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Certain Element Groups Cry, "Foul" for Discrimination by Metal Detectors

Certain Element Groups Cry, "Foul" for Discrimination by Metal Detectors

Kansas City, KS - A group of elements within the periodic table are are claiming that certain types of metal detectors are discriminating against them and leaving them out of any chance of recovery which could potentially lead to a huge financial gain of the metal detector's operator.

"Really, when you think of it it is quite a shame," one detectorist from Olathe, KS said.  "By discriminating against the "undesirable" elements," he said, holding up quotation marks, "they are a really just missing out on the opportunity for huge financial gain.  They're really just shooting themselves in the foot."

The two, so called, "undesireable" elements they are talking about are...

FAQ:  What is Discrimination in Metal Detecting?

FAQ: What is Discrimination in Metal Detecting?

When someone is talking about discrimination in metal detecting it has nothing to do with age, sex, race, religion, marital or familial status, or country of origin.  No, most of the people that are involved in the sport of metal detecting are very welcoming to outsiders coming in and learning the hobby.  The fact is, it is such a small group of people, we welcome anybody and everybody who is willing to sit down and bend an ear to discuss finding treasure.  "Discrimination," when discussing metal detecting, is the action of eliminating or "Notching Out" certain types of targets on a metal detector so as only to display a visual or audio cue when a desired target is found.  

For instance, on certain metal detectors, when the detector's coil is swung over an iron object, it will display differently than, say, a silver coin will.  The audio output for the coin will typically emit a higher pitched tone than the iron target and the digital readout will typically register a higher numerical output than the iron target.... 

Don't Get Burned Out Metal Detecting - How to Keep Your Interest

Don't Get Burned Out Metal Detecting - How to Keep Your Interest

As I have said int he past, a great deal of metal detectors bought end up in a closet collecting dust.  Why is this?  Well, there are a few things to note. 

The first issue is quite often people buy either too much or to little metal detector.  What does this mean?  Well, it means that a person who is somewhat knowledgeable in how metal detectors work may buy a metal detector that is below what they need in order to detect desirable targets while weeding out the undesired targets.  They end up digging too many crappy targets and get tired of it and quit.  On the flip side a person who has no knowledge how metal detector works may buy one that is too complicated for them.  The metal detector they are using sends out too much information and boggles their mind.  This confusion often makes the person think that this hobby is not for them. To solve this first issue, it is best to...

Part I: Metal Detecting Coins - Coin Basics

Part I: Metal Detecting Coins - Coin Basics

"Coinshooting" (not coin shooting that's a whole different thing) is a term used in the metal detecting world that describes the hobby of getting out with a metal detector and looking specifically for coins.  This angle of metal detecting is much different than others.  Relic hunting, for example, involves recovering pretty much every target that is found metal detecting.  This includes coins, but also includes iron objects, and pretty much every other target - large and small.  Coinshooting involves a much higher degree of target discrimination.  

We will get more into sport of coinshooting later.  This first post is more about why one would want to go out metal detecting for coins in the first place.