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Military Lensatic Compass for Hiking

Updated on September 23, 2015

Official US Military Compass

Find miltary lensatic compasses, magnetic and gyro here, the best army compasses for hiking

If you are looking for official Military compasses then you have come to the right place.

Find a full range of official military lensatic army compasses here.

Military lensatic compasses, magnetic and gyro, are a ideal extra for walkers, hiking and exploring in the great outdoors. They are an extremely useful instrument that can definitely come in handy, and military ones are some of the most accurate and durable.

Compasses help you to find the North from South so can make you feel more secure and give you a professional edge on those group hiking activities into the unexplored.

They are more than often stylish and small enough to fit into the pocket, a compass should be on any outdoor loving persons list of thing to take whilst on that journey.

The main types are Magnetic, and the Gyro compass. Other types of include Chinese, professional, ancient, nautical, drawing, digital and even kids compasses.

Compasses are thought to have been invented as early as the 10 hundreds and being used for maritime navigation in the 11 hundreds.

Here you can find a wide arrange of military compasses perfect for a Christmas gift or for a treat for yourself. One day you might thank your lucky stars you didn't have to rely on them to find your way.

Image: Official US Military Compass available at Amazon.

Army Compass for hiking and outdoor activities

The phosphorescent lensatic military compass has been used as an alternative to the tritium model. The only difference is that the self-luminating tritium has been replaced with phosphoresc to make it more economic.

CAMMENGA is a supplier to the US military.

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military compass

What are Magnetic Compasses?

Magnetic Compasses contain a magnet which interacts with the Earths Magnetic Field. They align themselves to point to the magnetic poles. The compass shows directions in a frame of reference in which the directions of the magnetic poles are due North and South. The magnetic compasses will normally point North, with East, South and West also marked on it's face, therefore letting you know which way to head.

Image: 417 OFFICIAL U.S. MILITARY TRITIUM LENSATIC COMPASS available at Amazon.

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gyro compass
gyro compass

What is a Gyro Compass?

The gyro compass contains a spinning wheel. The rotation interacts with the rotation of the Earth so as to make the wheel slow down, losing energy due to friction until its axis of rotation is parallel with the Earth's. The wheel's axis therefore points to the Earth's rotational poles, and a frame of reference is used in which the directions of the rotational poles are due North and South. These points are called True North and True South.

Image: SI-TEX HDK11 Rate Gyro Compass available at Amazon.

The No 1 Military Compass

Built to U.S Military Specifications

'Battle Tested' for shock, sand, and water and works from -50F to +150F


Due to it's very accurate bearings the Silva Lensatic 360 miltary compass was traditionally used by the military. The classic design is durable so perfect for hiking.

It has strong aluminum casing. The liquid-filled compass has a quality lens which magnifies dial reading.

Luminous points make reading easier in low light.

How to use a lensatic compass explained

In this clip below from YouTube there is an explanation of how to use the 417 OFFICIAL U.S. MILITARY TRITIUM LENSATIC COMPASS (MODEL 3H) at night.

It also explains how to tell the difference between this U.S Military compass and some of it's competitors.

The compass is the Tritium version available below from Amazon

How to use a lensatic compass tutorial

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @anonymous: Thanks for visiting!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I inherited a military style compass. Now I have a reference on them. Thanks!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I never new how many designs there are for compasses. They're great.

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @Linda BookLady: Yes I like that to. If ever I do get lost and find myself without a compass I will remind myself of that and just keep wandering.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      You have a lot of nice compasses here... but my favorite is the one that says "Not all who wander are lost." That's precious!

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @CoffeeWriter LM: I hope it helped you find your way back!

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      CoffeeWriter LM 4 years ago

      This reminds me of the days I'd go exploring in the woods behind the cottage with my dad. We used a Cammenga compass, I recognize the picture, and still have it somewhere.

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @jolou: Yes I'd be lost without one (excuse the pun)

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      Peter Badham 4 years ago from England

      @shellys-space: No problem, thank you for coming by and blessing me. I'm afraid I refuse to drink redbull so you may have to wait a while until I return the favor. I hope your son learned how to use the compass and that it comes in handy!

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      Shelly Sellers 4 years ago from Midwest U.S.A.

      My son is a Boy Scout and he loves hiking and camping! A compass was a perfect gift for him on his birthday a few years ago! Thanks for stopping my lens and leaving a comment earlier :)

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      LizardKing3 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your lens!

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      jolou 4 years ago

      Yes these are very important to have when hiking or in unfamiliar places.