Paracord–A Convenient Way to Get it for Yourself

Wearing a paracord bracelet is a prepper fashion statement. It’s a conversation starter. And it could save your life. It’s also a convenient way to get paracord for yourself.

With that in mind, my guest on DestinySurvival Radio this week was Andrew Hallinan of

UpdateAs of January 2016 the Web site is no longer working. You’re welcome to read the rest of this post and hear the DestinySurvival Radio interview for the information provided concerning paracord.

Paracord basics–Paracord is a lightweight nylon rope originally used in parachute suspension lines during WW II. Paratroopers soon found it useful for many other tasks in the field.

Since then, it has gained popularity for use by both the military and civilians. 550 paracord was even used by NASA astronauts during one of the early shuttle missions to repair damaged insulation on the Hubble Space Telescope.

550 paracord is a woven nylon sheath that surrounds 7 inner core strands. While it’s flexible, it has a minimum breaking strength of 550 pounds. That makes it quite strong, durable, and versatile. It won’t rot or mildew either.

Paracord made convenient for you–When you wear a paracord bracelet or anklet, you’ve got 10-15 feet ready for use whenever you need it. There’s even more in a pet collar. Andy says it’s tempting to unravel a bracelet, so buy an extra one.

Paracord uses–Of course, not only can you unravel the bracelet, but you can use the inner threads of the paracord. Here are some of the things 550 paracord can be used for.

  • Lashing for shelter
  • Snares and traps
  • Fishing line
  • Anchor line
  • Sewing thread
  • Bow drill for fire starting
  • Trip line
  • Tie downs
  • Lanyard
  • Tourniquet
  • Sling
  • Splint
A note about Andy–You’ll hear from our conversation that he’s living the prepper life. Plus, he describes himself as a serial entrepreneur, survivalist, and owner of and He spent the past few years of his life devoted to making his community safer by teaching survival skills and firearm safety skills to hundreds of people across the nation.

Find out more–Hear my conversation with Andrew Hallinan by listening to DestinySurvival Radio for January 16, 2014. (Right click to download.) If you have questions, Andy says you can contact him at andy(at) Be sure to replace (at) with @ in the e-mail address when writing him.


Author: John Wesley Smith

John Wesley Smith writes and podcasts from his home in Central Missouri. His goal is to help preppers as he continues along his own preparedness journey.