Nov 11

Next Generation of Metal Detecting Enthusiasts?

This just in!

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.

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.

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Mar 10

Metal Detectors: Tips on Balancing Ground

If you are frustrated by the load of trash and useless items your metal detector seems so keen on beeping about, you may need to adjust and balance your Ground level. The Ground knob on your metal detectors sets the level of rejection your metal detector gives ground mineralization.

Ground mineralization, simply put, is the kind of mineral present on the ground. To balance your Ground means detecting the difference between rusted iron nails, common salt, and genuine gold coins. Fine tuning the Ground control for your metal detector for a specific area will improve its performance especially if the All Metal mode is selected.

Fine tune your metal detector’s Ground level by doing the following:

1. Go to the area you wish to search.

Different areas require different ground level since most places have different ground mineral concentration. A beach or the riverside may have higher concentration of minerals due to sand crystals, gold, and other mineral sediments compared to your neighbor’s yard.

2. Do a test run.

Turn your metal detector’s Threshold control until a slight hum you hear a slight hum. Set your metal detector to All Metal mode. Lower your metal detector to search height then slowly lift it to about four inches. Do this repeatedly.

3. Listen for sound disparity.

As you lift and lower your metal detector, listen for changes in the hum volume. Ideally, if your Ground balance is correct, the volume will stay the same even if it is on search height or four inches high. To aid in this, concentrate on volume disparity only as your coil or loop approaches the ground.

4. Adjust your Ground knob accordingly.

Your goal is to find the ground setting that allows only minimal or no change at all in the volume of the hum as the loop is lifted and lowered. Adjust your Ground knob until you hit the right balance.

5. Reduce sensitivity controls.

A great metal detector allows you to adjust sensitivity controls if you find it hard to achieve the right balance. Metal Detector Town offers the best metal detectors and metal detecting equipment with advanced sensitivity control and great customer support.

Dec 09

Top 5: Intriguing Historical Facts About Guns for relic hunters

We have many customers that love to go searching for artifacts and especially old guns and gun parts. We often get questions about old guns that have been found on a treasure hunting mission. We have compiled some interesting information about firearms and we hope you find this post helpful even if a little off topic.There are literally millions of facts floating around about firearms, from muzzle velocities to types of projectile, from reload times to rates of fire. Anyone can find those, just look up a blog. This Top 5 feature, however, looks behind the traditional ‘interesting’ firearm facts to give you a list of 5 facts that you don’t already know about guns (and by ‘guns’ we mean handguns, rifles and machine guns, not artillery pieces!). We’ve dusted off dad’s old military history digests and scoured countless pages of weaponry fan-boy webzines for your leisure and now we’re cocked, locked and ready to rock.

1. Guns: The First Guns
The world’s first firearms were developed in China in the mid 12th century AD. An important find in the early 1970s in Pan-la-ch’eng-tzu village, Manchuria, included a barreled powder-operated projectile weapon dating to circa 1290AD. As a result of the fact that the weapons of ancient and mediaeval China were usually designed to strike fear into the hearts of the enemy, the functionality of these old weapons has been questioned. Simply, some scholars feel that the idea of the working weapon was enough to deter an enemy assault.

2. Popular Firearms
The American-made M16 and the Russian-made AK-47 assault rifles are the two most popular firearms in use today. Both guns offer variable firing modes, quick rates of fire, moderate-high power, reliability, medium-long range and high levels of accuracy.

3. The Most Accurate Guns
Recently, the longest kill on record was established.An American sniper using the famed Barett .50 Cal Sniper Rifle shot and killed an insurgent from over two miles away. Before the sound of either shot alerted the insurgent to the presence of an enemy sniper, the sniper apparently missed with his first shot, corrected and fired again, killing his target.

4. Heckler and Koch- Revolutionizing the Sub Machine Gun
Based in West Germany in the 1960s, this important small arms manufacturer revolutionized the design of the modern submachine gun with the MP5. It’s no surprise, Since the weapon is so reliable, that it is the standard weapon of choice for close-quarters spec ops teams all over the world including the SAS and many state SWAT teams.

5. The Sniper – Always a Specialist Soldier
From the earliest use of the word ‘sniper’, the term has described someone with a knack for a particular skill. That ability is marksmanship overlong distances, most likely from a covered position. The word originated among Imperial British soldiers in India in the late 18th century. You had to shoot down a snipe, a little and very quick type of bird before you were considered a sniper. The sniper, as a result of the skill he deploys, acts as a single unit, selecting and taking out enemies at will. This makes him the most valued asset among your allies and perhaps the most feared and loathed member of the rival force.

Dec 09

Gold Coins in FLORIDA

Hello friends, I just wanted to share this email I got from one of our customers today:

“Sylvan -XJ9-3050 a great detector. While living in Florida I go to the beaches after a major storms to retreive gold coins. In this past 3-months, I found 2 gold coins from sunken ships. This is an isolated section mid-state and not well known to those from out of state. Thanks for the good reading”

Keep sending in your stories, we always love to hear from our customers,

Nov 09

How Metal Detectors Work

Many people often ask me the question of how exactly do metal detectors work…  So, how does a metal detector work? The basic treasure hunting metal detector has four main components: The stabilizer, control box, shaft, and search coil. The stabilizer is simply a cradle for your arm to help stabilize the metal detector motion while searching. The control box contains the microprocessor, PCB, batteries, speaker, headphone plug. Some metal detectors have a really complex and powerful microprocessor with complicated digital displays, and some others do not have display features at all. The more sophisticated metal detector s on the market are able to discriminate the type of metal that is being detected, the depth of the object, and some can even tell  you the size and type of object (relic or coin).  Most metal detectors are mono-frequency detectors and are going to use VLF technology (very low frequency). This frequency is usually in the 6.4kHz range and is good for detecting non-ferrous metals deep in the ground. The metal detector coil is made up of an outer coil and an inner coil. The outer coil transmits a magnetic field and the inner coil receives or detects resulting magnetic fields coming from objects in the ground. The outer coil transmits a magnetic field into the ground and if there is any conductive (metal) objecst then it amplifies the respective magnetic field of these objects. This causes the object to transmit a magnetic field upward toward the surface of the ground that the inner coil (receiver coil) will detect and transmit the information (intensity, frequency) back to the control box.  Based on how strong the signal is, the detector can approximate the size and the depth of the object being detected.

VLF metal detectors can also distinguish between different metals by analyzing the magnetic field frequency that is received from the buried object. This is done by looking at a phenomenon called Phase Shift. Each type of metal, depending on its inductance and resistance, will give a different frequency back then is received from the transmitter coil. By analyzing the phase shift (difference in frequency) that is received from the object, the advanced metal detectors can approximate what type of metal is being detected below the ground. This can become complicated when you consider that many target objects will be alloys of different metals and that some precious metals have the same phase response as junk metals. Most VLF detectors have the capability to adjust the discrimination to allow for canceling out the signals of ferrous metals like iron (low phase shift) that would account for most of the trash that would be found.

This is the basic operation of the common treasure hunting VLF metal detector. With modern VLF detectors, you can discriminate most trash and find precious metals at significant depths and have a good idea of what it is you have found before digging anything out of the ground.

Do you have a metal detecting story to share? Please send them to us and we will post it here on Metal Detector Town!