colour patterns
❖ Colour: OD Green (Military Green)
❖ 7 x 3 ply cabled inner nylon strands with an ID Marker Yellow/Black/Yellow Certified Strand
❖ MIL-C-5040H Type III Certified
❖ Certified Braking strength 550 lb or better. The actual breaking strength of this true Parachute Cord is actually around 800 lb depending on testing conditions
❖ The inner guts of the cord include yarns which can be removed and used for many different applications such as dental floss, sewing and fishing line.
❖ The inner stands consist of 1/3 more stands than most
❖ Mold, mildew, rot and UV resistant
❖ Colour will not bleed
❖ Nylon 32 strand woven outer sheath
❖ Weight: 200 g / 100 ft
❖ Package: Coiled and packed in poly bags
❖ Made in the USA
❖ Manufactured by E.L. Wood Braiding Company
❖ U.S. Government Issue