Paracord Guardian Paracord Type III 550 OD Green.
Paracord or cord (English Paracord, cord, parachute cord) - a parachute cord, comes from parachute lines, which were actively used by paratroopers after landing during the Second World War. Due to its universal characteristics (lightweight, flexible, durable, multi-purpose), paracord has gained popularity among both the military and civilians. Paracord was even used as a multipurpose cord by astronauts during the STS-82 mission to repair the Hubble telescope.
Paracord is a nylon cord consisting of an outer sheath (a large number of interlaced fibers) and a core (several nylon strands intertwined), which ensures its strength and light weight.
Paracord has several types (I, II, III, IV), which differ in the number of threads in the core, and therefore in their strength. U.S. military certified paracord is called Mil-Spec Paracord or MIL-C-5040 Type III (Military Specification), is Type III and has a tensile strength of 550 pounds or 250 kg and has 7 strands in the core. Its commercial or civilian version - 550 Type III Commercial - has the same strength characteristics. Now in your hands you are holding a bracelet with paracord type III. Weight: 30 g. Paracord weighs approximately 200 g. Bracelet with 4-4.5 m of paracord together with a metal clasp - less than 50 gr.
It must be remembered that the paracord is not a climbing rope and withstands a static load, not a dynamic one, that is, it slightly stretches during a jerk or a sharp load.
Usage: Paracord is a very good alternative to regular rope. Due to its versatility (lightweight, flexible, durable, multi-purpose, dries quickly, won't rot or mildew), the use of paracord is limited only by the physical properties of paracord, the length of the cord, and the imagination of the wearer of a paracord bracelet, also called a "survival bracelet". Here are over 50 ways to use paracord:
Clothes / equipment
• for repairing clothes and equipment: sew with threads from the core, tighten / tie the cord parts, parted;
• paracord will replace the belt or you can make braces for pants; like strong shoelaces;
• if the zipper on clothes or equipment is broken - you can tighten / tie the paracord;
• as carabiners, straps, loops or attachments to equipment, for example, to distribute the weight of the load;
• to pull up a tent, tarpaulin, raincoat, poncho; fix camouflage, camouflage net; as a belt for a machine gun and other weapons;
• as a rope for drying clothes and equipment;
• for braiding the knife handle, make a lanyard for the knife;
• as a replacement for a climbing rope for descents and ascents. But you need to remember that the paracord withstands static (without jerking) loads, and not big jerks, such as when falling. You need to go down slowly and smoothly, it is advisable to tie the paracord into several cords;
• as a cable for lifting loads to a height;
• as a replacement for a safety rope: to become attached to a partner, it is desirable to tie the paracord into several cords; as a leash when crossing at night: attach to a partner;
• as a cord for stretching or signaling to make a "cat" for demining;
• as a spare towing rope: paracord in one cord withstands a load of 250 kg, tied in 5 cords - a load of more than 1 ton;
• fastening cargo and equipment to cars, boats, military equipment;
• repair of equipment: for example, stretched paracord with knots - replacement of fan belts;
• as a bundle instead of nails when building a repository;
• weave a hammock; make a trap (impose) for animals;
• tie logs for the raft; make snowshoes from branches;
• make a bow for kindling a fire by friction;
• keep food supplies from animals and insects - hang them up;
• make a spear, a sling, a bolo (cords with a sinker for throwing)
• providing signals: for example, tie a mirror / glass / bright fabric to a tree;
• threads from the core are used as fishing line (line) for fishing;
• threads from the core for net weaving
• for transferring or drying fish: pull the cord through the gills;
• tie / moor the boat,
• make a splint in case of a fracture or dislocation: tie a stick to the limbs;
• make a bandage for the injured arm;
• unwind the core thread and use for suturing;
• as a tourniquet substitute for bleeding;
• to make a stretcher: stretch the cord between two sticks;
• weave a harness for carrying the wounded on oneself;
• remove the wounded from under fire; threads from the core like dental floss;
• tie the hands / feet of the enemy, bind the enemy;
• tie / tie an animal; make a whip or whip;
• weave beads or just make knots - we get a rosary or a tool for counting the distance or time traveled;
• make a sewing meter, change the ruler;
• as a cord for making stairs;
• as a replacement for a travel knot
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