Compass.

Which type of compass do you prefer for general field navigation?

  • Silva type - Standard baseplate model

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  • Silva type, Mirror sighting type

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  • Prismatic type

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#1
I was slightly surprised on joining in on a map reading lesson at my TAC this week to see that the model of Silva compass on issue is still the plain baseplate model


rather than the type with a sighting mirror.



(I know that one shown isn't in mils)

Considering how superior the mirror type is for taking a bearing on an object I'm surprised they're not on issue. Cost can't be the reason, they're the same price as near as makes no odds.

Any thoughts?
 
#2
Is the bottom one for women so they can apply their make-up?
 
#3
Harder to teach with, no roamer (just scales along the sides), no magnifying lens, bulkier, something else to break, light reflection hazard.

Just a few guesses.
 
#4
putteesinmyhands said:
Harder to teach with, no roamer (just scales along the sides), no magnifying lens, bulkier, something else to break, light reflection hazard.

Just a few guesses.
Other models have a lot of those features. that was just an example of the general type.

I don't see it being hard to teach. Easy really. Easier than sighting with a baseplate one.
 
#5
EX_STAB said:
putteesinmyhands said:
Harder to teach with, no roamer (just scales along the sides), no magnifying lens, bulkier, something else to break, light reflection hazard.

Just a few guesses.
Other models have a lot of those features. that was just an example of the general type.

I don't see it being hard to teach. Easy really. Easier than sighting with a baseplate one.
I was thinking more in terms of initial teaching - the mirror housing obscures much of the map - a bit like trying to use a prismatic without a protractor - can be done, but a pain in the bum.
 
#6
putteesinmyhands said:
EX_STAB said:
putteesinmyhands said:
Harder to teach with, no roamer (just scales along the sides), no magnifying lens, bulkier, something else to break, light reflection hazard.

Just a few guesses.
Other models have a lot of those features. that was just an example of the general type.

I don't see it being hard to teach. Easy really. Easier than sighting with a baseplate one.
I was thinking more in terms of initial teaching - the mirror housing obscures much of the map - a bit like trying to use a prismatic without a protractor - can be done, but a pain in the bum.
I sort of see what you mean for pure classroom use but not for field service. Don't think it's really an issue.
 

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