Announcements - Spring 2018


After 45 years of selling metal detectors in downtown Gettysburg, along with our Christian Bookstore, we officially closed the store for business on November 25th, 2017. You can still reach Don Hinks at (7I7) 334-1282.

2 For these 45 years, we have always assisted in seeing that any metal detector that needed service was taken care of. Many detectors we serviced here, especially the early White's for which we stocked many parts. Others we would pack up and send to the service center for the customer. From now on, if you require service on any detectors, contact the following for instructions:

BrandCompany Info
White'sCentreville Electronics
9437 Main Street
Manassas, VA 20110
GarrettGarrett Metal Detectors
1881 West State Street
Garland, TX 75042
FisherFisher Research Labs
1465 Henry Brennan Drive
El Paso, TX 79936
MinelabFort Bedford Metal Detectors
190 Oak Shade Road
Pleasantville, PA 15521
XP DeusDetector Electronics Corp.
23 Turnpike Road
Southborough, MA 01772
TesoroTesoro Electronics, Inc.
715 White Spar Road
Prescott, AZ 86303
TekneticsFirst Texas Products
1465-H Henry Brennan Drive
El Paso, TX 79936

3 Since 1980, the Pen Mar Historical Recovery Association, a metal detectorists club with members from south-central Pennsylvania and northern Maryland, has been a place where guys and gals can meet others who enjoy the detecting hobby. There are bi-monthly meetings (usually at the National Apple Museum in Biglerville), an annual hunt each October, opportunities to display items located with your detector, etc. See Pen Mar News for more information on this organization and the upcoming meetings.

4 For 47 years, Don has dug Civil War artifacts in Gettysburg, Antietam, Harpers Ferry, Foxes Gap, Turner's Gap, Taneytown, etc. I have been rather reluctant in selling items from my personal collection. There are so many memories involved. Each artifact I dug since around 1970 was numbered and cataloged so that it maintained its history. Now, at 85 years old, I realize I can't take anything with me, so I have decided to part with a large part of my personal collection. I will be selling artifacts from Gettysburg, Antietam, and other areas I have hunted. If interested, see Don or call 7I7-334-1282.

5 Don and Joan will be several blocks north of our downtown store, near the Gettysburg High School, at 225 Ewell Avenue. You will no longer be able to reach us at our downtown business telephone number, so call our home phone at 7I7-334-1282.

6 There have been both upsides and downsides for my wife Joan and I, having operated the store for 45 years. On the upside, we have met and have become close friends with a number of our repeat customers, some of whom we have known for 40 years or more. We find that the vast majority of metal detector users are great people. It's been a real pleasure to know them and serve them. We will miss them all.

On the downside for me, being busy at the store six days a week all these years has shifted my priorities from what I was called to do in 1965, being a minister of the gospel. After working in engineering for about 10 years, I went to seminary for 4 years in Indiana, getting a MDiv degree. I planned to spend my life pastoring a bible teaching church. When we opened the Christian Bookstore and Gettysburg Electronics in 1972, we planned to turn the business over to someone else after a couple years, and return to the pastorate.

In the early years at the store, I also pastored a church, and ran the store at the same time until it became too much. I also held campground services at Gettysburg Campground for some years. I let myself get so busy at the store that I have mostly left my real calling. This has been a personal downside for me.

Overall, it has been a great experience serving each one of you. We love you all.

- Don and Joan