Issue Kit - Can I Have a Compass Please?!

#1
Hi guys,

I went into the QMs the other day to try and get a compass (just a regular Silva) to replace the one I've had nicked by some scrote but I basically got the fat finger. When I told the storeman that I had a genuine need for one I got the old 'doesn't matter, we've not got any anyway' routine.

What's the score on this? Do I just have to buy one myself or can I indent for one somehow? I'll buy one if I have to since I really do need it but to be honest I'd rather just get one on flick..

Cheers
 
#2
It's not a shop. Do you need one? What for? How long for? What you think is a genuine reason is just crap I've heard thousands of times before.
 
#5
Thats the kind of attitude that got mine nicked in the first place! :)

Ah sod it, just found someone selling what looks to be the issue ones on eBay for £16.
 

BBear

LE
Kit Reviewer
#6
I personally think every man jack should be issued one!

What do you need one for? To get from point A to point B, over the hills and through the clag please? Because my job requires it??
 
#8
I personally think every man jack should be issued one!

What do you need one for? To get from point A to point B, over the hills and through the clag please? Because my job requires it??
Yep, and I don't hold enough for one per man, therefore we ask the questions. Buy one, it'll last a lifetime.
 
#9
It's not a shop. Do you need one? What for? How long for? What you think is a genuine reason is just crap I've heard thousands of times before.
What a shocker of a 'Norman the Storeman' response !

Serious question...How do troops navigate, or are they led by someone with a map and compass ?

If Mr map and compass becomes a casualty, how do the troops continue ?

I presume ( never good I know ) that navigation is still taught as a basic skill, but that needs to be maintained.

I can understand the outrage in the G10 'shop' if all and sundry wanted a fancy gps though.
 
#12
Compasses are so last century. Double away and buy yourself a Garmin 60csx GPS. It has a built in compass for those of a recidivist nature and you can pre load it with maps, routes and all that. And you can use it in your car like the average crap car route finder that takes you round and round city centres for no good reason - and it will talk to you whilst it is doing it.
 
#13
Compasses are so last century. Double away and buy yourself a Garmin 60csx GPS. It has a built in compass for those of a recidivist nature and you can pre load it with maps, routes and all that. And you can use it in your car like the average crap car route finder that takes you round and round city centres for no good reason - and it will talk to you whilst it is doing it.
Get a prismatic compass, they're better!....and they never need batteries! :grin:
 
#15
Pah! I asked the hostie on the flight (KLM) out here if they would mind me tracking the flight so I could make a Google earth file of the track. She asked me: What IS that and, is it legal?
 
#16
Y'know I always wanted a prismatic compass for years until I got the CS60 map. Now I don't go anywhere without it - and I dont need a big crinkly map that gets wet and disintigrates.
Yes indeed that GPS and new fangled map will do right well in a wet environment too. And did I mention batteries? ;-)
 

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