Gladding Black U.S. Made Paracord 1000 Feet

Item Code: PARACORD-1000-BLACK
Reg. Price:  $49.95
Our Price:  $38.83

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Paracord made by an approved vendor of the United States Department of Defense, passing all of the government's quality control, first-article inspection requirements. This supplier has earned its reputation of quality cordage among Yankee clipper ship sailors who insisted on the most dependable and durable cordage as they sailed to all parts of the world. During World War II, the U.S. and Allied government called upon the supplier's expertise for the manufacture of parachute cords, tow lines, bomb lanyards, shroud lines, survival kit items, and cordage for many other special needs.

Note: Color of paracord can change from dye lot to dye lot. We can not guarantee you will get a specific shade.

Diameters run between 1/8” & 5/32” and average at about 9/64” (+/- 1/64”).

Please Note: This item may contain cuts and may not be a continuous strand.

Another great feature with paracord is the huge amount of cordage you get with a 1000' roll. Since paracord has 7 inner strands, plus it's outer sheath, it equals about 8000 feet of cordage, almost a mile and a half!

We also have a wide variety of brightly colored paracord now available, please check them out by clicking here!

The supplier's certified and calibrated laboratory's policy is one of continuous product improvement and development. Constant monitoring and testing of incoming raw materials, in-process manufacturing inspections, and final product specification testing assure that all components meet and often surpass government standards.

Nylon itself holds up well in UV. The colorants add an extra element of UV inhibitors as well. All of these factors add up to a U.V. resistant cord, however everything will eventually break down in the sunlight. Colors fade and strength is ultimately reduced when exposed to direct sunlight. This is true with all fibers, however nylon does hold up a bit better than others.

Have you ever wanted to use paracord as shoe and/or boot laces? Now is your chance! We have for sale 45"`and 54" inch laces made of paracord! Check it out here.

13 Ways to Paracord Power

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For those of you who have no idea what paracord is (and I didn't up until a year or two ago), it's like the duct tape of the fiber world. Paracord is nylon rope that was originally used in parachutes in World War II, which is where the name came from (originally it was parachute cord). Now it is a versatile utility cording that is still used extensively in the military, but is also gaining in popularity for personal use. Military-grade paracord is so useful that it deserves a Spin so those without military connections can learn about and make use of this great material.

Military-grade paracrod comes in six different types. We're going to focus on the best quality one that is most readily available to civilians: a variation of the military Type III paracord frequently called Mil-spec 550 paracord. Construction of 550 paracord is done by taking seven two-ply threads of nylon and wrapping them in a shell braided from 32 nylon strands. This composite construction gives paracord a tensile strength of 550 pounds (the outer sheath with the seven internal threads removed has a tensile strength of 200 pounds). Not only that, but paracord is mildew and rot resistant, and it's only 1/8" thick, making it great for a variety of uses. Here are some examples of the uses of paracord, many of which focus on its use as a tool to help you survive if you get lost hiking, or otherwise find yourself in a survival situation:

1) Bracelets, belts, and lanyards: Braiding objects with paracord that you have on you all the time is a great way to keep a little safety around your waist or wrist. If needed, say to tie down a load on the roof of your car, all you need to do is unweave the bracelet and voila! You are ready for the task at hand! This is especially useful for camping and hiking, where you can wear some safety on you so it doesn't take up room in your pack.

2) Dog collars and leashes: You can braid great custom dog leashes and collars out of paracord; paracord's strength and rot-resistance make it ideal for this purpose.

3) A saw: That's right! By pulling on a length of paracord fast enough to create actionable friction, you can saw some things in half, such as two-inch wide tubular webbing! Check out this brief video from Estela Wilderness Education, LLC for a demonstration.

4) Catching food: Paracord is so versatile it can be used to catch animal food, big or small. You can cut a length of paracord and remove one of the internal two-ply threads for use as fishing line, or use the in-tact cord for animal snares and traps.

5) Useful thread: The internal threads are also thin enough to sew on loose buttons or torn seams in clothing or tents, and even as dental floss.

6) Camp construction and utility: In any sort of camping situation (intended or not) paracord has too many uses to mention. Because of its strength and rot resistance, it can be used for things like pole lashing, pulling logs, hoisting food into trees for protection, and for guy strings and shelter ridge lines for tents or temporary shelters.

7) Making fire: Since paracord itself is nylon it won't burn for you but it does catch heat so it can be used as tinder to light larger pieces of kindling. And, you can use paracord as the necessary string in a bow-drill, a very basic and primitive way to make fire if needed. Here's information on making and using a bow drill from Nature Skills.

8) Medical emergencies: In the unfortunate instance that you get hurt while camping or hiking, paracord can literally save your life or the life of a friend. It can be used as a tourniquet, a sling, or to lash splints together on a broken limb. You can even string the paracord between two sapling trunks to make a stretcher of sorts.

9) Automobile fix: No, really! You can take 550 paracord and use it as a temporary replacement for something like a fan belt. Just be sure to knot the cord every few inches, otherwise the slippery nature of the cord will cause it to slip off.

10) Rappelling: No, paracord is not great as a regular climbing rope, but in an emergency situation you can rappel or otherwise haul your body weight with 550 paracord (provided you don't weight more than 550 pounds).

11) Woven items: With enough skill you can weave things from paracord such as water bottle holders, fishing nets, bird nets, or other traps.

12) Pulley systems: Around the house or in the woods, having a good block and tackle pulley system can allow you to haul and lift weights much heavier than you could without pulley assistance; paracord is great in pulleys.

13) Weaving rope: If paracord isn't strong enough for you, you can use it to braid even stronger rope for hauling or pulley purposes, such as to remove a stuck vehicle. This is an option if you are in a situation where you don't have proper rope available.

This paracord is ideal for camping, boating, crabbing, indoor or outdoor clothesline, halyard line, garden line & any other uses requiring great strength & durability.

Contains Seven (7) Removable Inner Strands that can be used for fishing line, sewing thread, tripwire, nets, traps and other emergency +/or survival situations.

Paracord is a lightweight nylon kernmantle rope originally used in the suspension lines of US parachutes during World War II. Once in the field, paratroopers found this cord useful for many other tasks. It is now used as a general purpose utility cord by both military personnel and civilians. This versatile cord was even used by astronauts during STS-82, the second Space Shuttle mission to repair the Hubble Space Telescope.[1]

The braided sheath has a high number of interwoven strands for its size, giving it a relatively smooth texture. The all nylon construction makes paracord fairly elastic; depending on the application this can be either an asset or a liability.

Mil Spec 550 Para Cord is made to Mil-C-5040 specifications (7-strand core). This para cord is trusted and used by our armed forces.

Military grade 550 paracord rope known as Mil-C-5040 Type 3 is made of nylon so that is dries quickly and is mildew resistant. It is 1/8 inch in diameter and is rated for 550 lbs.

A quote from the manufacturer about this item:

"We sell you (& have always sold you) 550 Paracord which is the commercial version of the mil-spec Mil-C-5040 cord. Your 100' & 50' coil label refers to it as "military style"- which is a common description, but can be mis-interpreted. We also make the mil-spec cord & make it to the military spec & sell most of that to the military. However, some of it is also sold in the commercial market. It also tests 550 lbs, but is made from more expensive yarns & therefore is a higher priced item. When we are selling either, we always clearly label it either 550 Cord or Mil-C-5040 Cord.

This is a problem that is not limited to just us. This confusion is experienced by all of our competitors that make either of the cords too. The real shame is that not all of our competitors produce a quality commercial cord that tests 550 lbs. Some use inferior raw materials & just try to undersell everyone else."

Customer Review:

My brothers and I are in different branches of the military and find various uses for paracord, from having extra as a bracelet to out in the field. This is by far some of the best paracord I have come across as well as inexpensive. I will be buying more in the future.

We recently asked our fans on Facbook about their favorite uses for paracord and we received a wide variety of responses. You can tell from the chart that it can be used for almost anything, in survival, camping, and every day use. Many people said that it was impossible to name just one of their favorite uses for it, as it comes in handy in so many situations. A lot of our fans seemed to indicate that they never leave home without at least a little bit of paracord!

Can you think of even more uses that isn't listed on our chart? Why not become a fan of Camping Survival on our Facebook page!



Customer Reviews —  15item(s)

High Quality cord.

Great paracord. Used in all my projects. I hate to see when it's out of stock. Very consistent each time ordered.
Review by Jeffrey  (Posted on 5/5/2017)


I love it. I make a lot of paracord stuff from bracelets and keychains to belts and rifle slings. This stuff is the best for what I do and will not disappoint in any situation you use it for within reason.
Review by Mike  (Posted on 11/21/2014)


It obviously states in a quote from the manufacturer that it is the commercial 550 paracord, so dont hate and say its a scam. Its great for the price anyway
Review by Rick  (Posted on 8/3/2012)

Flat and Commercial

This cord is commercial grade with 2 strands per each of the 7 inner strands. A second note on the pliable aspect of this cord and it could be related to the spool winding itself at factory, but it will remind you of ribbon, as opposed to round cord. Thus if you are wanting to do a lot of bends and folds, you will be restricted and forced to make the flattened side work for you - it is less fluid feeling and harder than most sheaths.
Review by Cade  (Posted on 1/6/2012)

great stuff

I am really pleased with this order. It came in fairly quick, and as far as I am concerned it is the "real deal."I will probably be ordering some more.
Review by JL Palmer  (Posted on 11/17/2011)

Took Forever

As far as I know, this is the stuff I wanted. Real 550, 7strand paracord. It just took too long to get because it was backordered. I would give this 3 stars and 5 stars!
Review by Josiah  (Posted on 7/14/2011)

Great Stuff

I have ordered the 1000 foot rolls of this black paracord multiple times and I really enjoy it. This stuff may be commercial grade type 3 that meets Mil-spec, that is my guess for it being listed as such from the paracord company\'s website.<br>From all of my orders from Campingsurvival, I have had great service and I really like having the 2 or 3 emails confirming the order along with information about the products such as leaving warehouse etc.
Review by MSCRCEI7  (Posted on 7/5/2011)

False advertising

I bought two spools and sold some to a fellow who needed some and when he got it he told me it was not military grade as advertised. Shame of this company for trying to pass this product off as a military grade product when it is clearly not!
Review by James Smith  (Posted on 2/3/2011)

Customer Service

Hi had some trouble with my order in the beginning.<br>I was very displeased but then i e-mailed them and explained that i received something other than paracord. another cord they sell on a 2100" spool.<br>Since it was an international order sending it back was not an option due to shipping costs.<br>Lisa, Was so kind that instead of asking for the product back she said keep it and we will send you two 1000" of paracord and we will subtract all of your expenses. They gave me credit on my 30$ shipping costs Canada and my 50$ of cord cost while letting me keep the original cord!<br>6 outta 5 stars!
Review by Tim Higgins  (Posted on 10/27/2010)

My Review Above

I asked CampingSurvival to remove the review above that I submitted yesterday, they declined. The offer still stands. I not then I I would like to ask that you change the Subject of my review dated September 28, 2010 to "Be careful". I was way too harsh I think in calling it a scam. It seems that Gladding is adamant that this paracord is as good as the military version with slightly different construction and considerably less stringent testing. That said I think the advertising on this site can be misleading, so be careful. This stuff is a good price compared to the real Mil-C-5040 spec stuff, so I am keeping my order. It was just not what I expected. The folks at CampingSurvival are good people and will do right by the customer and a lot has to be said for that.
Review by Jim Boka  (Posted on 9/29/2010)


I just bought two 1000\' spools of this so-called MIL-C-5040 Military Grade Paracord. Upon receipt I knew something was wrong. It is thinner and stiffer than the real Mil-Spec paracord I have. I decided to contact Gladding Braid with photos of what I received. It turns out that Gladding makes two kinds of paracord, one for the military and one "Commercial" brand. This is the commercial branded stuff and is not the same. It has 2 strands per core instead of 3 as per Mil-C-5040 spec. It also does not have the manufacturer colored core thread as per same spec and as shown in the photo on this web site, they are all white. I honestly do not know the quality of this stuff, but it is not what they are trying to make it out to be. The military stuff is most definitely different.
Review by Jim Boka  (Posted on 9/28/2010)

A great outdoors gift.

A friend gave me a roll of this as a gift. I know... I have cool friends! I have used it to tie down stuff in my truck, camping, making survival strap bracelets. Cordage is a BIG deal outdoors. I even tested the strength by tying to a limb and supporting all of my 250 lbs. it never faltered even when jumping up and down. It has a million uses! see youtube for great tips and how-to\'s!!!
Review by KEVIN JOHNSON  (Posted on 9/7/2010)


that was fast shipping thank you so much for that made this great deal even sweeter not to mention this is truly some high quality cord i cant wait to buy more from this site thanks
Review by Nate  (Posted on 8/30/2010)

ParaCord - Essential Gear

Whether you are an avid camper/hiker/survivalist or simply being prepared - paracord is an esssential \"must have\"" in your Evac Kit or backpack. Not many of us realistically can begin to make all the rope we may need in a survival situation on the side of the interstate in winter now can we? If you have none - get some 100ft per kit is good if you can take the extra few ounces. "
Review by ICE4SAFETY  (Posted on 5/2/2010)


My brothers and I are in different branches of the military and find various uses for paracord, from having extra as a bracelet to out in the field. This is by far some of the best paracord I have come across as well as inexpensive. I will be buying more in the future.
Review by James  (Posted on 8/24/2009)