The signal mirror is one of the best day time emergency signaling devices available. The Military Glass Signal Mirror, made by S.I. Howard in the USA, is a military approved and issued item. The major difference between this signal mirror and so many on the market today is that this signal mirror is made of high quality glass. This means its reflectivity is higher than Lexan or plastic versions, but it is heavier and more susceptible to breakage.
This signal mirror has a military designation of 2" x 3", Mirror, Glass, Signal, MIL-M-18371E. It carries NSN 6350 00 261 9772.
If you find the need to use a survival mirror, we highly recommend this one over the many on the market today as it is time tested, durable and most of all, effective. However, as with most things, there is a trade off for quality. In this case, the fact that it is made of glass warrants extra protection during storage.
MIL-M-18371E, 2" x 3" Signal Mirror Specifications
- NSN 6350002619772, MIL-M-18371E
- Made in the USA
- More reflective than its plastic counterparts
- Naturally scratch resistant
- Military approved and military issued
- Instructions printed on rear of signal mirror
- Size: 2" x 3" x 1/4"
- Weight: 2 oz
More Military Signal Mirror Information
With a flash that can be seen for up to 100 miles, the signal mirror has been called the most under rated survival tool in a survival kit.
Three men stranded on a frozen pinnacle of ice were rescued after a passing ship noticed a flash on the distant horizon - a flash from a signal mirror hanging from an unconscious man's neck. "Never underestimate the value of a signaling device." This of course includes a signal mirror.
The Military Approved Glass Signal Mirror is a valuable daytime means of visual signaling. Even on overcast days, this signal mirror can be used effectively to obtain rescue. You can't be rescued if you can't be found.
Every military survival kit is required to include a signal mirror and all personnel are trained to use one. The majority of the general public possesses only limited understanding of the value of a signal mirror and its ability to save lives.
The Signal Mirror is one of the most versatile pieces of outdoor equipment you can add to your survival gear. Whether attracting the attention of another hunter or rescuer several ridge lines away or applying camouflage face paint, the Glass Signal mirror offers superior performance and reflectivity.
Survival experts worldwide agree that no person should venture into the woods, travel off-road, board their boat or plane, or engage in any outdoor activity without a signal mirror and a whistle, two extremely necessary survival signaling devices.
Best results with the MIL-M-18371E, Military Glass Signal Mirror are achieved when the air is clear and the sun is well above the horizon.
However, visible signal flashes can be created even on hazy or overcast days. Signal flashes can be seen even when you cannot see the aircraft, boat, or other means of rescue. So when signaling and no specific targets are in sight, be sure to continually sweep the horizon with the signal mirror to maximize your chances of being seen.
At night, flashlights, headlights, and moonlight can produce effective signals with your Military Glass Signal Mirror.
While the Military Issue Glass Signal Mirror is a state-of-the-art mirror, it also is a practical, multipurpose outdoor tool. Use it around camp for shaving, to apply makeup or camouflage, or for even inserting contact lenses.
Use the Military Glass Signal Mirror, MIL-M-18371E, NSN 6350002619772, as a silent communications tool to signal an outdoor companion, or for looking around corners or into tight spaces. Use it for emergency signaling to send a pinpoint flash to a rescue plane, vehicle, or search party.
Though there are many choices in Signal Mirrors, be sure to consider that the Military Glass Signal Mirror is more reflective than plastic, has been battle tested over the years and best of all, is Made in the USA.
The Signal Mirror Pouch is made of 600 Denier Tough Duck Material which includes a water repellent backing. The seams are double stitched. The top flap folds over the opening and is secured via a velcro closure. Also included are two integral Genuine Parachute Cord Ties (MIL-C-5040 Type III 550 Parachute Cord) for easy securing to just about anything. These are easily shortened to fit your specific application.
This Military Glass Signal Mirror Holder is simply a no frills, Made in USA from MilSpec materials, durable, inexpensive signal mirror pouch. However, it can be used to hold just about any small item, such as water purification tablets, NATO Matches, medicines or bandages, emergency sewing supplies, a small fire starter and tinder or numerous other survival items.