Metal Detecting Blog
A blog all about metal detecting and metal detectors
Ever been walking along the beach and found a gun? This is what happened to a German man in the baltic sea. Alexander Ladwig was with his father and his dog walking along the beach near the town of Wabbs in Schleswig-Holstein and found a box containing 30 German handguns used in WW II. He gathered up all the 30 guns in the box and alerted authorities of the find. Sadly the government took them from him.
In the pictures below you will see what looks to be several Browning high power 9 MM, Astra pistols and Walter P-38s. All of these were very common guns used by the Germans in WWII. The government that relieved him of his finds confirmed they came from Wehrmacht stocks.
Have you ever found a gun while metal detecting? If so did you turn it in? If I were Mr Alexander Ludwig I would be going back to that area with my metal detector!
Recently, some Minelab equinox 600 and 800 owners have commented about their problems identifying silver accurately with their detectors over the last several months. Some owners even threatened to sue Minelab, forcing faster firmware releases than expected. With the new firmware, Equinox series detectors are hoping to have better silver identification along with some other small fixes and software tweaks. The user interface and depth gauge indicator have received updates as well as some other user profile functions some owners were claiming to be bugged.
The new update is available to download now via the Minelab update utility on your PC or mac, after downloading the update utility, connect your machine to your computer via USB and turn on your unit. The update utility will detect your existing firmware and prompt for updated versions if available. if your device is ready for an update you will see a notice displayed to proceed.
Time will tell if this update has fixed the silver identification issues the equinox series has faced, but at least Minelab is aware of the issue and working diligently to resolve it. we'll have to wait and see what our users report over the coming weeks if the firmware update was a success or not, keep an eye on our blog for more updates on this issue and don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions about any of the metal detectors we sell at BBH!
You might remember an old blog we wrote about beach metal detecting and what metal detector you would need. You have read that here. What Metal Detector do I need to go salt water beach hunting?
While still great info on that post there are two machines out now by Minelab that have changed dramatically how we look at beach detecting. Imagine a new metal detector that is wireless, multi frequency, light weight, waterproof to 10 feet under $900 and has a fast recovery..... Introducing the new Minelab Equinox 800 and 600 models.
The Equinox 600 has wired phones and lacks the gold nugget hunting mode of the 800 but it comes in at a great price of $649. Also the 600 range of settings does not allow the user to have the fine tooth adjustments range the 800 does but still a VERY VERY good choice for salt water beach hunting or old parks and yards. Not only is it a good beach machine but a KILLER silver coin machine.
The Minelab Equinox 800 metal detector is my weapon of choice! I LOVE the wireless headphones Minelab includes. Just turn on and go. If you have a old set of wired phones you love you can still use those to. Just use the supplied Minelab WM-08 wireless module that comes with the 800 standard. Plug right in and go!
The 800 is OUTSTANDING on the beach and old parks for deep silver coins. Great relic machine to as it hits those deep bullets and relics due to the 5 frequencies it run simultaneously just like the 600. Fast recovery speed in heavy iron to that can handle all the really tough spots.
As always if you have any questions or looking for other deals call or email us. We have a excellent bundle on both machines and are will to adjust it to get you what you need. We would be glad to work with you and get you set up correctly to find the next lost pirates chest full of gold coins on the beach or old farm field!
Bart at BigBoysHobbies.net
Firstly, the XP ORX is lighter. 40 grams less to be exact. The weight loss comes from the lighter shaft. It is injected molded now and all out of plastic. Probably not all that noticeable to swing but it may not end up as sturdy of a machine as the XP Deus.
Another big thing that the ORX lacks is all the frequencies in the new X35 coils for the XP Deus. The Deus can run 35 frequencies on the new X35 coils. The ORX can only handle 21. Xp can go as low as 3.7 Khz. ORX ha sa lw of 13 Khz. Everyone knows he lower the frequency the more depth you can achieve. Will the ORX be as deep as the Deus?? Might need to do some DEUS vs ORX testing to find out!
The XP Deus also has 11 preset programs where the ORX only has 4+2. I mean who doesn't like preset programs to tweak when starting out?
The XP Deus has an advanced menu that allows unlimited tweaking to really bring out the best in the machine. This is a huge factor for guys that like to turn down the iron and really become "ONE" with their machine! Sadly the ORX does not have an advanced menu which means no serious tweaking for this hard hit sites to bring out the coins and hidden relics that were missed.
The headphones on the ORX can control the machine like the XP wireless WS-4 phones and XP Wireless WS-5 phones can. No more leaving your XP Deus remote in the truck and doing your tweaking with the phones on the ORX. The Wireless phones on the ORX are just speakers only. No screen or buttons other than the on/off switch.
If you have any other questions or want a better deal than listed on the XP Deus or XP ORX than listed on our website feel free to call us at 405-206-9010 or email us at Bart@bigboyshobbies.net
Happy hunting, Bart
The first step in going metal detecting is finding a good metal detector dealer with a shop. Amazon and ebay are poor choices to buy a metal detector for many reasons. First off you get zero help with questions before or after the sale on what might be the best model to fit what you might want to do with it. Second if you might be wasting your money on a model that won't do what your looking to do. You might be able to get away with a cheaper one that will do more. Third and most important they are TONS of fake / copied metal detectors from china on ebay and amazon. We have customers all the time call with issues with their machine and then they find out they have been tricked into buying a cheaper china fake metal detector. Fourth you can often save some $ buying from a real metal detector dealer. Always call us and ask what our best deal is, you might save some $ or get some good freebies thrown in! ;)
After buying your first real metal detector from reputable metal detector dealer that can help you with all your questions getting setup and how to run your metal detector your ready to start the process of selecting good metal detecting sites.
A good place to start treasure hunting is a site or area that has been used by people for a long periods of time and may or may not be in use today. Other great areas where it can be a good place to start looking to find treasure are areas that have been recently used by lot so of people in recent times.
Good research pays off
Researching before going out metal detecting is a GREAT idea. It is always smart to look for information or sources that might give information on older possible metal detecting sites. Some of those ideas to check out can be old mining reports, old local town plans or documents, and of curse older people tat have lived in the area for a good bit. Older people often are a wealth of valuable information on older homes, play grounds, schools, swimming holes and possible hunting sites that used to be there before things been torn down or moved. Armed with great information and knowledge, these can be some of THE best places to go for metal detecting.
Fields or open areas are great place as well. Especially to learn on as they are often cleaner sites. Old Farm fields can one of the most productive places to go for treasure hunting with a metal detector. Some the most valuable treasures and finds have been found in open areas. During crop rotation and turning of the ground, the deeper buried objects that were underneath are sometimes brought closer to the top layers of dirt and can be detected. The only drawback that may happen is damage of the potential treasure by the farm machinery.
Turned over fields make for easy digging since the soil is not compacted. be sure to ALWAYS get permission from the Often they will lead you to the best spots or give you additional areas to search! It is also a good idea to sign a written agreement with the farmer with set out plans on how all finds found will be kept.
Almost all fields or open areas have history of some sort. Many have been used for many activities over the past. These include funerals, parties, circuses , civil war camps, trading sites, and school grounds. It is recommended to research of the land first to identify its history. With older maps of the area. Look for common signs of trails such as wagon ruts, things grown in trees and old signs on fence posts.
Deserted towns or ghost towns are often all over if a person looks a bit at older maps and books. Old mining, crossing towns or rail road towns can hold troves of potential treasure and coins. However, some might now be on private land or owned by the the state or town. With the required permission, ghost towns deserted towns can be amazing places to go for metal detecting. Often littered with iron in the ground so they can often be trashy. With the trading and selling of items that used to happen in them, it is possible to find old coins or just about anything really.
Churches and School yards
Churches and old school yards are perfect places where often some of the oldest coins can be easily discovered. It is widely known that churches and schools were often built first and are some of the oldest buildings in the towns, providence or community. Often constructed many years before the first homes or stores in the area. Every Sunday and Wednesdays , the church families would conjugate in those buildings carrying offering in the form of coins and valuables. Often The best place to look for old coins in churches or schools is arounds old trees or entrances of buildings. This is where people would rest under the shade to talk and have lunch or children would of course play. Not to mention coins, old relics can also be found around many of your churches. Over the past years, parks have been used for many purposes such as circuses, state fairs, concerts and parties. So of course look at the big trees in the area for hot spots!
The Beach is always everyone's favorite place to detect for good reason, GOLD!!! Most beaches are either private or public and permission can be easily obtained from owners or from local parks. Sometimes permits granted for metal detecting on the salt water beaches are for offshore only. Salt water beaches are AMAZING places to go metal detecting because of the great changes of gold rings and jewelry. Not to mention the very easy digging that can be done. There are numerous ways people can lose things in activities that happen just about every day.
People enjoying outdoor sports, jogging, or even lying around on their favorite beach towel are causes for some dropped rings, coins, or even chains. Water swelling your fingers and toes often cause missing items that people don't realize. If it is during the busy summer or the holidays season can often make be the best time to go detecting. An hour or 2 in front of sunset before the beach is occupied or immediately after the bigger crowds has left for the day is a great time. After a storm has taken place, there is a possibility that good coins and rings which had been buried deep underwater in the sand are now brought to the surface and shore or closer to the surface at least.
A good metal detector can find you lots of hidden treasure when used in the right places and in the right way. Make sure you call us to see if your machine will do what you want it to do or for info on buying the right machine for you. Be sure to ask for any deals we have!;)
Have any other questions about metal detectors or detecting??
As said many times above, the best locations to go for metal detecting are those older places that have been popular for many years or long long ago. Good research and not to mention luck will identify such metal detecting possibilities.
Be sure to call us with any questions at 405-206-9010 or email us at Bart@bigboyshobbies.net with any questions or for current deals in our Big Boys Hobbies metal detecting shop!
Happy Hunting, Bart
Big Boys Hobbies is pleased to announce the arrival of the highly anticipated XP ORX gold metal detectors. We now have limited availability in stock but don't expect these new machines to last long! head on over to the XP ORX Metal Detector page to grab yours!
If you'd like to learn more about the XP ORX features you can head here for an in depth roundup of all it's features and specifications. If you have any questions on this, or any other detectors we sell, please don't hesitate to contact us!
The XP ORX metal detector has a new function, it is called the hashtag button, you will see it is located in the top left of the panel, the # button is very important as it has a dual function.
Once your chosen program is displayed there is no need to make any further button presses, the ORX is ready to detect.
Salt mode – To access the Salt mode press and hold the Hashtag button for 3 seconds and the word “Salt” will appear on the screen next to the right of the frequency read out.
To torn the salt mode OFF repeat the same procedure.
Salt mode changes some internal parameters and allow smoother detection on area’s such as black sand and some wet beaches, in some cases lowering the sensitivity will also help.
We are very excited for the new XP ORX to come out. Should be on our shelves soon. Be sure to watch our website and ORX Metal Detector page for more details!
We get questions all the time for what If target ID #'s to look for on the Minelab Equinox Metal Detector. Below we have listed a few charts from very experienced guys and gals that will help you narrows it down until you can learn them in you head.
As always, the tone is you best indicator on whether the target is good to dig or not. Coins often give a good "round" signal tone. This is also true with rings and such. Not ALWAYS true on all rings but for the most part it can be said as true.
That sound is very hard to explain but after you hear it a few times you will recognize it. The Minelab Equinox not only has VERY accurate ID #'s do to the multi frequencies but great audio as well. Once you can learn what the Nox is telling you your success rate will HUGELY increase.
If you have any questions On the Minelab Equinox series metal detectors feel free to check out our great bundles on them here Minelab Equinox 800 and Minelab Equinox 600. We do not include cheap china junk generic bags and diggers. We include actual Minelab bags and Minelab pouches with Lesche diggers made here in the good old USA!
Be sure to take advantage of the 15% Military Discount on our Minelab machines as well. Call or email us with any questions or for latest unadvertised promotions we might be running in store. Bart@bigboyshobbies.net or 405-206-9010.
PROMOTION ENDS January 31st 2019!
While coils last of course. This 17" CTX coil is a awesome beach or open field coil for depth and coverage area!
PROMOTION ENDS January 31st 2019!
Holler with any questions!
XP is pleased to announce the XP ORX Gold Prospecting Metal Detector.
Get ready for some High-performance Gold prospecting and Coin hunting!
Watch for updates on the detector on our website link above! More info coming very soon!