Detectors & Equipment Reviews

Tesoro Outlaw metal detector review

 About eight years back I would talk to someone in Virginia, on a regular basis, who was a relic hunter. He swore by his Tesoro metal detector (I can’t recall which model) and had some amazing finds to back up his claims at how great of a machine it was. Although I have been metal detecting for over twenty years even way back then most machines had a screen giving you some kind of indication of what you’re digging. That being said I couldn’t really see how I could ever have a need for a machine that looked so simple…

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Review of the Minelab E-trac

I purchased my first e-trac just a few weeks after it was released. Within just a few days of receiving it I was finding deep silver coins and getting very comfortable with it. With it being so new there was little to no information out there yet on the machine so I had to learn it the old fashion way. One of the great things about the e-trac is you can pull it out of the box, turn it on and go out and find amazing things with it. With all the information out there on the Minelab E-trac I’m…

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The legendary Minelab CTX 3030

When I first got my Minelab Ctx 3030, not long after being released, I described it as being similar to a Minelab E-trac but with a lot of bells and whistles. To some this wouldn’t sound very appealing considering the cost but when you understand how important the bells and whistles are you quickly learn why this machine is so popular. Before I discuss the bells and whistles I want to discuss some of the performance upgrades from past Minelab FBS machines. The processor is faster than anything else before and the recovery time from target to target is amazing.…

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Garrett AT PRO metal detector review

When The AT pro first came out, I remember how quickly it became such a popular metal detector. It seemed like wherever you turned it was being discussed and good finds were being shown using the AT pro. I had a demo AT pro that I only took out a few times before I sold it but there were a few things I noticed quickly that I liked about the machine. The AT pro has nice separation of tones, it has impressive recovery time from one target to the next, simple turn on and go metal detector and waterproof. But…

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fun filled key date weekend

Memorial Day weekend 2009 I planned on metal detecting every chance I had. It started on a Friday with an invite to a private park from a friend who had found several silver coins there before. When I say several silver coins I believe we are talking in the hundreds, it’s one of those places dreams are made of. It was about an hour and a half drive to meet him and I got up there and we hunted all day. If I recall, I found 7 silver coins in the park that day. I put them in my  container…

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My paranormal relic experience

One evening, while doing some research and map overlays I came across two old home sites that were located in a fairly new park. The first site was located in a soccer field just as you came in the park and I quickly found it from all the iron chirps I was getting. I don’t recall now what I pulled out of there the first time but I believe it was a few flat buttons. I wanted to explore the other site that was at the back of the park. Along the back edge was a set of woods and…

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Metal detecting a ghost town

Many years ago I was on eBay and came across a pamphlet for sale that had several historical tours of the county. I purchased it and then didn’t think much about it. Even after I got it I put it on my book shelf figuring when I had time I would go through it. It took me several months to get back to it, I had actually forgotten about it! I opened up this really thin pamphlet and it took me just seconds to realize what a wealth of information was hiding within its pages. Every one of the tours…

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Coins – wiping away the value

 Something I see on a regular basis that absolutely drives me crazy is watching people run their fingers across silver coins to remove dirt. I’ve been hunted with people who have been metal detecting for 20 plus years who will rub the dirt off a silver coin, it makes me cringe! The majority of YouTube videos I’ve seen shows somebody wiping a silver coin with their fingers, some with many years of experience who should know better!  I have seen an attempts to do better at not scratching freshly dug coins. I’m sure you’ve seen the popularity of spray bottles…

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Finding sights by reading the land

If you have ever talked to me you know that I love field hunting. If you listen to Josh Kimmels podcast, beyond sight and sound, you have probably caught one of the episodes I have done about field hunting. It’s something I have enjoyed doing for years and it is my favorite type of metal detecting to do. What is field hunting? Field hunting is finding old sites, long gone that are just farm fields now. I don’t just pick a field, get permission and go walk it hoping to find something. I overlay old maps, talk to farmers about…

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In depth- How to overlay maps

This article is something I have wanted to do for a long time but wasn’t sure how to go about it. I knew it would be difficult and before even I started typing here I have about four hours in getting all the pictures together and figuring out exactly how I want to do it to make sure it’s easy to understand. I don’t know how well this will work but follow along and I think by the end you should have enough understanding to do it on your own. This is my method. There are other methods out there…

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