Commercial vs. Mil-Spec Paracord

There are distinct differences between “Commercial” and “real” Mil-Spec Paracord.  The differences are well-defined, but not well-known, especially by people who are not in the Military Specification Paracord manufacturing and certification business.

These differences are difficult to determine for a “normal regular” person without specialized training, or access to manufacturing audit or inspection information or documentation.

However, there are four, easily-learned observations that a “normal regular” person CAN use to easily determine the difference between MilSpec Paracord and commercial paracord.

Additionally, coupled with the PIA (Parachute Industry Association) specification, C-5040E, there is no wonder why there is so much confusion about the differences.

This web site will provide you with clear information about the differences between “commercial” paracord and “real” Mil-Spec Paracord.

Complete Mil-Spec C-5040H PDF

Military Specification C-5040H



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