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  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. 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!
  4. 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!
  5. 6 points
    My buddy Dean and I got out for a hunt over the weekend. The weather down there in the desert was absolutely gorgeous! I love living in the high country, but come winter, those desert temperatures just can’t be beat. We did quite a bit of exploring this time and actually found a few pieces of gold in a new spot. It was basically a hillside covered in gravels with a gully cutting down through it. We could see where the old-timers had dry-washed along the gully, so we figured it was worth a shot. I went straight up the hill and in no time dug a small quartz/gold specimen. It wasn’t very large, but pretty with the gold laced through the rock. I pushed a bit further and was rewarded with another piece weighing about 3.5-grams. It was very rough and covered in caliche. By this time it was late in the day so I headed back towards where I had last seen Dean. When I found him he had also scored a nice nugget amongst the old diggings. We finished off the day with three pieces and an impressive collection of lead. It was a fun hunt, and after walking out the door this morning to 18 degrees I am already daydreaming of that beautiful T-shirt weather! Happy hunting everyone… P.S. All found with the Minelab GPX detectors and Nugget Finder Evolution Coils.
  6. 6 points
    I had a great time this past Saturday hanging out with one of my favorite Arizona prospecting clubs; the Big Bug Mining District. The club invited me to come and speak on the topic of metal detecting, and check out the newest mining claims that they staked. We had a good turnout of members, despite the chilly and muddy conditions. I was happy to see many familiar faces, along with quite a few new ones. After spending some time covering the basics of detecting most everyone scattered to go find the $1 coins that had been hidden on the claims, which were redeemable for real nuggets. This was my second time speaking to the club and I enjoyed it just as much. They are a wonderful group of folks and I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a small, personal club located in the central AZ region. For more information visit their website at: www.bigbugminingdistrict.com. Thank you again Owen, Kurt, Gail and the rest of the gang for the invite, I had a great time! See you all again soon!
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 4 points
    I got out for some detecting over the weekend and came home a few grams heavier. I went down to the desert and it was actually warmer than I thought it would be this time of year. I think on Saturday it was every bit of 85 or more. I dug so many junk targets which is probably why it felt so warm. Some of the holes were as deep as 24”! I came up with a total of four nuggets for 3 grams. I kept chasing those deep, deep targets hoping that one would be a multi-ouncer. Well no big lumps, but I accumulated an amazing collection of rusty nails if anyone is interested I also came across this cool old metal lid. It says Shillings Best. Any ideas what it could be from? I thought perhaps a tobacco can?
  11. 4 points
    I just got these photos last night from a friend and customer over in Nevada. He did a training class with me last month on using his Minelab GPX 5000. He didn’t score here in Arizona, but he went back home and put that knowledge to good use. Check out his first official “detected” nugget! I was so excited to see that he had overcome the first nugget hurdle, and with such an interesting piece. It looks especially rough to me, as if it hasn’t traveled from the source at all. I’d have to think there should be more hanging out nearby. He has more exploring to do in the area, so hopefully I will hear back soon with even more of his finds to show off…Well done T. – keep up the good work!
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 3 points
    Hi Everyone, Here is a new video I just posted up late last night. The footage is from a recent trip where I got lucky and pulled five nice nuggets for the day. I hope you all enjoy!
  15. 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
  16. 3 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!
  17. 2 points
    So what about a recovery scoop and a pocket gold pan in one? I promised you that I would be giving you another surprise this week. I have always loved using a recovery scoop, but it sort of aggravated me that little pieces of gold would sometimes sneak out of the scoop when I was trying to sift dirt into my hand. This aggravation has been even more exacerbated by the introduction of machines like the Gold Monster that find such dinky pieces of gold that they can surf right on top of the dirt and be easily lost. I have always advocated that when you get the target into your scoop try to agitate the dirt so the heavy gold sinks to the bottom. Well what if there was a scoop made where the bottom of the scoop was recessed a little to make it a SPOT to catch the GOLD. A Gold SPOT, Or a "G" Spot? Then what if the scoop was designed with an incline that led to three riffles of three different heights? This way when you sift the dirt out into your hand, the riffles stop the heavy gold and hold it making it easier to recover? I designed the "G" Spot so the scoop is smooth on the bottom so you can shove it in your pocket and take it out with ease. I looked at gold pans and they always form the riffles by molding them into the pan by raising the riffles on the inside of the pan by indenting the molded material on the bottom of the pan. This just causes a weak spot, and leaves crevices for dirt to collect in. Like to crevice? Add a little water to the "G" Spot and you have a recovery treasure scoop and pocket gold pan all in one neat little package. I think the "G" Spot with these unique features will speed up target recovery and it's just fun to use.. I guess this is actually sort of a tease because I only have these 5 scoops. They are just the pre-production proto-types sent to me for approval. So what do you all think should I approve these to go into production? I vote yes! What do you think? Doc
  18. 2 points
    This past weekend I hosted one of my metal detecting classes here in Arizona and got to meet some really great people. A few of the folks had to cancel due to sickness, so our group ended up being smaller than originally planned. Daniel and his wife Jeanette were from New Mexico, and Gary and his wife Janice were from Montana. The weather has been really wet, cold & unpredictable for the past week, but we got lucky on Saturday. We had cloud cover, but the rain stayed away, so it was the perfect day to be out prospecting. We had a wide range of machines out there including an SDC 2300, Equinox 800, GP3500, and an AT Gold. The area we hunted was heavily mineralized and there was no shortage of hot ironstones. It was a challenging spot to work, but like I told them, the worse the ground is, the better the gold usually is. After tuning and tweaking the detectors everyone got the hang of it and in no time targets were starting to come in. Gary was the first in the group to score. He recovered a nice 0.5-grammer from some really noisy red dirt with his Equinox. Now Gary has found many coins and rings, but this was his first gold nugget, so it was extra special. This got everyone excited and it wasn’t long before I saw Daniel digging at the base of a prickly pear cactus. I walked over as he was recovering the target and his eyes lit up when he looked in his hand and said, “It’s a piece of gold!” This was also his first nugget! I decide to wander down the hill to a tiny little gully. There was some exposed bedrock so I decided to swing through. I only made about six passes before getting a signal. I was pleasantly surprised when I dug down about 4” and popped out a lovely half gram nugget down in a crack! We finished off the day with 3 out of 5 people getting gold, so all in all it was a successful hunt! I really enjoyed myself and I want to thank everyone again for making the drive out to join me. This was a highly motivated group and I know that more gold awaits them in the future. I hope to see you all soon! P.S. There have been a few people here that have contacted me about these classes, and I will be hosting more this winter. My next class will be in January and I will be sure to post the date(s) here if anyone is interested.
  19. 2 points
    Gerard

    Weekend Success; added a few more grams

    Hey Chris, Wonderful Chunky Nuggets there diggin deep holes hidden beneeth the trash! Proving that persistence pays off in the end!!! One time I dug an old Miners enameled plate down three and a half feet that had a wonderful sweet signal with my GPX4500. I had to come back a week later with a shovel to finish the job! I could only get down 2.5 feet with only çvv v my pick... I was hoping for a one pound nugget!!! Lol! all that it was a beat up miners Plate As for the Schilling Lid... it could have been a number of food products. Schilling sold dc Coffee, baking soda and spices. I found in one article that in 1916 Schilling came out with “Schillings Best”. AUGUST SCHILLING arrived in San Francisco from Germany in 1870 at 16 years of age and soon entered the service of J. A. Folger & Co. Schilling’s great drive, initiative and intelligence won him early recognition. About the time he became legally of age, he was made a partner in the business, and the firm name was changed to Folger, Schilling & Co. Late in 1879 George F. Volkmann was employed by Folger, Schilling & Co. as shipping clerk and soon attracted the attention of the partners. In 1881 Folger and Schilling decided to separate. Each of them offered Volkmann a partnership and he accepted Schilling’s offer. Folger continued the business and resumed the firm name of J. A. Folger & Co., under which it operates to this day. The partnership of A. Schilling & Company was formed on September 8, 1881, with August Schilling having a two-thirds interest. At that time both men were 27 years old, having been born in or near Bremen, Germany, in February 1854. However, they were not known to each other while there. Their first business location was at 122 Davis Street, San Francisco, where they engaged in the processing of coffee, tea, baking powder, spices, extracts and some other unrelated products which they supplied to the grocery trade. Many grades were offered and, as was the custom of the time, all were adulterated in varying degrees. For example, coffee was mixed with chicory, tea was artificially colored, cinnamon was mixed with almond shells, etc. However, their Pioneer Baking Powder was pure, consisting of refined grape cream of tartar and Englishbicarbonate of soda. The label on the can pictured a typical miner of 49er days bearing a pickax on his shoulder.
  20. 2 points
    Chris Gholson

    Thank You Vets!

    A huge thanks to all those brave men and women that served in the US Armed Forces - thank you!!!
  21. 2 points
    LowPoint

    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. 1 point
    Glad your happy with it. Good Luck, hope you find it helpful. MIke
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