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  1. 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!
  2. Chris Gholson

    New AZO Detecting Video

    Bugler, it was actually the 4500, which is still one of my all-time favorites. I'm working on another video now and hope to have it posted to the AZO YouTube channel today or tomorrow.
  3. Jen, thank you once again for the business; it's always a pleasure. I'm putting some good luck vibes on the new 25" DD I can't wait to see what you turn up with it!
  4. 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.
  5. Way to go Gary on the new nugget! Pretty or ugly, I never toss any of them back I agree with Geof, a little dip in a mild acid and I bet that baby will shine. Keep up the good work!
  6. Chris Gholson

    New AZO Detecting Video

    Thanks for the feedback everyone! I am getting more active with the videos and hope to post 2-3 new ones each month. Hey Dean, the Jeep ran flawless, but yes I agree, I'm gonna miss the old shoe that I used as a wedge to keep the glove box from falling open! Good luck with the deer hunt.
  7. 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.
  8. Hi Guys, we are getting ready to launch a brand new website, so perhaps they are working on it. I did just type in: www.arizonaoutback.com and was able to reach the site. I'll look into it - thanks for letting me know.
  9. Chris Gholson

    Old spot - New gold!

    Thanks everyone! I am working on a video right now from that day and I hope to have it finished and posted up to the Arizona Outback YouTube channel tonight.
  10. 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.
  11. 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!
  12. Minelab has just released a new software upgrade for the EQUINOX Series. Below is some information about the upgrade along with the download link. Happy hunting! Software Upgrade 2.0. Get more from your EQUINOX. What is new? Difficult ferrous targets — the common enemy for all detectorists. That is until EQUINOX. Hit the download on our EQUINOX update to make those pesky bottle caps, rusty nails and other falsing targets a thing of the past. Fire up the Minelab Update Utility and you’re on your way. It’s simple. You’ll experience the enhanced Iron Bias feature, improved EQUINOX 600 backlight and much more. Improved Iron Bias Iron Bias has been enhanced with the addition of a new Iron Bias settings profile. The original EQUINOX Iron Bias 'FE' settings will still be available, but there is now the option to switch to the new Iron Bias 'F2' settings, which have an improved capability to reject a much wider range of difficult iron targets, including bottle caps. EQUINOX 600 Backlight Brightness The EQUINOX 600 now has the ability to adjust the backlight brightness to an additional 'Low' setting that matches the minimum setting on the EQUINOX 800. This 'Low' brightness is ideal for detecting at night and in low light conditions. DOWNLOAD LINK: https://www.minelab.com/equinox-software-update-2-0
  13. 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!
  14. The new 25" DD coils just arrived from Australia! They are not listed yet on the website, but they are in stock. If you would like to get one from this first batch please give me a call at 928.777.0267, or email: info@arizonaoutback.com. Thanks & have a great weekend!
  15. 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!
  16. Hawkeye, the guys in Australia have said that smaller sizes are in the works. I suggested that a 15" X-Search would probably be a good compromise for most goldfields in the US. What do you guys think? What sizes or shape would you like to see?
  17. Hi All, I wanted to mention that I have received word from Minelab that price increases on both the Gold Monster 1000 and the SDC 2300 are coming. These increases and MAP changes will be effective 8/15/2019. If you have been thinking of purchasing either of these machines, now would be the time to grab one and save yourself the extra cash. AZO does honor the 15% Military Discount and offers FREE SHIPPING on all detectors. Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to order before the increase – thanks! Gold Monster 1000 Price Now: $799 Coming Price: $849 SDC 2300 Price Now: $3,750 Coming Price: $3,799
  18. 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.
  19. The new 25" weighs roughly 3.5 lbs. and will sell for $549 + FREE SHIPPING.
  20. If anyone out there has metal detecting or prospecting related questions, please let me know; I am available to help out. Feel free to call the AZO office, send me a PM through the forum, or an email...Here are some of our current Minelab machine specials.
  21. mhlak, if you are looking for the most depth I would either opt for the Nugget Finder 19" Round Evolution Mono coil, or if the soil is heavily mineralized, perhaps the new X-Search 25" DD. The 4500 is an incredible machine and if you are hunting in North America, chances are the 19" Mono will be your best bet. On a decent sized nugget it will punch down several feet. I have to carry a shovel on the quad when I'm swinging this coil! I do have a few of the 19" coils in stock, but am waiting for the 25" to arrive at the end of the month. Here are a few pics of the 19".
  22. 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.
  23. Hey CH, I am putting together my schedule for the upcoming 2019-20 winter season. I usually start the training classes in late October or early November. I will be sure to post up the dates here and on our Facebook page, or feel free to give me a call as we get closer. They should run clear through March. See you this winter!
  24. 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.
  25. 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.