National Geographic's new show Diggers is a must watch for those who love metal detecting as it provides an inside look into how the pros do it.
Today we’re excited to share a fun new show with you that we’ve all been enjoying on the National Geographic Channel called Diggers. The show is about two guys based in Montana, Tim Saylor and George Wyant (AKA Ringy and The King), who love metal detecting. They head out into all kinds of different terrain all around the country and film their adventures. They’re fun to watch because you can tell that they truly enjoy the hobby. They’re both knowledgeable about metal detecting as well as history so they are able to create a solid mix of entertaining and informative content too. Plus, when one of them actually finds something; let’s just say they’re not low key about it!
Some hobbyists and pro metal detectorists comment that Nat Geo’s Diggers is overly dramatic and the actors use slang that is not representative of the hobby. Nonetheless, we find it to be entertaining as it unveils the hobby of metal detecting to the public. Perhaps it will inspire newbies to test their hand at this amazing hobby.
Metal Detectors Used on Diggers TV Show
Watching Diggers is also neat because we get to see all kinds of cool, high tech metal detectors and detecting equipment in action. You can watch them search with their Garrett AT Series metal detectors and even hear the signals as they would through their headphones. There are two Garrett detectors in the AT Series. The Garrett AT Pro used more for coins, relics and jewelry and the Garrett AT Gold for gold nuggets. Watch as they pinpoint their targets with the Garrett Pro Pointer, and dig everything up with their Lesche Digging Tools. These are some of the best metal detectors out there, products we’ve sold for a long time, and, unless you were using them yourself, seeing them out in the field like this used to be rare. Ringy and The King are changing all that though with Diggers the television show.
Diggers not only provides metal detectorists with the honor of finally having a show that celebrates our hobby though, it’s also turned a lot of folks onto the spectacular world of metal detecting that didn’t know about it before. Tim Saylor and George Wyant explain the basics as they go through a show, yet, they have a way of talking about what they’re doing that doesn’t distract from the fun of the program for more experienced metal detectorists either.
And then there’s the sites they get to explore. Whether you’re a metal detector yourself or not you can’t help but think it’s cool when they verify a former Buffalo Soldier camp by finding soldier’s buttons and coins from that time, or when they get to search the site of an old hotel locating jewelry, antique bottles, rare coins, and more.
They don’t always keep the treasures they find from sites like these. When they searched the hotel site for example, they were assisting the property owners and a local historian who were starting a museum about the famous property and were given access to the site on the condition everything they found went to the museum. But, Ringy and The King didn’t get into metal detecting for the money (they say they actually end up spending money each time they go out!). They’re in it for the thrill of the hunt. So, they say, whether they come away with a treasure jackpot or not they’re always having a good time because they’re out metal detecting.
In addition to Tim Saylor and George Wyant Diggers also employs an Archaeologist, Kate Culpepper, to authenticate the finds and add additional historical information to the show. She ensures all the metal detecting is done in an ethical way and that it respects the historical integrity of each site they visit as well as the artifacts the guys find. If you are new to metal detecting, we ask that you read the “Metal Detecting and Treasure Hunter’s Code of Ethics“.
So, if you’re a metal detectorist, have one in your life, or are just looking for some good TV, you won’t want to miss Diggers on the National Geographic Channel and at NationalGeographic.com. It’s authentic metal detecting with awesome equipment on a show that’s just simply fun to watch!
Related: See all models of Garrett Metal Detectors.