Summer is officially here. You want to do something different this summer, but not sure what? Here is a great idea to try, metal detecting. What a way to get those legs moving and explore. There is history all around you, why even if you stay home there is history right in your own back yard!. Metal Detecting teaches patience, perseverance, may get you a little money and it is good for any age!
A lot of people think of metal detecting as someone on the beach, but history is all around. Why we went camping up near Ticonderoga, NY and found old stone houses that were crumbling. I wish now we had that metal detector around.
The first recorded use of metal detectors was in 1881 when Alexander Graham Bell tried to find a bullet lodged in President James A. Garfield's chest. It was also used a great deal during WW II. In the 1960's the military used them to find land mines.
1976 - Alabama while searching for coins, a man found a LIVE .75 millimeter tank shell fro WWII. It was removed by a military demolition crew.
1977 - California a 4.9 kg gold nugget with 132 pieces of gold inside. It is called the Mojave Nugget.
1997 - Virginia - 2 young boys using a metal detector unearthed a LIVE Confederate Army artillery shell in their grandfathers back yard
2008 - Key West - a diver found a gold chalice from a Spanish treasure ship that sank in 1622
2010 - Virginia a 7 year old boy received a metal detector for his birthday. He found a Civil War sword and bullets
Many people find things in ordinary places. Not everyone is going to get rich with this. But think about the knowledge and the history tied to the object. Where should you go? How about camp grounds, school yards, picnic areas, beaches, battlefields, parks, historic sights, piers etc. Also talk with grandparents or neighbors who have lived there for many years.
Bass Pro Shops have a variety of metal detectors you may find interesting. Check them out below!
For the younger metal detector, check out the Bounty Hunter Junior Metal Detector. Perfect for the junior it is lightweight, water resistant and very easy to use.
For the beginner adult, check out the Bounty Hunter Quicksilver Metal Detector. Extremely easy to use with a 3 tone feedback and a LCD display for easy viewing.
As you get more involved, check out these three detectors that are easy to use yet give you the additional features you want.
Bounty Hunter Lone Star Pro Metal Detector - High end features in a mid range detector. Adjustable sensitivity and discrimination. Touch Pad operation with LCD screen and 8" waterproof concentric coil
Teknetics Delta Metal Detector - 3 operation modes, 5 level running depth readout. Discrimination and notch systems with 3 tones.
Bounty Hunter Camo LS Metal Detector - 4 mode operations, waterproof coil, touchpad selection with 4 level discrimination and pinpoint target control
Now that we have your interest in metal detectors here is a little fun. Lets talk Metal Detecting Jargon
Nine-Two-Five - means you have found .925 silver (high quality)
All-Metal - Most likely you are digging a lot of junk
Black Dirt - Organically rich dirt is common in old home sites. This makes for good hunting
Bling - Fancy Jewelry
Bust Coin/Draped Bust - Old US coin minted late 1700's to early 1800's. Rare and considered a good find
Cache - Coins or jewelry deliberately buried together. Usually in a jar, box or can. Good find
Can Slaw - Shreds of aluminum cans that may of been hit by a lawn mower which can give too many signals and make a find hard to detect
Cell Hole - Remains of old home site. Many times it is just a depression in the ground or have stone lining
Dirt Fishing - Metal detecting on soil not beaches
Tear Out - When side walks or parking lots have been removed due to repair or new construction. This makes for good hunting
These are just a few of the lingo that Metal Detector hunters use. Stop on down and talk with any of our Camping Associates about metal detectors or check our website at www.basspro.com . Then soak up all the history our area has.