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#1 (permalink)      5/20/2014 9:07:41 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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why would anyone want to reflect light...
...into their HAND ?

is it good for blinding stray dogs by any chance ?
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#2 (permalink)      5/20/2014 9:27:02 AM US Central   quote/reply + tips
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Used to signal planes or boats if your lost in the wilderness. ;)



Package Contents 1*6-in-1 Signal Mirror





https://i.imgur.com/OSS6yni.jpg
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My father had one of the US Armed Forces ones from WWII. Signal mirrors as we have them now were developed by the US DoD during WWII.

A standard part of an emergency kit for aviators anywhere, and from what i'm told, espesh so in the post war years out in the Pacific Rim.
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perhaps if you are in the middle of the sahara, someone would notice - nowadays...

and the other rockin 5 functions are what ?

2 whistle (surly)
3 ruler (important)
4 nylon cord
5 compass :) found it

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... nowadays we're good until the third day when the last battery dies and we start thinking SOS instead of SMS.

There's prolly a way to approximate distances with the thing; i see the markings. i dunno what that black lozenge is for; making fire? mascara? cave drawing? cyanide powder?

A really tiny hybrid mod for a single-use vape?
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My thought is that the black stick is probably a flint striker.
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My thought is that the black stick is probably a flint striker.
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for a really enormous Zippo!

--But that makes sense, blackface28. Fire and rescue, the important stuff.
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The 'reflect on your hand' is a technique to help you *aim* the flash at a specific point (passing aircraft, boat, etc).

When 'flashing' a distant target (a mirror can attract attention from MILES), you won't be able to tell where your 'flash' is hitting. The hand process described, is one way to help you see where the flash is going.

You put palm towards you, at arm's length, below your target. Look thru the aperture in mirror (small circle inside star) and adjust mirror angle to get reflection on your outstretched palm...then elevate angle on flash, off your hand, onto your target. With a moving target, you should check ever few seconds that your alignment with target is good.

If you just try to 'flash' a passing plane without this type of adjustment, your flash might be off hundreds of yards at a few miles distant, and go completely unnoticed.
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The #1 signal mirror angle has to be adjusted to the sun (up/down) and the target (right/left), so you double check on your hand (while it is pointed in the direction of your target).
The #2 compass, #5 dividing ruler and #6 plotting scale are used with maps.
The #3 whistle is used for short (perhaps not in line of sight) distances.
The #4 fire flint is struck to make fires (signal, cooking, heat, protection).
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o boy! Thanks Bow_Hunter.

i just dug it up: Here're the instructions on the back of my father's ESM/2. They're different from those provided these days, what Steve762 wrote. i was always fascinated by them when i was a kid, that i'd use a reflection of a bit of sunlight on my hand to help me aim at a faraway object. Works really well too:


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