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#286569 - 10/01/17 04:37 PM tiny signal mirror
TeacherRO Offline
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added a tiny 1.5x 1.5 signal mirror to my out door kit. Unlikely that i'll ever need it, except got putting in my contacts...but so tiny

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#286577 - 10/01/17 05:33 PM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
Ren Offline
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The compact NATO one is 2 x 2, with sighting and lanyard holes.
NSN-6350-99-613-9818



Edited by Ren (10/01/17 05:33 PM)

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#286654 - 10/07/17 06:56 AM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
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> The compact NATO one is 2 x 2, with sighting and lanyard holes. NSN-6350-99-613-9818

That's the BCB Mayday Signalling Mirror - I wouldn't recommend that - the reflected beam is pretty faint. I don't know what NATO was thinking.

There are two good polycarbonate 1.5"x 2.0" mirrors with retroreflective aimers:

They will both give you a bright, tight beam, which has not been my experience with the slightly larger BCB 2"x2" plastic mirror, which I've found to provide a faint, diffuse, beam.
Here's a comparison between the beams of the AMK Rescue Flash Mini and the BCB:


There is also the heavier, but more durable (and brighter) 2"x2" glass signal mirror with mesh retroreflective aimer made for Battle Systems LLC by S.I. Howard Glass, the company that makes the US military MIL-M-18371E 2"x3" and 3"x5"signal mirrors - product page here: http://battlesystemsllc.com/CESM.html



Edited by rafowell (10/07/17 07:04 AM)
Edit Reason: Connect to post above.
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#286655 - 10/07/17 08:28 AM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
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Great info!
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#286657 - 10/07/17 12:52 PM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
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Thank you for that rafowell!

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#286660 - 10/07/17 05:21 PM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
Ren Offline
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Ah wasn't aware of a small glass one. Had the larger Howard Glass ones bookmarked for awhile but never pulled to the trigger.
Thanks.

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#289202 - 06/05/18 12:32 AM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
TeacherRO Offline
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A great thing to add for on water trips!

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#289210 - 06/05/18 11:40 AM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
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They work very well on land, as well.
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