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  1. 10 points
    Chris Gholson

    Backyard Surprise!

    I thought I’d share this funny story with you guys. The other day I went out to water my garden. I have several hoses around the yard that I have hooked up on old wheels. This works really well and keeps the hose up off the ground and out of the way. The only downside; I discovered it makes a great hiding place. As I reached for the hose something looked wrong and instinctively I jerked my hand away. The hose was looking at me; only it wasn’t a hose, but a four foot Bull snake! He had wrapped himself around it and blended in perfectly. Man, you want to talk about getting the blood pumping! Luckily not a rattler, but he sure gave me a scare…Be safe out there everyone, these critters are definitely on the move.
  2. 9 points
    This weekend my prospecting partner Dean and I were able to get out for our first official gold hunt of the season. The desert got a little warm around mid-day, but the morning was absolutely gorgeous. The two of us decided to revisit a spot I had found last year. I was out doing some exploring when I came across some ground that immediately caught my eye. Not only was the soil colored red and stained from iron, it was covered in a mixture of rounded quartz, magnetite, and broken greenstone. Time was not on my side that day and I only had about an hour to hunt. Luckily I found one tiny nugget that confirmed this spot did indeed carry gold. Well we went back to see what else may be hiding. Both of us were using the Minelab GPX detectors outfitted with the Nugget Finder Evolution coils. I ran the 15” round and Dean opted for the 14x9” elliptical. Fortunately I didn’t have to wait long. My very first target turned out to be a small 0.3 flat nugget! This was a good start to the day. The hot rocks were absolutely horrible. They moaned and groaned on the machines, but we persevered and by lunchtime we had 5 nuggets! None were very big, but this tiny handful was a great way to kick off the winter season. Here is a pic of the gold and one showing off the highly mineralized conditions of the patch.
  3. 9 points
    Chris Gholson

    Nice Multi-Ouncer!!!

    I received a letter the other day from a friend and customer in California that had purchased a Minelab GPZ 7000 from me not too long ago. Inside the letter where a few photos that sure caught my attention. My scanner is acting up, but I was able to scan this one before it died...He detected this awesome 4 1/2-ouncer in a spot he had walked many times. If I remember the story correctly, the wash was full of deep iron trash and a real pain to hunt. Most targets ended up being a rusty sardine can or half of a shovel, but every now and then a nice nugget would pop out. I've detected spots like this many times before and they are hard to abandon because you just know if you dig enough signals eventually one will be a trophy. Luckily this was one of those times and he left for home with a beautiful lump of gold in his pocket!!! A big congratulations to the lucky finder. I really appreciate the photos. Hopefully my scanner will be back up and running and I will be able to post another of his finds (they get even better ). Happy hunt'n everyone!
  4. 9 points
    Chris Gholson

    Couple of Ounces!

    A friend and customer of ours shared this awesome pan-full of gold that he recently recovered from a trip way up north, using his new Minelab Gold Monster and a sluice box. I always love the feedback, especially when photos like this are attached! Keep up the good work my friend, & please drop me a line if there''s anything else I can do for you..and feel free to send photos anytime!
  5. 8 points
    Chris Gholson

    Almost an Ounce!

    An AZO customer and friend just dug up these beauties while metal detecting in California. He found them using the Minelab GPX 5000 coupled with a Nugget Finder 15” Evolution Coil. Total weight was around 25-grams, with the biggest piece weighing in right at a half ounce. He said this nugget was hiding down nearly two feet in a dry creek bed! Congratulations to this lucky and hardworking prospector, thank you for sharing with us!
  6. 7 points
    I had some time off this weekend, so I decided to head out to the hills to chase some gold. Unlike earlier in the week when temperatures in north-central AZ were in the teens, the weather down in the desert was absolutely perfect. By 9:30 I was able to peel off the jacket and just go with a T-Shirt for the rest of the day! It’s a good thing too because I got a work out digging trash, lots of it! By the end of the day I had filled up one pocket with lead, wire, and all sorts of garbage….but, I also added a few nuggets to the bottle as well. I had a hunch if I persisted through the trash I would eventually be rewarded, and Mother Nature didn’t let me down. Using the Minelab GPX and 15” Nugget Finder Evolution coil I pulled a total of five nuggets for nearly ¼-ounce! All the pieces were decent, with the biggest weighing about 2.5-grams. Definitely my best day so far this winter season!
  7. 7 points
    dick ward


    PLEASE REMEMBER THESE MEN AND THEIR FAMILIES. Six years ago they lost their lives protecting others by fighting the Yarnell hill fire. Chris Gholson, AZO/Minelab donated a detector and organized a raffle to benefit the families. I thank him and all those who contributed.
  8. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    New AZO Detecting Video

    Hi Everyone, I just finished up this video last night. It was a fun hunt with some real “live-to-camera” nugget digs. I am doing my best to try and grow the ArizonaOutback YouTube channel, so if you like this video please consider subscribing and recommending it to friends & family. Thanks so much!
  9. 6 points
    Chris Gholson

    Old spot - New gold!

    I headed out this weekend to check out a spot I hadn’t been in well over a year. It was a fairly good sized wash that had produced some decent nuggets for me before. The weather down in the desert was beautiful, and I was excited to see that the summer monsoon rains had really shifted the gravels around. I came across several new stretches of bedrock that I had never seen before. I knew it was going to be a good day when I turned on the detector, took three steps and hit a signal. I dug away the rocks on top and hit a reddish layer of dirt sitting on the bedrock. When I finally had the target in my hand I almost couldn’t believe it. There was a lovely chunk of gold starring back at me – my very first target of the day!!! I continued my way up the wash, working both the newly exposed bedrock and some of the deeper stretches of gravel that I may have overlooked before. I did dig a handful of junk targets, but two more of them turned out to be gold. I finished off the day with three nuggets for a total weight of 2-grams…Here’s a few pics of the freshly dug nuggets. All found with the Minelab GPX and 15” Evolution Mono coil.
  10. 6 points
    dick ward

    Backyard Surprise!

  11. 5 points
    Yesterday I held my first metal detecting class of the winter season, and I have to say it is off to a great start…I was joined by Bob and his wife Camille from Florida, and Tom from Nevada. Bob was retired Army and law enforcement and Camille was a retired firefighter. Tom is also currently working in law enforcement with the Sherriff’s Dept. just outside Vegas. I joked and told them that I never felt safer, and if I ever was going to have an emergency, today was the day to have it! They were a wonderful group of people, and we had a blast out there in the hills. The coolest part of the day was when I heard Bob yelling my name. When I finally reached him he had a huge grin on his face. He held up his green scoop and inside I could see a shiny gold nugget! We yelled and high-fived to celebrate his very first “detected” nugget! His wife came running over and we had a mini celebration right there in the desert. I felt so lucky to be part of that experience. It was a whole lot of fun and I want to thank them all again for making the trip over to see me. I appreciate the business and the new friendships. Here are a few photos from our excursion.
  12. 5 points
    Chris Gholson

    Backyard Surprise!

    I had heard that they will actually eat a Rattler, but wasn't sure if it was true. I'm glad to know that it's not just a rumor. He is welcome to stay and keep eating! Now that I live closer to town I don't see half the rattlers that I used to when I was living on top of the Bradshaw Mountains. There were heaps of them up there, especially the Arizona Blacks. This is one of my favorite rattler photos. I spotted him in the driveway just as I was leaving the house and he gave me this classic pose...Can't say I really miss seeing them.
  13. 4 points
    I was fortunate enough to catch a client & friend digging up his very first gold nugget! This was the first piece he has found with a metal detector and I’m sure it won’t be the last! Congratulations again Bob, I feel lucky to have been there to share in the excitement.
  14. 4 points
    Check out these photos that the guys at Nugget Finder sent over to me! This massive discovery was made with the new 25” DD X-Search coil coupled with the Minelab GPX 5000. This rich pocket was found in Western Australia and from what I am told it was deep. A total of 16 kilograms was found, and after being crushed and melted, the prospector ended up with 9.5 kg or a whopping 335 ounces!!! That is one hole I doubt he will ever forget digging! I hope to have a limited stock of these new coils this fall 2019. I will have pricing posted this week.
  15. 3 points
    Chris Gholson

    Nugget Stalker Picks - NEW!!!

    I just got in a small batch of the new Nugget Stalker Picks from Doc. My first impression out of the box is very positive. At roughly 2.5 lbs. the pick is light for its size. It has a wooden handle that measures about 22” long. There is a sharp point on the back for breaking into stubborn soils, and a wide head on the front that will make scooping out a hole a breeze. The price is $89.95. Check out the photos below and either call or email me if you would like to grab one…Great looking pick Doc!
  16. 3 points
    Jennifer Bond

    WTB, GPX 5000 harness

    Kind of like you! Sorry did I say that out loud? 🤭 You have to admit, you walked, (scratch that)... RAN into that one. Have a nice day. Jen
  17. 3 points
    Chris Gholson

    Happy Independence Day!!!

    Happy Independence Day!!! In observance of the upcoming holiday, the AZO office will be closed July 4-5th, 2019. We will reopen Monday the 8th. Wishing you all a safe & fun filled weekend! We are the Land of the Free We are the home of the Brave Let’s pay tribute to our brave American Heroes on this day and forever – God Bless America!
  18. 3 points
    Hi Jen, Thank you for bringing this to our attention. I tend to agree with you that this is probably not good news. On the surface its sounds okay. Conserving for future generations is positive and so is helping the local economies by bringing in tourism, but to be honest, I’m not 100% convinced this is really the end goal these organizations have in mind. I have traveled quite a bit in this state over the past twenty years and can say that the land surrounding the old mining centers like Ballarat, Dunolly, Bendigo, etc. are absolutely beautiful. There are thick forests, green grass-filled pastures and tons of history. But what I don’t remember seeing were ruins or ghost towns. I’m sure some must exist, but for the most part the only visible signs of the old-timers we found were their diggings and rusty can piles. So I guess my question is this, “What exactly are they trying to protect?” Ensuring that the original Victorian era buildings in the towns are preserved makes total sense to me, but does that include all the undeveloped gold-bearing land on the outskirts as well? If this is the case, I have to wonder why. Will tourists from around the globe really come to photograph a paddock with sheep in it? What will happen to the claim (lease) holders? Are they simply out of luck? It just seems strange to me. Making this land off limits will kill the livelihoods of small scale miners and essentially rob the country of the immense wealth that still remains in the ground. Maybe I’m just overly suspicious, but I can’t shake this feeling that Ms. O’Rourke and UNESCO may have plans of their own that have nothing to do with tourists or the welfare of the Australian people. I know most of us on this forum do not live in Australia, but if something like this does go through there, it is reasonable to think that there is a chance it could happen here as well. Scary stuff…Thanks again Jen for posting this info, please keep us updated if you hear anything new.
  19. 3 points
    dick ward

    Backyard Surprise!

    A thank you to everyone for posting the pictures. Give a look but give them their space. This old Arizona guy lets them alone but I won’t share a camp with um.
  20. 3 points

    Backyard Surprise!

    Here's one that I "could-have" stepped right on had I not recognized it curled up laying within an old deteriorated cow pie recession. It also had almost blended in with it's surroundings. It had actually been asleep when I walked up on it from behind. I didn't bother it; went on up a way detecting, and then returned about an hour or so, and it was still there, and still asleep!!!! I thought it was dead, as I was looking right at it face to face. So I got a long stick and had to pry it out of it's (comfortable) hole. It just slithered away into the brush, and i headed home. Gary
  21. 2 points

    My "Ugliest" Gold Nugget Ever!!!!

    Well, it was bound to happen eventually, and today it did,.....I found my "ugliest" gold nugget ever!!!! I was exploring some new ground when I got a real strong and well-defined signal just under a 4"-or-so (shelf) drop in exposed bedrock. The small (10" round ) area was covered with green grass, which also contained an over abundance of intertwined roots that really became a pain when trying to clear them away. Every time I swung my coil over this area ( after pulling out dirt and small rocks) it .....screamed...., and gave off the same noise as I had heard 6-times today after unearthing 6-chunks of varying sizes of lead slugs. I briefly considered blowing this target off as just another chunk-O-lead,............But, considering that the statement: "Dig-every-target" has proven benifical to me (many times) over the years, I continued with my pursuit. I eventually dug all of the dirt and rocks out of the area down to a depth of about 6", with solid bedrock remaining. The signal continued screaming each time I swung the coil over the area, but it was hard to pinpoint exactly where the target was, even when I used my pin pointer???!! I used my small (90-deg.) angled screwdriver to pull any dirt, etc. away from under the back edge and side corners of my exposed area, but the target continued being allusive, and over and over ...screamed... as if to mauck me saying: "I'm still here!!!"" The only thing I finally noticed was a barely-noticeable crack in the flat-bottom of the bedrock that ran about 2" long towards me. So I started scrapping everything out of the crack with my angled-screwdriver. The crack was only about a quarter of an inch wide, but I then discovered that it went down about an inch-and-a-half deep, and was filled with a very hardened and crusty clay-like material, which, made it hard to scrape out. Again my coil ...screamed... when I swung it over the area, but this time my pin pointer went off as well showing me right where (down almost 2" in that little crack) the target was. I wasn't getting all of the fine dirt out of the crack with my screwdriver, so I leaned down as close as I could and blew the fine dust out as best as I could ( I didn't have a straw or tube to use). Then low and behold I could "finally" see a very small (faint) speck of gold peeking back at me. It turned out that the nugget was on-edge vertically in that crack, so I used my ice pick-type tool to get under the nugget to pry it out. When I got it out it looked weird and dirty, and was not like the clean-buttery-colored gold nuggets that I have become used to finding over the years. I even try'd cleaning it up at home with some soap, tooth brush and water,..........and it's still "Ugly,"..and is a bit magnetic ( the dark and boring coloration is iron crystals attached to the nugget). Guess I'll let it soak in a bath of nitric acid to clean it up. Gary
  22. 2 points
    dick ward

    EQUINOX Software Upgrade 2.0

    The upgrade was quick and easy. Even for an old slow guy like me.
  23. 2 points
    Nice gold, Jennifer; fred
  24. 2 points
    SlowNLow, if the ground mineralization is fairly mellow, I would opt for the 19" EVO. I have been able to easily balance a GPX with the 19" in most of the places I detect here in AZ. However, if you struggle to balance your machine with a Mono in your area and have to use either Auto Tracking, drop the Rx Gain, or use Timings such as Smooth or Enhance, then I would sit tight and wait on the 25" DD.
  25. 2 points
    Chris Gholson


    Hi Dick, It's hard to believe that six years has already gone by. Such a sad day for Arizona and our country. It was amazing how everyone came together to offer their support to the department and the community of Yarnell. I was blown away that in such a short time, AZO was able to collect donations amounting to over $11,000 for the families of the victims. The day my father and I dropped off the check to the fire chief was certainly an emotional one. A huge thanks again to all those that contributed money, their time as a volunteer, or both. The generosity of our friends and forum family never ceases to amaze me. I have yet to make that hike, but it is on my list of to-do's this winter. Thanks for the post.