A pinpointer is a hand-held metal detector that helps you locate a metal target while it’s still in the hole.
Dirty coins and other targets can be camouflaged when they’re in the dirt so a good pinpointer helps retrieve targets faster.
The faster you can retrieve targets, the more good targets you can find per hunt.
You ‘can’ metal detect without a pinpointer if you want to, but target retrieval will take much longer, and you will more than likely have messier plugs as a result.
When digging shallow targets a pinpointer will narrow the target area to a much smaller area before you dig a plug, resulting in smaller, cleaner plugs as you detect targets even faster.
There’s a few advanced techniques that you can use to get the most out of your pinpointer.