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    I have been wanting to relearn my old orienteering skills so i bought a military manual on map reading and navigation. However, many compasses that say they are a GI lensatic compass are either expensive or look like knock offs. Where can I buy a real or at least accurate lensatic compass? Also, does anyone know of a good place to get accurate topo maps other than USGS?

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    Ok for basic orienteering, any decent gi equivalent compass will work.

    Keep in mind tritium works a bit better than the cheap glow in the dark. 50-80 frns isn't bad.

    For more accuracy on the move, or for field " site " work, I do prefer the M2 Artillery compass. Mils r more accurate than degrees.

    For old school navigation, the holy cross is actually a transit.

    A good star chart for those beautiful clear nights, help ya keep up with everything.

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    Whats lensatic?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slojo View Post
    Whats lensatic?

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    http://lensaticcompass.blogspot.com/...c-compass.html

    A lensatic compass is one with a magnifying lens on the sight.
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    Why get a lensatic? An orienteering style (rotating bezel (ring), rectangular base plate) is easier to learn/teach, much less expensive, and more accurate than a GI lensatic.

    Just because the military uses a particular thing, it doesn't make it the best (or even good). When you have to teach a million people a new way of doing things, there is a lot of friction to improvement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fidel. MD View Post
    Why get a lensatic? An orienteering style (rotating bezel (ring), rectangular base plate) is easier to learn/teach, much less expensive, and more accurate than a GI lensatic.

    Just because the military uses a particular thing, it doesn't make it the best (or even good). When you have to teach a million people a new way of doing things, there is a lot of friction to improvement.
    Baseplates work well for taking bearings off a map and lensatics are best at taking bearings from objects in the field. It's best to have and know how to use both types.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alredneck View Post

    For more accuracy on the move, or for field " site " work, I do prefer the M2 Artillery compass. Mils r more accurate than degrees.

    For old school navigation, the holy cross is actually a transit.

    The M2 was not listed as a compass. It is a "Pocket Transit"

    BTW, if you want an affordable "M2" that is marked in degrees instead of mils:
    https://www.thecompassstore.com/pam22.html
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    Quote Originally Posted by jdh View Post
    The M2 was not listed as a compass. It is a "Pocket Transit"

    BTW, if you want an affordable "M2" that is marked in degrees instead of mils:
    https://www.thecompassstore.com/pam22.html
    May just have to get one of these. I have three lensatic compasses, what I was trained on in the Air Force. Never used anything else. But I sure like the description of this M2. And its very affordable also.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Snyper View Post
    Baseplates work well for taking bearings off a map and lensatics are best at taking bearings from objects in the field. It's best to have and know how to use both types.
    A sighting type orienteering is better for shooting azimuths than a lensatic. It also is a single tool to get the job done, you don't need a protractor as well.

    Plus, they are lighter in weight. I carry three: Two Ranger types, and a smaller version of a ranger. That way, if one goes bad (and they do) I can figure out which one is bad. This is the 'ranger type', but I certainly don't pay that much for them: https://www.amazon.com/Silva-Sightin...gateway&sr=8-7
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