With Cyber Monday here, the question of what to get the man on your holiday list this year can be answered in two words: electronics or gadgets. It’s on everyone’s wish list. But he probably already has a tablet, Smart Phone, media player, laptop…the whole lot. So, how about an item that takes electronics and wraps it into one cool gadget? Translation: a metal detector for treasure hunting.
Modern Metal Detectors are Lots of Fun
Metal detectors are more streamlined, inventive and easy to use than ever. And finding buried valuables is making headlines around the world lately. Hobbyists have been striking it rich– discovering canisters of gold coins, shipwreck treasure and Viking treasure caches from centuries ago. Treasure hunting is a hobby that appeals to most men, but in order to get started, they need a metal detector!
Metal Detecting is an Outdoor Hobby with Light Exercise
Most men enjoy being outdoors– it’s a break from everyday life and a chance to get fresh air. Finding treasure is a bonus! With metal detector in hand, hobbyists can uncover coins, jewelry, relics, collectibles and even buried hoards of coins and valuables. The metal detector itself signals each time a metal object is detected with the search coil; then the operator decides whether to dig up the item or not. Many detectors on the market today feature a target identification display- which shows what is buried. For instance, it will display zinc (penny); an alloy metal of nickel/copper, (dime, quarter, nickel); pure copper (very old penny); pure silver (very old dime, nickel or quarter) or gold.
How to Select a Metal Detector
Luckily, it’s very simple to select a first metal detector. You can go to a metal detector website, read: What are the Best Beginners Metal Detectors? and choose from popular entry-level models. Today’s models are built to “turn on and go” so anyone can take to the hills and fields. Don’t get overwhelmed by choices– the major manufacturers all design quality detectors. If unsure, go with a general purpose model that has a list of advanced features and looks simple to operate. Nice-to-have features include discrimination, ground balance and target ID. Below are entry-level, mid-level and higher-end metal detectors that are well-suited for beginners.
Top 7 Best Best on Metal Detectors— Men’s Outdoor Gear
- Bounty Hunter Legacy 3500 Metal Detector ($249.99)
- Bounty Hunter Platinum Metal Detector ($299.95)
- Garrett AT Pro Metal Detector ($594.95)
- Makro Jeo Hunter 3D Metal Detector ($4000.00)
- XP DEUS Wireless Metal Detector ($1,199 – $1999)
- Garrett ATX Metal Detector ($2,120.75)
- Makro Waterproof Pointer ($125.00)
Some final thoughts on getting started.
In summary, a metal detector is something that most men will love. Be sure to budget some funds for accessories like a metal detector headphone, digging tool, scoop, pinpointer and carry bag etc. If your guy is in need of a hobby or could stand to shed a couple of pounds this is a hobby that will get him moving around outdoors. Who knows, you might not only get a great deal on one a metal detector for Cyber Monday, but he might strike it rich! Either way, you both win.
About the author: Michael Bernzweig manages MetalDetector.com in Southborough, MA. He has written extensively on the subject of metal detecting since the mid 1980’s. He has traveled world-wide in his pursuit of educating, exploring and advising others in the proper use of metal detectors. Outside of the business he enjoys mentoring students, being involved in the community and spending time with his family.