Who Came up with the modern metal detector?

Terry Soloman

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DizzyDigger

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SD51

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Here I thought it was either Chuck Norris or Al Gore...
 

ARC

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I think... errr... would bet... the very first "metal detector"...

was in fact nothing more than a magnet tied to a stick.

No joke.
 

Treasure_Hunter

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I know who started the hobby and brought it to the average person, Stu Auerbach who founded Kellyco in 1955. After making a bulk purchase of surplus military mine detectors he started selling them out of the trunk of his car at the local beaches before starting a store.
 
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Exhuminator

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I believe it was Charles Garret who brought on the modern revolution of the metal detector. No he did not invent the first metal detector, but he paved the way for its refinement into what we have today.
 

Clad2Silver

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Garrett AT Max/ Garrett AT Pro/ Garrett Ace 400/ Garrett Pro Pointer 2 / Garrett Z-Lynk AT Propointer
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Everything I've ever read credited Gerhard Fisher with developing the first modern metal detector.
 

Rookster

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Great imfo and video.
 

Rookster

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The earliest machine I’ve seen was an old Western Auto machine.
 

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