February 26, 2017

Review of the Paracord Grenade

paracord Grenade

I was recently sent a bag of goodies from Survival Frog.com that I want to tell you about. They have also really stepped up and are giving away ten Paracord Grenades,! See below for details on how to enter.

Paracord Grenade

I thought this was a clever idea! It’s a mini-kit, containing a knife blade, fire striker, tin foil, cotton tinder, a carabiner, swivels, sinkers, fishing line, hooks and floats. If you look at the images on their site, the blade that came with mine is the one shown in images, not the saw posted on their site.

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All of the above mentioned items are wrapped in Paracord goodness, nine feet of it! Paracord is a nylon rope that first saw use in parachutes in World War II. It is made from seven two-ply threads shielded in an outer nylon jacket. Paracord has a tensile strength of 550 lbs., hence the name 550-cord. If needed, you can put two sections together, doubling the weight limit. Its diameter is only 1/8”. Paracord is also mildew and rot resistant, aiding to its versatility.

Nine feet of Paracord might not seem like a lot, but if you find yourself in a survival situation where you need to use these supplies to live, it could be separated into strands and used for fishing line, fishing nets, snares and many other uses.

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I would have to say that if I had the option, I would pick a couple different items. The blade is like a scalpel without the handle, which is a little difficult to manipulate. This can be mitigated by placing the handle portion in tinfoil to give you something extra to hold on to. The floats are not big enough to be useful with the sinkers (weights) attached. I did a little test and it pulled them right under. Again, if you’re in a survival situation, you could use a little piece of wood for a float (bobber), or use both hooks in a small trot line to increase your odds of catching something.

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Be forewarned; I tried to reassemble the grenade and could not. I think I loosened the paracord too much, and then forgot how I untied it. However, this allowed me to do a little testing. I undid a section of the paracord, revealing the strands, and unwound one of them. I then took one of those sections and was able to use it as fishing line. It’s a little thicker than fishing line, but it would work. If you added some more sinkers and a few hooks, and carefully added them to the inside of the grenade, you could make a very nice trot line. If you’re not sure what a trot line is, see my article on Survival Fishing.

The weight of the Paracord Grenade is so minimal, I would not think twice about attaching it to the outside of a BOB.

The Paracord Grenade Retails for $17.97.
 
 
Paracord Cobra Survival Belt

paracord beltI was sent a Paracord Cobra Survival Belt as well, so I thought I would give you my thoughts on it while I’m at it. My first impression is that it has a chemical smell to it. Some might not notice, but I am pretty sensitive to smells. That shouldn’t be a problem though, since paracord is rot and resistant. Washing it won’t be a problem.
 
 
The belt is nicely built and attractive looking. It’s not something I would wear every day, but if I was heading for some dirt time, I wouldn’t hesitate.

I mentioned above that paracord can hold up to 550 pounds. When you double or weave the lengths together, you increase the weight capacity. Because of how the belt is made, it will easily have the capacity to withstand far more than 550 pounds. In fact, the buckle would give before the paracord will.

The belt contains over 120’ of paracord. This would allow for far more uses than I can brainstorm!

Paracord Cobra Survival Belt retails for $59.99.
 
 
“Would You Survive If…” Survival Playing Cards

Playing cardsI was also sent a deck of the “Would You Survive If…” Survival Playing Cards. This is like a deck of cards and a 52 page “Worst Case Scenario)” book. Some of the items they briefly outline how to survive are: escape a car submerged in water, survive being struck by lightning, survive hypothermia, survive a cruise line disaster, survive catching on fire and survive an active shooter.
 
 
The price seems a bit high to me. I can get a deck of cards for under a buck, and The Complete Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook 500 page, 11 volume series from Amazon for $20.

Where I could see this being a useful preparedness tool, is giving them as gifts to preppers that are into this stuff and to people who aren’t into preparedness, but with whom you want to plant that seed.

“Would You Survive If…” Survival Playing Cards retails for $19.97.
 
 
Survival Frog.com

I want to thank the folks at Survival Frog.com; both for the items they sent me and for the opportunity to give away 10 Paracord Grenades.

To enter, simply send an email to contest (AT) preparedchristian [dot} net. Only one entry per person please. A note to Yahoo users, Yahoo blocks all email traffic from Prepared Christian. If you win, I will send you an email from another account they don’t block.

Contest ends at 11:59pm CST Friday, February 13th. (oooh spooky).

 
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Comments

  1. Been trying to send an email for the drawing on the paracord grenades. You must be blocked cause I cannot get an email to go thru. I still want to be added to win one.

    thanks

  2. Rev. Dr. Michael E Harris says:

    I have had the Paracord Grenade for several years, but have not needed it (the best situation). I do not have a paracord belt, but have several paracord bracelets. I even have the Survival Playing Cards–they are interesting, but I cannot confirm that all the suggestions are useful. I do know that you cannot sink deeper than half your body height in quicksand.

    Since I have had these for years, I paid about one-third of what you would pay today. If you can afford them, they are worth the investment.

  3. hi,
    I just sent an email and I think it went through. please keep me in mind for one of these.
    thanks

  4. Carl Rooker says:

    I love 550 parachord. I have made several of the bracelets. Mine now has the chord, compass, whistle, ferocerrium (SP?) fire starter, accelerant, and fish hooks.

    My last project was to braid 3 100ft chords into a 3 braid rope. Just the 3 chords alone give it a strenght of 1650 pounds. Braiding it makes it even stronger. This gives me 90 ft of very strong rope (can even use it to rappel), but any length can be broken down for the usual uses.

    I have not made or bought the grenade, but I have wrapped medicine bottles with the cord, and used the bottle to hold survival items.

    I might look into the paracord grenade.

  5. Carl Rooker says:

    Some more thoughts.

    You are correct that the knife is a little too small to handle. You might try to split the end of a stick, and then place the knife there, binding it with a piece of the sheath from the paracord.

    The fire starter is way too small to try and start a fire in an emergency situation, especially if your hands are cold to begin with. You would need to place some type of handle on it to make it usable. It would be possible to make such a handle ahead of time, and place it in the grenade. I would add a piece of hacksaw blade to use as a striker, instead of the knife.

    I see that there are 2 fish hooks, 2 swivels, 2 floats, and 2 sinkers. I would get rid f the floats, the swivels and 1 of the sinkers (or both), and use the space to put in more hooks. I would rather have 5 or more hooks. 2 lost hooks due to snags, and that method is done. Besides, with more hooks you can have more than one line in the water, increasing your chances of catching fish. More hooks can also be used to make snares for capturing land animals.

    The tin foil is a good idea. As well as a reflector for signaling, pieces of it can be used to make lures for the fishing. If there is enough foil, you can maker a cup for boiling water and cooking (if you are careful). I have done this.

    • good stuff!

      The problem with taking stuff out, is the risk of not getting it back in. You might have better luck as I can be all thumbs at times.

      The tinder can be fluffed out to 3-4 times its size, but you do raise a good point.

      • Carl Rooker says:

        I was thinking in terms of building such.

        I get somewhat incredulous at what some manufactured minimal survival kits contain. Clearly, some of these are set up by merchants, not by someone who has any expertise in survival.

        As an example, I looked up this site, and see the grenade hooked up to a backpack. If you still have the backpack in an emergency, you do not need the grenade. If you have somehow lost the backpack, you do not have the grenade either. It would be much better to carry the grenade in such a way that it is always with you, like attaching it to a belt (not a belt loop).

  6. Carl Rooker says:

    If you are interested, here is a link about how to make the grenade. Should help to figure out how to ‘re tie it.

    http://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=how+to+make+paracord+grenade&FORM=VIRE5#view=detail&mid=D62E389659387464620FD62E389659387464620F

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