2017…Looking Back

This past year had its ups and downs and I think I want to see it gone. I say that though with some trepidation because all things considered I’m alive and kicking and that’s something to celebrate. Really!

Stout Standards has had its ups and downs in 2017 and as in the past I’ve had those moments when I just wanted to chuck it all.  I continued getting the “if you don’t like it don’t….” emails, making me realize just how easy it is to be anything you want to be in cyberspace. You can even be a British archaeologist living in Poland and pretend to know everything there is to know about detecting when in fact you are just a narcissistic asshole.  I mean there’s no limit…. Continue reading


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Happy Holidays!

Just want to take a moment to wish all of you Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, Feliz Navidad, joyeux Noël, buon Natale or whatever floats your boat. Please be sure to have a glass of red for Fay and I!



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What’s Your Take?

These fantastic finds and displays belong to D.J. Yost and they’re a great lead in to what follows.  Thanks DJ for allowing me to share them here.  

Now I have three questions for all of you concerning topics I’ve seen discussed on forums and Facebook. Curious how you feel…. Continue reading


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Midweek Moans & Groans…

Because you’re dying to know….

In over 43 years of detecting for coins I never found a silver dollar. Now on social media they are being found with some regularity. It’s either the new super-duper detectors or……? I tend to go with the …..? Continue reading


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Draconian Objectives…

John Howland finally emerges from hibernation to expose the everlovin’ folks at Heritage Journal for what they are….dolts and dullards, dead set on eliminating our metal detecting pastime. Continue reading


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The Excavator…

Had a lot of great comments on the Prospect Park situation so I decided to go one more round. For those of you who didn’t bother to read it may you find nothing but hot rocks and pulltabs the rest of this year…. Continue reading


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Too Busy Getting Noticed to Notice…

Folks, we might want to take a step back, leave the video camera at home and think about our image and pastime because right now it’s not all that great… Continue reading


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Saved by Social Media?

Writer’s Block or Brain Dead?

Writing this blog has become somewhat therapeutic in that it gives me a place to vent (bet you didn’t know that) but I’ve somehow gotten to the point where I start feeling guilty if too many days go by without posting and that is something I need to deal with and get over. For five years I’ve pretty much shared all I know about metal detecting and despite claims to the contrary it’s not rocket science. Continue reading


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Q & A with Nigel Ingram

I first met Nigel Ingram in 1988 when I was the director of marketing for Garrett Electronics. We were looking for a new distributor in the UK and scheduled a lengthy trip there to meet with the various candidates. I can’t remember exactly where Nigel was in the sequence but after meeting him I knew he and Regton, Ltd. were the perfect fit. It was a great choice in that he’s still Garrett’s UK distributor almost 30 years later (every once in a while I do get something right).  Continue reading


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Tuesday Trifle…

Working on Nigel Ingram’s Q&A Session and should have it ready for the weekend. Otherwise I’m brain dead so here’s a repeat from June of 2015. Somehow seems appropriate after the last post. Continue reading


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