Another Dog Tag…

AT Pro with NEL Snake Finds

Today was a quick hunt on some scrapes we’ve already searched. Wanted to try the new NEL Snake coil on the AT Pro. Managed to find a ring that looked good until I cleaned it and saw that it was gold filled. This makes two in a row. Wheres the real gold?? Also found another dog tag to add to the collection. 1952 Mineral Wells.

I’m really liking this NEL Snake coil. It worked great at picking through the trash on these scrapes. You get the target separation of 3.5″ coil but the depth of 6″ coil. It actually goes a little deeper than 6″ on air tests. In the right soil condition this coil could easily get coins at 7-8″

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A Saintly Find…

Sidewinder and AT Pro finds

We hunted a new scrape today. This a was a fresh demolition of a historical home. I started with my Tesoro Sidewinder with a 4″ coil to deal with massive amount of metallic debris. After digging a bag full of junk and only a few coins I decided to switch to my AT Pro with a 5×8 coil. I just wanted to see what it would do on a sight with this much trash. it wasn’t too bad. I found a few more coins, the toy trailer and a ring. Too bad it was 10K GF! Towards the end of the hunt I dug up the magnetic base saint. I’ve got a NEL Snake coil on the way for the AT Pro. I think it will be an enormous improvement for trashy areas like scrapes

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The Radio Shack Treasure Hunter…

Radio Shack Treasure Finder

After finding an old photo from Christmas 1976 I had proof positive of my first metal detector. Of course I headed straight to Ebay to see if I could find one. There are actually more of these still around than I expected. Found this one that was in it’s original box with manual. $19.95 later I was reliving old memories.Obviously this machine can’t hold a candle to modern detectors but it actually works good enough that I think you might be able to find a coin or two. It certainly works better than the Treasure Sensor 1000 that I bought with my allowance in 1979.

 

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It’s Official…

Christmas 1976 - Metal Detector

I’ve always considered my Treasure Sensor 1000 to be my first metal detector. It was, at least, the first one I bought with my own money. Even though I considered it to be first I’ve always had this fleeting memory of another detector. Was it my imagination? Was the Treasure Sensor not actually the first place winner?

Since I’m addicted to searching and with a love for history it was only natural that I would get bit by the genealogy bug. I spent about 2 solid years building a family tree. At one point I was looking for some lost pictures that the family claimed my mom possessed. Mom claimed she didn’t but sent me into her attic to look anyways. No pictures…none.

Fast forward a few years. After mom passed away my step-dad was cleaning out the attic. What he found wasn’t just the lost pictures but a whole box of photo albums. I set down that night to go through pictures. A vast amount of these photos I had never seen. One particular album was Christmas 1976. As I thumbed through this album of mostly unseen photos, there it was! The proof! My memory wasn’t a fabrication. It was offical. My first metal detector was a Radio Shack!

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A New Detector…

Garrett AT Pro

Well….A used detector but it’s new to me. I decided to give the Garrett AT Pro a try. I’ve been using a Tesoro Stingray and Tiger Shark for water hunting but lately I’ve wanted a small coil. Both of the Tesoros have hard wired 8″ coils. Some of the places we water hunt are covered with junk iron and the 8″ coils are simply too big. Need a small coil for target separation. The AT Pro came today and I’ve already been out playing with it. I think I’m really going to like this machine!

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Compadre Conversion…

Tesoro Compadre Mini

Every since I saw a Compadre Mini on a UK website I wanted one. Since you can’t get them here in the states and I didn’t want to order one from the UK I decided to build my own. I also didn’t want to go out and buy a new Compadre and chop it up so I started saving parts. Through a series of trades I ended up with an almost new Continue reading

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3 Nights of Galveston…

 

Galveston Finds - TotalMe and a friend (Jess) went to the TX coast this week. We spent three nights hunting various Galveston beaches. Nothing spectacular for me but plenty of targets to make it fun.  I used my Whites Surfmaster PI on this trip and found the usual handful of clad coins, toys and junk jewelry. Notable finds were the silver frog ring marked .925, India 1 Rupee coin, Fiji 1 cent, rabies tag and one of the pennies was a wheat cent. Jess made the big find with a Continue reading

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Train Depot Yields Barber…

train depot finds

A friend of mine was staying on a ranch about 3 hours SW of my hometown. We planned on doing some arrowhead hunting and metal detecting. I had no clue how to find this ranch so we agreed to meet at a train depot in the town nearest the ranch so that I could follow him back to it. The depot is now a park and we have hunted it several times. I ended up arriving about 15 minutes early so I thought I would swing the Shadow X2 until he arrived. I noticed Continue reading

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