I was asked to search for a hand gun in a playground in Smithville, the small town northeast of here the tornado hit last year. Some kids were playing with toy guns in the park that's right by the temporary police station and two of the kids told the police one of the kids had a real pistol, and that he buried it in the woodchip playground. The woodchip playground is only three weeks old, according to the Chief of police, and it has over a foot of chips in it except around the edges. I used the Goldtrax in all metal mode, except close to the metal poles, and found a few nuts and bolts that were dropped by whoever put the playground equipment together, several pieces of wire and two pennies but no gun. It took about 3 hours even though the playground is only maybe 40 by 40 feet as I went slow and made sure I covered every inch of it. Before I started hunting the Chief said the boys were most likely wrong about a kid burying a real pistol, but they couldn't take a chance on a kid finding a gun and someone getting shot. I feel the same way, and was more than glad to spend the time to make sure no gun was there.