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Cammenga 3H Tritium Military Compass

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Product Description

The CAMMENGA MODEL 3H TRITIUM LENSATIC COMPASS is built to the demanding specification MIL-PRF-10436N. Battle tested through rigorous shock, water, sand proof, and functional from -50o F to +150o F. Seven Tritium Micro Lights allow for navigation in low-light conditions, without the need for a flashlight or any other light source. Tritium Micro Lights remain luminous for over twelve years, maintenance-free. Equipped with a magnifying lens, sight wire, and dial graduations in both degrees and mils to ensure accurate readings. The Copper Induction Damping System slow the rotation of the magnet without the use of liquids. Built to last with an aluminum frame and waterproof housing. The CAMMENGA COMPASS is depended on by fighting forces, government agencies, and adventurous outdoor enthusiasts around the world.

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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (211 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,895 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Best compass money can buy.
Cathy Norwood
The "77" is a standardized code indicated it was made for civilian market distribution.
old81bmw
This is a good, solid, well made compass that should last a lifetime.
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345 of 351 people found the following review helpful By old81bmw on February 2, 2012
Color Name: Olive Drab Verified Purchase
I was one of those guys who served in the the early 70's and trained on a similar lensatic compass with basically the same specs as the current (1992+) contractor (Cammenga.) Here's some caveats...

1. Tritium is not a neon glow which backlights your compass and can serve as an emergency flashlight or locator beacon. Only the basic indicator lines and East and West markers glow - faintly. The picture that most vendors (and Cammenga as well) use to illustrate the 3H Tritium lighting is grossly exaggerated.

2. Whoever posted "my compass was made in 1977" didn't bother to take the time to fact-check with the manufacturer. The date code on my Cammenga compass is 12-01-77. Per Cammenga, this indicates it was manufactured in January of 2012. The "77" is a standardized code indicated it was made for civilian market distribution. Simple as that.

3. Make sure you're capable of either learning, or are already skilled at the use of a lensatic compass. When you take a sighting it doesn't get held out in front of you, it goes up on your cheek. Also, if you suffer from any sight issues, as I do with reading glasses, bifocals, etc, you might have difficulty using the magnifying glass viewer. Using a lensatic compass with eyeglasses is a bit tricky. It's not designed for old guys who can't read their newspaper without 'playing the trombone' to sight in the print..

4. The Cammenga 3H is the gold standard for compasses. Anything less is a dangerous compromise. Can you do without the Tritium? Sure. Until you need it.

5. Cammenga offers some great map & compass / orienteering resources, as does the US Army, for free. Don't pay for reprints which are available online for free.
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Jim M. Orona on April 30, 2011
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I ordered this compass on March 29 and received when promised April 5. I won't get lost with this compass. I used one like it while serving in the Marines. I've been wanting a compass for a while. I intended to buy this item from a military website until I compared it with Amazon. Where the item sold for $15 less.
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87 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Sherpa Benet on April 10, 2011
Color Name: Olive Drab
Eventually you're going to end up in a situation where your GPS is worthless. Whether the batteries die, or your in a canyon or heavy forest, or the satellites come crashing out of the sky, eventually you'll need an alternate tool for navigation. Time to bust out the old map and compass.

There's a reason the U.S. military chose this. This is one area where they didn't go with the lowest bidder. This is one of the most expensive compasses you can buy, and for good reason.

The case is heavy, the sighting wire is heavier duty than any other model available, and the liquid is freeze proof for continuous operations in colder temps.

The tritium means it will glow for a good ten years or more without being exposed to light. Perfect for night navigation.

Pair this with a good protractor, UTM grid and a topographic map and you should be able to find your way regardless of any other technology.

Critical for your survival, camping, and hiking kits.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By gadgetguy on November 11, 2014
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Excellent dry lensatic compass. This is an excellent unit if you know how and why it is used. This is the civilian-issued version of the US military M-1950 3H field compass (MIL-PRF-10436N). Cammenga runs each batch of these through rigorous testing to conform with military specifications (including shock resistance and magnetic accuracy). The compass is identical to military issued models. The company who makes the compass, Cammenga, was started in 1992 to primarily manufacture the model 3H compass for the US military. I love having both degree and mil scales.

Build quality is very good (gotta love aluminum). I love having the tritium- it's not mega bright but is sufficient and is necessary if you're navigating at night. The unit I got is marked with 3H (for tritium) on the bottom. It does not have the radiation marker that you often see with tritium compasses. Ignore any reviews where people are claiming they were made in 1977. On these compasses, you can find the manufacture date and lot number inside the compass next to the site wire in the format ## ## ## (Printed in black). My compass is marked "14 09 77". This means it was manufactured September (09) 2014 (14). The last two numbers indicate the lot number; however, the "77" is a generic number that means the unit was NOT made under government contract. I was glad the seller sent me a newly manufactured version (considering tritium is only good for 10-12 years).

I docked a star because the site wire is slightly crooked (which does affect siting efficiency). The rotating bezel is a bit flimsy/loose and doesn't click (it does stay in place well enough though). the included pouch is pretty ugly and awkward (it is military issue as well though).
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Susan C. Smith on June 6, 2012
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Very nice and very bright. Just like the ones I used back when I was 13-Bravo. I don't remember the one I had back when I was in U.S. ARMY Field Artillery being this bright, but those were probably fairly old. Very accurate if you need to shoot an azimuth and built like a tank to boot. Mil-spec.
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