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Rothco 3H Cammenga G.I. Military Tritium Lensatic Compass

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  • Built to the demanding specifications of U.S. Fighting Forces
  • It is shock, water and sand proof, and functional from -50ºF to +150ºF.
  • Seven Tritium Micro Lights allow for navigation in low-light conditions
  • NSN 6605-01-196-6971
  • Built to last with an aluminum frame and waterproof housing
  • The compass comes with a carrying pouch and a belt clip
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Olive Drab Official US Military Tritium Lensatic Compass (Model 3H) - The World's #1 Military Compass. Built To The Demanding Specifications Of US Fighting Forces. NSN 6605-01-196-6971. Battle Tested - Shock, Water, Sand Proof and Functional From -50ºF to +150ºF. Seven Tritium Micro Lights Allow For Navigation In Low-Light Conditions. Equipped With A Magnifying Lens, Sight Wire, and Dial Graduations In Both Degrees and Mils To Ensure Accurate Readings. Copper Induction Dampening System Slows The Rotation Of The Magnet Without The Use Of Liquids. Built To Last With An Aluminum Frame and Waterproof Housing. Includes Carrying Pouch, Lanyard, and Belt Clip. "3H" Stamped On Back Of Actual Compass. Made In The USA. Tritium Illuminated For Use In Total Darkness. MIL C10436L.


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  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 6 inches ; 7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B0006YXWN2
  • Item model number: 417
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,617 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
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Review for U.S. Issue Mil-Spec Tritium Illuminated Aluminum Military Lensatic Marching Compass (Misc.)from BIGFLYSPORTS. The item sent was not a Cammenga Tritium Illuminated Military Lensatic Compass. It did not have any Tritium light sources. It did not have a durable waterproof cast aluminum case painted olive drab. It did not have a lanyard and a carrying pouch with rear belt clip. It was not made in the United States. IT WAS MADE IN CHINA!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is a cheap imitation worth about 1/10 of what I paid for it. Don't buy this item because the description is not what you will receive. Rating should be zero stars.
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The rating should be zero. This is a scam product, do not purchase. The advertising leads you to believe it's a military grade field compass. Once you receive the product you know before even opening the packaging you've been had. This is a Chinese knock off not the real thing. Walmart $7.00 compasses are higher quality than this.
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I ordered this product off of this listing. What I received was a defective Cammenga Model 3H wrapped up in a plastic bag and duct tape, with no factory warranty. The compass points north, but the lid is an obvious casting error and does not close completely, and opens and closes with difficulty; obviously at some point this compass will break with normal use. I don't know how this defective garbage gets dumped onto the US economy these days; there were once retail standards in America. I am no longer ordering off of Amazon.com unless Amazon stocks and ships the item themselves.
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I served in the US Marines. The compass that we were issued by the Armory during deployment had a radioactive warning on the bottom of the compass, this compass does not. The military issued compass actually glows at night without exposing it to a light source.

I'm not trying to take away from this compass, it looks good and prob works fine. I just think that the description should be changed and not say U.S Issue.

The "Mil Spec" in the description gives it away.
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this compass was not a true Tritium compass it is mismarked and I have sent mine back. The real ones are really bright without having to charge in the sun.
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Just to get it out of the way, I bought 2 of these from ToysNGamesEtc. I understand there are some bad feedbacks which should have been left for the seller specifically. ToysNGamesEtc is selling exactly what this item describes, in the retail packaging. The only difference is that I got the Cammenga, not the Rothco. There shouldn't be any difference, as they are made to the same specs.

I've had a Cammenga H3 for about 15 years, the one that was issued to me in college ROTC. This is the same compass, minus a few details, but considering it's been 15 years, I can understand. My old one had a brass bezel ring, and this one is plastic. Not sure that it will make much of a difference. My old one had the brand name on the back, and this one has it one the front along with the NSN.

If you're wondering about the life of the tritium, my compass from 15 years ago is still glowing, but barely. It's still serviceable in the dead of night, but it was just time, you know?

The compass is exactly what was expected. Buy with confidence (at least form ToysNGamesEtc) that you're getting the military one.

Here's my caveat: Some people have complained that this isn't the one with the radioactive symbol on the back. That's true, but those were probably made in the seventies, judging from the posts. There have been improvements made in the past 40 years. people! This one's not oil filled either, something they also stopped doing quite a while back. In my opinion, that would be like going to a Ford dealership and complaining you can't buy a new Mustang II.

This is it, and at half the price. Price on post is $135 for the same product.
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This is the current US military issue lensatic compass (Model 1950). It is a classic design that has remained essentially unchanged for over 60 years. All for a good reason - it is a great design that has withstood the rigors of hard use in environments from the frozen ridgelines of Korea to the snowy forests of Germany to the damp jungles of Vietnam to the oven-hot deserts of Kuwait and Iraq and everywhere in between.

It is easily the most rugged handheld compass ever made and is the ONLY land navigation compass I know of that is manufactured to meet a formal performance specification - MIL-PRF-10436N - which states that the compass must be accurate to within 2.5 degrees. Other manufacturers may say that their compasses are accurate, but none of them are required to prove it.

One of the reasons for this compass' ruggedness is that it is not a liquid dampened design. Liquid dampened compasses tend to be fragile, and about half of the liquid filled compasses in my collection (18) have developed air bubbles in the course of normal use. The Cammenga M1950 compass uses induction dampening, a very effective system that takes advantage of the natural magnetic reaction between the magnetic compass bar and the copper cup it sits in to quickly eliminate needle oscillation. Since the compass is a 'dry' design it can incorporate a system that lifts the magnet bar/compass card off of the needle when the compass is closed. This protects the jeweled pivot on the magnet bar from damage due to rough handling.

While it may not look it, the design is very ergonomic while being used for sighting. The tritium illumination is excellent, and makes it about the only compass suitable for long term night navigation work.
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