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Family Treasure Hunting - A Beginner's Guide

  • Soft Cover
  • 3" x 5" Reference Size
  • 80 Pages
  • 50+ black and white images
  • Author: Charles Garrett


Buying Your First Metal Detector I am so pleased to see the number of young adults and children who begin the hobby of metal detecting each year. These numbers continue to grow as the technology makes this sport easier to understand for children and more affordable for their parents.

Many veteran detectorists have told me over the years how happy they have been when their wife, their kids or their grandchildren became interested in metal detectors. What a thrill it is to have others in your family catch the “fever” of treasure hunting!

I can’t think of a better way to spend time with the family enjoying the great outdoors on a vacation, in the neighborhood park or even in your own backyard.

Garrett’s entry-level metal detector, the ACE 150, has opened new doors for years to the younger generations. The treasure hunting machines of previous decades were often too heavy and too complicated for newcomers or young children to attempt to master. This has all changed with the advent of instruments that are better for beginners.

How do you decide what metal detector to buy for the beginner?

Your decision will likely be a combination of at least three factors: price, ease of use and the detector’s performance. New detectors vary in price all over the board. If you plan on spending less than $100, don’t expect much. As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. Some of these inexpensive detectors sold at the discount stores will beep when they encounter metal but that’s about it. The beginning detectorist using a metal detector which can truly distinguish between trash and treasure is more likely to stick with the hobby.

The ACE 150 and the more advanced ACE 250 are both lightweight detectors with controls that are easy for beginners to understand. In fact, Garrett has long promoted the fact that these powerful metal detectors offer One- Touch™ Treasure Hunting. Simply put, users of any age can begin searching for treasure by merely pressing one power button to turn on the detector. The ACE is automatically reset to your most recently used search mode and is always ready for searching.

Most metal detectors do not require special tools for assembly. Garrett ACE series detectors use four AA-size batteries, which are included with the detector. Simply follow the detector’s owner’s manual to install the batteries. The owner’s manual also shows how to attach the searchcoil and the searchcoil stem to the control box. Once you have assembled your detector, you are ready to begin searching for treasure.


The goal of this latest field guide is to walk beginners - especially younger searchers - through the basic steps of what they will need to know to begin their journey toward being a productive treasure hunter. As the title implies, this field guide is truly a beginner’s manual which is designed to teach the fundamentals of detectors and treasure hunting. Explanations have been kept brief, and numerous photos have been used to illustrate how to search and recover treasure targets.

Since the ACE series detectors are ideal for newcomers - especially younger beginners - to learn, we have used the ACE 150 and ACE 250 for most of the photos in this guide. Once you have mastered your technique with an ACE, you will find that most of the basic techniques are just the same as you “step up” into a more sophisticated detector.

What a joy it is to see the thrill in a new hunter’s eyes when he or she finds that first coin or that first nice relic! Trust me…I experienced it many years ago while teaching my children how to use metal detectors.

I hope this guide will help your entire family connect with each other while enjoying our exciting hobby. 


Garland, Texas


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