Free Pinpointer with Any Purchase of $300! Learn Why Metal Detector Pinpointers are Essential

Find your target two to three times faster.

A pinpointer will allow you to find your target two to three times faster.

If you are new to the hobby of metal detecting—congratulations! Exciting adventures await for you. As you start locating metal targets, you will soon see that pinpointing them can be challenging. Your detector will signal, but you will probably dig up hole after hole before finding your target. This can get frustrating, which is why experts strongly recommend utilizing a detecting pinpointer.

Why Experts Recommend Pinpointers

Detectorist Phil Goodson says , “Even if your metal detector has ‘pinpoint mode’, a hand-held pinpointer is worth EVERY penny! It’s a valuable tool that saves you time, effort, and money.”  It also cuts down on your digging time. He points out that a pinpointer narrows your search area to an inch or so for quickly locating a small coin or piece of jewelry. Goodson says on his first time out detecting, he found a gold ring, because his brother handed him a pinpointer. “There was only grass under the coil. Using my brother’s pinpointer, I was able to zero in on my target. I cut a small plug of grass and soil and started to pull it apart. I noticed a small strip of yellow metal about 1/4 inch wide embedded in the clay. I showed my brother, who said, “Are you kidding me?” “That’s gold! You’ve found your first gold ring!” This is how the passion of metal detecting begins!

Pinpointers on Sale at MetalDetector.com

MetalDetector.com stocks the best, most popular pinpointers on the market! Right now, the Garrett Pro-Pinpointer II and Garrett Pro-Pointer AT are sale-priced, as well as the Makro Pointer and White’s Bullseye TRX. Be sure to check out the new XP MI-4 Pinpointer, with great features it’s a value you simply can’t afford to miss.

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The Bounty Hunter Pinpointer pinpoints the exact location of buried metal objects to less than an inch. While the units mentioned above offer greater performance, this Pinpointer was designed to be used with any metal detector to help precisely locate coins and other treasures. It’s a great way to see for yourself if investing in one of the top units we have spoken about today would be right for you.

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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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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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Enter My Metal Detector Finds Sweepstakes for Chance to Win a Makro Pinpointer

From July 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015 you can enter your own My Metal Detector Finds story for a chance to win this Makro Pinpointer

From July 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015 you can enter your own My Metal Detector Finds story for a chance to win this Makro Pinpointer

Right here at MetalDetector.com, you can read some of the best metal detecting finds stories in our My Metal Detector Finds section. You may also enter your own My Metal Detector Finds story from July 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015 for a chance to win a MakroPointer, a hand-held Pinpointer. Be sure to submit your best find for your metal detecting story. You can include multiple photos and even a creative video with your submission. Once your story is published, you can share it socially or by email with your friends.

My Metal Detector Finds: Ordinary People. Amazing Finds.™

Many of the stories submitted will be featured online in the My Metal Detector finds section of the MetalDetector.com site. As you read the metal detector finds stories, be sure to vote up your favorite My Finds story!

We hope that you have fun reading the stories which include some of the most interesting treasure hunting finds from around the world. See the official rules on the My Metal Detector Finds submission page for complete details.

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Pinpointer Metal Detectors: the Perfect Stocking Stuffer!

Michael Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com said "Now is the time to pick out the perfect stocking stuffer during our annual Thanksgiving metal detectors sale which is now on." He went on to say "a pinpointer metal detector like the Garrett Pro-Pointer or the Makro-Pointer make the perfect gift idea for anyone on your 2014 holiday shopping list."

Michael Bernzweig of MetalDetector.com said "Now is the time to pick out the perfect stocking stuffer during our annual Thanksgiving metal detectors sale which is now on." He went on to say "a pinpointer metal detector like the Garrett Pro-Pointer or the Makro-Pointer make the perfect gift idea for anyone on your 2014 holiday shopping list."

The holidays are approaching and before you know it, bells will be ringing, mistletoe will be hanging in doorways and malls will be packed. For “think-ahead” shoppers, we’ve got savvy stocking stuffer ideas as gifts for the man or woman in your life. If your husband, wife or relative enjoys metal detecting, gift giving should be easy. There is one gift that fits perfectly into a Christmas stocking… It’s a metal detector pinpointer! Pinpointers are extremely handy in the field; they pinpoint treasure so you don’t end up digging aimlessly. Once a metal detector signals and the detectorist digs a small hole, a pinpointer is placed into the hole to determine the target’s exact location.

Pinpointer metal detectors typically range in price from $60—$150, with popular models at about $125. The latest handheld pinpointers are more durable and feature advanced circuitry. The Makro Pointer is brand new—just hit shelves November, 2015. It’s a fully waterproof hand-held pinpointer with a LED flashlight and 360 degree detection tip. That means the detection tip locates targets in every direction. This new model will help you pinpoint coins sized objects. As an added bonus it can also find gold nuggets as small as 1/10th of a gram with ease. The most popular hand-held pinpointer on the market is the Garrett Pro-Pointer. It features easy one button operation—immediately alerting the user to the target. At the low end price-wise is the ever popular Fisher and Bounty Hunter Pinpointers. This is a must-have in many hobbyists’ toolbox. For more on metal detecting pinpointers, check out: What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers?

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Garrett Pro-Pointer Hand-Held Pinpointing probe

Pictured here is one of the most popular hand-held pinpointers, the Garrett Pro-Pointer. The Pro-Pointer is also listed in the MetalDetector.com buying guide article "What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers"

Your trusty metal detector will alert you when there’s treasure, but you will need to pinpoint and unearth it. Recovery tools will become your faithful digging companions and you will quickly gravitate to your favorites. Metal detecting knives, hand-held diggers/trowels, relic hunting shovels and pinpointers are the preferred tools used by detectorists. These high-quality, durable tools can easily cut through the toughest roots and soil conditions. Many war relics are found in densely wooded areas, where you’ll need a steel shovel with a sharpened cutting edge—such as the Lesche All-Purpose Shovel.

Many metal detectors are equipped with a pin-point mode, even a good number of entry-level models. However, you may find that a hand-held pinpointer is more accurate and makes it easier and quicker to find coins, jewelry and relics. Another interesting point: coins buried for several years turn almost a dirt color and are therefore difficult to locate. You don’t want to miss a potentially valuable item; a pinpointer will solve this problem! Advanced, yet affordable pinpointers include the Garrett Pro-Pointer and the Makro Pointer. Read up on available pinpointers: What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers and Digging Trowels and Shovels for Metal Detecting.

Pre-Order the new Makro Pointer Waterproof Pinpointer

Exciting news is trending in the metal detecting world—particularly among the water hunters. Makro Detector is unveiling its brand new pinpointer- called the Makro Pointer. The Makro Pointer is being hyped as the best waterproof pinpointer on the market today (although it is actually not hitting the shelves until mid-November 2014.) Here’s a quote from a detectorist who was lucky enough to preview and field test the Makro Pointer: “This is an excellent tool! All of us water guys have been begging for a good waterproof pinpointer for years. This is it! It seems to be made exactly like we wanted it.”

The Makro Pointer is definitely a premium pinpointer, although it is certainly affordable. It’s fully waterproof and boasts several advanced features that haven’t been available on pinpointers to date. We are going to highlight the settings and features of the all-new Makro Pointer. You may not even get through the review before picking up the phone and pre-ordering yours. They will likely sell out quickly around the launch date and in the months to follow.

Features of the New Makro Pinpointer

In a nutshell, the Makro Pinpointer has a professional waterproof design. Target alerts include audio, vibration or both at the same time. And it is also equipped with a powerful LED light for locating targets in deep or dark holes.

Waterproof: Fully waterproof design—pinpointer can be used underwater to depths of 1 meter (just over 3 feet). Meets IP 67 waterproof rating.

360° Detection Tip: Makro Pointer’s detection tip will detect targets all the way around its surface. Up until now, high-end pinpointers only had side-scanning capabilities. 360°detection is much more efficient.

Sensitivity Settings: Has 4 different sensitivity settings, so you can adjust accordingly. Simply press the +/- button to reach ideal sensitivity.

LED Light: Has a powerful built-in light that is referred to as a ‘flashlight’. Other pinpointers aren’t equipped with a light or don’t feature an on/off control. Easily switch off light when not needed.

Three Target Alert Options: Features audio alert, vibration alert or audio and vibrate at the same time. Select your preference depending on types of targets or time of day.

Coil Interference Blocking: When pointer is switched off, the coil’s magnetic transmission is disabled. This eliminates interference from a metal detector or the Makro Pointer itself.

Two Hard-Shell Cases: Included with the pinpointer are a standard hard shell protection tip and a hard shell with built-in scraping blade. Both fit snugly over the end of the pointer to protect the tip while in use.

The new Makro Pinpointer is rugged and features high-quality components. Inside the box, you will find a durable zippered case for the pointer, carrying strap, a belt clip holster, a “find’s bag” containing the 2 hard shell cases, a battery and the instructional manual. That’s everything you need to power up and go treasure hunting. This is an exceptional gift for yourself or a fellow detectorist!

PRE-ORDER the Makro Pointer Waterproof Pinpointer by Phone: 1-800-446-0244 (USA) or 1-508-460-6244 (International). To see a Makro Pointer product demo watch this video 

What is the benefit of carrying a pinpointer? Hand-held pinpointers save you a lot of time recovering targets. First, you find a signal with your detector. Next, pin-point a more accurate location using your detector. Then, dig a plug and use your detector to scan the plug. If it is there, use your pinpointer to find it. If not, place your pinpointer in the hole to see where the target is. To read more about the pin-pointing process, see: What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers?

Submit Entry to My Metal Detector Finds Sweepstakes for Chance to Win a Makro Pointer

Makro Pointer Pinpointing Metal Detector

Pinpointing to the Extreme! Professional Waterproof Design. The Makro PinPointer features three different target alert options: 1. Audio Only 2. Vibration Only 3. Both Audio and Vibration.

MetalDetector.com Presents: My Metal Detector Finds – Ordinary People. Amazing Finds.™

Read some of the best metal detecting finds stories in our My Metal Detector Finds section. Now, Enter your own My Metal Detector Finds story from October 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014 for a chance to win a Makro Pointer. Be sure to submit your best find for your metal detecting story. You can include multiple photos and even a creative video with your submission. Once your story is published, you can share it with your friends.

Many of the stories submitted will be featured online in the My Metal Detector finds section of the MetalDetector.com website. As you read the metal detector finds stories, be sure to vote up your favorite My Finds story!

We hope that you have fun reading the stories which include some of the most interesting and best treasure hunting finds from around the world. See the official rules on the My Metal Detector Finds submission page for complete details.

About the Prize:

Pinpointing to the Extreme! The Makro Pointer offers a Professional Waterproof Design in a Metal Detector Pinpointer. Designed to meet the IP67 waterproof standard.

CHOOSE FROM THREE TARGET ALERT OPTIONS:
1. Audio Only
2. Vibration Only
3. Both Audio and Vibration.

360 Degree DETECTION TIP
Reach your target faster: Makro Pointer helps you locate your target quickly and easily in the hole. Flip it horizontally and you can easily scan a larger area.

SENSITIVITY CONTROL
Achieve the maximum performance in any environment. Simply adjust the sensitivity with the +/- buttons for the ultimate performance.

REPLACEABLE HARD-SHELL CASE
Makro Pointer comes with two hard-shell cases. The first is a standard hard-shell protection tip. The second is a hardshell protection tip with a built-in scraping blade. Both prevent wear of the detection tip while in use.

LED FLASHLIGHT
Makro Pointer’s powerful, built-in, LED flashlight illuminates the spot you are searching. Easily see your target at night or when hunting in dark places.

COIL INTERFERENCE BLOCKING
When it is off, the coil’s magnetic transmission is disconnected. This eliminates the possibility of interference from other metal detectors. This also prevents the Makro Pointer from being detected as a target.

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