Review: Radio Shack Micronta 4001 Metal Detector

Review: Radio Shack Micronta 4001 Metal Detector

Welcome to October 5, 1982.

I am 14 years old.   I am in 7th grade at Indianola Academy in Indianola, Mississippi.   My parents are separated, so we live on my aunt and uncle’s farm on Route 2, about 5 miles north of town.  If you haven’t been to the Missisippi Delta, you might not know that from standing in our front yard, in two directions I cannot see anything whatsoever for as far as the eye can see.  Everything is clear farmland out here.

We don’t have a lot of money, but we live fine.     My sister and I share a bedroom in the main house.  My Aunt “Bill” Kimbrell lives in a trailer nearby.    She has the ugliest dog I’ve ever seen in my life.  We call it “Scraggles”.   My dog is called “Butch”.  He is big – half wolf and half Chow.  Nobody messes with me when Butch is around.

I collect coins, mostly out of my change.  My aunt gave me a mercury dime.  It was the most beautiful thing I’d ever seen.   We can’t afford to buy a lot of coins for my collection.   Anyway, last fall I was looking through the Radio Shack catalog and told my mom about the Micronta Metal Detector.  I was thinking maybe I could find some coins for my collection with one of those.  She said we couldn’t afford something like that.   

I couldn’t believe it when I woke up on Christmas morning and found the Micronta 4001 metal detector under the Christmas tree in the living room.   It was absolutely beautiful.  The silver shaft, the smooth, shiny black plastic, the red button on the handle, and the mysterious meter.

I’ve found a lot of great stuff over the past several months with my Micronta.   I found several wheat pennies.   Under the porch of the old shack my grandfather grew up in across the bayou from the house, I found an 1897 indian head cent.   Best of all, across the highway in front of the creepy house with a bunch of trees around it, I found a 1944 silver Walking Liberty Half Dollar.   It was at about 4 inches deep – right where I bet a flower bed used to be.


I was so excited I ran all the way home screaming.  Mom and everyone else was at work so I showed it to Aunt Bill.   My coin collection now has a real silver half dollar in it!

Final Thoughts
If you thought you were going to read an amusing review about the inefficiencies of the cheesy Radio Shack Micronta detector, then I am sorry, my friend.   I owe my love of this hobby to that detector.     It was my best friend during one of the toughest times of my life.  

Buy the best detector that you can afford.   Master that detector as well as fundamental detecting techniques.  Fall in love with the hobby.  Upgrade later.

Best of luck on your next hunt.

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  1. KSosa at 11:52 am

    I am 32, and I’ve always asked n begged for 2 things as a kid then I got over it.. a metal detector n 2nd was a telescope. Living in Southern New Mexico those are 2 things that I think any kid should own. Well I’m looking up the metal detector right now and I feel like a lil kid and ur story is just what I imagined it would have been like! Thanks ffor that lil perfect insight n wish me luck I’m putting on my coat n heading off to hills! Its a beautiful day and finally I can’t wait to see what I come across..

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