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Chris Gholson

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  1. Hey Doc, is that Leo that used to be on Finder's Keepers? If so, be sure to tell him hello for me!
  2. That's a great find! Nuggets are always welcome, but sometimes artifacts like that are even better. Well done!
  3. I finally got my new SAGA Swing Arm hooked up to my GPX-4500 this weekend. Although I haven’t actually gotten out into the field with it yet, I am thus far impressed with the design, overall feel, and quality of the product. I think the install took me about 20 minutes. The Swing Arms offer so much better coil control and they really do help disperse the weight of the machine. It is a really nice upgrade, especially if you swing bigger coils. I also like how it stows out of the way when not in use. Great job Doc, this version was worth the wait! If anyone is interested, I do have several in stock. They will be going up on the new AZO website next month; or just call me in the meantime.
  4. Hi All, I wanted to share some info from Minelab about upgrades that are coming to the SDC 2300 gold detector. Below are the new changes: NEW FEATURES SDC 2300 The SDC 2300s will now include: Re-designed headphones Armrest protector Rechargeable Lithium-ion battery A clip-on coil joint protector has been added to the swivel joint for added protection of the coil joint while detecting. All new accessories are compatible with existing SDC 2300s purchased before the ship date and may be purchased individually.
  5. Hi Doc, the newest SAGA swing arms arrived, and they look great! I appreciate you getting those over so quick. I have already snagged one for myself that I will be installing to a GPX-4500 tonight. I will post up a photo or two when I'm all finished. I have a few in stock, so if anyone would like to grab one, please give me a call!
  6. I thought you guys would enjoy seeing this gorgeous gold & quartz specimen a friend of mine found not long ago with the GPZ 7000 he bought from me. He recovered many more from the spot, but to me this was one of the prettier pieces. A big congratulations to this lucky finder, please send me more photos!
  7. Hi Everyone, Here are some current MINELAB Specials that will be available on all purchases from now until July 31st, 2020. If you have been looking for a new detector now is the chance to score some FREE accessories with every purchase. And as always, we offer FREE SHIPPING on all detectors! Minelab GPZ 7000 Metal Detector ($7999) - FREE 19" GPZ Coil Minelab Equinox 600 Metal Detector ($649) - FREE Minelab Pro-Find 20 Pinpointer Minelab CTX 3030 Metal Detector ($2499) - FREE Minelab Soft Padded Carry Bag & Minelab 6" CTX Coil Minelab Go-Find 22 Metal Detector ($149) - FREE Go-Find Carry Bag Minelab Go-Find 66 Metal Detector ($249) - FREE Pro-Find 20 Pinpointer Minelab Equinox 15x12 Coil ($239) - FREE Equinox Lower Shaft Please give me a call today to order while supplies last! 1.928.777.0267 info@arizonaoutback.com
  8. Hi Everyone, As you may be aware, many of the Minelab detectors have been very tough to get these past couple weeks. One is the Equinox 800. After filling our back-orders, I still have two units left. If you are interested get in touch with me ASAP at 928.777.0267 - thanks!
  9. A good friend spent a couple of weeks out in the Arizona desert social distancing and swinging his Minelab GPZ 7000 metal detector. The photo below is of all the gold he found, which totals over an ounce. The two biggest nuggets combined weighed in at 14-grams. Congratulations on your success, you added some beautiful pieces to the collection! Thank you again for letting me share with everyone.
  10. This Memorial Day remember and honor all who have served and sacrificed for our freedom. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter the words, but to live by them.” -John F. Kennedy
  11. Dear Forum Members, In an ongoing effort to keep spam and unwanted posts from the AZO Forums, we manually inspect and approve all new members on a daily basis. We get, on average, approximately 125 new registrations a day and a large majority of them are bogus accounts waiting to spam our forums. If you are a new member who has registered but can not yet post after 2 days of your registration, please email us at joe@arizonaoutback.com and we will get your registration validated asap. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in helping keep the AZO Forums the hottest prospecting forums on the net!
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    New Member Registration

    Hi Mike, yes the spammers were able to get through over the weekend. I believe I got most of them banned and deleted, but please let me know if you, or anyone else spots suspicious posts. Thank you for being a great member of our forum!
  13. I agree with Dean, post up those old photos Dick!
  14. Hey Rob, wow what a blast from the past! Great stuff man, I love the pics. The good old days, when I had hair and the nuggets were stacked half a foot deep on the bedrock! If I remember right, that top photo was the day we hit that 1/4-oz pocket with your 4" dredge. Lots of good memories from all those trips we made into the back country. We need to plan something for the fall. In the meantime, here are a few I found on my computer...
  15. I was able to get out into the desert a while back to hit one of my old patches with the Minelab GPZ 7000. This was a spot I had done really well over the years with the GPX machines and taken a lot of nuggets from. Most of the pieces were less than 3 grams, but a few were in the ¼ and ½ oz. range. I knew it would be a great spot for the 7000 because all the easy, obvious targets were gone, and I thought most all the trash would be too…at least that’s what I thought. Within five minutes I picked up my first nugget. I use the term nugget loosely because it probably only weighed 0.1g. I kept spiraling around the hillside and was blown away by how many small bits of trash were still left. Some of the wire fragments that sounded off on the GPZ blew me away; I could barely see them in my hand! I even found a target in one of my old dig holes. Most of what I pulled from the old patch was trash, but I did walk away with 18 nuggets for a grand total of about 6-grams. Not too shabby. The GPZ is a heavy machine, and to be honest I still prefer the “feel” of my GPX, especially when putting in long days. However, if you don’t mind digging lots of holes chasing small targets, the 7000 will pull even the tiniest nuggets at amazing depths. I was totally impressed...Now only if they can get the electronics of a 7000 inside an Equinox housing! Happy hunting everyone – stay safe!
  16. Hey JP, I do remember those trips we made into the Bradshaws. Those were a lot of fun! There's good gold in the desert, but just about everything here in central AZ can either poke, bite or sting you. The prickly pear are no picnic, but its the cholla that are the worst to me. Those things stick like Velcro! Great tips on how to manage the weight of the GPZ. I appreciate you sharing that, I think this evening I will re-do my bungee setup like you recommended. Any reduction at all will just mean more time swinging and less wear & tear on the shoulder. I hope you and the family are doing well down in Oz, be sure to say hello for me.
  17. MAY GOLD EXTREME ISOLATION SPECIAL I am excited to announce a new special from Coiltek. During the month of May 2020 you can take 20% off any of the Coiltek Gold Extreme products to suite the Minelab SDC 2300. Supplies are limited and only valid up until the 31st. Please contact me today to order! Phone: 1.928.777.0267, or Email: info@arizonaoutback.com 20% OFF the following premium Coiltek products: • 10x5 Gold Extreme: WAS $295 - NOW $236 • 11" Gold Extreme: WAS $315 - NOW $252 • 14x9" Gold Extreme: WAS $315 - NOW $252 • Gold Extreme SDC Accessory Pack: WAS $67 - NOW $54 Get results using Coiltek Premium Metal Detector Coils, The ultimate performance upgrade for your Minelab SDC metal detector.
  18. I received another photo from a customer over in California that purchased a Minelab GPX 5000 from me. He had a couple of skunk days, but stuck with it and was rewarded with this lovely chunk of gold! Thanks for the business and letting me share your success! “Hi Chris, this is my first nugget with the 5000! It took me four trips, but it paid off. Thanks for all your help!”
  19. Hi All, The Minelab Gold Monsters have been in very short supply lately. If you, or anyone you know is hunting for one, I do have two new units left in stock. I honor the 15% Military Discount and offer FREE SHIPPING anywhere in the lower 48. Once these are gone I'm not exactly sure when more will arrive. Give me a call at 1.928.777.0267 - thanks!
  20. Chris Gholson

    3 Dinkasaurus's

    Great to see you out there chasing the yellow stuff again Frank. Well done on the newest additions, keep 'em coming in!!!
  21. Here is a great testimonial I just got from a very happy customer. He picked up the Minelab GPZ 7000 a while back and is off to an amazing start! I sure appreciate the feedback and the great photos. Keep up the good work! “Hi Chris, been out with the 7000 four times now. 6 grams the first trip, nothing the 2nd trip, found the quartz/gold specimen on the 3rd trip, and 5 grams on the last trip. Been real happy with the 7000, finding more gold than ever before!”
  22. Fred was a really great guy, and I was saddened to hear about his passing. He was a good friend and prospector. I will sorely miss his posts...
  23. Hi Everyone, I hope all of you are doing well and keeping your sanity during this crazy virus lockdown. It’s been slow at the shop, so I’ve been spending a bit of time out in the sunshine chasing gold with my detector. What a perfect hobby for social distancing! Here are a few nuggets that I picked up earlier this month. They were all found with the GPX-4500 and Nugget Finder 15” EVO Coil. They were all very deep and in places I had walked before. The only thing I can guess is that prior to my visit it had really rained out there in the desert. The surface was dry, but down a few inches the soil still had moisture in it, so I’m guessing that helped carry the signal and make these nuggets easier to hear. Check out the weird toothpick shaped piece! I was totally convinced it was going to be a nail; instead I got a nice surprise. Total weight for the hunt was about 6-grams. I’ve also been getting some great customer finds photos which I will also be posting up soon. Stay safe out there everyone & happy hunting!
  24. Chris Gholson

    19 ounce monster

    What an awesome find!!! That just made my day...come on spring time! Is that Victoria?
  25. A friend of mine, Reese Townes, just released a brand new book about metal detecting for gold. He did a wonderful job, and it is definitely one of the best I have seen on the topic in several years. It includes twelve chapters and tons of full color photographs. The book sells for $24.95 and I do have a few copies left in stock. If interested, please send me a message, email (info@arizonaoutback.com), or give me a call (928.777.0267). Well done Reese!!! The Nugget Shooter’s Field Guide - NEW!!! When done correctly, detecting yields more for the effort you put into searching for gold nuggets and increases your chances of finding the locations that produce the coveted yellow metal. In this book, you learn strategies for detecting dredge tailings, hard rock tailings, hydraulic mining, ancient river channels, heavily forested regions, and much more. You will also learn the Townes’ Theory, which will help you identify the earliest stage of a present stream channel. In short, the Townes’ Theory can put you on top of more nuggets! These strategies, techniques, tips and applied theories can be applied worldwide. Additional Topics: • Detecting Tips & strategies • Geology in relation to gold • Mass wasting & gold deposits • Detectors, coils and other prospecting gear • Detecting and base camp safety • Sampling, Hydro-Shocking & Cleaning Quartz/Gold Specimens The Nugget Shooter’s Field Guide includes 170 color photos with color-coded markers to help you identify key factors as well as techniques top help you find more nuggets more consistently.