Gladding U.S. Made Military Mil-Spec 550 Paracord


‘Gladding’ has earned it’s #1 reputation for the best quality paracord cordage, and they are considered to be the best at what they do.

It’s Made In The USA (upstate NY), they’re an approved vendor of the United States Department of Defense and supply the U.S. DoD with mil-spec Mil-C-5040 paracord.

The thing is, you can get this paracord too! Every prepper should seriously consider having a roll of this stuff (I’m sure many already do).

Here’s a bit more about Gladding (a brief factory video tour) and the best place where you can get this paracord (the real thing).

Gladding Braided Products, located in the USA, is at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains in the small town of South Otselic, NY.


Gladding’s #550 Paracord is the real deal. Don’t be fooled by other manufacturers’ #550 which can be made with inferior yarns. Gladding uses only high-strength synthetic fibers in 7-interior cores.

(‘550’ means it’s rated to hold at least 550 pounds)

Tom Sciacca of takes us inside the paracord factory where not only will you get to see strength tests performed on paracord, but you’ll see it in the process of being weaved, and of course the final product. Take a look to see how well constructed and durable this multi-use product really is!

Video link

“military style” (paracord) – which is a common description among paracord vendors – can be mis-interpreted. Gladding makes the mil-spec paracord, most of which is sold to the military. However, some of it is also sold in the commercial market.


What Is Paracord?

Paracord is nylon rope that was originally used in parachutes in World War II.

Paracord is a versatile cordage that is used extensively in the military.

Mil-spec 550 paracord is made by taking seven two-ply threads of nylon and wrapping them in a shell braided from 32 nylon strands.

Mil-spec 550 paracord has a tensile strength of 550 pounds.

The paracord outer sheath with the seven internal threads removed has a tensile strength of 200 pounds.

Paracord is mildew and rot resistant.

Paracord is only 1/8″ thick, making it very versatile.


What Are The Uses Of Paracord?

In a word, endless.

Tent and Pole support
Building shelters
Clothes Line
Tow Line
Tarp Tie Down
Equipment Guy-lines
Pack Strap, Fasten, lash and secure gear to backpack
Shoe Lace, Boot Lace
Garden Lines
Shelter Making
Fire Bow
Survival kit
Knife Handle Wrap
Lifeline, since it will support the weight of a human
Dog collars, leashes
Medical Emergencies, splint, sling, tourniquet
Weave and Braid together for even more strength

Inner strands: sewing thread, fishing, trapping-snares, dental floss, emergency stitches (boil first)


Where Can I Get ‘Real’ U.S. Made Military 550 Paracord?

Tom over at probably has the largest selection of paracord anywhere…

If you want the real thing, here’s where to get it.

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