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Military Marching Lensatic Compass

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  • Get the ultimate direction finder in digital camouflage print
  • Compass face diameter 2-1/8-Inch marked in 5-degree increments
  • 1/4-inch sighting lens and sighting lines on cover
  • Entire compass measures 3 1/4-inch x 2 1/2-inch
  • Comes with a water resistant nylon pouch and lanyard
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Product Description

package included:1X compass

Product Details

Pattern Name: Compass
  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 2 x 5 inches ; 6.4 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B001ID4ZY0
  • Item model number: CC4580
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (761 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81 in Home Improvement (See Top 100 in Home Improvement)

Customer Reviews

Is it a great compass for taking bearings on a family camping trip?
Ron P. Wilson
Perhaps the radio would work, so you could sit in your driveway and listen to the radio.
Wilhelm
Great product - Very well made, accurate, easy to use and priced right.
John A. Ernissee Jr.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

454 of 472 people found the following review helpful By Ron P. Wilson on March 29, 2010
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This is a Chinese copy of the K&R brand (German) series "Meridian" compass that sells for $150.

No, this compass does not have the precision German machine detailing of the $150 K&R model. For example, on the K&R compass the bezel (the part you turn) is machined, but on this compass it is cast metal. But the build quality of this $14 compass is surprisingly good - as in, way better than I expected.

If you are looking for a direct sighting compass with 1 degree (or better) accuracy, that is quick to use and virtually foolproof, this is the bargain of the decade.

It does NOT have declination compensation, but then neither does the K&R model for $150.
As the other reviewer noted, the luminance is poor. But the reality is that if it is so dark that you need luminance, then it is also too dark to use a sighting compass anyway - so what's the point?

Is it accurate? - absolutely. Durable? - yes. Would I bank my life on it as my only compass out in the wilderness? - not a chance. Is it a great compass for taking bearings on a family camping trip? - Perfect.

For the price, this is an astounding compass.
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639 of 686 people found the following review helpful By Wilhelm on January 14, 2011
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As mentioned in previous reviews, this is a copy of a German compass. It's sort of neat for 10 dollars, but, and this is the key thing to remember- It's not a good compass, it's a copy of a good compass.

Reading earlier reviews, it's clear that this product has gone through several iterations, paint colors, etc. It seems that the product has been modified over time to make it more appealing to the consumer, as many products are. There is nothing wrong with a product evolving and becoming better. The compass shipped to me has a "thumb ring" or lanyard ring mounted near the hinge, which accomplishes four things:

1. It can be used as a thumb ring, if you have very very small thumbs.
2. You can attach a lanyard to it, to tether the compass to its case or yourself.
3. It prevents the compass from opening fully
4. It prevents the compass from sitting level on a flat surface, for instance a map.

I chose the example of the thumb/lanyard loop/ring because it illustrates the central theme of this product; copies of good things are not always good copies. Or to put it bluntly, folks who know jack about compasses have no business building compasses. Adding features that prevent the compass from being used for its primary purpose are not improvements, they're un-improvements. A compass that won't sit flat on a map is not useful for navigation. You can shoot a bearing, you can follow a heading, but if you can't communicate that data to the map, you're not navigating, you're guessing. You could cut the stupid thumb ring off,like I did.

A few more points leading up to my thesis-

A. This is not a prismatic compass, as it lacks a prism.
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133 of 149 people found the following review helpful By Able Devildog on April 3, 2012
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I teach map reading and orienteering. I really did not buy this compass for actual use. It is a piece of crap. I bought it to show students what happens when you buy cheap compasses. It does have one nice feature and that is that you can read the compass dial though the peep hole while aiming at an object. But you cannot lock the dial. There is no way to adjust for declination. Worst of all, the instructions are not only unreadable without a magnifying glass, they provide no useful information. They don't even identify all the parts on the compass. There is a scale on the lens but what it is for or how to use it are not explained. There is a scale on the back but it is unreadable. And the reference to the Army Study Guide is useless. Not only is the path to the instructions wrong, when you get there, there is no information about setting declination. WORST OF ALL, it is TOTALLY INACCURATE.
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62 of 69 people found the following review helpful By Rosc on January 4, 2011
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I don't know what the past complaints are about. The compass I received is a plain olive-drab, no digital camo pattern. It's clean inside and out, no fingerprints. It has a bubble-level. It sits flat on tables. The back has angle, gradient & width/distance chart imprinted in the plastic.

I made image scans of the booklet that came with it, because the print is very small and somewhat hard to read. Figured the scans might come in handy for others as well, and also to show the compass' functions.

An excellent compass for the very low price.
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67 of 77 people found the following review helpful By D. herrera on October 4, 2009
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I have seen these compasses appear on the market and out of curiousity, I ordered one. I am surprised at its solid build and quality. I almost thought that its a sort of chinese military compass as it has the same digital camo pattern used by the chinese peoples liberation army. It also came in a non marked box with no instructions and labeled made in china. The compass itself also has no markings as to the maker. I took some readings with it and compared them to my brunton compass and they were dead on. I gave it four stars because it only has a luminous mag north arrow with poor luminescence and no luminous cardinal points. The card "face" also moves a little slow in the fluid filled capsule but who needs speed when taking a precision reading. viewing through the aperture also works well and it also has a military mils scale. Decent compass.
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