Beginners' Metal Detecting

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  1. thehutchies

    thehutchies Funster

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    My sons, 8 and 6, want a metal detector.
    Can anyone tell me if this would be suitable:

    maplin

    I did try a metal-detecting website but it was madder than discussing refilling gas bottles carried on a solar-powered A-frame over here :Eeek:

    Fairly basic answers greatly appreciated....
     
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    scotjimland Funster Life Member

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    Hi

    I bought one for Chaz and myself last year and after a lot of searching and looking in forums I decided to visit this store, we got great advice on what we needed and had a chance to try out the different detectors before buying..

    Joan Allen will deliver your metal detector next working day fully insured.

    I bought her this,

    Bounty Hunter Junior Metal Detector by Joan Allen Detectors Direct - Metal detector suppliers, lowest price detector supplies

    when Chaz isn't using it Jan does , it's not a toy and works very well.

    The Maplins will do the job to start with, but if the bug bites you will be looking to upgrade fairly soon ..

    Jim
     
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    Thanks, Jim.
    I suppose I should have mentioned that OBVIOUSLY it's for the kids but it might get a little bit of Dad-use!
     
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    Hi reference your question i have a metel detector myself paid £500 my grandson wanted one he was seven at the time went to maplin and bought him one for about £49 pounds great buy hope you will find this of some use to you tony morris
     
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    Indeed.. :Laughing::Laughing:

    I didn't PLAN to buy one either but when I went to the shop I got so interested I did..
    it's a great way to spend the day at the beach .. we found lots of coins and WW2 small arms munitions at Mimizan Plage..

    I bought this model.. Fisher M-scope F2 by Joan Allen Detectors Direct - Metal detector suppliers, lowest price detector supplies
     
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    I am heading for France on the 7th and am thinking of bringing the metal detector. Are there any legal or other problems with using them there.
     
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    as with metal detecting anywhere you must have the landowners permission.
     
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    Will probably be just beaches, no private property. I would leave it at home if I thought there would be any probs.
     
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    Metal Detecting Club

    I see there is a club in Plymouth so may look them up for advice etc. Grandson has asked to have one but dare say Grandad will be playing with it more then him!!
     
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    Hi
    With metal detectors you face a basic chioce of buying a cheaper one and sufferening a basic lack of discrimination (how easily the unit sorts good stuff from bad stuff) which will lead to the kids getting fed up with finding rind pulls and bottle tops, and a more expensive unit that will reduce this.

    The tpe of detector sold my maplin are OK but with the advances in tchnology in the past few years these are more basic than they were.

    If you think its a fad then buy the cheapest and concentrate on going somewhere that you will find coins and stuff and so when beach detacting look for places where people congregate (and so lose things) like under promenades and piers.

    I have been detecting about 6-7 years and still love it but you have to have an interest in histrory as you will soon get fed up of finding 2p pieces but maybe the nippers wont.

    Bear in mind that people throw things awa such as silver paper from sweets and fags more than they lose money but if you and the kids are prepared to stick at it you will find tings of interest.Its like fishing really -mainly not much to report but the occasional good day.

    Phill
     
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