Metal Detector Security Wands: Small Investment, Huge Impact

Court house using a hand-held security wand detector, the Garrett SuperWand

Court house using a hand-held security wand detector, the Garrett SuperWand

Violence at schools and other public venues has most of America scratching their heads. So many questions arise; among one of the most important, “How do we prevent this from happening again?” Obviously, security needs to be beefed up—and not just at schools, but anyplace where a large crowd gathers. Metal detectors are being installed and utilized to detect weapons at sporting venues and stadiums, in high schools, college campuses and even major theme parks. Metal detection devices are a sure-fire deterrent when it comes to preventing weapons from getting into public places.

It’s important to realize that violent rampages can occur anywhere. Prevention is the key to  averting disaster. Anytime there are a large number of attendants at an event, some form of security should be implemented. This includes business or corporate functions, after-school events or large parties. Hand-held security wand metal detectors can play a pivotal role in crowd security. These hand-held paddle-style metal detectors alert the operator anytime metal is detected—allowing for further search and disarmament. If your business hosts events, trade shows or large gatherings, consider the benefits of a security wand metal detector. They are very affordable and offer peace of mind. Read more: What are the Best Security Wand Metal Detectors?

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Metal Detecting Diggers, Pinpointers and Headphones

Having that extra accessory item to go along with your new metal detector can make a big difference in your overall success.

Having that extra accessory item to go along with your new metal detector can make a big difference in your overall success.

If you’ve just purchased or received your first metal detector during the holiday season: Congratulations! You are about to embark upon the most exciting hobby of your life! The first order of business is to read over your owner’s manual and detect a little bit in your own yard. Secondly, you should consider what other equipment you may need to make your detecting adventures easier and more successful.

Although most accessories are optional, there are definitely tools that make this hobby more enjoyable. Among them, you will need some kind of digger to retrieve your finds. Some detectorists use diggers as simple as a screwdriver or small gardening tool, but when you are recovering deep treasures in rough turf, you may need a full-sized detecting shovel. Hand-held pinpointers make finding coins and relics a lot faster. Most detectors have a pinpoint mode, but the hand-held units fit easily inside the hole as you dig, making for speedy target retrieval. Headphones not only save on your battery power, but they allow you to  hear faint signals—which is really important!

Metal Detecting Pinpointers

A small pinpointing probe is one of the most useful pieces of  equipment that you can carry. Pinpointers are little detectors in themselves; and their job is  to check the inside of your hole to precisely locate the target you are digging. Metal detecting pinpointers save you time and  frustration, along with objects that you would otherwise lose. You’ll hear stories from other detectorists about targets they couldn’t find after extensive searching and why they never leave home without a pinpointer. The Garrett Pro-Pinpointer II and Garrett Pro-Pointer AT are excellent models as well as the Makro Pointer and White’s Bullseye TRX.

Hand-Held Diggers and Shovels

You really can’t do without some type of a digger when metal detecting. Remember—holes need to be dug conspicuously and thoroughly covered up afterwards. This is especially true when digging on private property! Detectorists are always worried about fellow hobbyists ruining the future of detecting by leaving messes and holes behind. Diggers come in many shapes and sizes, from  small hand trowels to industrial garden spades. They are normally made of stainless steel, either with the head welded to the shaft or made all in one. It’s important to use a sharp implement that will do the job and will not leave you with an unwieldy hole…The ideal size for the blade is about 4 inches across, and about 5-6 inches high. Among the most popular diggers is the Lesche digger with a serrated edge—it is designed to easily cut through roots and tough ground conditions.

metal detecting headphones

hobbyists and professional metal detectorists alike choose to have a quality pair of metal detecting headphones.

Detecting Headphones

Headphones should always be used as they enable you  to hear the faint signals; not just the obvious loud ones. Detecting without headphones in public areas may disturb other people and draw attention to yourself. There are many high-quality detecting headphones on the market, and they are very affordable. Experts recommend buying the best pair you can afford without  breaking the bank. You’ll find a variety of metal detecting headphones at all different price points.

Belt Pouches and Kneepads

A pouch that has a few different compartments is very handy as you don’t want your good finds mixed up with junk targets. Hobbyists often say they keep coins in one pocket, relics and other items in the other and tools in the third pocket.  Also, a few small plastic bags are useful for smaller, valuable finds. Many detectorists recommend kneepads for kneeling down on rocky or rough ground. It really depends on your digging style, and you’ll discover what works best for you as you get into the hobby!

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New Video: Teknetics Omega 8500 Metal Detector Review

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Benefits of Using a Metal Detector While Scuba Diving

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In your search for an underwater metal detector, we have you covered here at MetalDetector.com. To help you select the correct unit, all of our product specialists are versed in underwater detectors including Moe Dipinto who also is a certified diver.

For recreational scuba divers, the underwater world is nature in its purest form. Nothing offers more splendor and bliss than exploring the pristine beauty of coral and reefs, schools of fish and all of the marine life that inhabits the sea. Some divers enjoy underwater photography, others are searching inside caves and shipwrecks and others like to go sight-seeing. But, there is another facet to diving—and that is scuba detecting. Scuba detecting is metal detecting in fresh or saltwater which is usually less than 20 feet deep while using scuba gear.

Why Use a Metal Detector When Diving?

Many divers are thrill-seekers inherently—always ready for their next challenge. So you’ll see these questions frequently in diving forums: “What can I find with an underwater metal detector? Up to what depth do they work? How much can I expect to spend on a detector that functions underwater?” Recently, I saw a comment in the Scuba Board forum: “I am working as an instructor. Sometimes, I join fun dives while another instructor or dive master is taking divers out on a tour on one dive site. During that time, it would be cool to have an underwater metal detector to help find anything at all PLUS, pick up trash as well.”

There are dozens of reasons why underwater treasure hunting is extremely exciting. It’s amazing what you can uncover in the sea. Near beaches/resorts or even in remote locations, divers detect gold and/or diamond rings, watches, money, relics and more. An underwater detector can even lead you to wreck sites. In deeper water, there is far less trash and more good targets. When scuba diving for jewelry and coins, most targets are found very close to where they were dropped. This is due to the deeper water which reduces the effect of waves. Anywhere there has been traffic in the past, you can find coins and jewelry.

As far as shipwrecks, detectors allow divers to locate a variety of artifacts buried up to two feet below the sea bed. Older wooden wrecks lend themselves to metal detecting. These types of wrecks tend to have littered artifacts over large areas of the ocean. Scuba detecting can be done either in shallow water or in deep water down to 200 feet. It’s important to note that anything below 130 feet is outside of recreational diving limits.

About Underwater Metal Detectors

The underwater models typically have a headset you wear like a stereo headset. As you pass over a metal object, you hear a beep. You swing the coil over the object listening to the beep and try to visualize where the spot is as the coil passes over. Then you can carefully uncover the treasure by sifting through the sand. It could be anything from a bottle top to a diamond ring! You never know what you’re going to uncover.

Metal detecting for shipwrecks and treasure. Above: Diving with a Garrett underwater Metal Detector

Metal detecting for shipwrecks and treasure. Above: Diving with a Garrett underwater Metal Detector

There are a few types of underwater metal detectors—mainly the Pulse Induction or (VLF) Very Low Frequency detectors. These models are extremely sensitive to precious metals and are very deep seeking. VLF metal detectors are proficient at finding coins, relics and jewelry and can discriminate out junk targets. If you opt for a VLF detector, be sure that it has a saltwater mode. Pulse Induction models offer full salt water elimination. Salt elimination allows them to be unaffected by wet salt sand and ground minerals. Most underwater detectors operate at depths of up to 200 feet; some operate up to 250 feet.

The prices range on fully submersible metal detectors. Generally speaking these models range from $500 to $2,000 depending on which advanced features they are equipped with. One scuba detectorist recommends the Fisher CZ-21 Metal Detector. It is an easy to use, deep-seeking and submersible VLF detector. The Fisher CZ-21 metal detector features automatic turn-on-and-go operation for salt water, fresh water or land use; target strength LED and full-range trash rejection control.

Visit MetalDetector.com for Underwater Metal Detectors

For all of your underwater adventures, you can easily select the best underwater metal detector at MetalDetector.com. You can conduct side-by-side comparisons of different models to ensure you are getting all of the features you desire. To learn more about scuba detecting and equipment, read our related article entitled Underwater Metal Detectors – Reviewing the Best Options.

Why Do Metal Detectors Sometimes Give False Signals?

After reading this article, you will easily be able to spot the issues that could cause your metal detector to give false signals.

After reading this article, you will easily be able to spot the issues that could cause your metal detector to give false signals.

Treasure hunting with a metal detector is almost always FUN and exciting—a positive experience. There are only a handful of things that can throw a wrench into your happy hunting. Among them: false  signals coming from your metal detector. Also known as “phantom signals,” this is when your detector beeps for no reason because no metal can be found. Why does this happen? There are several reasons, and once you become familiar with them, you can reduce erroneous alerts. When gold prospecting, false signals are often caused by iron oxides, such as magnetite and hematite. Magnetite is what “black sand” is made of; and hematite is also known as “natural ore.” Iron oxides are typically found in the company of gold.

If you are not prospecting, most other false signals can be addressed by learning how to minimize them. Below are the most common causes of false metal detector signals.

  • Footwear with metal accents. Steel-toed boots are a common culprit and even the metal eyelets in shoelaces can set off your detector.
  • Diggers and other metal objects. If you are swinging near digging tools, this can be a problem. Jewelry you are wearing (rings, watch) may cause a false signal.
  • Improper Swinging.  Bumping the ground can cause your detector to give a false signal.  Try to keep your coil as close to the ground as possible (an inch or less) without scraping it. Swinging your coil back and forth like a pendulum can also cause errors. The coil should be equidistant through your whole swing.
  • Moisture in the control box of your detector.
  • Loose cable connection. Make sure your cable is securely screwed in to the control box housing.
  • Electro Magnetic Interference. A common problem if you are detecting close to power lines. This includes buried power lines you can’t see. EMI disturbs a detector’s ability to distinguish a metal object.
  • Other metal detectors nearby. If you are hunting with a friend, your machines may be picking up each others signals.
  • Sensitivity. If your detector is acting erratic, make sure your sensitivity is not set too high.
You Have Detected Metal, But Haven’t Yet Found It!

If none of the above scenarios apply to your situation, guess what? You probably have detected an object underfoot. Treasure hunters are always talking about elusive targets that take a long time to uncover. Whether there’s a “halo effect” going on or something else, some targets are simply difficult to pinpoint! It’s quite possible that you knocked your target on its side while digging; or in soft soil, the target may be sinking . If your metal detector has a pinpoint mode, try that before giving up. Next order of business: use a hand-held pinpointer. Many veteran treasure hunters consider these a lifesaver and carry pinpointers in their bags for this reason. The Garrett Pro Pinpointer II fits easily into any size hole and features side-scanning capabilities. The Garrett Pinpointers alerts you to your target with an audio indicator and handle vibration. Learn more about pinpointers:  What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers?

Metal Detectors Introduce a New Way to Find Antique Toys

New Ways to Find Antique Toys

MetalDetector.com announces a new way to find antique toys with different metal detectors.

Avid collectors of antique toys are discovering a new way to build their toy collection—with a metal detector! Metal detector hobbyists have found thousands of valuable cast-iron, lead, tin and steel toys all around the world. Children’s favorite playthings from centuries ago can easily be detected with an entry-level or mid-level metal detector. Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never used a detector before—there are guides in our Learning Library that can teach you the basics. We suggest you start with our article entitled “What are the Best Beginners Metal Detectors?”

Abandoned homesteads, schools, churches and town-sites are great places to start. Antique toys are considered relics (traces from the past), so a detector suitable for locating relics is the best choice for antique toy hunters. Michael Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com said “When I speak to toy collectors, I suggest that they read two important articles before selecting a metal detector: Antique Toy Hunting with a Metal Detector and What are the Best Detectors for Finding Relics?”