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Cammenga Model 27CS Olive Drab Lensatic Compass

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Product Description

The phosphorescent lensatic compass has been used as an economical alternative to the tritium model for decades. It is the same compass CAMMENGA has been supplying to the US military except that the self-luminous tritium has been replaced with phosphoresc

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  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Origin: USA
  • ASIN: B0016SRA4Y
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,026 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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If you need a compass, buy this one!
No_socialism
For anyone interested in putting this compass to good use look up US Army Map Reading and Land Navigation Field Manual (aka FM 3-25.26).
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Seems to be well built but for a compass, it's very HEAVY!
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241 of 245 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Nicolay on August 27, 2010
I've relied on this instrument in pass or fail land navigation tests that have covered several kilometers in thick woods. I have used it at night for the same tests. It is accurate, and soldiers depend on it for mission critical tasks.

I purchased the one with the luminescent paint because it is 1/3 the price of the tritium gas lume (which has an 10 year life), is identical in every other respect, and is marginally brighter. I cannot emphasize that enough. I have compared them both together. The lume paint only needs a 2 second charge from a flashlight directly over the dial, and you've got a very strong glow that will last for several minutes.

The compass is a dry compass, with a sapphire bearing that gives little resistance in turning. There is a 1:50,000 scale on the side for determining distances from 0 to 5000 meters. The entire dial turns with the directional arrow which is awesome. The dial has both degrees and mils/milliradians (for field artillery). An outer, independent bezel has a luminescent azimuth marker that can be turned to the desired degree, while a stationary line remains under it. So, you simply turn the bezel to the degree sought, orient the compass so that North falls on the bezel marker, and walk following the stationary line.

This compass is designed with international travel in mind -some are only made for zone 1 use. It is waterproof, and uses a copper shell instead of a fluid to stabilize the movement of the turning dial. It can also be used in extreme temperatures.

The really nice feature on this compass type is that you can hold it to your cheek and look through a directional peep sight while simultaneously glancing through a magnifying glass that does a magnificent job of displaying the dial -both day and night.

I've seen these things dropped and tossed into boxes, and they are durable.

Bottom Line: This compass is one of my favorite outdoor tools along with a set of good binoculars.
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Kevin on June 23, 2010
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This is one of the best compasses for the money. Very rugged, light, comes with a pouch and a very long lanyard. My friend is a Army Ranger and this is the same compass that he was issued, except it doesn't have the tritium for illumination, but I will not be doing any nighttime trekking.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By pkusmc on September 22, 2010
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Being a former Marine, I'm partial to most military issued gear due to it's abilty to hold up under most situations. While you may spend a little more to get one, an item such as this compass will last a lifetime. It works perfectly, and the carry pouch attaches to webbing, Molle gear, or even a belt or strap.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By W. Gobel on September 5, 2011
You've seen the other reviews; this is a first-rate compass that will not disappoint in any way. My point: you don't need the tritium unless you're working on black ops navigating around an enemy at night. Most campers and hikers camp for the night .. don't throw away your money for tritium. This compass can be made to glow every bit as brightly as the tritium model by holding a flashlight to the dial for a few seconds! Look at the prices: the tritium model is thirty bucks or more above the price of this compass! Once the tritium decays, that's it; no more glow. It's the very same high-quality compass .. but for people cursed with common sense.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful By AJKendall on September 3, 2010
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The best compass I ever worked with. Very accurate and extremely durable. I recommend this to anyone from casual walkers to extreme outdoors or adventure seekers. Well worth the money.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By F. Weller on October 30, 2010
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I have used at least a dozen compasses over the years. Nothing compares to the speed at which this compass stabilizes. I purchased this compass without tritium because I use it mostly for backpacking, hiking and letterboxing and would definitely have a flashlight with me if I was using it in the dark. I anticipate getting a lifetime of use from this rugged compass. This compass does weigh more than the average plastic device, but I will gladly carry this when I am ultralight backpacking because it is worth the weight.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Primelies on April 12, 2011
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Ive missed my military compass for years and not wanting to spend too much for the Tritium version this seemed a good compromise. Other then lacking the Tritium this compass is identical to the military issue one I learned on and works flawlessly. Took quite awhile to get here but I settled for the slow shipping but its exactly what I wanted. Was happy to see the carry pouch is the same US army issue pouch with alice clip to connect to my ruck. Thank you!
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Kim W Cheung on November 9, 2010
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I bought this compass mainly for fun.It is solid built. The case cover opens and closes smoothly with right amount of friction. The phosphorescent light on the base of the dial lights up brightly after being charged by the flash light, but it soon becomes dimmer, so I won't recommend it to be used at night. At last, it is so sensitive that the reading would be affected if it is too close to a cell phone.
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