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Tac-1 Parachute

The TAC-1, a stronger chute for less money.

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Toughest chute in high power!

Giant Leap has secured the exclusive rights to market this chute.

We've looked.....we can't find a higher quality chute than the TAC-1.

The TAC-1 -a stronger chute for less money.

The Toughest Drogue in high power!

New Color! TAC-1 is now in a new, gorgeous, high visibility color....neon fire red and black with purple lines.

Strong and gorgeous is how most people describe the TAC-1. It's a high quality chute for high-end applications. We think it's the strongest and most stable chute in the industry. You'll be thrilled at the price.

  • Tear-resistant - All (and we mean all) seams are reinforced with nylon webbing.

  • Strong - 1/2" mil spec nylon (1400 lbs test) all around the canopy.

  • Lightweight - 1.1 oz silicone-coated low-porosity ripstop nylon.

  • No Tangle Design - only four suspension lines! 1500# test swivel for tangle-free descents.

  • All the seams (every-last-one) is strength-reinforced with nylon webbing. It doesn't get any stronger.

  • Every seam, every fold, every line, is made with the high-end flyer in mind. Did we mention it's low price?

  • The TAC-1 has the strongest barrel swivel available #1500 test from the 24" chute to the 72".

Size

Descent Weight
at 17FPS

Chute
Weight

Price

24

1.0 lbs

5.4 oz

$35.99

36

2.5 lbs

8.1 oz

$55.66

Out Of Stock

48

5.0 lbs

10.8 oz

$83.78

60

10.0 lbs

14.3 oz

$110.24

72

15.0 lbs

18.0 oz

$126.78

84

18.0 lbs

22.1 oz

$145.52

24" TAC-Drogue (super strong 1.9 oz coated ripstop)

$35.99

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Quicklinks

Allows quick connect and disconnect of chutes / shock cords etc.

Quicklinks

Price depends on Shaft Diameter

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Swivels

Stops your chute lines from tangling!

Price depends on Eyelet Size

Click here for more information

Parachute Protectors

Chute Pads of Kevlar® to protect your chutes! All chute protectors are not the same! Our Kevlar® pads offer superior protection.

Parachute Protectors

Price depends on Airframe Size

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The Giant Leap Hemispherical Chute PLUS

Kim Mitchell's rocket descending on a Giant Leap Hemispherical Chute PLUS

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Exclusive to Giant Leap Rocketry

Giant Leap Rocketry offers a great hemispherical chute -- WITH A SWIVEL ATTACHED!

Remember, if it's not in the carrying case, it's not a PLUS+

  • Ultra High Quality high drag design

  • A true hemispherical panel chute.

  • Tight, high density stitch, made to last!!!

  • 400 LBS -Test Shrouds!

  • Spill Hole to reduce sway and drift

  • Strong Ripstop Nylon

  • Sharp contrasting 2-color design

  • With 1,000 LBS Swivel already attached!

  • Each with its own carrying case (with the exception of the 18" and 24")

  • Tried and proven!

A top-of-the-line panel chute at a great price.

Size

Price

18"

$19.94

24"

$24.14

36"

$31.49

48"

$50.39

60"

$68.04


Single Piece Chutes

Size

Price

12"

$7.47

18"

$9.00

24"

$11.01

30"

$17.08

36"

$18.18

48"

$24.79

60"

$31.41

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Quicklinks

Allows quick connect and disconnect of chutes / shock cords etc.

Quicklinks

Price depends on Shaft Diameter

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Swivels

Stops your chute lines from tangling!

Price depends on Eyelet Size

Click here for more information

Parachute Protectors

Chute Pads of Kevlar® to protect your chutes! All chute protectors are not the same! Our Kevlar® pads offer superior protection.

Parachute Protectors

Price depends on Airframe Size

Click here for more information

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Slider

 

Deployment with slider at 50 mph

 

Slow-motion of deployment
with slider at 50 mph

 

Soft Deploy your chute

How It Works:

Chute deployment is the most violent phase of flight. Excess speed tears & shreds chutes. The Slider softens deployment by opening the chute gradually & stops the chute from "popping" open. At the instant of deployment, it slides down the shrouds, making the chute open a fraction of a second later - -enough to make all the difference.

Slider 3
for odd # shrouds

Slider 4
for even # shrouds

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Product

Price

 

Slider 3

$13.22

Slider 4

$13.22

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TAC-Bag

TAC-Bag Unfolded

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TAC-Bag Unfolded

TAC-Bag Diagram

Diagram

Deployment Bag from the makers of the TAC Parachutes!

The TAC-Bag has a 1" tubular nylon shock cord running through it so that the TAC-Bag itself does not carry any load. The TAC-Bag also has keepers to neatly hold the shroud line.

NOTE: The keepers are elastic, not solid nylon which can hang up shroud lines.

The TAC-Bag is made of Kevlar™ which is more heat resistant than Nomex™. It offers amazing protection. All sewn with Kevlar™ thread.

...Only the best from TAC!!

Hands down, the most advanced Deployment Bag on the market.

How the TAC-Bag works:

The TAC-Bag is a deployment bag that manages a controlled chute deployment. It is sized for TAC chutes. Using other chutes is not recommended since sizes vary. Fold the TAC-chute and place in TAC-Bag as per the folding instructions on TAC-chute.

There are two deployment options:

Integrated and Free Bag. Refer to the diagram above to determine the attachment method. When attaching chute, be sure to use hardware suitable for the weight of the rocket and the anticipated force of deployment. Never use open eyebolts at an attachment point when using TAC-9 chutes. And be sure to ground test your system to be sure that the chute deploys out of the TAC-Bag.

With the Integrated method, be sure to attach the nylon on the open end of the TAC-Bag to the apex of the TAC-chute. Attach the other end to the cord connecting to the pilot chute. Remember, a pilot chute must be large enough to pull the TAC-chute out of the TAC-Bag.

The Free Bag method allows the two halves of the rocket to descent separately, each with its own chute. Here the chute for the top half of the rocket acts as the pilot chute to pull the TAC-Bag away from the TAC-chute. Be sure NOT to attach the TAC-Bag to the TAC-chute it encloses.

You must use parachute protector pads for the deployment bag and for all other recovery components such as pilot chutes and so forth.

TECH NOTE: Why use a Deployment Bag?

Most believe that deployment bags are used for all around heat protection. True, but that's only part of the story. The main purpose of a deployment bag is for "controlled deployment".

Note in the picture above how the chute is neatly contained in the bag and how the elastic keepers hold the shroud lines. The chances of a tangle or a fouled chute are drastically reduced with the proper use of a deployment bag.

Basically, it's the next step up in recovery, and many fliers take great pride in mastering this more advanced level of recovery. If you've got a serious investment sitting on the pad, or you've got a certification attempt on the line, or you're just ready to move to a more advanced level in the hobby, try a deployment bag. It's a way to move beyond the standard practice of ejecting a rolled up ball of material and shock cord out the tube at blistering speeds and hoping for the best.

There's a better way, and it's called the TAC-Bag. Why is the TAC-Bag better? For one, it's made of Kevlar™, not Nomex™, so the heat rating is higher. Also, compare the construction of the TAC-Bag with other bags. The TAC-Bag is round - - like an airframe - - not square. What's the sense in making a square bag for a round hole? Also, the keepers are elastic and that is really important because they easily release the shroud lines. Careful, non-elastic keepers can bind the shroud lines.

There are four different bags to choose from:

Product

Dimensions

Price

TAC-1 Bag
For 60" and 72" TAC-1

10" L X 3.9" Dia.

$27.55

TAC-9A Bag
For TAC-9A

13" L X 5.8 " Dia.

$34.17

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TAC-9B Bag
For TAC-9B

20" L X 5.8 " Dia.

$40.78

Out Of Stock

TAC-9C Bag
For TAC-9C

21" L X 7.3 " Dia.

$48.50

Out Of Stock

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Fireball

The Fireball helps prevent Zippers by cushioning airframes from the severe shock of ejection.

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The Fireball is neatly packaged with clear instructions

Diagram - How the Fireball works

Diagram - How the Fireball works

The Zipper Stopper!!

The Fireball helps prevent Zippers by cushioning airframes from the severe shock of ejection. It softens and spreads the destructive force of shock cords on the lip of your airframe.

100% Kevlar™ - so it's Fire-Resistant and
S-T-R-O-N-G.



Zippers are linear airframe fractures caused by the impact of shock cords on the lip of your rocket airframe during deployment. They are among the most common forms of damage to high power rockets. Zippers are frustrating, time-consuming, and extremely costly. Many certifications attempts have been lost due to zipper damage.

The Fireball cushions your airframe against this destructive force.

The Fireball cushions the impact of the shock cord against the lip of your airframe

Like buying insurance for your rocket!

Features:

  • Spreads the load of deployment to help prevent zippers.

  • Made of Kevlar™ so it’s heat-resistant and incredibly strong.

  • Tubular Kevlar™ shock cord [Large: 1/2” 5500 lbs Test]. [Small: 1/4” 3000 lbs Test].

  • Nomex™ sewn loops in Kevlar™. Shock Cord are stronger than the cord itself.

  • Stainless steel clamps that won’t rust or tarnish.

  • High density foam - not a wimpy Nurf-ball that bottoms out & cracks airframes.

  • Super light weight - not a heavy tennis ball which shatters your airframe.

  • Saves weight - no need for beefy & heavy anti-zipper rocket construction.

  • Neatly packaged with clear instructions

  • Nomex™ sewn loop is stronger than the cord itself!

Product

Weight

Price

Fireball Small
(for 2.6” and 3.0” airframes)

Wt. 2 oz. 3,000 LBS Test

$15.97

Fireball Large
(for 3.9” and larger airframes)

Wt. 4 oz. 5,500 LBS Test

$19.83

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Parachute Protectors

2,000 Degree Chute Protectors of Kevlar®

Chute Pads of Kevlar® to protect your chutes!

All chute protectors are not the same! Our Kevlar® pads offer superior protection. The performance of chute protectors can vary, click here to read about the Chute Protector Comparison and Tests.

Kevlar® has a higher heat rating than Nomex® and is more resistant to tearing and blow-through.. Protect your rocket with Kevlar® Airframe size price.

TECH NOTE: To protect against hot ejection gases, rocketeers use a variety of methods. Some use cellulose. It's cheap, but it's not reliable - - gases can bleed through and burn recovery systems. It's also messy and very inconvenient - - you have to drag a bag of cellulose around. After all that money and time spent on your rocket, don't you want more protection than a handful of shredded paper? Some have also used fiberglass insulation. Never Do This!!! Fiberglass is non-biodegradable and it's fatal when ingested by cattle. Harming the property of landowners or their neighbors can deprive prefectures of their launch sites. It's bad for the hobby's image.

Instead, rocketeers have discovered Kevlar®, a flameproof material used by firefighters and others. chute pads of Kevlar® have a buttonhole (over 1” wide) to allow the shock cord to pass through, so it forms a permanent part of your recovery system. Just fold your chute normally, slide the pad up the shock cord and cradle it around the chute. Insert chute into rocket with the Kevlar® facing the ejection charge. That's it! The pads are inexpensive, and they last virtually forever. And they'll take a direct blast of ejection charge with no harm done. Compared to a piston, CHUTE PADS of Kevlar® are much lighter, less expensive, don't take up space, and are maintenance-free. They are our most popular product. The SLEEVE of Kevlar® is an install-and-forget item. It protects nylon shock cords from ejection gases. A burned or brittle nylon cord will eventually snap. Why are Giant Leap's products of Kevlar® great?

Ours are made with Kevlar®, which has a higher heat rating than Nomex®. Kevlar® prevents tearing and blow-through which can damage a chute.

Ours pads are rounded, not square. Square pads don't fold well in round tubes and increase the chances of blow-by.

Our pads have the button hole offset to the side. There are no holes or rings in the center, so you get maximum protection where you need it most.

Ours are inexpensive.

Giant Leap products of Kevlar®....The Perfect Solution.

Airframe Size

Price

 

To 2.6" Airframe

$8.81

To 3.9" Airframe

$11.01

To 7.5" Airframe

$12.45

X Large - 20" Diameter Pad

$17.52

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Shock Cords

You know that little white elastic band that's used for a shock cord...? ...It belongs in your underpants.

OUR shock cords...? ...they belong in your rocket!!

TECH NOTE: Our suggestions may not fit your application. Never use “elastic” cords. Elastic cords store the energy of separation and release it by slamming the rocket parts back together, damaging your rocket. Also, elastic-type cords have low breaking strengths. Elastic is for underpants, not for high power rockets. Instead, use a generous amount of non-stretch cord and let air resistance absorb the energy of release. We recommend 15+ feet of cord for up to 4” diameter rockets, and 20+ feet for larger rockets.

 

 

 

Product

Diameter

Price per Yard

Tubular Shock Cord of Kevlar®
For 5.5" and larger rockets - Our Best!

1/2"

$4.34

Tubular Shock Cord of Kevlar®
For 3" and 4" rockets

1/4"

$2.83

Tubular Shock Cord of Kevlar®
For 3" and 4" rockets

1/8"

$2.10

Extra strength flat strap
Heavy duty For up to 4" rockets
2,000 LBS Test! MIL(C) Spec 5625

9/16"

$1.16

Tubular Nylon
For 3" and larger rockets
4,000 LBS Test! MIL(C) Spec 5625

1"

$1.87

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Shock Cord Protectors

Nylon shock cords repeatedly exposed to hot ejection blasts will degrade and eventually fail. Protect them with sleeves of Kevlar®!

Made of high temperature Kevlar®!

Shock Cord Protectors

Price
$9.91

 


Shock Cord Protectors

Shock Cord Protector Sleeves of Kevlar®

WARNING: Nylon shock cords repeatedly exposed to hot ejection blasts will degrade and eventually fail. Protect them with sleeves of Kevlar®!

Made of high temperature Kevlar®!

Surrounds your shock cord with protection!

Product

Length

Price

Shock Cord Protector Sleeves

30"

$9.91

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The loops are stronger than the cords!

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Shock Cords with Pre-sewn Loops

Laboratory tested.

The loops are stronger than the cords!

Loops are sewn with fire-resistant Nomex®!

Product

Width

Length in
Feet

Price

Tubular Kevlar®

1/2"

3 feet (Short)

$9.91

Tubular Kevlar®

1/2"

20 feet

$33.06

Tubular Kevlar®

1/2"

40 feet

$63.93

Tubular Kevlar®

1/4"

3 feet

$7.91

Tubular Kevlar®

1/4"

15 feet

$17.41

Tubular Kevlar®

1/4"

20 feet

$20.94

Tubular Nylon

1"

20 feet

$17.63

Tubular Nylon

1"

25 feet

$21.00

Extra strength flat strap
Heavy duty

9/16"

15 feet

$10.75

Extra strength flat strap
Heavy duty

9/16"

25 feet

$15.42

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Kevlar Thread

Very strong!

Tightly wound - - very high quality product. The best thread we’ve ever received.

Hundreds of Uses:

  • Sewing / securing shock cords

  • Fin reinforcement

  • Attaching beepers or transmitters

  • Shrouds for super-drogues

  • Estes rocket shock cord

  • and MORE!

Product

Diameter

Price

Kevlar® Thread

1/16"

$0.33 per foot

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Shock Cord Hardpoint

The Hardpoint Anchor glues into the top of your motortube.

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Hardpoint Anchor Shock Cord Attachment Point

Glues into the top of a 38mm or 54mm motortube.

The GLR Hardpoint Anchors glues into the top of 38mm or 54mm motor tubes. We designed the toughest, strongest attachment possible. Made of extruded aluminum, it has three THICK intersecting ribs supporting a central hole for a 1/4" eyebolt

We include all hardware shown

Allows ejection gases to pass through easily.

Must be attached with JB Weld

Product

Price

38mm Hardpoint Anchor

$6.84

54mm Hardpoint Anchor

$7.99

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JB Weld

Giant Leap Rocketry recommends the use of JB Weld for Slimline retention systems and for Acme rail guides and lugs. It comes in two parts and when mixed in equal amounts, it turns hard as steel. It has a heat rating of 500 °F (compared to about 150 °F for most epoxies).

JB Weld

Price
$6.29

 


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D-Rings



 

Product

Width

Price

D-Ring

2"

$1.18

D-Ring

1"

$0.88

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U-Bolts

U-Bolt with 2 nuts & washers

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U-Bolts

Ordinary 1/4" eyebolts can fail at 150 lbs.

Don¹t take chances! Use U-Bolts instead.

Product

Shaft Diameter

Price

U-Bolt with 2 nuts & washers

1/4"

$4.69

U-Bolt with 2 nuts & washers

3/8"

$5.87

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Quicklinks

 

Quicklinks

Allows quick connect and disconnect of chutes / shock cords etc.



 

Product

Shaft Diameter

Price

Quicklink

1/8" (130lb Test)

$1.75

Quicklink

1/4" (660lb Test)

$2.34

Quicklink

5/16" (1540lb Test)

$3.51

Swivels

Stops your chute lines from tangling!

TECH NOTE: Tangled shroud lines reduce the effectiveness of chutes. Rockets twist and turn during descent, even in the slightest wind, which makes the shroud lines tangle around each other. This causes the chute to narrow, reducing its drag, and increasing the overall rate of descent rate. The result is a hard landing which cracks fins and airframes, and can jam motors up into motor tubes. Your solution is a swivel. This allows the rocket to rotate during descent without twisting the shrouds lines together. Here’s another tip: when packing the chute for flight, most people hold the chute in one hand and wrap the lines around the chute with other hand. That’s incorrect and will cause the shrouds to twist together. Instead lay the chute on a flat surface and extend the shroud lines out. Then roll the chute onto the shroud lines.

Happy Landings!!

Product

Eyelet Size

Price

Swivel 600 lb. Test

1/4"

$3.31

Swivel 1,000 lb. Test

1/2"

$4.96

Swivel 1,500 lb. Test

1/2"

$6.62

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Removable Rivets

Small Removable RivetSmall Removable Rivet

The Small Removable Rivet is designed for assemblies requiring fast and economical fasteners that can be installed without tools. The 2 Piece Molded Fastener comes assembled ready for use. The Rivet is placed in the hole and the smooth, oversized head is pressed. The specially designed legs expand and firmly lock the components permanently in place. To remove, use a screw driver to pop it back up. Very handy for securing nosecones to bodytubes or other applications. Eliminates screws and wood backing.

Panel Thickness - .144 / .188
Hole Size - .160 / .164
Fig. No. - 1
A - 0.155
B (+/-.010) - 0.24
C Head Height - 0.078
D Head Dia. - 0.317

Large Removable RivetLarge Removable Rivet

Removable Rivets are two-piece nylon rivets which can be removed by retracting the pin, and then the body. The body incorporates a slot in line with the pin so that the pin can be removed by inserting a small screw driver, other sharp edge, or even a fingernail underneath the head of the pin. In addition to working in a .250 round hole, will also fit the .210"/.218" square hole found in the "darling" type shelf commonly found in retail stores. Very handy for securing nosecones to bodytubes or other applications. Eliminates screws and wood backing.

Panel Thickness - 0.0625
Hole Size - 0.188
A (+/-.015) -
0.4375
B - 0.07
C (+/- 1/32) - 0.48
 

Product

Amount

Price

Small Removable Rivet

Pack of 16

$3.74

Large Removable Rivet

Pack of 10

$4.75

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