Nice compass!


May 20, 2013, 11:02 PM
Now this one is nice.
But not that nice.

Here is some cheap ones that will get you home too!

L to R: Brunton (free from the NRA), Plastic Japan, Plastic US Army Lensatic copy, Old German Silver watch case, and an old Marbles brass pin-on.

NOTE: all the pointers are not pointing the exact same North because they are too close together and interfering with each others magnetic fields.

The Marbles was bought at an antique shop a couple of years ago for $2.00 bucks, because it pointed South instead of North!!
A couple of passes over a strong magnet reversed the needle polarity again, and all is well again.

The old German silver one, I think was $6.00 several years ago at a flea market.

Lets see some of your compass photo's!

And a compass as a non-firing weapon?
Don't leave home without it when you might ever go where the sun don't shine!!


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May 21, 2013, 08:38 AM
I work out of a small skiff and won't rig one without a compass (my preference is usually Ritchie...). Securely stored is a second small hand bearing compass as a backup. These days most rely heavily on a gps instead of that old fashioned, won't let you down, compass.

A few years back I did some seminars for my local West Marine store (freebies, hoping to generate a customer or two for my charter business). They included a session on practical gps usage... One of the first points I'd emphasize is not to rely solely on a gps since they'll never give you a bit of warning before they quit (of course only when it's least convenient). Having a compass on board is a must -but I think fewer and fewer know how to use one properly (and my son was an Eagle scout...). I'll bet that grunts are still taught compass usage, though....

May 21, 2013, 10:39 AM
A compass can absolutely be a non-firearm weapon, if you know how to use it as such (same as a radio). Here are mine. The one I carry daily is a Suunto M3 Global. The needle is balanced to work in any of the world's compass zones, and it's adjustable for declination (no need to do math once you set it). The Suunto is light, fast, easy to use and versatile. My back-up compass is a Cammenga tritium lensatic. It's a brick, and doesn't really do anything for me that my Suunto can't, so it stays squirreled away in an ammo can somewhere while the Suunto lives on my gear.

May 21, 2013, 11:01 AM
If you go hunting, camping, or walking in unknown areas without a compass you are not thinking correctly.

I am reminded of a day hunt many years ago, Radio crackles, "which way back to the truck, doc ?"

"Follow 270 straight out"

"I don't have a compass"

"Put the sun on your left"

Never went with that guy again.

May 21, 2013, 11:17 AM
While I round up some magic needles and a camera................

Can one purchase just the actual compass portion of an old Silva Orienteering compass and keep their old pad?

Is there some mystical secret way to remove the bubble that seem to eventually form in liquid filled compass?

I used a USGI Lensatic a lot....especially in the service, I even got looks for using it a lot when I had been issued one of the neat surveying compass Artillery Officers use. Can't find mine picked up in a surplus store of late, though the tritium died long ago it was still useful.

Anyone else notice that the front end of a GI angle head flashlight of the 50's-80's fits the bezel of those things near perfect to allow the charging of the glow in the dark stuff while maintaining light disipline?


May 21, 2013, 11:24 AM
Quick trip down to the library vaults.....

Wife's civilian PIC brand lensatic, an old graphic training aid on the compass, two maps and my watch......remember the matchstick watch "compass"?

Hope this post correctly


Texan Scott
May 21, 2013, 01:51 PM
RC, that second from left was my very first "real" compass when I was eight. Up to that point, I'd been using a toy compass out of an old fisher-price camping set. (I say 'toy' because it had no features; it was a round, orange colored plastic case with a magnetized needle.)

Then one day outside the library, I showed some kids, and one little smart butt kid named Kurt explained to the others that it wasn't a REAL compass, because the needle MOVED, and a REAL compass always points north. "See? It's not even pointing at the N!"... and then laughed.

I went home and broke my birthday money hoard and bought a 'real' compass just to show him. :rolleyes:

May 21, 2013, 04:10 PM
Just a hair off for THR.

Compasses don't quite meet the definition of firearms or firearms accessories.

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