Long before we decided to get a metal detector, I never even considered the idea. I thought metal detecting was for older, retired men, on the beach. You watch a random movie or episode and a guy walks by with a detector. He is in the background and most won’t even notice that he was in the show. Well, my husband and I were thinking of getting a new trampoline for the kids for Christmas. Our last one lasted about 4 years, and the kids loved it! BUT with trampolines come sprains, breaks, twists, and too many children bumping together at times. Pinches on the springs, etc… So, we opted for a detector, thought the kids would enjoy it.
We ordered our first. Bounty Hunter Quick Silver. Only one. Watching YouTube videos in anticipation of receiving it in the mail! Getting excited about finding “treasure”! Watching others dig up colonial history artifacts and coins! One coin we saw was worth over $6000!!!
So, we get anxious! Go buy a Bounty Hunter at a pawn shop. And we all share it for one day! It was an amazing day of taking turns, digging in gravel, soft dirt, clay and just everywhere. We started off in the local parks, and found coins, and children who joined in like they were with us and “finding treasure”! Their smiles were priceless!
We then knew we needed more than one or two detectors for the five of us! By then, we received the original order in the mail, ordered two more, and two pinpointers! We were hooked! We dug up nails, aluminum can pieces, tons of iron junk, and a few coins! Our first oldest coin was a 1919 Wheat Penny! My husband dug that on his parents property, which was his grandfathers, and that was his grandfathers year of birth.
We go every weekend and during the week when possible! We find old house places with or without the house standing. Drive around and look for a possible dig site! The old timers in our area are great to talk to, it’s just tricky to find them.
We have SEVEN detectors! FIVE pinpointers! SIX diggers! And a Family of Five who ALL Love digging! This is not a hobby just for the old, retired folks!
The joys? Our kids faces when they find something “cool”. Their excitement when we get an old house place permission. Their drive to keep digging even when we’ve been there for hours. Even though they do give out sooner than we do! They have been able to pet cows for the first time. They have learned about coins and the years and history of lots of things that wouldn’t even have been thought of if we hadn’t been detecting. I have climbed over, under and through fences. (first time in over fifteen years!) I have lost two pant sizes!! We walk for hours, swinging our over two pound stick, and kneeling, squatting, bending repeatedly! It’s a great work-out! The kids have since found all kinds of treasure. Worthless, but Priceless! And our eleven year old found our first silver! 1943 war nickel! We come home too sore to even move. Exhausted muscles, tired joints, and dirty clothes and shoes. But we wouldn’t change it for the world!
We now swing two Garrett Ace 250’s, two Bounty Hunter Quick Silvers, and one Bounty Hunter Discovery 2200. We own two extras.
If you are even considering getting into this hobby. Don’t think of just the cost of the equipment. Think of the joy and enrichment you are gaining for you and your family!