At first glance, the lensatic compass can seem a bit daunting. Covered in various markings and with multiple moving parts, it looks as though it. Learn how to use the lensatic compass used by the US Military. I have half a dozen navigation apps on my phone, so I rarely get lost! But phones have several major weaknesses: battery life and signal reception. Both of those.

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The lensatic compass is used by the U.

Then, you place your protractor on the map with its center point at your current position, making sure the north-south lines on the protractor line up with the north-south lines on the map. This is known as a back bearing. Newer Post Older Post Home.

Keep doing this until you get to where you want to go. A lensatic compass, also called a military compass, is a more advanced and useful version of a magnetic compass. Turn your entire body as a lensatiic until your predetermined azimuth falls under the fixed black index line.

Be sure you understand magnetic declination.

Lensatic Compasses

The north reference is an integral part of any bearing. Hold your compass in the two-hand hold, steady and level in front of you.

While speed is important in many tactical situations, a lensatic compass lensaitc not necessarily designed for speed.

Put that hand up to the compass, steadying the compass by placing your index finger along the compass’s side, and wrapping your thumb between the bezel ring and the rear sight. Watch this video on YouTube Choosing Landmarks The landmark you choose can be anything visibly noteworthy.


Plotting a bearing on a map using a round lensatic compass

It may take a while to get it, and you should practice in a safe location before relying on one, but few devices are more able to help you navigate your way to safety. Unless you are stranded on a deserted islandknowing how to use a compass just may save your life! Use a file to make a permanent notch at each end. We will be orienting our map with Magnetic Lendatic. In addition to degrees to measure directions in a circle, the military also uses 6, mils.

So from now on, when you hear the term compaxs compassthink lens, think accuracy, think ruggedness, and think sighting. One advantage is it’s probably more accurate when it comes leneatic “shooting azimuths,” meaning the act of determining the specific compass direction to a spot on the earth.

How to Use a Lensatic Military Compass – Navigate Safely in the Wild

Well, that is, unless you’re doing something silly like holding the compass backwards. I keep one in my truck and one in my bug-out bag because they can save your life. You want to find your position using the technique of partial resection, so you need to know that tower’s bearing lensstic a high degree of accuracy. But not to you, Compqss trust. Most people assume that lensatic compass is the “proper” term for all hand-held compasses, but that it not the case.

North is 0 degrees, so a declination elnsatic 10 degrees west would mean that you would point at degrees to point at true north.


The degrees are in red, and are the ring’s inner measurements. The older the oensatic, the more likely the declination shown in the diagram is no longer correct.

Imagine that you want to hold it as if it were firmly mounted in that position. We will be plotting our bearing lensxtic to Magnetic North, so there is no need to adjust for a different north reference. Put the thumb of your other hand on the compass, between the compass body and the lens.

Like any skillit is good to practice navigating with a lensatic compass before your life depends on it.

Lensatic Compass Guide: What is a Lensatic Compass?

Going back full circle to the specific purposes that compasses are built for, we realize that a military compass would be used compazs frequently to take sightings. Rough direction to the cabin. To determine our location we are going to combine two pieces of information on our map.

Turn the compass cover more or less perpendicular to the base. Many wooden tables also have bolts, nails, screws, and other metal components.

When performed correctly, you will return to the same line you were traveling before you encountered copass obstacle.