|Item Weight||0.96 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8.5 x 5.5 x 0 inches|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
Improved Military Style MGRS/UTM Coordinate Grid Reader, and Protractor
|Price:||$9.95 + $2.76 shipping|
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- For use with UTM, MGRS, USNG or other metric based coordinate systems.
- For use on maps with scales of: 1:24000 1:25000 1:50000 1:10000 1:100000 1:250000 1:500000
- Compass Rose in both Degrees and Mils
- This tool is an improved version of the Graphic Training Aid 5-2-12 Coordinate Scale and Protractor used by United States and NATO military forces around the world
- Includes a 1:24:000 scale for USGS 7.5 minute topographic maps
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This tool is used for plotting and reading UTM, MGRS, or USNG grid coordinates from topographic maps. It is an improved version of the Graphic Training Aid 5-2-12 Coordinate Scale and Protractor used by United States and NATO military forces around the world. This coordinate scale offers significant benefits over the standard issue GTA 5-2-12. By using a slot on one side of the tool for access to the map, the tool can be more compact than the traditional GTA tool. The tool features several additional map scales, including 1:24,000, which is the most common topographic map scale found within the United States. The 1:100,000 scale now spans 5km grid lines, making it much more usable. Plus, the overall dimensions of the tool have been reduced so that it is the size of a music CD, easily fitting into a pocket or any slot where you could store a CD. Rounded corners keep it from wearing holes in your pockets. The inner protractor is marked in degrees and the outer protractor is in mils. Bands of white ink are printed under the two compass roses to make reading the compass rose easier and to keep the tool from "disappearing" when you place it on the map. The tool is printed on 30 mil plastic stock with a protective coating. It is about the thickness and stiffness of a credit card. It's 33% thicker than the standard military issue version, so it's less likely to be bent or broken when you need to use it. See the photo of the tool bent almost in half with no issues. Scales x Grid Size: 1:24,000 x 1km 1:25,000 x 1km/1:250,000 x 10km 1:50,000 x 2km/1:500,000 x 20km 1:10,000 x 500m/1:100,000 x 5km (Size 4.5" x 4.5")
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The plastic is crystal clear. The thickness and flexibility give it a good sturdy feel. The slot cut out rather than triangle enhances the durability as well. The markings printed on it do not rub off.
It appears to be perfectly calibrated for the various map scales. The center punch hole was right on the center cross hair. I added a string for ease of measuring.
The description left me with the impression that the white background on the angle markers was opaque. Fortunately, it is only frosted and is easy to see through.
It is a simple tool, but well-made.
I had no use for the mils markings, so I cut off the outer ring. Now that I'm a civilian and using 1:24,000 scale maps (hunting), I wish the slot for that scale wasn't upside-down, but it's nice that it is included at-least.
One very nice touch is a customized page that details the true north, grid north and magnetic north, etc for my region which was based off the shipping address.
Great product, great service. I'm very happy with it.
The upside is that it is a heavy and durable material, slightly larger than a normal protractor, but still fits in my medium size Rite In the Rain notebook cover. The markings are easy to use and better than the normal ones.
The downside is that there is a small learning curve to using it, but that can also be great because it keep other people from using it and never returning it. Also, the white contrast material around the edge under the mil and deg scales is starting to rub/scratch off.
This item probably deserves 4-1/2 stars, I'd say it's the one to get.
1) You can line up your east/west coordinates and then make an accurate "tic" for the north/south coordinate.
2)I like how you can put a string from the gut of a paracord and use it to plot your degrees FAST - rather than draw a straight line on the map and "hope" you lined up right.
The one con is the build of the protractor is not as thick as ranger joe's but otherwise appears fine. I plan on bringing two down with me (certain items are worth having backups of). I had 3 protractors to choose from and I found this one the best. I think if you got a ranger joe's or this one - both will be more than adequate to plot points.
To see what is available that might better suit your needs I recommend going to Map Tools on here or on their website and see what else they have. There are Latitude Longitude Map Rulers and other aids for you to use.
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