I had a Surefire weapon light sitting on my work bench and I came to find that the little plastic cap over the tap switch hole had grown brittle and shattered from age.
I’m a little disappointed Surefire used a plastic that would fail in the ~20 or so years this thing is old. But I decided to start going though items I haven’t used in a while and inspect them. I found some of my 16 year old Camelback plastic was degrading. One of the mouth pieces snapped on one when I was checking them out. I’ll probably toss out the old bladders and get a new bladder for one of them. I don’t need 4 of them any more.
I’d been working on my SHTF/Survival preps recently. COVID-19 has got me focusing on them even more. So I’ve been pulling out and inspecting all this stuff. I had a bunch more waterproof matches than I would have guessed. But there were some items that had degraded in storage.
That was a signal mirror that came in some cheap kit. The mirror was in plastic, and the silver backing of the mirror stuck to the plastic and peeled right off it.
I found much of this stuff covered by a fine grey powder. I suspect that the magnesium fire starter I have shed some magnesium oxide. So I had to clean stuff up and I think that magnesium fire starter will get packed in ziplock or something similar.
There was a little package of emergency water. It was long past its’ expiration date.
Ugh, everything is perishable. We have got to inspect and update our preparations.