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#286569 - 10/01/17 04:37 PM tiny signal mirror
TeacherRO Offline

Registered: 03/11/05
Posts: 2231
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

#286577 - 10/01/17 05:33 PM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
Ren Offline

Registered: 11/05/07
Posts: 110
The compact NATO one is 2 x 2, with sighting and lanyard holes.

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

#286654 - 10/07/17 06:56 AM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
rafowell Offline

Registered: 11/29/09
Posts: 206
Loc: Southern California
> 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.
A signal mirror should be backup for a 24 hr, all-weather radio distress signal, such as a 406 MHz PLB (ACR PLB)

#286655 - 10/07/17 08:28 AM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
Phaedrus Offline

Registered: 04/28/10
Posts: 2068
Loc: Great Plains
Great info!
“You can tell whether a man is clever by his answers. You can tell whether a man is wise by his questions.” Naguib Mahfouz

#286657 - 10/07/17 12:52 PM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
chaosmagnet Offline
Carpal Tunnel

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 2865
Loc: USA
Thank you for that rafowell!

#286660 - 10/07/17 05:21 PM Re: tiny signal mirror [Re: TeacherRO]
Ren Offline

Registered: 11/05/07
Posts: 110
Ah wasn't aware of a small glass one. Had the larger Howard Glass ones bookmarked for awhile but never pulled to the trigger.


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