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Chris Gholson

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  1. I just wanted to let our forum friends and customers know that the AZO office will be closed during June 14 – 24th, 2019. We will be down in Mexico enjoying the sites and doing some treasure hunting. Any orders placed during this time will be shipped upon our return. Everyone be safe out there and I will catch up with everyone soon!
  2. Hi Everyone, Just a quick note to let you know we are back in the United States and AZO is open for business again. We had a wonderful trip exploring Mexico, and I will be posting photos and details later this week. All orders will be shipping this week and I am working now on returning all phone calls.
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    Jim Straight passes away.

    Hey Dain, what a great photo! That's the old Jim I remember too Yeah your son has grown just a bit since then, lol. Last time I saw him he was only a teenage and was taller than me back then!
  4. To those who courageously gave their lives, and to those who bravely fight today - THANK YOU!
  5. I came across these photos this morning and couldn’t remember if I had shared them or not. A friend & customer up in Oregon was detecting along when he dug up this old .45-75 rifle cartridge. He almost tossed it into the bushes, but noticed there was something wrapped around it. A closer inspection revealed that a piece of cork had been shoved into the open end and a wire was wrapped around to keep it secure. He decided to take it apart and find out what was inside. What happened next is something many of us dream about, but for him it actually happened. He pulled out the cork and watched in shock as nugget after nugget rolled out! The cartridge had been converted into a makeshift gold poke for an old-time miner. The five small nuggets inside didn’t add up to a lot of weight, but what an amazing piece of pioneer history. Incredible find, thank you for sharing with us!
  6. Hey Matt, That’s a shame to hear you guys were hassled, and I agree that it’s sneaky to question the minor before the adult. Kudos to your son, he sounds like a smart kid. Laws like this are so foolish. There’s nothing wrong about wanting to preserve and protect our historical sites for future generations. They are our heritage and a testament to those that came before us, and deserving of our respect. I get that, but what I don’t get is the people they target; like you and your son. The real threat in my opinion are the vandals armed with spray paint and hundreds of rounds of ammo. I can’t even tell you how many old stone cabins and adobe structures I have run across over the years that are tagged with all sorts of graffiti and filled with more holes than Swiss cheese. These people are the real danger to our antiquities, not the guy out in the field digging a few shallow holes with his detector. The current mindset here in the US seems to be, “It’s better to let those relics rust away into oblivion versus someone actually digging them up and preserving in a private collection.” I think if our laws were closer to those over in Europe we would see a lot more cool artifacts showing up in our museums…
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    The Equinox Finds gold alright!

    Great report Mike and nice nuggets! Your comments are really appreciated because I get asked so many times by potential customers as to how the Equinox performs on gold. In fact, most of the time they want to know how it compares to the Gold Bugs or even the Gold Master. I know you have spent hours swinging the Bug, so hearing that the EQX exceeded your expectations means a lot...Thank you again for the business and for taking the time to post your findings. Keep up the good work!
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    Jim Straight passes away.

    I was deeply saddened to hear about the passing of Jim Straight. When it came to electronic gold prospecting, he was truly one of the greats. Jim saw the entire evolution of the metal detector starting with the BFO and progressing all the way to the modern PI. His work experience included being a prolific author, working for Kennecott Copper & Eagle Picher, a school teacher, the Army Corp of Engineers, and as a mining consultant. He was such an amazing guy who was so full of knowledge and always willing to share it. I was extremely lucky and got to spend a lot of time with Jim as a young man in my 20’s. Some of my best memories are of us bumping along a dirt road in his old pickup while he talked geology. We got to prospect all over the Mojave Desert and even up into Osceola district. I will always cherish our time spent out in the goldfields and the many lessons he taught me about mining. You will be missed my friend…RIP
  9. A friend that I hadn’t heard from in a long while called out of the blue the other day. It was good to hear his voice and to see that he is still out there cleaning out the desert of all that heavy metal! Here is a photo he sent over of some really rough nuggets that he found with his original Nugget Finder Coil. This coil has to date back to at least 2005-06, and it’s still chugging along! Congratulations amigo - you are a gold magnet!
  10. I was digging through my albums and I came across these photos from a friend of mine here in Arizona. He bought one of the Nugget Finder 8x6” Sadie coils and wanted to show off some of his finds. What’s interesting is this area he is detecting is not really known for specimen gold. Most everything found there has been well worn and no attached host rock. I’m hopeful that he’s near the source and the next group of photos will be of his truck bed loaded with gold-bearing quartz! Thanks again for the pics!
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    El Camino del Diablo

    This is great stuff Dick! What a fascinating area; if only those hills could talk...Thanks also for the email.
  12. A quick update for those that were waiting. I did get in a small batch of the new Gray Ghost Gold Series Headphones. These have the 1/8” adapter and were built with the Minelab Equinox and Gold Monster 1000 in mind. The price is $125. If you would like to grab a pair, or have any questions, please give me a call (928.777.0267), or send an email: info@arizonaoutback.com. Thanks!
  13. Hi CH, I wanted to let you know your new detector was shipped out last week and should be there soon. You are really going to love the 5000. I put one of my instructional videos in there, but don't hesitate to call me if you have any questions at all. I also wanted to thank you for the kind words, that really means a lot. You just made my week! Thanks again for the business and good luck!
  14. I sold a Nugget Finder 17x13” EVO Coil to a prospector down in Mexico and asked if he would mind sending me photos of his finds. Well the other day I got a message with these pics and a note saying, “La major bobina para mi GPX 5000 gracias amigos!” Which I think translates roughly to: Thank you, this is my favorite coil…Here are a few golden finds from his first outing with the new coil.
  15. Every spring I head over to the local preschools to teach the kids about metal detecting and panning for gold. The kids love it because they have a free pass to play in the dirt, and I love it because I get to skip work for the day! I held the class last week and we all had a blast. They learned to use a detector, pan for gold, identify various rocks, and they even got to crack open geodes. It is a bit of work to organize, but seeing the expressions on their face after finding a piece of “gold” always makes it worth it! Here are a few photos of our future prospectors in action.
  16. If you are hunting for a new metal detector, or need a spare part, please give me a call. We keep most all current units and accessories in stock.
  17. Great videos Chris! I sure wish these would have been around when I first got into prospecting. Keep up the good work, and thanks for sharing!
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    Coming Soon!...Gold Extreme

    I am pleased to announce that the new Gold Extreme Coils have arrived! I have gotten to personally handle these coils and can say that Coiltek has done a great job! The new options are priced as follows: the 11” round ($315), the 14x9” ($315), and the 10x5” ($295). We have already had one shipment come and go, but we are expecting more in a few days. If anyone would like to get their hands on the Gold Extreme Coils or have any questions, please let me know. Arizona Outback always offers FREE SHIPPING! Happy hunting everyone and thank you Coiltek!
  19. Coming Soon!...Coiltek is set to release a brand new line of coils for the Minelab SDC2300. I am excited to finally have more options for this great gold machine. I will post more information as it becomes available. If anyone would like to get on the pre-order list, please email or give me a call – thanks! "The new Gold Extreme Series provides more choice with the Minelab SDC2300. The coils have been designed to complement the detector’s performance and enhance the experience of the prospector. These Litz-wound coils provide options for coverage, sensitivity and maneuverability. Taller operators will love the extended shaft! On sale from 4th April 2019. Contact your local dealer for pre-orders now."
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    Surprise gift - thank you!

    Wow, I really like that small lamp! I've never seen one like that before. The candlestick holder is also a beauty; you don't find many of those any more. Very cool finds!
  21. A good friend of mine surprised me this past weekend with a really cool gift. Check out what he found while poking around an abandoned hard rock mine in California. It is a 2 lb. can of calcium carbide made by Union Carbide. Even better, the can is still intact and full! He thought it would make a great addition to my growing collection of mining memorabilia, and it does. Thanks again Craig!
  22. I received this photo a while back from a good friend and customer over in California. These are some of his recent metal detecting finds using the Minelab GPX 5000. Total weight is a bit over 22-grams! Beautiful gold; thanks for sharing with us!
  23. A friend & customer just sent over these photos of a stunning gold/quartz specimen that he found while metal detecting in Arizona. He located it with a MINELAB GPX-4500 at a depth of 14+ inches. Including the rock, it weighs in at 2.87-ounces. What a stunning find, thank you so much for sharing with us!
  24. I got a chance to swing the Minelab GPX this past weekend. While walking down a very tiny and narrow wash, I picked up a faint signal. Because of its location I assumed it was trash, but once I got down about 6”, I knew this target had a chance. Once out of the hole I was pleasantly surprised to see a shiny one grammer peeking out from the dirt in my hand! Not a huge find, but it’s always a good day when I come home with new gold in the bottle. It was found using the Nugget Finder 15” Evolution Coil which is officially one of my all-time favorite coils. P.S. The snakes are definitely on the move. Although I didn’t see any, I did see plenty of their tracks crisscrossing the sand. Be sure to wear your chaps and be safe out there everyone!
  25. I had a chance to spend some time out in the field the other day with some wonderful people. Cliff, Danny and Don all bought detectors from me and came out to Arizona to get some personal training. The weather has really made a turn for the better here in central AZ. We had bright blue skies, temps in the high 70’s and all the flowers were in bloom. It was a beautiful day to be out looking for gold! Cliff has been metal detecting for nearly forty years. He has hunted for coins & relics all over the eastern US, but had never looked for gold before. Finding a real gold nugget was on his bucket list and I was happy to be there when it happened. He purchased the Minelab Equinox 800 so he could do some prospecting, but also still chase relics when he got home. The ground where he dug his gold was dark red with scattered ironstones. We had to turn down the sensitivity a touch to keep it stable, but it still had no trouble picking up a half-grammer with the stock 11” coil. Danny and Don are cattle ranchers from Utah who were struck by gold fever. They wanted to get the very best, so they opted for the Minelab GPZ 7000’s. They were amazed at how complicated the machine looked, but was in reality really easy to operate. By lunch time they were locating and recovering targets all on their own. One of the targets took us what felt like ages to get out of the ground, but that effort was rewarded with a shiny yellow nugget! It was under a gram, but finding gold with a new machine the first day out is always cause for celebration. I really enjoyed our time out in the field, and I want to thank you all again for the business. Hopefully our paths will cross again soon; in the meantime – keep that coil to the soil!