Feb 12

Selecting A Travel Case For Your Metal Detector

Traveling abroad with your treasure hunting gear is a topic we’re revisiting. While we’ve previously touched on packing your metal detectors for travel overseas, we’re focusing on your choice of container or carrier this time around.

While many metal detectors come with their own carry bags, and others with a package that includes accessories as well as a choice of a backpack or a carrier that resembles a golf bag, other brands make a special hard shell case designed to protect your expensive metal detectors from the rigors of travel.

Some metal detecting forums have advised that you can pack you metal detectors as part of your hand-carried luggage, the TSA however, advises that you check it in; to be safe, the best bet would be to call your airlines and inquire with them. While you might be able to easily disassemble your metal detector an pack it in you hand carry, it’s a major hassle if you find out you have to transfer it to your check-in luggage at the airport.

Essential to packing your metal detector securely is ensuring it doesn’t move around inside the bag and get its sensitive parts and components damaged during transit. Another is to make sure that whatever you pack inside, remain inside—even after passing through security checks and numerous openings and closings; a dependable way to lock the case is a must. Your choices basically are to use a soft or hard shell case; and both have their pros and cons.

A soft shell case is your typical bag. If it has soft, padded sides, that’s a good plus. These are generally a lighter, and more affordable packing option for your metal detecting gear if you don’t have one yet and are loath to invest in anything more expensive. Check if they come with hook and loop fasteners (Velcro) that can hold individual items steadily in place; if not, foam cut-outs are a great way to keep everything organized and secure.

If you’d like better protection and peace of mind, perhaps a hard shell case is for you. It’s pretty self-explanatory, these containers have hard, molded outer shells to make sure that the contents inside are protected. They are usually packed with a thick layer of foam where you can lay down your metal detectors and close with either a tight fit or an air-tight fit (some of these cases will actually float). They usually come with multiple latches and can have a built-in lock or a hoop for a lock.

Now, these cases are quite pricey but if you’re interested in a similar solution, using an old hard shell suitcase and padding the insides with foam—you can even lay out your own metal detector’s parts and make your own cut out compartments. Not only is it a great, pocket-friendly alternative, it’ll help your gear travel incognito as well, making them less of a target to thieves.

On a last note, don’t forget to throw in your metal detector’s manual, even a downloaded printout will do. A metal detector’s parts might not look suspicious or strange to you or to your fellow metal detectorists but a non-hobbyist might not know what to think.

Nov 11

Next Generation of Metal Detecting Enthusiasts?

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We’ve been quite busy lately here at Metal Detector Town and getting busier still due to the coming holiday season. It’s nice to know that our hard work has not escaped the notice of our customers. Here’s a nice piece of feedback left as a review on the new site. We decided  it deserved a much wider audience. So, please read on.


“First off, I want to say that I did not push my kids into the hobby. But I suppose having seen me all these years getting excited whenever I can get bit of time away to go hunting has planted the idea into their heads that metal detecting is fun.

This is part review part testimonial, I suppose. I don’t know where to put this but since our latest purchase is the 3030, I will put it here. Last year, I finally gave in and got my two oldest boys (then a 10 year old and an 8 and a half—he insists on the half) metal detectors for Christmas, just the very affordable ones mind you. I didn’t want to shell out a lot of money in case they decide that they didn’t like the hobby after all.

I’m quite pleased at the turn out. Surprised and pleased. I have to say that in the first few years I was into the hobby, I don’t remember having the same luck as my kids have had or as enjoyable a time, but I’m glad. I got my older boy a Private Eye by Treasure Hunter and the younger one chose the Junior by Bounty Hunter.

Both of them have had a fairly good run. My older son has gotten a bit of better luck with his hunting that he has “earned” sufficient funds to upgrade his metal detector. Over the summer he has been lucky enough to find a 1914 quarter, an Indian head penny, along with many other contemporary coins that he keeps in a jar, plus a couple of pieces of jewelry. He did not want to part with his Private Eye, firmly believing that it was his lucky charm, but has decided to upgrade to another Treasure Hunter detector. He finally settled on the 3030. We ordered it a couple of weeks ago (kudos on this new site by the way!) and he immediately took it out for a quick hunt.

While the Treasure Hunter 3030 has more features, it is still fairly easy to use. It did take him a little while to get used to the controls but that’s because he came off of using a super basic metal detector with simple dial controls and an analog meter. Once he understood which button went with what, he was off; keep in mind, he’s only 11 years old (albeit with nearly a year’s worth of Sundays metal detecting). Just this last Sunday, he found a gold hoop earring. I guess his luck holds. He’s enjoying this machine and the accessories kit that came with it is a nice touch. A good buy overall.

My younger son has had some finds as well, he has found plenty of coins and what we suspect is a gold wedding band. This has been a great year for fun, bonding, and learning experiences for my kids and myself and that, for me, has been our greatest find.

Thank you for the role that you played in it, for steering us in the right direction and not pushing for the upsell. That’s why we keep coming back.”

-Mike Miller, Cumberland County, ME


We’re glad it worked out for Mike and his kids. Best of all, we love hearing about it. Keep sending in your stories, reviews, photos, and all metal detecting related news and information.

Jun 11

Fun, Fruitful, and Safe Metal Detecting Season

As we all take advantage of the warmth of the season and set out on summer-induced treasure hunting treks, a few important notes on safety is in order.
•Gone fishing, er, metal detecting
Whether you’re going on a planned treasure metal detecting trip or a casual walkabout in a nearby beach or park, leave word. A simple note or message to anyone—family member, roommate, neighbor—or just stick a post-it on the door, the refrigerator, or hang it on fido’s collar. Any information on where you’ve gone will help in case the unexpected happens. They call them emergencies for a reason.
•A little reconnaissance goes a long way
Sometimes, thinking of a metal detecting jaunt as a “mission” helps. Planning and research can go a long way toward ensuring your trip is successful and safe. As exciting as that hint of danger might seem, the glamour evaporates when you find yourself trapped in a sudden downpour and caught on low ground in a possible flash flood. At the very least, check out weather forecasts for the dates and locations of your treasure metal detecting.
Varying locations can mean varying hazards, but that doesn’t mean it’s all bad news. This is not about being a party pooper, the point is not to get caught unawares or at the very least, have a back-up plan in case something does happen. You don’t have to lug a survival kit along with your metal detector.
This is what makes a little planning essential. Safety precautions can mean something as simple as wearing protective clothing that can guard you against poison ivy, ensuring that you have some way to call for help when necessary, or even just having some information on what to watch out for.
One example would be knowing to wear thick and hard-soled footwear when hunting old areas and structures; learning whether the old homestead has been totally abandoned will alert you to the likelihood of rotten floorboards and old exposed nails that will make short work of soft rubber-soled shoes. Another would be finding if the area you’re going to hunt has cell phone reception. You’ll be glad to know this bit of information when a crisis strikes and you need to call for help.
•Detectorist overboard!
Taking too much stuff may be a rookie mistake but the opposite—underestimating the elements—veteran cockiness might just be as bad. Don’t go nuts packing for every possible emergency, that’s impractical and well, dumb. Do your best to keep it simple.
Pack your metal detecting gear, dress appropriately, take the weather into account, always make sure to have hydration, bring necessary protection (bear spray, pepper spray, or whatever is applicable), and lastly, make sure to have a way to call for help.
Make your summer adventures all about fun. Getting everything else all lined up will leave you free to go treasure hunt in relative peace of mind. Covering your bases by not going blind and uninformed into a certain location new or old keeps you in good hunting form. Happy hunting!

Feb 11

Metal Detectorists Are Women Too

Yes, it’s about time that we acknowledge that the time for the boys’ gang with The Little Rascals’ club motto of “no girls allowed” in metal detecting has long gone; and it’s not a sad passing. We should actually celebrate the not-so-new development.

More and more women are filling the ranks of metal detecting and treasure hunting clubs. The new blood has only served to promote and strengthen the beloved pastime. Some have had sensational successes too; garnering much needed good press for our oft-assailed hobby.

Although some old-timers might doubt the interest and capability of enthusiasts of the female variety, we ought not be too quick to judge. Along with everything else, in metal detecting there are really good hunters and mediocre ones, and gender isn’t the determining factor. If you think about, what’s not to like? How can our favorite pastime be irresistible to others, even the women? Their successful hunts are proof of that—and doing it all while in school, or managing a career, or raising a family.

Other than membership in hunting clubs, sales of metal detectors to women are also on the rise. What or where their fascination with metal detecting comes from, who can explain? However, I doubt if we, the menfolk, can also explain why we indulge in it. So, it’s only fair that we encourage and support women detectorists. And for those who won’t, then at the very least, just leave them to hunt in peace.

In Metal Detector Town alone, we have had an increase in inquiries and sales by women and for women; metal detectorists in their own right, and not just those looking to purchase a gift for their husbands, or dad, or brothers. Obviously, they are not only a growing part of the community of metal detecting and treasure hunting; they are also developing into a marketing demographic.

So, next time you run into a fellow metal detecting enthusiast, think of them that way, as a person who enjoys the hobby. Whether they are someone’s wife, mother, sister, or daughter, out in the field, what they are, are metal detectorists.

Feb 11

Roman Coins In Lyme Regis, An Amateur’s Rare Find

Dr. Colin Dawes displaying his finds.

Three years ago, Dr. Colin Dawes, a paleontologist, well-known fossil hunter, author, and a bit of a celebrity in his local Lyme Regis, added metal detectorist to his long line of credits.

His metal detecting adventures has recently brought him further attention. After joining a local metal detecting club in East Devon, he has had quite the successful run. Armed with his metal detector, he unearthed seven bronze Roman coins in Uplyme, a village located on the Devon-Dorset border, adjacent to Lyme Regis.

The location of the site has not been disclosed but many theorize that the coins may be from the remains of another Roman Villa similar to the one found in the village of Uplyme in the 1800s. Check out the rest this piece on his discovey from Bridpoint News.

The combination of his various pursuits and the good fortune that is his home has, in some way, tipped the scales in his favor—Lyme Regis is nicknamed “The Pearl of Dorset” and noted for the plentiful fossils found in its cliffs and beaches; it is also known as the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Dr. Dawes’ metal detecting has organically developed into a particular niche. It seems that he is, again, drawing from his personal knowledge and experience and mixing it with his metal detecting. Perhaps due to his familiarity with the area and its distinct terrain, he has been putting his metal detector to use in The Undercliff—several areas of landslip on the southern English coast (including Lyme Regis). He has become somewhat of an expert in the subject that he has been asked to deliver a talk about it in the local museum.

We’re sharing this story to illustrate how anyone can have their own treasure hunting success story. As we’re mentioned, in the case of Dr. Dawes, he is lucky to reside in a locale whose background is so rich that it’s actually pre-historic.

But, if we really think about it, all he needed was a metal detector and a group of people who shared the same interest, and he was set.

If not for anything else, his story gives the rest of us something to shoot for.

Dec 10

Locating Other Treasures With A Metal Detector

Looking for a different kind of hunt? Itching for a road trip? If you’re just dying to take your metal detectors out for a spin but have nothing lined up in the treasure hunting department, perhaps a benchmark hunt is what you need.

Benchmarking is another hobby great for people interested in hunting and history. In this activity, the goal is to find “benchmarks” or survey markers scattered all around the country. This particular pastime started making waves in the mid-nineties when information about the locations of the marks became available online, growing as a spin-off of another popular, online information-propelled hobby, geocaching.

With over 700,000 benchmarks across the United States, there are likely quite a few near you. Usually, these survey markers are round metal disks commonly but not exclusively, made of brass; inscribed with its own particular information such as the year of installation (or even re-installation for replacement markers), name of mark or the “station” it pinpoints, designation (what type of marker it is, one with a triangle is a “triangulation station disk,” one with an arrow is called a “reference mark” as it points to a principal station that may be a few feet away), elevation, et cetera.

Your metal detector will play a very important role in your benchmark hunting. These markers are roughly just 3.5 inches in diameter and set in various places in different areas. Sometimes, markers are placed in the ground, set into large rocks, or even directly on a particular structure (sidewalks, bridge spans, roads). Metal detectors are very useful tools for discovering these markers especially when layers of earth hide them.

Arm yourself with some tools to discover these new finds and another hobby might be in your horizon: information on the markers you’re hunting care of a survey data sheet which you can get online, a camera to document your find, a compass, a probe, a digging tool and brush for clearing dirt from a marker, a tape measure, a GPS device to make it easier to locate the general area, and a metal detector for finding accidentally and intentionally buried markers.

Sep 10

Beach Metal Detectors: 6 Tips for Caring for Your Equipment

beach metal detectorEnjoy an alternative waterside activity with a beach metal detector and have fun combing the beach for hidden treasure. Although made for rugged handling and conditions, beach metal detectors need basic care  for longer life spans. Here are six simple tips to help you get the most out of your equipment.

1. RINSE. Wash off the saltwater from your metal detector immediately after use. Left to dry on your equipment, saltwater and its residue can cause rust and corrosion. A fresh water rinse and wipe down is an easy must after a beach outing.

2. WASH & DRY. Give your beach metal detector a proper cleaning with mild soap and water after each use. This will take care of any salt residue or sand particles the simple rinse didn’t catch. Getting rid of the grains will also prevent rusting and scratches. Wipe dry to finish.

3. A LITTLE SPECIAL ATTENTION. The battery compartment door is ringed by rubber that keeps it airtight and waterproof. After and in-between uses, remove the batteries and wipe the compartment’s interior with a dry, lint-free cloth. Close the battery compartment door and wipe the outside clean of sand and water.

4. AVOID EXTREMES. As with most battery-powered devices, metal detectors are sensitive to extreme temperatures and radiation.  Avoid prolonged exposure to severe temperatures whether hot or cold. On occasion, you might get tempted to stash it in the trunk of your car. Unfortunately, unlike your golf bag, it might not survive an afternoon of baking under the hot sun.

5. BEFORE YOU STORE. A last run-through before you stow your gadget until the next outing. Make sure the power is off. Take out the batteries in between uses—especially for longer periods—to safeguard against corrosion and battery leaks. Keep your metal detector in a cool, dry place.

6. SOME REMINDERS. It’s a metal detector. It’s not a cane, a stick, a crutch, or a shovel. Used as directed, it can bring hours and hours of discovery, learning, and fun. If it doesn’t function properly, check the batteries. If batteries aren’t the problem, check your warranty. Whether within the warranty or not, refrain from tinkering with it. First, non-sanctioned modifications may invalidate warranty; second, homemade modifications may prove hazardous.

Beach metal detectors are available in a wide variety of types and price ranges, but an investment in a high-quality one is the best move. Check out the lineup at Metal Detector Town for selections that won’t disappoint.

Jul 10

Metal Detector Helped Amateur Treasure Hunter Find Old Coins

One of the best things that a treasure hunter can have, whether he is an amateur or not, is a metal detector. Take the example of Dave Crisp, a hospital chef, the amateur treasure hunter who caught the attention of CNN.

Crisp a former hospital chef serendipitously found buried coins while searching for metal objects near Frome, Somerset, in the southwestern part of England.

With the help of some archeologists, Crisp was able to unearth a pot full of 766 coins. The coins contained the image of Roman general Marcus Aurelius Carausius, the Roman emperor who ruled independently in Britain from AD 286 to AD 293, the first one to strike coins in the country.  This find is the second largest in the UK. Crisp aptly calls himself a “metal detectorist,” referring to his dependence on the right metal detector for his treasure hunts.

A metal detector has different varieties and each one goes for the specific treasure you are hunting and the terrain of the place where you are hunting. There is a metal detector that is meant for a novice treasure hunter and there’s one for the more serious and seasoned treasure finder.

The year 2010 has brought several advances to metal detectors. One that belongs to the list of the top of the line models is the Treasure Hunter XJ9-3050. This unit has the patented multi-frequency deep search technology, which allows you to spot a dollar at 16 inches depth. This lets you identify the target, its depth and also pinpoint it.

One of its best features is the 32 bit Z-TEX Computer Microprocessor which allows for increased depth and discrimination. With this, the way to finding relics, coins, treasures at an ever greater depth is never better. At a depth of 10 inches and more, the detector can tell you if it’s an old wheat penny or the new zinc type of penny you just found.

The Treasure Hunter XJ9-3050 is only one of the many metal detectors that are available for any treasure hunting aficionado or a seasoned one. To find out more about their different features and benefits, you can check each one of them in the metal detector comparison chart found in this page at www.metal-detector-town.com.

Jun 10

Metal Detectors for Sale: What You Should Know Before Buying

Metal detectors are great for finding lost objects and buried treasures. As long as an object is made of metal or has parts made of metal, it’s not impossible to find with a metal detector. You can use metal detectors to find gold nuggets or your lost keys.

With a metal detector you can enjoy…

Coin shooting. This is a type of metal detecting that focuses on finding coins from lost change after an event to old gold, silver, and copper pieces.

Relic hunting. You may be no Tia Carrere but you can look for relics like dog tags, insignias, or even weapons from past wars and historical conflicts with a metal detector.

Treasure hunting. Be an explorer and find hidden caches of gold, precious jewels, or silver pieces by using metal detectors.

Prospecting. This primarily refers to looking for gold nuggets but looking for any valuable metal is also considered prospecting.

There are many metal detectors for sale – but not all are created equal. There are also several factors that can affect the results of your search.

Factors that can affect your search include…

Metal detector type. Using the right type of metal detector for a particular terrain can improve your chances. Use a beach metal detector when looking along the beach or riverbeds and a coin metal detector when looking for old and historical coins.

Metal detector technology. The technology used in your metal detector is a major factor that contributes to its capability. Some metal detectors use higher frequencies than others, while some provide larger or smaller coils. To find high quality metal detectors for sale at affordable prices, visit Metal Detector Town.

Object size. The bigger the object or the larger its metal component is, the easier it is to detect given that most detectors are often limited at 8 to 12 inches of depth.

Interference. This can take many forms: Naturally occurring minerals in the soil, natural conductors, pipes, cables, and power lines can interfere with the signal from the metal to your detector.

There’s a lot to know about the best metal detectors in 2010, head out to Metal Detector Town.

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