Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Review – Waterproof Pinpointer from Garrett

The Garrett Pro-Pointer AT is currently one of the most requested metal detector accessories we have in stock; and with very good reason. Even the pros are excited about this fully submersible, all terrain hand held pinpointer and you’re sure to be too.

“The Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT has taken my detector results to the next level. Super accurate, all weather and easy to use.” – Customer review submitted by Bill S.

Garrett ProPointer AT Pinpointer

Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointer

It’s based on the already fantastic Garrett Pro-Pointer II but, like the Garrett AT Pro, Garrett AT Gold and new Garrett AT Max metal detectors, their Pro-Pointer AT also includes all of the enhancements users have requested over the years. This has made for a spectacular product that detectorists are understandably really thrilled to use.

Waterproof Pinpointer

One of the most well known features of the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT handheld pinpointer is that it can be submersed in up to 10 ft underwater. This makes it ideal for SCUBA diving with your metal detector as well as for those all terrain treasure hunting excursions.

This pinpointer has a lot of other neat things to offer metal detectors too including a “lost alarm” that will alert you after the pinpointer has been unused for 5 minutes; an invaluable feature that will help you find the pinpointer if it’s lost in the field, as so many are! Garrett also gave the Pro Pointer AT a nice bright color to make it easy to find as well. We want you to be in-the-know, so when you hear someone say “Garrett carrot”, that’s their Pro-Pointer AT!

In addition to these features you’ll get to enjoy a fast re-tune which is important especially when you’re searching in mineralized ground. The Pro-Pointer AT also has a 360 degree detection area, vibration and sensitivity controls, and an LED light so you won’t miss anything. With a feature set like this users are raving about this hand held pinpointer.

Here are just a sampling of the customer reviews and comments we’ve received regarding the Pro Pointer AT:

Customer feedback on the Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT.

Customer feedback on the Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT.

Bill S: “Next Level – The Garrett Pro-Pinpointer AT has taken my detector results to the next level. Super accurate, all weather and easy to use. No matter how small the target, it will let you know.

Thomas V: “I have been metal detecting for 20 years, sometimes it takes some people a long time to get it right. I got a Pro-Pointer (Garrett) and I can cut my time looking for my target 75 percent. Get one! I also got a better digging tool. I have more fun now.

Michelle H: “I gave this to my boyfriend as a Christmas gift and he is over the moon about it.

Robert Hoover: “This Probe is Incredible! Metals can’t hide from THIS probe. It will tell on metal more than a little sister about your secrets. Price is better than anything even IF close to comparable. One of my grandsons realized that it detected BETTER than his toy detector and used it by itself to find targets. Lots of targets. He called it his “Golden Carrot”. This probe is worth every penny and getting it on MetalDetector.com at their sale price is AWESOME. I’ve ordered a second one to come with the ATMax. Garrett Pro-Pointer AT is my Probe of Choice!

Ken: I was hesitant about purchasing the Garrett Pin Pointer AT, but now that I have it, I kick myself for waiting so long. Really helps with not having to dig deep holes.

If you’d like to learn more about this revolutionary pinpointer from Garrett, please visit our Pro-Pointer AT product page. You’ll be able to watch a video review of the Pro Pointer AT, view a full product spec sheet and more so you can get as much information as possible on this pinpointer to be sure it’s the metal detecting accessory for you.

 

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Ready to Go Metal Detecting? What Other Equipment Do You Need?

Metal Detecting Accessories

Metal detecting accessories for added success in the field.

If you’re a beginner metal detectorist, you are probably asking, “What other equipment do I need?” You’ll want to get started using your new detector right away, so by all means—take your detector out in your own backyard or the local park – even without headphones or gloves. It’s also a good idea to read your detector’s user manual—and even a few field test reviews about your specific unit before you’re off to the races. The instruction manual will give you pointers and explain the detector tones and settings, so you’re not confused when you are out using your unit. As far as the other equipment you may need, the list below highlights “necessities” as well as “best case scenario” equipment.

Metal Detecting Necessities:

  • Headphones: A must. You are going to need a good headphone set. You can try a pair that you have at home to start with because they may very well be all you need.  However, a set of headphones designed to go with the machine are better.  Recommendation: do not use the “ear-bud” type.  Headphones will help cancel outside noises and help you distinguish the tones and signals given off by your detector. Do use a pair that has volume control.
  • Digging Tools: Obviously, you are going to have to have some way of digging in the ground to get your finds. Depending on the conditions of the soil in the area you are hunting, a larger digging tool would be handy.
  • Tool Belt: You will need. Get a tool belt with at least 3 pockets so that you can sort your finds in the field. It is recommended that you keep coins in one pocket, relics and other items in the other and tools in the third pocket. One of the best we’ve seen is the Pro Series Deluxe Cordura Finds and Tool Pouch.
  • GPS Device: Important. Getting  lost should not be part of metal detecting. When you’re ready to go back to your vehicle, your GPS tells you the straight-line direction you need to go and how far you are away from it.
  • Compass: Need. Even if you have a GPS, always carry a compass. You never know when the GPS might stop working or you accidentally lose it.  A compass will direct you where you need to go.
  • Towel or a Piece of Plastic: Smart diggers recommend placing the dirt you dig on a towel or plastic for two reasons:  1) you can sift through the dirt to make sure you are not leaving a treasure behind.  2) It makes it easier to replace the dirt/sod back in the hole in order to leave your site in the same condition you found it.

Best-Case Scenario Accessories:

  • Coil Cover/Rain Cover: This will help prevent scratches, holes and marks on your search coil. They are not expensive. A rain cover will protect your detector from unanticipated rain showers. It is a good idea to try to keep your electronics dry.  
  • Adding a larger or smaller search coil can lead to increased finds.

    Adding a larger or smaller search coil can lead to increased finds.

    Search Coils: After you have been detecting for a while, you may want to move into a larger coil.  They can search deeper for specific treasure you may be searching for. A smaller coil allows you to detector where standard and larger sized coils cannot reach. Some areas are closer to park benches, chain link fence and under large shrub bushes that while large today, 50 or 100 years ago would have been smaller.

  • Pin-Pointer: A metal detecting pinpointer will help you locate each item precisely instead of digging up a bunch of ground. Popular models include the Waterproof MakroPointer, Whites Bullseye TRX,  Garrett Pro Pointer II and the waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. See also: Pinpointers buyers guide article with a video.
  • Knee Pads: You can find knee pads specifically for metal detecting, or just get some made for all-purpose or soccer.
  • Back Pack: If you do not have a back pack, you may want to get one to store your other stuff in, so that it is all together and ready to carry in the field.
  • Magnifier: Most detectorists like to identify their findings right away.  Some type of hand-held magnifier or eye loupe will help identify these objects when you find them. A flashlight and a headlamp with a LED bulb are also handy.

Need Metal Detecting Accessories?

Now that you have a new metal detector, you may need to equip yourself with metal detecting accessories. Headphones are definitely a necessity, so if you didn’t get them with your metal detector, pick up a pair for more accurate detecting. They block out background noise and allow you to hear specific signals. A metal detecting pinpointer will help you locate each item precisely instead of digging up a bunch of ground. Digging tools designed for metal detecting will help tremendously in rough turf and when dealing with branches and tree roots. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

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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Beginners: Identifying the Tones Your Metal Detector Makes

This jewelry was found on a beach in Florida with the Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector.

Jewelry can be found with a metal detector such as the gold and silver items seen here. Knowing which signals or tones to dig is key.

The one thing all metal detectors have in common: they sound a tone when metal is targeted. And what a joyous sound it is! There is such a thing as silent search mode, but aside from that, you can count on hearing an audio tone when there’s either treasure or trash underfoot. According to hobbyists who have owned multiple metal detectors, the tone varies depending on the manufacturer. Regardless, you will get used to identifying the tones your detector makes. When you first get a detector, it’s a great idea to bury coins, bottle caps or other items in your own backyard just to hear how each target sounds. You may have already noticed that a coin generally has a solid and repeatable signal, whereas junk gives a broken, clipped tone that changes every time you scan it.

Good Targets vs. Junk Targets

It’s important to learn the sound a coin makes right away. Coins usually produce a solid, distinctive sound that’s hard to miss. It will probably start and stop suddenly, going quickly from silent to full volume- then back to silent as you move away. This should happen with each sweep of the search coil. Also, on a metal detector that has target ID with numerical values, coins typically register the same value when you turn and scan from a different direction.

Junk targets, such as pull-tabs and iron will have a choppy, broken sound. The reason for this is that pull-tabs and other junk are asymmetrical. Going east to west may give a solid signal, while going west to east may sound choppy. That’s a good indication that the item is oddly shaped. As far as numerical values, junk targets give you one reading when you first scan them, and a different value when you turn 90 degrees or swing in the opposite direction. If you’re getting a lot of chatter or static in your headphones, check that you’re not under power lines or by a transformer. Adjusting the sensitivity down will help to properly operate in these areas.

Pinpoint Your Target Before You Start Digging!

Garrett ProPointer AT Pinpointer

The waterproof Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointer

So, once you’re metal detector sounds a tone, it’s time to start digging, right?  Not so fast. It will be much easier to find your object if you pinpoint it first. Pinpointing is the process of precisely locating your target in the smallest possible area. And you can use your metal detector to pinpoint if you don’t have a separate pinpointing tool. They say that 9 out of 10 serious detectorists use a pinpointer such as the famous Garrett Pro Pinpointer or the waterproof Pro-Pointer AT and Makro Pointer. But if you’re a beginner, you can start by pinpointing with your metal detector. Many newer model detectors feature a “pinpoint mode.” If this is the case, switch to this mode to locate your target. The more accurate you can get, the smaller the amount of dirt you’ll have to dig to retrieve your target.

You’re listening for the audio clue to help understand the exact location of potential treasure. As the center of your coil gets closer to the target, the audio tone will be louder. When your coil moves away from the metal, the audio response will be quieter. Some detectors with pinpoint mode will change pitch in relation to your target, too. So, the pitch and volume of the tone will get higher when you’re in close proximity. If your metal detector doesn’t feature pinpoint mode, it’s o.k. There are several other methods that work for pinpointing. The PLUS method involves moving your detector in the shape of a “plus” sign to best find the object. First, move your coil from left to right to get the strongest audio tone. Then change directions with your coil by moving it front to back. It’s pretty easy—if the sound gets stronger, you are moving your coil closer to the target. Another method is the 90 degree switch. When you locate your target, start pinpointing until you hear the strongest signal. Mark this spot—then, move 90 degrees in either direction. After moving 90 degrees, start sweeping your coil again. You are creating an X in the ground with your swings and your target should be directly in the center of the X.

Should I Act on a Weak Signal?

All beginners are excited to start digging up treasure, but grow quickly tired of all the aluminum junk getting in the way. That’s when listening to your audio tones is important. But what do you do with a questionable audio signal? It may not sound like the rest or you may not be able to get it to repeat. To dig or not to dig—this is the question. Experts say you should consider the alternative. What if it happens to be a piece of gold? Before you walk away, try to get a stronger signal. Sometimes all you need to do is move 90 degrees in either direction. Often, you’ll find that the questionable target is much stronger when you swing your search coil from another direction. If you signal is still very weak, try turning up the sensitivity on your metal detector to see if your tone gets louder. On a side note: if there seems to be a lot of trash in the areas you’re searching, a smaller coil may be better.

Tell us about your Metal Detecting Finds!

Have you had any beginner’s luck metal detecting so far? Tell us about it at “My Metal Detecting Finds.” You can inspire others to start this amazing hobby, AND you’re eligible to win a great prize from MetalDetector.com. Don’t forget to post a photo of your treasure, too. If the readers vote your story as their favorite, you win!

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“Diggers” Season Finale Airs Tonight! Tune in for “Lewis & Clark’s Montana Bonanza” and “Nazis in Mississippi”

An archaeological dig on the set of TV show Diggers. Watch “The Real McCoy” episode tonight. Photo courtesy of Ron McCoy.

An archaeological dig on the set of TV show Diggers. One of the 2014 episodes “The Real McCoy”, photo courtesy of Ron McCoy.

Well, it’s been another AMAZING season of “Diggers” this summer following detectorists Tim Saylor (“Ringy”) and George Wyant (“KG”) around the country. According to comments on the “Diggers” website, fans think this has been the most exciting season yet! Season 4 focused on a few specific themes in American history. Among them: famous American characters based on epic movies, TV series’ and novels. KG and Ringy embarked on detecting adventures following in the footsteps of Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, Solomon Northup (12 Years a Slave) and Captain John Smith (Pocahontas). They investigated the Lewis & Clark Trail and Souther Field airbase and training camp where pilots trained in WWII (“Band of Brothers”). The Diggers also searched for evidence of Ichabod Crane in “Sleepy Hollow.”

Another theme this season involved searching for artifacts from a few of America’s most influential presidents—James Madison and Ulysses S. Grant; as well as war battles including the Battle of Saratoga and Battle of Shiloh. Finally, “Diggers” took time to help historians piece together important and tragic events that transpired centuries ago including the Ludlow Massacre in Colorado, the Great Peshtigo Wisconsin Fire of 1871 and the infamous feuding between the Hatfields and the McCoys. Each “Diggers” episode featured amazing finds by Ringy and KG. Guest archeologists, as well as staff archaeologist, Marc Henshaw, analyzed each of the Diggers finds to determine which pieces were actually from the time period the dig was based upon. It’s hard to pick favorite finds this season, but among the best: parts of a WWI airplane, bullets from the site of Randolph McCoy’s homestead, a 1723 King George Colonial coin, bitten bullets from a Confederate triage site in Fort Gibson, Mississippi, a rare 1905 Danish coin found in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands and a lead ladle dating back to the early 1600’s (possibly used by Captain John Smith). It’s been a great run this season for the Diggers, and we look forward to their future antics and adventures!

Don’t miss the final two new “Diggers” episodes tonight Monday September 7, 2015!

“Lewis & Clark’s Montana Bonanza:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

Meriwether Lewis was a famous American explorer—dubbed “the greatest pathfinder this country has ever known.” In 1803, President Jefferson asked Lewis to lead an expedition into the lands west of the Mississippi. America’s interest in this area increased with France’s purchase of the Louisiana Territory. Lewis jumped at the chance and selected William Clark to join him as co-commander of the expedition. They enlisted a team of pioneers called the Corps of Discovery and began their journey near St. Louis, Missouri. Lewis & Clark faced many obstacles, braving dangerous waters and harsh weather; but they did reach the Pacific Ocean in November of 1805. KG and Ringy are on the trail of Lewis & Clark in Montana –their own home state! The Diggers will also search for Twenty-Eight Mile Station, a lost stagecoach stop that hosted travelers heading to the Pacific Northwest. Look forward to some incredible finds, including a piece from a brass trunk Ringy believes may have carried the Corps’ travel essentials. The Diggers are hoping to find a rifle, knives or buttons that once belonged to Lewis & Clark.

“Nazis in Mississippi:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

During World War II, thousands of German prisoners of war were sent to the U.S. to be housed. In 1943, Camp Clinton was established as one of the largest POW facilities in Clinton, Mississippi. This was home to 3,000 German and Italian POWs, as well as several dozen German generals and admirals. Diggers KG and Ringy were sent to Camp Clinton to search for World War II German artifacts. Mississippi archeologists are hoping to add and display any of their noteworthy finds in a special WWII museum.  As soon as the Diggers get to work at the POW base camp, their detectors start going crazy. KG is elated when he discovers an ornate button which came from a Nazi uniform. While he has uncovered many military buttons in the past, none have appeared as elaborate as this. Ringy is searching for German medals and other artifacts when he stumbles upon a U.S. guard’s Eagle button. Don’t miss this season finale episode—as much more WWII nectar is likely to be unearthed!

Metal Detectors and Equipment Used on “Diggers” TV Show

Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor search all terrain locations by using using Garrett metal detectors. On the show, they use both the Garrett AT Pro and Garrett AT Gold. For a Garrett metal detector comparison, see this video.  They also utilize pinpointers to locate each item while digging. Diggers’ pinpointers include the Garrett Pro Pointer and the new orange waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. They both feature one-button operation to alert you to the target with vibrations and audio. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

“Diggers” Season 4 Labor Day Finale: Don’t Miss the Final Two New Episodes on Monday!

Pictured above, Sacagawea with Lewis and Clark at Three Forks in Montana.

Looking ahead to Monday night, the “Diggers” are in their home state of Montana on the trail of Lewis & Clark. Pictured above, Sacagawea with Lewis and Clark at Three Forks in Montana.

For “Diggers” enthusiasts and those who enjoy watching action-packed metal detecting, Season 4 of “Diggers” hit it out of the park! Using new equipment such as airborne drones that survey land features to help decide where to search; and deep-seeking 2-box metal detectors to locate deeply buried objects has added new interest and excitement this season. Last Monday’s “Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar” kept viewers on the edge of their seats as KG and Ringy searched for artifacts dating back to 1608. The Diggers eagerly scoured the Chesapeake Bay area along the same route as Captain Smith’s famous expedition—hoping to find nectar from English settlers and Native Americans who attacked Smith and his followers. KG scored some excellent finds including an 1838 U.S. large cent and a 1740’s cannonball from the American Revolution. Ringy celebrated the “find of the day” with his lead ladle that the archeologist said may have been used by Captain Smith himself! Both Diggers were equally successful along the Solomon Northup Trail in Louisiana in the episode “12 Years a Slave.” At the Epps Plantation, Ringy uncovered an 1800’s harmonica reed and old-time padlock which may have been used to lock up slaves. KG found a hot comb and bale seal; he won this Diggers quest with a lead hammer. Solomon Northup helped build all of the buildings at the Epps Plantation—so there is speculation that it may have been Solomon’s hammer. These artifacts were chilling reminders of the days of slavery. If you missed these episodes, tune in to National Geographic Channel tonight – September 4, 2015 starting at 10pm ET/9pm CT/8pm MT & PT.

Season Finale Episodes: “Lewis & Clark’s Montana Bonanza” and “Nazis in Mississippi”

“Diggers” may have saved the best for last with two riveting new episodes to wrap up the holiday weekend. First, KG and Ringy hit their own stomping grounds in Montana on the same trail that Lewis & Clark blazed back in 1803. Meriwether Lewis and William Clark are the legendary explorers who paved the way for westward expansion. They were given a top secret mission by the U.S. Army to chart a water route along the Missouri River all the way to the Pacific. If there’s any evidence of this famous American expedition left behind, the Diggers are determined to find it. Ringy will be seen finding “roundness in the hole”—which looks to be a Civil War-era Eagle button. And while looking for an old stagecoach stop, KG uncovers a hand-made horseshoe. The final episode, “Nazis in Mississippi” takes the Diggers to Central Mississippi in search of World War II German artifacts. It may sound like a strange place to look for evidence of Nazis. However, there were thousands of German prisoners of war locked up in the U.S. starting in 1943. At Camp Clinton, a major POW base camp back then, KG and Ringy are excited about their finds. In the preview, KG is seen squealing like a pig when he scores a WWII Nazi soldier button. Meanwhile, Ringy unearths a pristine Eagle button which belonged to a U.S. guard at the camp.

Season Finale Diggers Episodes for Monday, September 7, 2015 on the National Geographic Channel:

  • “Lewis & Clark’s Montana Bonanza:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific
  • “Nazis in Mississippi:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific
Metal Detectors Used on Diggers TV Show

The Diggers are equipped with Garrett metal detectors – they utilize both the Garrett AT Pro and AT Gold in the field. For a Garrett metal detector comparison of the AT Series detectors, see this video. KG and Ringy search their holes with a Garrett pin-pointer for precision when digging. The Garrett Pro Pointer and the new orange waterproof Pro-Pointer AT, feature easy one-button operation that alert you to the target with both vibrations and audio. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

Tonight’s New “Diggers” Episodes: “12 Years a Slave” and “Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar”

Diggers’ KG and Ringy haven’t hit the big screen yet, but tonight’s new episodes focus on storylines represented in Hollywood blockbuster movies. “12 Years a Slave” was a 2013 Academy-Award winning movie which chronicles the life of Solomon Northup in 1853. Then, “Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar” relives the themes from Disney’s Academy-Award winning picture Pocahontas—with Mel Gibson starring as Captain John Smith.

This season’s Diggers TV series has received accolades from the Society of American Archaeology, as there has been a much greater focus on the historical data gathered and the significance of the Diggers’ finds. National Geographic Channel’s staff archaeologist, Marc Henshaw appears in all of the new episodes to document and catalog the items using GPS. Local historians and other archaeologists have also been invited to appear and comment on each of the episodes this season. You may have noticed that the dollar value of the artifacts are no longer shown. Instead, “Diggers” explains that they always get permission to metal detect on private land, the artifacts will be the property of the landowner or a museum, in turn helping future generations to enjoy the local history uncovered.

Be sure to tune for two new “Diggers” episodes tonight!

“12 Years a Slave:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

Solomon Northup was a free black man living in New York who was kidnapped and sold into a life of slavery in 1841. Slave auction traders sold him to a plantation owner in central Louisiana, where Northup worked on many plantations from Rapides to Avoyelles Parishes, Louisiana. Once freed, Northup worked with a ghost writer to chronicle the egregious acts of one owner as well as kind acts from others from 1841-1853. His slave narratives prompted Central Louisiana citizens to open the “Solomon Northup Trail” in 1985. KG and Ringy set out with metal detectors along the Northup Trail with stops at the Norwood Plantation. They are hoping to find evidence of Northup and his enslaved comrades from their arduous existence. Ringy is surprised by his first amazing recovery—Lady Liberty seated silver quarters from 1854.

“Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

Tonight on “Diggers,” KG and Ringy are searching for artifacts that date back to the 1600’s! These were the days of early Colonial America with fascinating tales of Captain John Smith and Pocahontas. Captain Smith was an English explorer whose incredible adventures, including his Chesapeake Bay voyages back in 1608 and encounters with Chesapeake Indians, have gone down in history. He is credited with saving the colony of Virginia (in Jamestown) due to his leadership and fighting skills, and talent for building alliances with Native Americans. In later years however, Smith was captured and held hostage by French pirates. The Diggers have gained access to 3 sites along Smith’s route in Virginia. After they unearth one of their oldest finds to date, KG and Ringy are chomping at the bit to start digging for some sweet Virginia Colonial nectar!

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on “Diggers”

Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor attribute much of their success to their Garrett metal detectors. On the show, you will see them interchangeably using the Garrett AT Pro or Garrett AT Gold. For a Garrett metal detector comparison of the AT Series detectors, see this video.  They also utilize pinpointers to locate each item while digging. Diggers’ pinpointers include the Garrett Pro Pointer and the new orange waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. They both feature one-button operation to alert you to the target with vibrations and audio. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

 

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New “Diggers” Episodes Put Metal Detecting Spin on Blockbuster Movies

Captain John Smith is famous for his 1608 expedition of the Chesapeake Bay area.

Monday night on Diggers TV show, the Diggers set foot in Virginia to follow in the exact footsteps of Captain John Smith. Captain Smith is famous for his 1608 expedition of the Chesapeake Bay area.

If you’ve been following “Diggers” KG and Ringy around the U.S. countryside on Monday nights this summer, you’ll definitely want to tune in to the next two exciting episodes: “12 Years a Slave” and “Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar.” The Diggers are going back CENTURIES ago to the 1600’s and the 1800’s. KG says they have never searched for artifacts that are 400 years old! Montana-based extreme metal detectorists Tim Saylor and George Wyant will attempt to dig up archeological items that will link us closer to the days of Louisiana and slavery; and substantiate the folklore surrounding John Smith and Pocahontas. Monday night,  “Diggers- Saratoga” kept us on the edge of our seats in as they searched for Revolutionary War artifacts from the Battle of Saratoga, in New York. Both Diggers went crazy when Ringy discovered a 1723 King George colonial coin. If you missed this week’s episodes, tune in to National Geographic Channel tonight – August 28, 2015 starting at 10pm ET/9pm CT/8pm MT & PT. As metal detecting hobbyists, It’s rewarding to see how detectors can actually piece together important events in history.

Diggers Next Destinations: The Louisiana Bayou and Virginia’s Chesapeake Bay Region

First the Diggers are headed to Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana, for their version of the Academy Award winning, “12 Years a Slave.” This is the story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who was  kidnapped and sold into a life of slavery. In the 1840’s, his abductors lured him from his home in New York and sold him at a slave auction, which landed him in Louisiana. KG and Ringy have been granted permission to detect along the Solomon Northup Trail, and we can expect the boys to uncover some serious “nectar.” Then, the Diggers set foot in the “Northern Neck” of Virginia to follow in the exact footsteps of Captain John Smith. Captain Smith is famous for his 1608 expedition of the Chesapeake Bay area. He set out to map the area and discover a route to the Pacific Ocean. KG and Ringy say it’s a true privilege to have detecting access at 3 sites along Captain John Smith’s route. Jumping for joy after uncovering a Colonial-era (1492-1763) find, we can’t wait to see the centuries’ old relics these guys will unearth!

Diggers Episodes for Monday, August 31, 2015 on the National Geographic Channel:

“12 Years a Slave:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

“Captain John Smith’s Virginia Nectar:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on the TV Show

Whether the Garrett AT Pro or Garrett AT Gold, Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor are always equipped with Garrett metal detectors. They also swear by pinpointers to locate each item more precisely. On the show, you’ll see them use the Garrett Pro Pointer and the new waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. They both feature one-button operation to alert you to the target with vibrations and audio. For a Garrett metal detector comparison, see this video. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

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“Diggers” Fans—Tune in Tonight for 2 New Episodes: “Saratoga” and “Santa Fe Trail”

Tonight’s "Diggers" TV show episode “Saratoga” features metal detecting for archaeological artifacts at "The Marshall House" which was used by the British as a field hospital.

Tonight’s “Diggers” TV show episode “Saratoga” features metal detecting for archaeological artifacts at “The Marshall House” which was used by the British as a field hospital.

Ready for some high-intensity metal detecting? Tune in to “Diggers” tonight on Nat Geo! Ringy and KG will be hiking along the Santa Fe Trail in New Mexico on the same route as the Wild West gangsters back in the 1800’s. The old saloons along the trail are ghost towns now, but there may still be loot stashed. Then, turn back time even more to the American Revolutionary-era. “Diggers” episode: “Saratoga” focuses on the 1777 Revolutionary War Battle which turned the tide of the Revolutionary War. “Rev” artifacts are exciting finds and big ticket items, so relic hunters won’t want to miss this new episode.

The “Diggers” series is entertaining for all metal detecting enthusiasts! Seasoned detectorists can relate to the thrill KG and Ringy experience as they unearth each unique find. And the show is perfect for new hobbyists who are learning their way. It’s useful to see how the Diggers’ maneuver their detectors, use various search coils and search in a transect pattern. Newbies will also see the benefits of utilizing a pinpointer—as the Diggers’ demonstrate its use in target recovery. The new orange Garrett Pro-Pointer AT can be seen in the field with the Diggers in this season’s new episodes. When meticulously searching for artifacts for the Peshtigo Fire Museum (as in last week’s “America’s Deadliest Fire”) it’s easy to see why a pinpointer is essential.

Tune in tonight  for new “Diggers” episodes on National Geographic Channel:

“Saratoga:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

The Battle of Saratoga in the Revolutionary War was the result of a plan-gone-bad by British General John Burgoyne. Burgoyne’s strategy involved three British forces meeting at a post in Saratoga, New York. However, the plan was foiled when British troops never managed to converge. The Redcoats were overpowered by America’s Continental Army; and Burgoyne surrendered his army to American General Horatio Gates on October 17, 1777. This victory convinced France that America was leading the war, initiating French troops and supplies to be sent here. Diggers’ KG and Ringy are thrilled to gain exclusive access to three sites from the famous Battle of Saratoga. The Marshall House was a “witness house” during battle (sustaining gunfire), so it’s no surprise that KG and Ringy  uncover some serious “Rev” nectar here!

“Santa Fe Trail:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

Tonight on “Diggers,” KG and Ringy are trailblazing with detectors through the Old West Santa Fe Trail. Historians say the conquest of the American West is one of the best adventure stories in history—and the Santa Fe Trail was the route that made it possible. This road to the West was the main route for traders and travelers; and in the mid 1850’s, the Santa Fe Trail became a busy highway of commerce. It was also a treacherous trail at times because outlaws and robbers would intercept caravans of wagons. These were the days of Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp. KG and Ringy head to Loma Parda, New Mexico (the original sin city) where saloons, gambling and gunfights were commonplace in the 1860’s. Perhaps they can uncover a buried stash of stolen loot! They also visit Watrous, New Mexico—the site of Fort Barclay. Armed guards and Cavalry were stationed at Fort Barclay to keep the peace and protect travelers on the Santa Fe Trail. Look forward to the Diggers recovering a bunch of artifacts at Fort Barclay, including an intriguing Eagle button that belonged to a member of the Cavalry. This Wild West episode is full of adventure and excitement!

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on “Diggers”

Whether the Garrett AT Pro or Garrett AT Gold, Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor are always equipped with Garrett metal detectors. They also swear by pinpointers to locate each item more precisely. On the show, you’ll see them use the Garrett Pro Pointer and the new waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. They both feature one-button operation to alert you to the target with vibrations and audio. For a Garrett metal detector comparison, see this video. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!
Be sure to tune in to “Diggers” every Monday night!

Riveting New “Diggers” Episodes Tonight! “Battle of Shiloh” and “America’s Deadliest Fire”

Garrett Ace 350 Metal Detector

Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor depend on Garrett metal detectors in the field. The Garrett Ace 350 packs a lot of easy to use features into an affordable metal detector.

Compelling investigation into another major Civil War battle continues tonight on the “Diggers” new episode: “The Battle of Shiloh.” KG and Ringy trek through the Shiloh, Tennessee woods and fields searching for Civil War “nectar” from the Confederate soldiers who were stationed there in 1862. Additionally, tonight’s new “Diggers” episode, “America’s Deadliest Fire” is extremely important to historians and descendants of the devastating Peshtigo, Wisconsin fire. Diggers’ KG and Ringy are attempting to retrieve railroad relics and family heirlooms that wiped out this thriving town in 1871. It may look like fun and games when Tim Saylor (Ringy) and George Wyant (KG) are metal detecting, but they’re really helping to document famous events in American history. For instance, last week on “The Real McCoy,” the detecting duo uncovered long sought-after artifacts from the Hatfield-McCoy shoot-out. From bullets embedded in tree bark to a stove pipe and antique toys, there is no doubt that they have located the McCoy homestead. A local historian believes they found a bullet from the gun Devil Anse Hatfield shot himself. Since their initial investigation two years ago, tourists from all over the country have visited the eastern Kentucky sites of the Hatfield-McCoy feuds and toured the museum.

Tune in tonight  for new “Diggers” episodes on National Geographic Channel:

“Battle of Shiloh:” 10pm Eastern/9pm Central/8pm Mountain & Pacific

The Battle of Shiloh was considered one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War; it was a surprise attack by the Confederate soldiers. In February 1862, Ulysses S. Grant led an assault force of Union troops into Tennessee. It was there that General Grant paused near Shiloh Church to await the arrival of Buell’s Army from Ohio. Grant knew that a large Confederate army  was nearby in Corinth, Mississippi, but he did not expect an attack. On April 6th, 1862, the Confederate forces caught the Union troops completely off guard and after three hours of brutal, bloody fighting, the Confederates began to overrun the Union forces. The Diggers  travel to Shiloh, Tennessee to detect the Confederate campsite, in hopes of finding significant relics from this battle. Archeologist Marc Henshaw is on hand to record and preserve the Diggers’ finds. KG is seen recovering a cannon fuse and Civil War bullets. Ringy scores a period pocket watch and unique minìe balls. Tune in tonight to watch history in the making!

“America’s Deadliest Fire:” 10:30pm Eastern/9:30pm Central/8:30pm Mountain & Pacific

Most people have heard of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. But actually, the Peshtigo, Wisconsin Fire was “America’s Deadliest Fire”—which occurred on the same day as the Chicago Fire. Peshtigo was a booming frontier town with a busy shipping port. The raging fire (which caused fire tornadoes) is believed to have killed over 1,200 people and essentially wiped out the entire town. According to Peshtigo historian Ron Strojny, the exact cause of the fire has never been determined. However, firsthand accounts do give reasonable explanations and probable cause. The town of Peshtigo was surrounded by miles of thick primary forest, drought combined with man made fires is theorized as the cause. Farmers and laborers used fires to clear forest space in the construction of a railroad. Also, hunters constructed nighttime fires without extinguishing the smoldering embers. On October 8, 1871, a cold front moved in to Peshtigo, bringing strong winds that fanned the fires out of control and escalated them to massive proportions. The Peshtigo Fire Museum asked “Diggers” to explore the town for remnants of the townspeople and the fire. We can look forward to Diggers’ KG and Ringy locating  melted spikes and bolts from the railroad as well as other personal family artifacts.

Metal Detecting Equipment Used on “Diggers”

Diggers’ George Wyant and Tim Saylor depend on Garrett metal detectors in the field. For a comparison of the two main detectors used on the show, the Garrett AT Pro and Garrett AT Gold, we filmed a quick video that you can watch. To unearth buried treasure, they are equipped with a Garrett pinpointer. The Garrett Pro Pointer and the new waterproof Pro-Pointer AT feature easy one-button operation to alert you to the target with both vibrations and audio. Find metal detectors and all of the accessories you need here at MetalDetector.com!

Be sure to tune in to “Diggers” every Monday night in August!