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Chris Gholson

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  1. 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!
  2. 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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    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!
  4. 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!
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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!
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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!
  9. 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!
  10. We got blasted with a major snowstorm here in central AZ last week that kept dumping snow from Thursday through Friday. My house got covered and it took me about two days of shoveling to finally dig out. This was definitely one of the largest storms I have personally seen in this area for the past ten years. All the mountains in every direction are covered in white. It is a beautiful to look at through the window, but not so great for prospecting. If anyone is thinking about heading up to the northern Bradshaw’s in the next few days, they may want to reconsider. The roads in town are open, but I bet many of the dirt roads leading to the gold areas have yet to be plowed. Some areas got over 24”, so it’s going to be nasty for a while. If you do head up be sure to dress warm and don’t forget to bring a shovel! Be safe & stay warm out there!
  11. Hawkeye, I heard lots of snow could still be headed towards the Sierra this year. They were calling it an 'Atmospheric River',..whatever that means. It sounded like the Donner Pass area got blasted. A bulk of the snow we got in that last storm is melting fast. With all this water I almost wish I still had my dredge!
  12. Just a quick update to let everyone know that I have the Land or Sea Pin-Pointers back in stock. They have been extremely difficult to get for the past few weeks, but fortunately a small batch arrived this week. I have personally used this pointer for over six months at a number of sites here in Arizona and have had no trouble at all. It’s a great product at a great price! Please call or email me to order or with any questions. The Land/Sea Pin-Pointer utilizes powerful pulse induction circuitry which gives excellent depth and reliability while handling the harshest conditions from heavily mineralized ground to salt water. Waterproof to 20 feet 3 Operation modes: Sound, Vibrate, Sound & Vibrate 4 Sensitivity Levels Powerful pulse circuitry that works great in all conditions including mineralized dirt and salt water. Full time signal LED Belt Holster included 2-Year Warranty AZO Price: $109.95 + FREE SHIPPING!
  13. If anyone is thinking about prospecting in central AZ this weekend you will definitely want to dress warm…and maybe bring a snow shovel! This week has been exceptionally cold, and the forecasters are calling for snow on both Thursday and Friday, with the heaviest happening on Thursday. I have heard that this storm could drop as much as 20”. The forecasters are usually wrong, but it’s better to be safe than sorry. I would avoid the highest elevations and stick closer to the foothills or lower desert. We also received some rain this month which has really gotten all the major creeks running. I visited Big Bug Creek and it is flowing hard, as are Lynx Creek and Turkey Creek. This weather makes for rotten detecting right now, but once everything runs off and dries up, there could be a nice fresh crop of nuggets waiting! Be safe and stay warm out there!
  14. Wishing all of the lovely ladies in our lives a very special and HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!
  15. A friend and customer just sent over this great photo of the gold he has found so far this winter in southern Arizona. Everything shown here was detected with the Minelab GPZ 7000. I didn’t get a final weight from him, but I know that a few of the nuggets near the top are close to an ounce…A huge congratulations to this hard working prospector! Thank you so much for sharing with us, keep adding to that pile!
  16. A good friend and customer of ours sent over these photos of some amazing gold he recovered using a dry-washer. Even though all the gold was small, it quickly added up to over 2-ounces! It was found not far from Randsburg, CA and was taken in only two outings!...We always love seeing the yellow metal and I want to thank Daine (the lucky finder) for sharing these photos with us. Keep up the good work
  17. I just put together this short video over the weekend and thought I’d share with you all. I am getting excited again about filming, and my goal is to post a couple new videos each month on the channel. I hope you guys enjoy!
  18. Thanks for the feedback everyone! Yes, the desert is gorgeous right now, with all the fresh grass it was like detecting on a golf course! Quite a bit different than the chilly weather we've had up north...I'm working on a new video now, so maybe by next week it will be ready to post up. Thanks again!
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    Dry-Washing for Gold!

    Mike, I believe Daine uses the KEENE 141 dry-washer, which is a little smaller than the better known 151. Before I got so involved with metal detecting, all I did every weekend was go dry-washing. It's a lot of work, but there's something rewarding about getting getting to check the riffle box before a clean up. I always loved seeing those bright yellow pickers mixed in with the black sand! The metal detector + dry-washer is in IMHO the best way to find gold in the desert...I am always happy to help if you have any questions about dw'ing.
  20. A customer and friend sent me this photo this morning. He just bought a Nugget Finder 17x13” Evolution coil for his GPX last month and has already paid for it! This was the gold found from his most recent outing; it’s just shy of ½-ounce! Keep up that lucky streak going, and thanks again for sharing your find with us!
  21. This is an update for those that emailed me regarding the new covers for the Minelab Equinox 800/600 and Gold Monster 1000’s. We now have them all in stock! These are the Gold Screamer brand and they turned out really nice. I am working now to get them listed on the website, but in the meantime please give me a call or email if you are interested. Complete Kit for Equinox 800/600 -includes Control Head Cover and Arm Cuff Cover Price is $54.95 + FREE SHIPPING! Complete Kit for Gold Monster 1000 -includes Control Head Cover, Cord Wrap and Arm Cuff Cover Price is $54.95 + FREE SHIPPING!
  22. Coil Maintenance Tips: The search coil is the part of the metal detector that is swung over the ground, and as you can imagine, it receives the most abuse. Coils are tough, but like any piece of equipment they must be maintained to ensure proper function. Here are a few tips to help you get the best performance and extend the coil’s life: 1. The coil connector will become corroded over time. This buildup is easily removed with any over the counter Control/Contact Cleaner & Lubricant (see photo). Simply spray into the connector and wipe away any excess liquid. 2. Most coils include a skid plate on the bottom. This skid is there to protect the coil as you scrape it over rocks and dirt. Always inspect the skid prior to use and replace before wearing through (see photo). Failure to maintain the skid can void the coil’s warranty, and in time will eventually damage the coil itself. Keep in mind that it is much cheaper to replace a skid versus a coil. 3. Periodically remove your coil’s skid plate and dump out any dirt and black sands that have accumulated. This will help reduce the likelihood of false signals. 4. It is our recommendation that the coil cable wire be strung straight from the coil up the lower shaft, then held in place with either our coil cable clips, Velcro strips, or tape. Once you reach the “knuckle” or screw cap, the coil cable wire can then be wrapped along the upper shaft and finally inserted into the detector’s control box. Ensure that the connector is properly seated before tightening. 5. Most coils are fairly water resistant, however the drier it stays, the longer it will last. Unless designated as water-proof, a coil should not be washed with a pressurized hose. A soft brush and damp rag are recommended for cleaning. If anyone else has any tips they'd like to share please do so.…Happy hunting everyone!
  23. A friend of mine from high school sent me these incredible photos the other day. His passion is chasing lions with his dogs here in the mountains of Arizona. I wouldn’t really call him a hunter since he doesn’t shoot them, he just enjoys tracking them and getting video/photos and relaying that info back to Game & Fish. He just recently bought a GPX-4500 from me, so I have a feeling some of his time will get diverted to chasing the yellow stuff! …Anyway these were such cool photos I had to share them with you all.
  24. Fresh from the ground! A friend & customer just texted over this photo about ten minutes ago. Take a look at what he just unearthed with his Minelab GPZ 7000 at over 25 inches! This is his biggest nugget to date. I asked what it weighed and he said his scale only goes to an ounce, and the nugget causes an error message. I hate error messages, but in this case it’s a good thing! I can’t say exactly where, but it was found in the Arizona desert…I am so excited for this gentleman. He’s a great guy who works hard and definitely deserved this trophy piece. Well done my friend – thank you for letting my share!
  25. A friend of mine that likes to detect in Arizona sent me this photo a few days ago. What he thought was going to be a nugget actually turned out to be a really nice meteorite! It is a “stony” or chondrite and is a beautiful example of the type. The total weight is 187-grams. He is swinging a Minelab GPZ 7000 with the 14” coil. Way to go!!!