The signal mirror in the above photo is a mil-spec (Type 1/MA23), 2 inch by 3 inch, Lexan-polycarbonate StarFlash Signal Mirror manufactured by School of Survival Specialties, Inc. This is one of the original StarFlash signal mirrors. These signal mirrors are standard issue in Air Force survival kits.
It comes with a lanyard hole so that it can be secured against loss with a looped paracord lanyard. It weighs less than an ounce with the lanyard and protective case.
A protective cover, which helps prevent scratches to the mirror surface, was made from a small credit card case. A hole was made in the bottom corner to feed the paracord lanyard through to secure the signal mirror in the case. I used an orange colored case so that it could be hung in a tree to offer a high visibility option. It also makes an excellent mirror for use around camp.
It takes practice to use it properly and there are instructions for its use printed on the backside. This lightweight signal mirror also floats.
This enables it to always be…
Staying above the water line!