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    Found a stolen loaded handgun.....

    Loaded Handgun Recovered

    I got the call on Thursday the 14th about an hour before I was to leave to go down to Kentucky to hunt with two friends and get out of the frozen north. It was Al, my local metal detector dealer. He shared that he had got a call from a Kalamazoo County detective. ( Yes there really is a Kalamazoo! ) They needed a team to look for a stolen loaded handgun. I am the president of the SW MI Seek & Search Club So Al called me to put together a team. I called the detective and got some information. I told him I could put together a few guys quickly but I couldn't come because I was going out of town. He said if I could put together a team on Monday that would be great.
    So off to Kentucky to find Civil War relics and old coins I went. And old coins and relics is what we found. Fast forward to Monday morning. Five club members and myself met with a detective at 10 am. A couple hours before we started it started snowing and it was a little below freezing outside.
    A short one mile drive later we were at the very trashy wooded lot where the gun was said to be thrown into. Turns out two teens had broken into some cars and stole the gun from one of them. About 45 minutes later the cops were hot on their heels so they threw the gun into this wooded lot.
    The police went there the next day and with details of where the kid was when he threw it. They started their search with several law enforcement officers, one K9, and one metal detector and in five hours they could not come up with it. Our group of six club members started searching the lightly snow covered lot and quickly found there was targets all over the place. Twice I went back to the spot where it was said to be thrown from to get a visual of where it might be. We even looked into the trees to see if it had got hung up in some limbs. About 30 minutes into the hunt I heard a beep and seen the outline of the gun on the ground. I called out to the detectives up at the road and said "I got it " It was maybe 70 feet from the place it was thrown from.
    It was a fully loaded Ruger 380. All the guys came over and everyone wanted to hear what it sounded like under their coils. Three of them could hardly pick it up. The gun was mostly plastic except the barrel and slide that were made of steel.

    The group looked around and there were several houses less than 50 yards from where the gun was found and some had kids swing sets in the yards. It sure felt good getting that out of those woods as there were also some toys found in there where the kids had been playing. No telling what might have happened if a kid had found it first.
    I want to thank the Kalamazoo Law Enforcement team for calling on us to help find it. I also want to thank Tom, Keith, Charlie, Mark, and John for showing up to help in the search, and Minelab for making some awesome machines that help me to make many great finds!
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    "There comes a time in every rightly constructed boy's life when he has a raging desire to go somewhere and dig for hidden treasure"
    Mark Twain

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    Potentate with the upside down popcorn bucket hat

    Jan 2013
    The black hole between Montana and Colorado.
    Truffle seeking pig modified for metal. The results have been so-so When the pig fails me (which is often), I am relegated to a CTX3030 *sigh*. Like the dark ages or something.
    163 times
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    Good deal. That is an excellent use of a machine.

    As much as I love guns, I hate the thought of one being loaded and unsecured in an area where children might be playing!!!

    "You see, wire telegraph is a kind of a very, very long cat. You pull his tail in New York and his head is meowing in Los Angeles. Do you understand this? And radio operates exactly the same way: you send signals here, they receive them there. The only difference is that there is no cat."-- Albert Einstein

    Let 'er Buck!!!

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    Mar 2005
    Vinemont, Alabama
    Garrett Ace 250
    227 times
    Metal Detecting
    Great job!
    "Today's the day!" - Mel Fisher

  4. #4
    Nov 2010
    Bounty Hunter Tracker IV
    947 times
    Really really glad that you and your friends took the time to find that! Definitely averted a possible tragedy if little kids had found it, besides being useful evidence. Andi

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    Feb 2012
    Garrett AT Pro, Garrett Pro-Pointer, Nautilus DMCII-Ba
    90 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    you gentleman did a great thing. i hope karma or whatever pays you guys back good

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    Nov 2012
    Fisher 1266x and a shovel
    1285 times
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    You strike me as a pro! thats pretty kewl you were able to help out the police most people dont want to waste there time with that stuff! good job on finding those relics!

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    Mar 2008
    Chicago IL
    Minelab_Excal_II Minelab_Explorer_SE_Pro w/ SunRay pinpointer & Garrett_Ace250
    91 times
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    Honorable Mentions (1)
    Awesome job guys and Awesome that the police know they can count on us MD'rs to help when they need it!!!!
    Come check out my MD'ing videos:

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    Charter Member
    Fly Navy!

    Jun 2008
    York County, PA (USA)
    16003 times
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    Outstanding Mike from MI!
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    When the going gets wierd, the wierd turn pro...I am a wealth of mostly trivial information.....

    Jan 2011
    Formerly New Orleans.. Now Pueblo Co
    Garrett Ace 350 and Propointer
    3960 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Good work! I hope it was returned to it's rightful owner.
    "That's me, on the beach side combing the sand, metal meter in my hand, sporting a pocket full of change"...... NOFX

    I collect military relics, mainly German and American, but interested in others as well, pre 1945 .. Always interested in adding to my collection

    some of my antique photo collection : http://forgottonimages.tumblr.com/

  10. #10
    Jun 2007
    Southwest Michigan
    Made in U.S.A.
    468 times
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    A job well done Mike

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    Super Snooper

    Mar 2013
    Personal: Bounty Hunter Gold Digger Family: White's Coinmaster
    191 times
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    I'm jealous. I wish I could find something like that.
    All this digging is bound to turn something up! Just gotta be patient!

  12. #12
    Feb 2009
    Deus, Minelab 3030, E-Trac,
    42016 times
    Relic Hunting
    Good recovery on the gun.

  13. #13
    Feb 2009
    Minelab GPX 4800,Fisher F75 ltd, T2 Classic, Garrett AT Pro, Garrett AT Gold, XP Deus, Tesoro Compadre,Garrett pinpointer
    21 times
    All Types Of Treasure Hunting
    Great job!

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    Diggin up TEXAS!

    Sep 2009
    Fort Worth,Texas
    CTX 3030 / AT PRO / Etrac w/ NEL
    3737 times
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    Great recovery of that Gun...I bet the owner was happy as hell you got that back..thats a nice one

  15. #15
    Feb 2013
    South Central Pa
    Garrett GTI 2500 -Minelab Explorer SE Newest- AT PRO
    129 times
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    This has almost enspired me to offer my time to help in this type of thing. Never know when we MDerists can help with solving a crime. My 2500 is a brass magnet and I could use that to find casings for sure! Great jobs gents. They need to get some CLP and a brush to the pretty little Ruger!


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