Still Alive…

Forgive my tardiness in posting. Been busy easing into what we hope is our final home. Tonight will be the fourth night sleeping here, and it’s taken some getting used to.  Less space, new bed, new noises, and new maps to find our way around, especially during the night (came close to peeing in the clothes closet twice). The dogs? They’re adjusting just fine….a whole lot better than Fay and I. Continue reading


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Ready For the Flak!


When you visit a website, blog, forum or Facebook page, and see a photo of someone’s fantastic day out detecting, what is your first reaction? Is it one of amazement, like “holy shit, did they really find all that” or does it depress you, as in “damn, I’ve been detecting now for two years and haven’t found one of those yet, let alone four!” Continue reading


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My Brother Phil…

Just a heads up. This time around my blog post is not about metal detecting or treasure hunting. It’s more important.


I know I will not write this well, or share all that I should, but I hope it at least tells you a little bit about my brother…. Continue reading


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Backhoe Ballyhoo…


I posted the following link to my Stout Standards Facebook page, and it wound up garnering almost 375 views…..

That might have been because it was shared elsewere….as in the archaeological community. I find it curious that the topic (not really a new one) has caught the attention of so many (see the followup comments to the article), and I wonder if it’s because both parties are getting more fed up with one another, or just maybe, we are trying to find a solution.  Unfortunately, my bet is on the former. Continue reading


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The Metal Detecting Bible…

I received a PDF copy of Brandon Nieces new book, “The Metal Detecting Bible” and wanted to congratulate him on a well written publication.  Nicely laid out, loaded with useful information, and should be part of your library if you are a dedicated tekkie. Continue reading


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The Learning Curve Has Disappeared…

Based on all that I can see online the MX Sport is a big hit, and it’s as I expected. I knew everyone who was involved in its creation, and was confident it couldn’t miss. Likewise the pre-release promotion was top-notch. Of course there were a couple of detectorists on Facebook complaining that it hadn’t yet spit out diamonds and rubies, despite the fact that theirs were fresh out of the box. Continue reading


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John Winter & US Dog Tags…

Having been real busy with moving into our new/used home, I’ve been out of touch with a lot of what has been going on within the metal detecting community and industry. Then again, I have been out of touch with a lot of things of late. Just ask my wife.

Anyway, my good friend and fellow blogger John Winter helped me out with a guest post….. Continue reading


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A Treasure Hunter’s Treasure Hunter…

It has been quite some time since I’ve heard from Richard Ray.  Emails and messages went unanswered, and I became a little concerned. Yesterday I found out that Richard passed away January 16. Continue reading


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It’s All About the Grape!

Missouri Nick commented on my last post

The activity of treasure hunting, coin shooting, and/or relic hunting is not show business or pathetic displays of ego. If that is your thing get into politics and leave the serious folks alone. Quit degrading the activity by making it look like a big joke! Thanks for the opportunity to respond and express my opinion about this, Mr. Stout.” Continue reading


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It’s the Cabernet Speaking…

It’s Wednesday night, and I am now on my fourth glass of Cabernet, and take no responsibility for what I am about to write…

corkscrewI’m positive that I am now in a time warp, another era, and I am not sure I can get back or adapt. I’m still reeling from the tornado, working hard to make a new house a home, and treasure hunting as I know it, or perhaps it’s “as I used to know it”, is suddenly foreign to me. Continue reading


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