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Cent
27 March 2003, 18:22
i know this may sound like a dumb question but what is 550 para cord, what is it used for, how much can it hold before it snaps.

Bravo_One_Three
27 March 2003, 18:28
550 cord holds... 550 lbs... barely.

You can use it for ANYTHING! Shoe Laces, tent line, converting your poncho into a hooch you can think of what you need rope or string for... 550 cord. It is an essential for use in the field. You can even take the internal cords out and use them for low weight jobs. You just have to remember to burn the ends when you cut it.

Only thing you can't do with that stuff is rappel.

Xdeth
27 March 2003, 18:53
Word of caution, strip the internal cords from the outer sheath if your attaching anything to your body with it, shoelaces, knife sheaths, etc.

Cent
27 March 2003, 20:09
why strip it?

Xdeth
27 March 2003, 21:22
mmmm, I don't know, lets tie some around one of your appendages and pull until something breaks.

warpig
27 March 2003, 21:31
the world is held togeather by 100 mph tape and 550 cord.

Cent
28 March 2003, 01:02
Xdeth

mmmm, I don't know, lets tie some around one of your appendages and pull until something breaks.


so without the inside strands the outer will break

MK19 (mod 3)
28 March 2003, 01:07
Originally posted by Cent
mmmm, I don't know, lets tie some around one of your appendages and pull until something breaks.


Xdeth: See bro, here's your chance....

Cent, did you forget a smily face with that comment?

Cent
28 March 2003, 01:14
mk 19 no disrespect was intened im just try to find out about 550 cord
Xdeth sorry if you took the worng way

here is the smilely:)

i dont know how do this yet
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Originally posted by Cent
mmmm, I don't know, lets tie some around one of your appendages and pull until something breaks.

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Xdeth do you mean if i use 550 cord to tie anything up to my body its better safety wise to take out the inside strands so it breaks away just in case and does not hurt me or anyone

MK19 (mod 3)
28 March 2003, 01:23
Originally posted by Cent

Xdeth do you mean if i use 550 cord to tie anything up to my body its better safety wise to take out the inside strands so it breaks away just in case and does not hurt me or anyone

That is correct. Nothing like securing your ID tags with a piece of non-gutted 550 and then having them get caught on the jump door of a C130. Your body and parachute are going out...your head is not....

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Cent
28 March 2003, 01:28
Thanks MK 19

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Cent
28 March 2003, 01:30
shit it left out your name i can already hear it: "Attention to detail Cent now drop"

Xdeth
28 March 2003, 02:18
Cent,
Tell us a little bit about yourself, how old are you?

Herdsman
30 March 2003, 16:43
Well about half and half.
Buddy of mine from Force taught me that I should leave the guts in the 550 cord in my boots. If one ends up in a survival situation the guts can be used for fising line or animal snares. He's now the company Gunny for 2nd Force so I guess he knows what he's talking about. There's other places I use it ungutted that I see alot of guys using gutted. If I need something to break away, like my ID card holder, I put in a short loop of dog tag chain. I refuse to be a towed jumper.

Cent
31 March 2003, 04:35
thanks for the help guys

namor
1 April 2003, 16:24
The gutted version also allows for a flat wrap if you're using it for a handle cover.

Fast Eddie
1 April 2003, 23:46
OK Guys, I'll bite! Can you get this stuff at the local Army
NAvy store like Brigade Quartermasters??? I'm a Navy guy I don't know squat about 550 para cord.:rolleyes:

Bravo_One_Three
1 April 2003, 23:54
You should be able to get it at an Army Navy store. It's either called 55- Cord, Parachute Cord, or Para Cord.

Fast Eddie
1 April 2003, 23:57
Originally posted by Bravo_One_Three
You should be able to get it at an Army Navy store. It's either called 55- Cord, Parachute Cord, or Para Cord.

Roger that! Thanks

GackMan
1 April 2003, 23:59
HOLY CRAP!!!

I just realized that after you get out of the military they charge money for 550 cord!! WTF? I'm all confused?? :confused:

Bravo_One_Three
2 April 2003, 00:13
I bought 200 feet of it at the gun show! That'd be enough for a platoon for a week in the field, but it's enough to last me till judgement day!

LRSC Grunt
2 April 2003, 02:57
550 cord is like shit paper....you will never have enough

Herdsman
2 April 2003, 15:31
Guys in my unit hord the stuff. Our supply guy gets like one roll and says "well that should hold you(the whole company) for a year". Guess that's probably right for an NG unit that has no idea what field craft is. Still pisses me off to see these shitheads with it braided through their boonies and on everything they own thryin' to look "high speed".