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Give your husband, son, grandfather or any dad on your list a metal detector for Father’s Day.

Father’s Day 2017 is coming! Do you need a GREAT gift for Dad or Grandpa to show them how much they’re appreciated? MetalDetector.com has you covered—on any budget, large or small. A new metal detector is a gift ANY Dad would love (and brag about!) Decent entry-level models start at around $150; and mid-range units start at around $400. If Dad (or Grandpa) already has a metal detector, accessories are ALWAYS appreciated! We have listed popular metal detecting accessories below. Gift certificates are also among Dad’s favorites! MetalDetector.com gift cards range from $25–$1,000, so Dad can pick out what he really wants, and YOU can spend the amount you’re comfortable with.

Metal Detecting Accessory Gifts

Pinpointers and digging tools are probably the best-selling detecting accessories, followed by beach scoops and “finds” pouches. If Dad needs a pinpointer, this is an affordable Father’s Day gift he’ll love.

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  • MetalDetector.com Gift Certificates are a GREAT last-minute gift idea because they are emailed to your recipient with a gift message or emailed to you, for in person gift giving!

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Celebrate Father’s Day in style and wish him the best from all of us at MetalDetector.com!

Whites Bullseye TRX Pinpointer – Save Hours in the Field!

Whites Bullseye TRX Pinpointer made by Whiles Metal Detectors

Whites Bullseye TRX Pinpointer made by Whiles Metal Detectors

For locating treasure in the hole 10x faster, rely on Whites Bullseye TRX Pinpointer! Like a miniature metal detector, this unit fits easily into any digging hole to precisely locate treasure you have targeted. Whites Bullseye TRX is waterproof up to 10 feet and is completely automatic (no tuning needed). Features include: LED light, audio/vibrate alert, auto “power off,” lost pinpointer alarm and much more! Loyal Bullseye TRX owners say this pinpointer beats the competition because of its tip detection and ground balance “ratchet,” which instantly zero in on your target. According to Ashtro in NC, “Where it is pointed is where your target will be. With tip detection, the Bullseye TRX is the best bang for your buck!”

 

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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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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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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?

What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers?

 

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New Video: Selecting the Best Metal Detector Pinpointer – How to Video Guide

A hand-held metal detector pinpointer will not only speed your recoveries, but will also keep you from damaging your finds in the hole. This new video is a primer that goes hand-in-hand with our article and guide, What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers? This video looks at the benefits of using a metal detector pinpointer and the types of features you can choose from. Enjoy the video and feel free to contact us with any questions or help in selecting or comparing the best metal detector pinpointer for you.

 

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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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Using an Electronic Metal Detector Pinpointer

Pictured above is the Garrett Pro-Pointer.

Pictured above is the Garrett Pro-Pointer. One of the most popular units and as seen on TV in episodes of “Diggers” on the National Geographic Channel.

Whether your metal detector has a built in pinpointer feature or not, we highly advise you to carry a hand held, electronic pinpointer with you on all of your metal detecting excursions as well. Here’s why –

1. Hand held pinpointers are easier to use than the pinpointer on your metal detector while you’re actively digging up a target.

2. They also zero in on a more direct target area than your machine even when using the smallest search coil to help decrease your target retrieval time.

3. An electronic pinpointer will decrease your digging time too; something every metal detectorist is always hoping for!

4. Using a hand held pinpointer helps make unearthing your treasures safer. The more you know about where the treasure is, the less likely you are to nick, scratch or otherwise damage it.

5. And, metal detecting is less taxing to the land you’re metal detecting when you use an electronic pinpointer. The more precise you can be the less you have to dig.

There are a variety of different types of metal detecting pinpointers to choose from. To find the best hand held pinpointer, consider where you do most of your metal detecting. If you like to go near the water, you’ll want a water resistant device, if you’re out hunting for gold you may want a more rugged pinpointer. From here, you’ll want to consider size, depth rating, and other more specialized features like these. For more on how to find the right pinpointer to meet your needs, please read our article “What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers” as well as these other related articles:

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I Just Got a New Metal Detector. Which Accessories do I Need to Get Started?

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Was there a shiny new metal detector under your Christmas tree this year? If so, you’ve probably already powered it on and at least started hunting in your own backyard. Now, it’s time to hit the local parks and trails in search of buried treasure. In case you’re wondering what other metal detecting equipment you’ll need, we’ve put together a quick list of essentials. Most hobbyists categorize accessories as “must haves,” or “nice to have.” Example: if you have a probe and digging tool, a finds pouch is really helpful. They come with pockets for trash and treasure, a pocket for tools and either a belt hook or waist belt. When you’re hunting for longer periods of time, it’s important to lighten your load.

“Must Have” Metal Detecting Accessories

Digging Tools: You will need something to dig your finds up. A hand-held trowel and either a probe or screwdriver are necessities. For more information, see: Digging Trowels and Shovels for Metal Detecting. For a digging Kit with pouch & trowel, see: Garrett Treasure Digger Kit and Bounty Hunter Finds and Digger Kit

Tool Belt or Finds Pouch: It’s best to wear a tool belt with at least 3 pockets so you can keep coins in one pocket, tools in another and other items in the third pocket. You may want to consider a belt with a large pocket in the back to put things like towels and knee pads. Top-Selling Finds Pouches include the Pro Series Deluxe Finds and Tool Pouch Black Cordura and the Garrett Camo Diggers Pouch.

Gloves and Knee Pads: Gloves protect your hands from sharp objects buried near you treasure. Knee pads are necessary when digging for extended periods.

Compass or GPS: You never know when you’ll get lost in the woods. A compass or GPS should be part of any basic survival kit.

Towel for Dirt: There will be times when your target is buried deep and you need to put all of the dirt back neatly.

Headphones like the DepthMaster Audiophone pictured above will help you to hear the faint deeper signals of the older items better.

Headphones: Most detectorists use a good headphone set. They help cancel outside noises and distinguish the tones and signals given off by your detector. A headphone should be the very next item you grab after the metal detector itself. There headphones made just for metal detecting such as the DepthMaster Audiophone II Metal Detector Headphones.

Metal Detecting Accessories that are “Nice to Have”

Support Strap: Heavier metal detectors get hard to carry; support straps take off some of the extra weight such as the DetectorPro Detecting Pal Bungee Harnesses.

Metal Detector Carry Bag or Case: Good for protecting your detector as well as offering added storage space. There are soft-cover and some hard-cover cases for travel. See: Pro Series Metal Detector Carry Bag.

Coil Cover and Display Cover: Protect your search coil from getting all scratched up. It is always a good idea to try to keep your electronics dry.

Pinpointer: Hand-held units are often more accurate than a detector’s “pinpoint mode.” Learn more: What are the Best Metal Detector Pinpointers

Many days of excitement and adventure await you with your brand new metal detector. As you get more acclimated to the hobby, you will see for yourself which tools and accessories you will need for the type of metal detecting you are embarking upon.

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.

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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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