Detectors & Equipment Reviews

Stealth 920iX X-treme sand scoop review

A few years ago I got into water hunting a little after the weather warmed up and I could no longer relic hunt in the fields and woods. I purchased an aluminum scoop for around a hundred dollars and it seemed to work ok in the dry sand where I was mostly hunting. Present day, I have a Tesoro tiger shark and Sand shark on loan to me from Tesoro. Excited to get out and hit some of the swimming holes at the local lakes, I grabbed my scoop and both machines and headed out. I found myself quickly disappointed!…

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George & Pam Lesche – Predator Tools

 During the show last night Bob made a great comment (yeah I know it’s rare) and it went something like this “Everyone keep trying to copy Predator tools, George and Pam already build the best digging tools available so instead of copying predator tools go out and try to improve on something that needs improving” he then went into a rant about a two tone pin pointer like he has so many times before! Bob also made another great comment (two in one show, crazy right?) and it was something like “I don’t know why we are doing this show,…

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Cache hunting houses with Pete and Joe

Peter Schichtel and Joe Jorgensen were back on Monday night’s podcast for the third time. Each time these guys are on, our dedicated listeners in the chat room always want them back again and for good reason. These guys have so much going for them. They both tell great stories, have years of experience in the hobby, tons of passion and they’ve experienced so much! Bob and I both really enjoy having these two on the show and they will be back again! The first time on the show we touched on everything and they told one great story after…

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Wiping away the value – Part two

I am not sure why but the first article created some negative feedback and a little bit of drama. Maybe my first article was a little harsh and for anyone I might have offended, I apologize. This article is not to call anyone out, offend anyone but rather explain a little further, take some of those comments and respond to them a little in depth. I do not wish to upset anyone and I hope I can accomplish that and at the same time not piss anyone off. I want to share some of the responses to the first article…

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Dave Wise and Todd Hiltz

Monday night’s show started off with a bang like so many lately have. Almost every show as soon as we go live I’ve been losing a guest which is not fun when I’m trying to get the show started and introductions while in the background frantically trying to get out guest back on! Well this week was a little twist! As soon as we went live I had a number calling in. I figured I dropped one of the guys so I answer it and I have Tony Mantia on the line before I even start my introductions which then…

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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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