Cyber Monday 2017 Sale Headquarters for Metal Detectors and Accessories!

Michael Bernzweig (right) of MetalDetector.com said “Our team has worked closely with a number of our suppliers this year to find the best deals for you our customers.”

Our Cyber Monday event has been a tradition for many years. Shop Now as our Cyber Monday deals are on now! With our recently announced Thanksgiving and Black Friday events behind us, start saving now! Our Cyber Monday Holiday metal detector deals happen just once per year.

Cyber Monday Deals and MetalDetector.com Exclusives

Special Note: Be sure to shop early this Cyber Monday. There will be some deals that are limited to quantities on hand and are expected to sell out quickly such as these MetalDetector.com Exclusives:

Metal detectors are fun that the whole family can enjoy.

Michael Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com said “Our team has worked closely with a number of our suppliers this year to find the best offers for you our customers.” Michael went on to say “You will find 2017 to be our biggest and best yet!” Take this special opportunity to save big during our Holiday Sale on gifts for all the metal detector hobbyists on your list.

Detectorists’ Dreams DO Come True! Silver Coin Hoard Found with the Garrett AT Pro

One lucky detectorist is keeping the dream alive for all of us who hope to find a coin hoard! Known as “Aquachigger” in his videos and metal detecting forums, this avid treasure hunter often searches rivers and streams. He spotted a river where he believed war relics would turn up, and started his shallow-water hunt. Aquachigger quickly hit on several silver coins in one concentrated area. Because the river floor here is bedrock, metals cannot sink any lower. This is perfect for uncovering coins, relics and gold. In his You Tube video that you can watch below: “OMG! I Found A Huge Silver Treasure Hoard Metal Detecting!” Aquachigger credits his Garrett AT Pro detector and Garrett Pro-Pointer for quickly signaling the silver coins. There was so much fence wire and lots of nails, he figures another detector may have passed right over the silver.

178 Silver Coins Found with the Garrett AT Pro!

Aquachigger’s Garrett AT Pro emitted a high pitch—with target ID reads from 89-90’s for silver. The AT Pro displayed 30’s when it passed over iron, making it easy to pinpoint the silver coins. After 5 or 6 trips to this riverbed hot spot, his total haul was 178 silver coins! The video is a worthwhile watch, as Aquachigger lays out all of his coins and explains what they are. A majority of the silver coin hoard includes U.S. halves, with the remaining pieces being Spanish 8 Reales, 5 franc coins and foreign (Brazil and Peru coins). It’s also interesting to read the comments about where this detectorist searched, how to find coins and how much the coins are worth. You can be next in a successful treasure quest!

MetalDetector.com’s 2017 Winter Sale

Start your OWN treasure hunting adventures with a metal detector of your own! During MetalDetector.com’s 2017 Winter Sale, you’ll find the lowest prices of the year on the most popular metal detectors and accessories. This includes the Garrett AT Pro!

 

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!

Coins, Coins…They’re Everywhere! Here’s How You Can Find Them

MetalDetector.com customer Rick of Dimondale, MI found not one but two 1942 walking liberty half dollar's and in the same hole!

MetalDetector.com customer Rick of Dimondale, MI found not one but two 1942 walking liberty half dollar’s and in the same hole!

For coin-hunting buffs and newer treasure hunters, there is no greater rush than digging up a valuable old coin. Millions of coins worth untold sums are just waiting to be recovered by a hobbyist with a metal detector. So, if you are armed with a metal detector and a bit of enthusiasm, there’s a good chance you’ll unearth a wealth in coins! Some will be clad coins: modern coins with an inner core of copper and outer layers of nickel-copper alloy. But, there are older coins underfoot which are much more valuable and dated. These include: Indianhead and Wheat pennies, Buffalo nickels, Barber dimes, Liberty and Washington quarters, Liberty-walking half dollars and many other types of silver coins. Older silver coins are made of near pure silver, not alloy.

Lost & Buried Gold Coins are a Hot Commodity!

Believe it or not, U.S. gold coins are still found by hobbyists today! The first gold coins issued by the United States Mint started circulating in 1795. From 1838 to 1907, $20 Liberty Head gold coins were minted; followed by $20 Saint Gauden gold coins from 1907 to 1933. These, and other ancient foreign coins are unearthed by coin shooters. Experts say that a dedicated coin hunter can recover from a handful to over a 100 coins on any given weekend. Basic clad coins at “face value” can easily be cashed in at a Coin Star machine. But more importantly, older coins are worth several times their face value. As seasoned hobbyists say, “A single coin can be worth thousands of dollars. But, even a few weekend’s worth of coin shooting can pay for your metal detector.”

Digging Tools Needed for Coin Shooting

When you are setting out to dig up coins, it’s important to figure out which tools you will need. There’s no sense dragging a shovel if you won’t need it. The type of digging tool(s) you’ll need really depends on your soil conditions and the depth of coins. Some areas only require a probe and a screwdriver. But in tough terrain, you may need a small hand shovel or a serrated digger. Serrated diggers, like the Lesche Digging Tool and the Garrett Edge Digger are often a lifesaver when it comes to coin shooting. They are made of high-quality steel for strength and durability; and their serrated edges cut through weeds and brush. Both diggers also come with a sheath that hangs from a belt on your waist.

How to Skillfully Dig Up Coins

When digging up a coin, try not to stick your bare hand into the hole to feel around. Your target may turn out to be a piece of jagged metal. Instead, wear gloves and use your digging tool to bring the soil and target to the surface. Most detectorists like to use the “flap” method to dig up a coin. Using a trowel, cut out three sides of a square into the grass, digging about 3 or 4 inches deep. Then, you use your digging tool to lift the flap up and expose the hole. This leaves one side of the square attached to the rest of the grass, so some of the roots remain intact. This leaves less visible damage and the grass will grow back easily. At this point, you can sift through the soil until you spot your target. Or, as many seasoned hobbyists suggest: a handheld pinpointer makes easy work of finding a coin. Pinpointers, such as the Garrett Pro-Pointer AT and Makro Pointer can be used inside your hole to locate the target or when searching through mounds of dirt you’ve already dug. Upon recovering a coin, do not rub the coin between your fingers. Most soils contain a lot of sand and silica which will scratch the surface. Lastly, be sure to go over the area again with your detector. Some coins are part of a “pocket spill” and it may just be your lucky day!

Got a great “coin find” story to share? Be sure to post your story and a photo of your find on “My Metal Detector Finds.” Here, you can read about amazing finds posted by everyday detectorists. The stories are fascinating and they’ll inspire you to get out treasure hunting!

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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!

Still need help picking out a metal detector? Here are some helpful articles:

How to Select a Metal Detector

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Garrett Metal Detectors: Our Best Selling Garrett Detector Models this Season!

“If you are purchasing a detector for a beginner or are new to the hobby, you can’t go wrong with a Garrett metal detector!” – Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com

Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector and Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com

Garrett Ace 250 Metal Detector and Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com

Garrett metal detectors are among the best metal detectors on the market. In fact, the Garrett Ace 250 and Garrett Ace 350 are known as some of the world’s best-selling models of metal detectors ever. These are amazing entry-level metal detectors that are under $300. Even though the Garrett Ace series are affordable units, they feature professional-level electronics including enhanced iron resolution for discrimination, higher frequency, Target ID, five search modes, electronic pinpointing and depth indicator. Daniel Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com said today “If you are purchasing a detector for a beginner or are new to the hobby, you can’t go wrong with a Garrett metal detector!”

At the same time, Garrett caters to seasoned pros with their higher-end units. Take a look at the Garrett AT Pro for example. The AT Pro detector is made for those who are looking to find coins, jewelry and relics, on land or in the water. What a versatile detector this is and at under $600., the AT Pro is a great value. The Garrett ATX is a waterproof deep-seeking metal detector that is built for gold nugget prospecting!

Find Garrett’s best-selling metal detectors at holiday sale prices today at MetalDetector.com!

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How to Recover Elusive Targets & the Garrett Pro Pointer Pinpointer

Metal Detecting 101 – The “Halo Effect”

Metal detecting and the Halo Effect. Learn what it is, why it occurs and how to successfully retrieve your targets.

Metal detecting and the Halo Effect. Learn what it is, why it occurs and how to successfully retrieve your targets.

There is a certain adrenaline rush when your detector finally emits a strong signal after hours of hunting. Now it’s time to recover your treasure. You dig up a plug of soil and start scanning the plug with your detector. If it responds to the plug, it is usually easy work to break the dirt apart until your target is located. If you do not get a response on the plug, then it is time to scan the hole. If your metal detector gives you a response on the hole, continue using your digging tool to remove small chunks of dirt from the hole. You can take individual handfuls of dirt and wave them in front of your search coil until you have located a piece of treasure. But what happens if your metal detector has signaled, but you can’t seem to find the target in your plug or in the hole? Don’t give up looking, whatever you do! A great find may still be within arm’s reach, however elusive it may be.

The “Halo Effect”

Metal detecting hobbyists get stumped when they’ve done all this recovery work and still come up empty-handed. Interestingly, there is such a thing as the “halo effect,” which amplifies a target—but makes pinpointing difficult. The halo effect is a process that happens when a metal object is buried in the ground for a long period of time. Ions from the metal oxidize and seep into the surrounding dirt, making the target seem bigger. This can cause small targets to seem like large signals, but it is also the reason older targets can be easier to locate than new ones. Veteran treasure hunters report encountering coins that gave a signal MANY times—only to disappear when trying to retrieve them. Their advice is to dig down further until you find the coin or other item. There is a really good chance it is still in the hole!

Here’s Why Hobbyists Carry a Garrett Pro Pinpointer

Garrett Pro-Pointer II Pinpointer

Garrett Pro-Pointer II Pinpointer

There are other scenarios that can make it hard to find a target. You may have knocked the target on its side while digging; or in sand or soft soil, the target may be sinking each time you dig. If your metal detector has a pinpoint mode, try that, before you give up. Searching endlessly for a target is extremely frustrating. It’s times like this when you really need a pinpointer! You see, the halo effect has been broken when you cut a plug of soil. Therefore, your detector no longer sees the target. However, a small hand-held metal detector—such as the Garrett Pro Pinpointer may be your answer. This tool easily fits into any size hole and features side scanning capabilities. The Garrett Pro-Pointer alerts you to your target with an audio indicator and the handle vibrates. The audio sounds a series of beeps that get faster as the pinpointer gets closer to the coin or object. The same goes for the vibration feature, which increases as you get closer to your target. You’ll be glad you have a trusty pinpointer when the treasure is at hand.

Garrett ProPointer AT Pinpointer

Garrett Pro-Pointer AT Pinpointer

Garrett gives you choice with two pinpointers that include the weatherproof Garrett Pro-Pointer II and the orange waterproof Pro-Pointer AT. Simplicity is what you will notice on the Pro-Pointers and also, on all Garrett metal detectors that the company produces. Ease of operation, yet with features to grow into as you gain experience in the field.

Double and Triple-Check Your Hole When Retrieving a Target

Don’t forget that there are often multiple targets in one hole. Experts say this happens all the time—whether it’s a small cache or coins were in a container that spilled or disintegrated. You never know why, but one target can indicate more in the same vicinity. One detectorist reports finding $12 in quarters in the same hole!

Find Target Recovery Tools at MetalDetector.com

You will find just about every type of target recovery tool at MetalDetector.com. Just click on the Browse Shop tab in the top navigation, and you can Shop Accessories. There are subheads for each accessory category, making it easy to find what you’re looking for.

To learn more about the safe recovery of coins and other valuables, be sure to read the following articles from our Learning Library:

What are the Best Digging Trowels and Shovels for Metal Detecting?

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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!