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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
on January 25, 2009
The Brunton type 15 is an excellent compass. What I enjoy the most is having the protractors (both 1:50,000 and 1:24,000) cut right into its baseplate. This eliminates the need to carry a separate plastic protractor like we did in the Army. The entire compass has easy to read numbers, everything is sharply etched, including the glow-in-the-dark points, of which there are eight. The needle swings freely with no stoppages or hiccups. The azimuth ring moves smoothly too, but is built into the frame tightly enough so that it won't slip accidentally. The best feature by far is the declination adjustment. I think this time saver would have been considered cheating in the Army. The type 15 for Brunton is still made in Sweden where it originated. Most of their competition, even those that once produced military quality compasses like Silva, now have their instruments churned out of southeast Asian factories, despite selling them for comparable prices.