One of the best metal detector companions is the pinpointer. It is designed to help you locate items faster and prevent damage to the object. Pinpointers are a time saver and their technology has been upgrading fast throughout the years. It’s important to know more about them so you get the most out of your hunt. Here’s a mini guide I put together for you!

Pinpointers are most commonly used after you find a signal with your metal detector. You then “pin point” the target’s location using the detectors’ pinpoint mode, which provides a much larger radius. Scan again with your machine and then use your handheld pinpointer to find your target by going through the plug, pile of dirt, or sand. I lightly scan with the pinpointer head facing downward towards the ground. Many people spin or swirl the pinpointer around the location to get an accurate reading inside the walls of the hole.

Pinpointers are best for smaller, darker objects like copper and brass, small musket balls, cufflink buttons and small coins. They usually search about one to four inches away, depending on the object size; for example, think of it as a coin versus a beer can. Again, the pinpointer is not a digging tool. A lot of seasoned detectorists damage their pinpointer by digging with them. So, don’t do that.

If you’re detecting and get a strong surface signal one to two inches from the surface, you can also use the pinpointer to find the item without digging a plug. Remember that your pinpointer is in all metal mode, so it will locate the sensitive areas in the ground faster. There are two main groups of pinpointers, ones that are not waterproof and ones that are waterproof or submersible. Some pinpointers have different sensitivity levels as well as an option for vibration or sound to indicate a possible target. You will find new alarm features on the new  pinpointers.

My recommended choices for pinpointers include:

Garrett Pro-Pointer AT
Garrett Pro Pointer II
White’s Bullseye TRX
Nokta Pointer
Minelab Pro-Find 25

The most affordable pinpointers that are best for beginners are the Fisher F-Point Pinpointer and the Bounty Hunter Pinpointer. If you do not have a pinpointer, I would highly recommend that you get one now. You will thank yourself and save a lot of time locating that brown penny in a pile of brown dirt. Your treasure collection will continue to grow. Call me, and I’ll personally recommend the best one for

Happy Hunting!