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Questions on Genuine 550 Parachute Cord (MIL-C-5040 Type III) - 100ft

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  • From Nate at 1/19/2013 10:32 AM
    • Are the inner nylon cores made up of 3-ply? I have seen many paracords listed as being genuine mil spec but then only having 2-ply for the 7 inner cores.

    • Nate,

      Thanks for contacting us at Best Glide ASE.

      What you are seeing from other companies is "commercial grade" parachute cord. Which, as you pointed out, is not Genuine Military Issue Parachute Cord. In their case, the inner strands often consist of just two smaller woven strands to make up each larger strand.

      Genuine Parachute Cord, which ours is, has 7 inner strands, which provide true 550 parachute cord its strength. Each inner strand is made up of 3 smaller strands. Also, one of these 7 strands will be colored and made up of 3 colored smaller strands.

      In short, yes, ours is the genuine Military Issue Parachute Cord which has 7 strands, each made up of three smaller strands. Ours is made in the USA by a manufacturer that directly supplies the U.S. Military.

      Thanks again for contacting us and I hope you have a great day.

      Best Glide ASE
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