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Why a Pinpointer is Such a Crucial Part of Your Metal Detecting Gear

Why a Pinpointer is Such a Crucial Part of Your Metal Detecting Gear

When I first started metal detecting, it was a lot like other people.  I bought a cheap metal detector (Bounty Hunter Model) from a local sporting good store.  I grabbed a shovel from my garage and a small hand held gardening trowel.  I wasn't interested in spending a lot on my gear as I was new to it and wanted to see if it was something I would stick to.

Suffice to say, 12 years later, I am still at it.  I became addicted once I dug up my first interesting and valuable item...a silver Roosevelt dime.  Once that happened, my metal detecting arsenal gradually grew.  At first, I bought a cheap Whites Bullseye II pinpointer.  It was a game changer.  Instead of having to spend time hunched over or down on my knees sifting through soil to find an elusive target, I could quickly and easily pinpoint exactly where the target was either in the hole or in the plug I dug out of the ground.  

I quickly realized that I had been doing it wrong the whole time....

FAQ:  Where is the best place to metal detect?

FAQ: Where is the best place to metal detect?

People who are new to the sport of metal detecting often find themselves in a position where they have done the time to research the types of metal detector that suites them best.  They have invested the time and money in order to have all the weapons they need in their arsenal to detect.  They are all geared up and ready to hit the field to find some treasure.  Then it hits them.  Where do they go to metal detect?
FAQ:  What does gold come up as on a metal detector?

FAQ: What does gold come up as on a metal detector?

Once again, I figured I would do a quick blog on a question that we get quite often:  Where does gold ring up on a metal detector?

This is a tricky answer.  The reason is because gold objects, whether naturally occurring nuggets, or the various man made gold objects, range across the board on a metal detector much like you find with aluminum and other metals.  It comes in all shapes and sizes just like aluminum.  Gold, however, throws another curve ball at metal detectorists.... 

FAQ: What is the difference between the pro mode and standard mode on the Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector?

FAQ: What is the difference between the pro mode and standard mode on the Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector?

FAQ: What is the difference between the pro mode and standard mode on the Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector?

Anytime I get a frequently asked question or have something I think people might need an answer to, I try to post about it on our blog and, time permitting, try to make a quick video.

In this video I am showing the difference between the Standard Mode and Pro Modes on the Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector.

For the most part it is an audio thing....