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  1. 12 points
    Chris Gholson

    Nice Patch to Split!

    A good friend and customer sent over this photo that he took a while back. All of this gold was found in a single day using the Minelab GPX 5000. What is even more impressive is that the finder told me this was only his cut. He was working with a partner and they actually split all the gold they found that day. So, the real take was twice this amount! Congratulations to this talented and hardworking prospector – that is an impressive day on the goldfields! Thanks for sharing…
  2. 11 points
    Chris Gholson

    Fresh from the ground!!!

    Fresh from the ground! A friend & customer just texted over this photo about ten minutes ago. Take a look at what he just unearthed with his Minelab GPZ 7000 at over 25 inches! This is his biggest nugget to date. I asked what it weighed and he said his scale only goes to an ounce, and the nugget causes an error message. I hate error messages, but in this case it’s a good thing! I can’t say exactly where, but it was found in the Arizona desert…I am so excited for this gentleman. He’s a great guy who works hard and definitely deserved this trophy piece. Well done my friend – thank you for letting my share!
  3. 11 points
    A friend of mine that bought a Minelab GPZ 7000 not long ago just sent me these photos of an awesome discovery he made. While swinging along he picks up a very low, mellow signal. He said it wasn’t much of a signal, but since gold had already been found nearby he decided to scratch on it. Once he broke open the ground and got down a bit the signal really improved. By the time he hit two feet it was an overload. He said the target was hidden down in a bedrock crack and as he swept the dirt with his fingers he caught glimpse of gold. He said he kept sweeping aside the dirt and the exposed gold just continued to get bigger and bigger. When it finally came out of the hole he was rewarded with an absolutely stunning 9-ounce nugget!!! This is the largest piece I have heard of so far this year, and I think he’s going to have a tough time beating it. What an amazing find! A huge congratulations to this hard working prospector. Thank you again for letting me share your photos; keep up the good work!
  4. 9 points
    Chris Gholson

    Not gold, but still awesome!

    A friend of mine from high school sent me these incredible photos the other day. His passion is chasing lions with his dogs here in the mountains of Arizona. I wouldn’t really call him a hunter since he doesn’t shoot them, he just enjoys tracking them and getting video/photos and relaying that info back to Game & Fish. He just recently bought a GPX-4500 from me, so I have a feeling some of his time will get diverted to chasing the yellow stuff! …Anyway these were such cool photos I had to share them with you all.
  5. 9 points
    Chris Gholson

    Nice start with the Equinox 800!

    I sold a Minelab Equinox 800 a while back to a gentleman up in Wyoming and mentioned that I always love seeing photos of customer finds. Well he didn’t forget, because I just got these in the mail! From the looks of it, he has definitely gotten the hang of the machine. He has found all sorts of goodies. My personal favorite is the bar token from Montana…Great work Tom, thanks so much for sharing with us!
  6. 9 points
    Chris Gholson

    There's always a few more!

    I was able to get out detecting over the weekend. It was snowing and cold up north, so I bailed out and headed south to the deserts. What a difference 5,000 feet makes! The weather was great and by 10:00 I had ditched the sweater and was hunting in a T-shirt. I really wanted to go exploring for new ground, but because the days are so short now, I decided just to focus and rework some old patches. I was using the Minelab GPX detector and my all-time favorite coil, the Nugget Finder 15” Evolution. I hit two patches that had produced nicely for me in the past. All the easy “sitting duck” targets were long gone, so I knew I’d have to take my time. I decreased my normal swing speed to about half and really concentrated on keeping the coil as low to the ground as possible. I hugged all the contours and kicked rocks and dead brush out of the way. I was absolutely amazed at how many tiny, subtle targets started to show up. There were lots of ironstone hot rocks as well, but moving slower helped minimize those as well. The slower speed changed their target signal and I was able to ignore a vast majority. That’s not to say I didn’t hear a lot of ghost signals, but after you scratch and kick enough of them, eventually a few turn into solid targets. I dug every single target I got, most of which were slivers of rusty iron, but in the end I walked away with 12 shiny nuggets in my pocket. The total weight was 6.1-grams. None of the pieces were huge, but like I’ve said before, I never toss any of them back! Here are a few photos…Happy Hunting everyone!
  7. 9 points
    Chris Gholson

    Freshly dug GPZ nug!

    So, a friend of mine sends me this photo in a text. He is out swinging his GPZ 7000 (with 14” coil) when he gets one of those sweet, low mellow signals that we are all on the hunt for. He digs down nearly two feet and breaks through a compacted gravel & rock layer that probably hasn’t seen daylight for many millions of years. And there waiting for him at the bottom was this beautiful half-ouncer!!! What’s even better, this was only the second target he dug that day! Not a bad way to kick off a morning. A big congratulations to this fellow. He and his partner are some of the best operators I know, and it’s a rare day when they get skunked. Thanks again for letting me share the photo.
  8. 9 points
    nvchris

    12" Evo @ 82

    She's a bit of a legend and loves her GPX 5000 with the 12"round Evo. This is coming behind several very experienced GPZ operators. @ 82 years young she still has it!
  9. 7 points
    I just put together this short video over the weekend and thought I’d share with you all. I am getting excited again about filming, and my goal is to post a couple new videos each month on the channel. I hope you guys enjoy!
  10. 7 points
    Chris Gholson

    More "EVO" gold!

    A customer and friend sent me this photo this morning. He just bought a Nugget Finder 17x13” Evolution coil for his GPX last month and has already paid for it! This was the gold found from his most recent outing; it’s just shy of ½-ounce! Keep up that lucky streak going, and thanks again for sharing your find with us!
  11. 7 points
    Chris Gholson

    New spot - new coil test drive!

    I was able to get in some detecting right before that snow storm hit central AZ earlier this week. I headed out to a spot that I have been eye-balling for a while. All the geological indicators for gold were there, so I figured it was worth a swing. I decided to take my new Nugget Finder 12x8” EVO coil out for a test drive. It performed beautifully on my Minelab GPX…actually almost too well. The sensitivity is unbelievable and I found myself digging shards of metal that were so small I had a hard time spotting them in my hand even after they had come out of the ground. The depth was good as well, but it was the overall sensitivity that blew me away. In really trashy spots this might be a disadvantage, but for patches that held lots of tiny nuggets and have been worked hard, the new 12x8” is in my opinion the way to go. A perfect size coil for wash or creek bed hunting. I didn’t hit any new patches, but I did score this 1.4 gram piece. The most challenging aspect of this area was the sheer amount of magnetite. Just about every wash I walked was loaded with black sand and the bedrock cracks were packed with heavy black hot rocks. They were noisy for sure, but I found I could work the ground by backing off the Gain, holding the coil slightly higher than normal, and moving a little slower. Now that I know there is gold I might try some dry-washing this spring to see how much fine gold those washes carry…Anyway I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and 2019 if off to a great start!
  12. 7 points
    LowPoint

    "DIGG'N MOOD"

    I went out this morning to a spot in a wash that I had walked thru about a 100 times or more over the years. As I recall, each time that I had walked thru it I had thought that this spot would be a good spot for gold, but had not dug any of it because of the extensive amount of overburden, large rocks and boulders strewn through out it. And once when I had tried to dig down to bedrock the material was compacted like concrete,..UGH!!! ........... I had actually not even had any plans of going out this morning, as I laid in bed half asleep waiting for the alarm to go off at 8 am. But my mind started working, and for some reason narrowed-in on this particular wash location causing me to picture in my mind just where any gold would be. I had in the past found a few nuggets upstream, and a number of them downstream, so I knew gold was there, but this stretch would be a challenge physically. When I got to the wash I first detected underneath a small waterfall just upstream of the stretch of wash, and got a very mixed signal. It was kind of weird and wavy. After about 5-minutes of pulling about 12 chunks of black ironstone hot rocks (thus the weird-wavy sounds) out of the bottom, a very strong signal was still down there. The signal turned out to be a 1.69 gram nugget (the round one in the photo). It was just after that when my "Digg'n-Mood" kicked in, and I was determined to dig that stretch of wash out, Once-and-for-all"....About 15 ft. further downstream I got a very strong signal right about the crest of where the wash was transitioning-downward in grade. It was a nice flat and smooth 2.20 gram'r that had been hiding just under the lip of a down-drop-shelf. It was about that time that I decided to "see what the wash was doing" downstream of where I was digging. The center and whole right side of the wash was exposed and open with good looking bedrock, but I had not found any nuggets there in the past????.."strange".... But standing back and looking upstream toward where I had stopped digging I could see that all of the rocks and material had collected on the left side, "and" the bedrock was sloping downward toward that left side underneath all of this material. So I moved just out of center and started removing large rocks, etc. off of the left bank. It was about 4 ft further downstream when I got another strong signal, which turned out to be the "spike-shaped" 1.03 gram nugget, and then the other smaller one ( .12 of-a-gram) almost in the same hole. So, the total for the day was 5.04 grams,.................Not bad for not even planning on going out at all today. ..........Gary............I don't know why those 2 photos turned out green????? I was using a new phone The 3-small nuggets ( .61 of-a-gram) just below the dime I had found last Friday in a different wash.
  13. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Dry-Washing for Gold!

    A good friend and customer of ours sent over these photos of some amazing gold he recovered using a dry-washer. Even though all the gold was small, it quickly added up to over 2-ounces! It was found not far from Randsburg, CA and was taken in only two outings!...We always love seeing the yellow metal and I want to thank Daine (the lucky finder) for sharing these photos with us. Keep up the good work
  14. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Glad he dug it!

    Check out this unusual nugget that a friend of mine found while metal detecting in Arizona. He calls it the “SEE THROUGH” Nugget! He said it was buried ten inches deep, and gave off a very weird signal response. He almost didn’t dig it, but then luckily decided to go back and investigate. I’m not sure what the two brownish spots are, but I believe they could be limonite…Great find!!! Thanks a million for letting me share with everyone. Keep up the good work!
  15. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Great find beneath the old Oak!

    A customer of mine back in Missouri just sent over these photos of a great find he just made. His house was built in the 1830’s and there’s a big old oak tree in the backyard that must be ancient. He decided to run his new detector beneath that tree and it paid off nicely. Check out this incredible 1835 bust dime that he detected at less than five inches! He said it was tough to see the date until he soaked it overnight in baking soda and water…Congratulations to this lucky finder; I can’t wait to see what else turns up beneath that oak!
  16. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    GPZ 7000 strikes again!

    The GPZ does it again!!! Here is another gorgeous nugget that was just unearthed last week by a good friend of mine. It weighs in at 16-grams, or just over a half ounce. Pieces like this definitely make the week, if not month! It was found in the AZ desert with a Minelab GPZ 7000. Thank you for sharing and congratulations once again!
  17. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Some incredible stuff!

    I have been getting some great photos lately from my customers. Check out this incredible handful of gold that was found not long ago by a customer with his Minelab. I have seen thousands of nuggets over the years, but I have to say that his “foil” nugget is by far one of the coolest. It almost looks fake, but he assured me that this is exactly how it came out of the ground. I have seen a few similar from Nevada, but nothing of this size. This would be a piece any collector would love to have. What an incredible find!!! I really appreciate all the wonderful photos, thank you so much for letting me share with everyone here.
  18. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    A fun Arizona C&R hunt

    I got in a great coin and relic hunt this week with my buddy Dean. He was able to get us permission to hunt a large property here in AZ that has seen continuous campers since the 1940’s. It was a great place, but huge, and where to start was the real tough part. We picked out a small corner and went to work, him with the Minelab EQUINOX 800 and me with the CTX 3030. Within a few hours we had filled our pouches with clad, and amazingly there was very little modern day junk like the local parks. Best finds of the day for me was a silver 1949 ‘Rosie’ and a 1955 Mexican 1 Centavo. Dean landed lots of Wheaties and a pretty silver ring of hearts. ..Nothing of extreme value was found this trip, but we had a blast. And there are many more acres to go, so who knows what else will turn up. Have a great weekend, and happy hunting everyone!
  19. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Almost an Ounce!

    Now that the weather is cooling off in the southwest, the gold is starting to turn up! A friend of mine sent over this photo yesterday of a beautiful specimen he just dug up using his Minelab GPZ 7000. It came from somewhere in the Arizona desert and was hiding at approx. 20+ inches. The entire piece weighs in at nearly an ounce. There were several other nuggets found nearby, but this was the largest. A big congratulations to the lucky finder. I really appreciate you sharing, and I can't wait to see what else may be lurking nearby up on those hillsides
  20. 5 points
    Chris Gholson

    Some recent Space Rocks

    A friend and customer sent over this photo showing off some of his recent finds. The gold has been a little skinny, but he is doing well on cleaning up some meteorites! This variety are known as chondrites or "stony", and although they don't contain a tremendous amount of metal inside they do have enough nickel/iron to set off most detectors. Many people have walked away from these believing them to be hot rocks; I know I did in the past. However, once you have seen & handled a few you can't help but recognize them. He found these using his Minelab GPX-4500 and his new Nugget Finder Evolution Coil. A big congratulations to the lucky finder, I really appreciate you sharing with us. Hopefully the next photos you send will include a multi-ouncer! Happy hunting everyone..
  21. 5 points
    Chris Gholson

    AZ Exploring & Relic Hunt

    My father Steve and I got out for some detecting this past weekend. We spent two days exploring a fairly remote area in Arizona looking for new winter prospects. We didn’t come across any nugget laden gullies, but we did find the remains of what must have been a camp or small village. Perched on the edge of a hillside were several very old rock foundations. The walls of the structures were all hand stacked, so I imagine they had to have been built around the 1880’s. It was an incredibly cool place that I’m not sure many people have seen, simply because it was mostly intact. I was happy to see that no one had kicked down the walls, shot it up, or covered it in graffiti. We broke out the Minelab CTX 3030’s and spent about three hours poking around. The old-timers had absolutely covered the area in ferrous garbage which made detecting tough. Despite this we still came up with a few neat finds. There is still more detecting to be done there, but I think when I go back I will run the smaller 6” coil…Here are a few photos from the trip.
  22. 4 points
    Chris Gholson

    Coil Maintenance Tips

    Coil Maintenance Tips: The search coil is the part of the metal detector that is swung over the ground, and as you can imagine, it receives the most abuse. Coils are tough, but like any piece of equipment they must be maintained to ensure proper function. Here are a few tips to help you get the best performance and extend the coil’s life: 1. The coil connector will become corroded over time. This buildup is easily removed with any over the counter Control/Contact Cleaner & Lubricant (see photo). Simply spray into the connector and wipe away any excess liquid. 2. Most coils include a skid plate on the bottom. This skid is there to protect the coil as you scrape it over rocks and dirt. Always inspect the skid prior to use and replace before wearing through (see photo). Failure to maintain the skid can void the coil’s warranty, and in time will eventually damage the coil itself. Keep in mind that it is much cheaper to replace a skid versus a coil. 3. Periodically remove your coil’s skid plate and dump out any dirt and black sands that have accumulated. This will help reduce the likelihood of false signals. 4. It is our recommendation that the coil cable wire be strung straight from the coil up the lower shaft, then held in place with either our coil cable clips, Velcro strips, or tape. Once you reach the “knuckle” or screw cap, the coil cable wire can then be wrapped along the upper shaft and finally inserted into the detector’s control box. Ensure that the connector is properly seated before tightening. 5. Most coils are fairly water resistant, however the drier it stays, the longer it will last. Unless designated as water-proof, a coil should not be washed with a pressurized hose. A soft brush and damp rag are recommended for cleaning. If anyone else has any tips they'd like to share please do so.…Happy hunting everyone!
  23. 4 points
    Chris Gholson

    Another piece of fallen treasure!

    A friend of mine that likes to detect in Arizona sent me this photo a few days ago. What he thought was going to be a nugget actually turned out to be a really nice meteorite! It is a “stony” or chondrite and is a beautiful example of the type. The total weight is 187-grams. He is swinging a Minelab GPZ 7000 with the 14” coil. Way to go!!!
  24. 4 points
    Chris Gholson

    Fresh from the ground!!!

    The owner just sent me this photo of the nugget all cleaned up. It turned out stunning! The final weight was 31.4-grams. Gravelwasher, I don't think that's the hole.
  25. 4 points
    Chris Gholson

    Great day in the goldfields!

    I met up with some customers this morning and spent the day out chasing gold in the Arizona desert. Terry who is from Washington, but spends his winters down south, purchased a Minelab Gold Monster and GPX from me. Billy from Utah also purchased a GPX-4500 and drove down to meet up with me for some training in the field. The three of us had a great time and we couldn’t have asked for better weather. After we spent an hour or two going over the finer details and operation of the machines, we spread out and started working a bench along the creek. The soil was full of black sand and an assortment of hot rocks. This was a difficult spot to work with the VLF’s in years past, but the newer pulse technology cut through the noise with ease. Even the Monster handled the soil nicely once the Sensitivity was adjusted. We recovered all sorts of targets; mostly bits of lead and bullet casings. We did our part to clean up the trash and were rewarded at the end of the day with a couple of treasures. I dug one nugget weighing less than half a gram, but Billy definitely made the best find of the day. I was shocked when he dumped an antique silver earring with an emerald into my hand! How it got up there on that remote bench is anyone’s guess, but what a cool find…It was a great day to be out detecting, and I want to thank the guys again not only for the business, but for all the stories and laughs we had. Best of luck with the rest of your trips!
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