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  • Don't forget this years Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt!

    It's almost that time of year again, the annual Charles Garrett Memorial Hunt for 2018 will be a fun filled day out for the whole family. Be quick, there are limited spaces still available and this even usually sells out pretty fast!

    The event will be in Jefferson, Texas and will be a great weekend of detecting activities, plus a lot of fun things to do with the family, including rides on the Jefferson railway, a free kids hunt for ages 12 and under, cannon firing demonstrations, special guests and much more!

    Head over to the Garrett Website for more information and have a fantastic time!

  • FISHER F-PULSE PIN POINTER In Stock!

    We just got in first batch of the all new Fisher F-Pulse Pin Pointer. They seem to be outstanding! Free shipping off our website!

  • MAKRO GOLD KRUZER METAL DETECTOR

    MAKRO GOLD KRUZER METAL DETECTOR Will be shipping Mid February! Get your order in for this 61 Khz, waterproof Gold nugget beast with wireless headphones included!

  • Garrett Metal Detectors Gets a New CEO

    New leadership is incoming over at Garrett headquarters.  Steve Novakovich will be stepping in as CEO announced in the company press release on Jan 19th.

    Eleanor Garrett, the current president of Garrett says:

    “We felt that it was the right time to add to Garrett’s management team,”

    The current President of Garrett Metal Detectors. In 1964, Mrs. Garrett co-founded the company from her Garland, Texas home with her late husband, Charles Garrett, who was considered to be one of the pioneers of hobby metal detecting.

    “Steve Novakovich brings more than 30 years of experience to us from all facets of the business world,” Mrs. Garrett added. “Adding Steve to our existing core management team, I feel secure that the company Charles and I founded 54 years ago will remain strong for its next 54 years.”

    Lets hope we see even more innovation we've come to expect from Garrett and wish Steve Novakovich luck in his new position at the company.

  • An in Depth Guide to The XP Deus 4.1 Software Update

    Fellow Deus users, my name is David and I am an avid Deus user.  I have several hours on the detector model and have run versions 2.0, 3.0, 3.1. 3.2, 4.0 and the latest version 4.1.

    What can version 4.1 do for you?

    First of all version 4.1 is NOT a bells and whistle update.  Granted the update seems did improve performance associated with use of the MI-6 pinpointer, V4.1 does offer additional performance in the field.  The following data compiled from use of using the 9" LF and 11" LF coils.

    I have been testing, comparing and detecting using both versions 4.0 and 4.1 on 2 different Deus setups.

    Folks reading the new Deus 4.1 manual will notice ground tracking has been changed, the way it works based on a user's soil mineralization and also depends on this new setting that Version 4.1 brings called ground sensitivity.

    Well, granted using version 4.1 and using tracking ground balance, Deus on average will run quieter.  But folks, quieter is not always better.  What I am trying to say here, yes Deus will when tracking ground balance is selected and medium and lower ground sensitivity settings are used, Deus programming stands a good chance to make Deus go to default ground balance ground phase setting of 88.  By the Deus doing this the detector will not be as deep at finding, or calling nonferrous actually with nonferrous tone, or deeper nonferrous targets could become choppy, misleading a user to thinking indeed there is iron under their coil.

    So, in order to get peak performance for depth, manual ground balance using V4.1 has to be used or higher ground sensitivity settings be used to force Deus with the new V4.1 programming to track to the ground.

    But using higher ground sensitivity settings come with a price.

    What exactly?

    Deus for whatever reason is a better separator, unmasker with  usually mid level ground sensitivity level settings of between 5-7.  Users of version 4.1 will notice default ground sensitivity is indeed level 6, and for good reason.

    I should point out based on actual testing and live undisturbed buried nonferrous targets in the wild, it seems V4.0 is identical with identical settings of version 4.1 as long as V4.1 programmed unit has ground sensitivity level set to level 10.

    Comparing signals on nonferrous during testing placed in challenging situations as well as nonferrous targets in the wild, comparing V4.0 and V4.1 ( with ground sensitivity) set to level 6, I witnessed many times where targets swept with V4.1 to have either or/ and fuller tone, cleaner tone, less chopped, less irony sounding on the edges, just tone period, less static.

    When actually even taking the V4.1 unit and sweeping these same targets with ground sensitivity to level 10, I again noted what I say above about what happened to the signals on nonferous targets.

    A side note here, and I after discovering this tendency was able to make some nonferrous finds.

    Deus tendency using V4.1 and using mid level settings 5-7 ground sensitivity levels, if Deus coil is actually over ferrous and trying to signal (provide high tone wisp) say on nail or iron, if a user changes ground sensitivity setting to level 10 and the signal is the same or gets stronger, this what Deus is signaling on is likely iron.  But if going to level 10 on the ground sensitivity setting and the signal drops out or is more compromised likely nonferrous.

    A skilled Deus user using V4.1 can in fact IMO hunt behind a skilled Deus user using V4.0.

    I encourage all folks to try V4.1, and with time if a person will compare targets with varied ground sensitivity settings, it won't be long until all what I have said here becomes apparent.  Granted hunting in areas already hunted hard using previous Deus versions likely will bring this to light for folks faster.

    This ground sensitivity setting is seems related to ground mineralization, but it is my opinion based on testing, even folks with milder ground yet polluted sites can benefit from V4.1.

    The advantage of V4.1 Deus will not be apparent with all nonferous targets discovered(comparing signal data using ground sensitivity levels 6 and 10),  but given time in the field it will be.

  • All New Makro Multi Kruzer Waterproof Metal Detector

    Check out the all new Multi frequency Makro Multi Kruzer Waterproof Metal Detector!

    Be sure to click the link above with more info on the Multi-Kruzer on our website. We will update it with more info as we get it. Check back often!

    Set to hit our store Mid February! Pre order now!

  • The New XP Deus version 4.1 Software Update is here!

    You can view the complete setup and instalation instructions on how to update your headphones, remote control and coil software over at the XP deus website, it's important to make sure all of your devices are fully charged before beginning the update!

    Here's a quick overview of the changelog:

    The Radio connection between MI-6 and DEUS is now more reliable and faster.

    New EXPERT Mode : GROUND SENSITIVITY

    New menu addition "Ground Sensitivity" in GB > EXPERT. This new setting makes it possible to adjust the machines ability to track soils according to their intensity. This makes it possible to avoid tracking on soils with a low mineralisation.

    • GROUND SENS low (1 to 5): Slightly mineralized soils are ignored and the DEUS does not track and will not display ground values, the Deus will default to the recommended level.

    • GROUND SENS high (6 to 10): The DEUS will track even low mineralized soils.

    New EXPERT Mode : GROUND SENSITIVITY

    GROUND EFFECT
    Do not be tempted to adjust the "GROUND SENS" too high as this may introduce more instability and false ground readings. Levels of 1 to 5 are recommended, they will give you better stability over
    the V4.0

    GROUND EFFECT

    • Ground measurement display: If the DEUS does not register a ground effect for 7 seconds or receives a level lower than the set "GROUND SENS" for more than 7 seconds it will now display

    • Ground Tracking: If the DEUS no longer measures a suitable ground fefect for 30 seconds it will default the tracking to a setting value of 88 for more stability For example the ground value will revert to default if: The soil is not mineralized enough or if the level of mineralization is lower than your set "GROUND SENS", or simply if you stop detecting.

    As soon as you resume detecting or if the soil becomes suciently mineralized again, the DEUS will continue to track the soil and the display will show the measured value. HF coils do not require software updates for the moment, they are ignored during the update

  • A Customers Metal Detecting Find of a Lifetime!

    Special thanks to Justin for sending in this story and pics of his once in a lifetime find!

    Back in February, I purchased a brand-new Garrett AT Pro from Big Boys Hobbies, and it proved to be the best machine I have ever used. In October, I found something with it that made my year… A cache of rings!

    My buddy and I were hunting for Civil War relics on a property that was part of a large Civil War camp. There was also a house on this lot up until about 5 years ago, so we found a lot of non-Civil War related stuff as well. It became a fall back spot for when we just wanted to get out for a quick hunt. On one hunt, I found something completely unexpected. I got a strong, high 80s signal on the AT Pro. I dug down, and pulled a dirty but very heavy wallet out of the ground. Thinking it was full of change, I called my hunting buddy over to take a look. The zipper was corroded and seized, so I took my digging tool and cut it open. Staring back at me were several gold and silver rings! It was such an unexpected sight, that it took me a while to realize what I was seeing! There were 110 rings in total. Ten were gold and 36 were sterling silver. The rest appear to be plated. We still have no idea why or how they ended up out there. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to top that in my lifetime. Maybe I need to go searching for Civil War relics more often!

  • Happy New Year From Big Boys Hobbies!

    As we come to the end of 2017 we can look back on some of the amazing metal detectors like the Garrett AT Max, Whites MX 7 or the newest pointer, the pro pointer AT. Now we can start looking forward to whats in store for the new year!

    Minelab's Equinox detectors will begin shipping early 2018, along with their new pin pointers, the profind 15 and profind 35, and some exciting new coils for detech and coiltek are on the horizon. What new detector tech are you most excited for?

    Thank you for all of your continued support, we hope you have a fantastic New year and look forward to serving you in 2018!

    The Big Boys Hobbies Team

  • MINELAB EQUINOX Series releases in late January 2018

    MINELAB EQUINOX 800 and 600 Series Release Date

    Minelab announced today that the new EQUINOX Series of detectors is expected to be available for purchase worldwide from late January, 2018 onwards.

    Since Minelab Metal Detectors first announced the EQUINOX series at Detectival in September, there has been unprecedented market interest in this product range.

    Volume production of detectors has started and will continue at a rapid rate across December 2017 and into the new year. Detectors are expected to start to be delivering in late January 2018, subject to supply and shipping dates.

    Customers who have pre-ordered detectors should thus expect to start receiving them from late January. No firm dates on when we will be caught up with back orders will be available since it all depends on how many Minelab sends us.

    We appreciate everyone’s patience in waiting for EQUINOX to be released and for your ongoing interest.

    Happy Hunting and Merry Christmas from Big Boys Hobbies Metal Detectors!

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