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Silva Ranger Type 15

rated 5.0 of 5 stars

The Ranger Type 15 has been discontinued. If you're looking for something new, check out the best handheld compasses for 2024.

photo: Silva Ranger Type 15 handheld compass

The Silva Ranger Type 15 base plate compass is a sturdy and accurate instrument and will not disappoint.


  • Sighting mirror
  • Clinometer with arrow
  • Base plate scales
  • 2° graduated compass dial
  • Adjustable declination lines
  • Luminous magnetic needle
  • Orienting lines
  • No liquid and no bubbles


  • No level



The Silva Ranger Type 15 base plate compass was my first purchase in 1990 and has never disappointed me in the field. Sturdy and accurate, it has provided me with many years of precision map and compass navigation and is as accurate an instrument today as the day I purchased it more than 30 years ago. 

I have noticed that a few of today's high end compasses, such as the Silva 15TDCL Expedition and the Brunton 8099 Pro Eclipse, are equipped with levels. Great feature, but while the Type 15 lacks this feature, it does have a clinometer that, if necessary, can offer the same function as a level. 

With good navigation skills and a map the Silva Ranger Type 15 compass is all the precision instrument you need. 


An experienced (30+ years) map and compass navigator. I also teach outdoor and field navigation to younger generations.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $45

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