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  1. Chris Gholson

    Freshly dug GPZ nug!

    Matt, I think after he cleaned it up, the final weight was about 14.5-grams. I always round up when it comes to nuggets
  2. So, a friend of mine sends me this photo in a text. He is out swinging his GPZ 7000 (with 14” coil) when he gets one of those sweet, low mellow signals that we are all on the hunt for. He digs down nearly two feet and breaks through a compacted gravel & rock layer that probably hasn’t seen daylight for many millions of years. And there waiting for him at the bottom was this beautiful half-ouncer!!! What’s even better, this was only the second target he dug that day! Not a bad way to kick off a morning. A big congratulations to this fellow. He and his partner are some of the best operators I know, and it’s a rare day when they get skunked. Thanks again for letting me share the photo.
  3. A good friend & customer of mine here in the US just sent over these photos of an outstanding gold/quartz specimen he recently found. While out swinging his Minelab GPZ 7000 he picked up a faint, but repeatable signal. After digging down over two feet he unearths this lump of quartz. A closer look shows that it is shot through with gold!!! I don’t believe he knows the actual metal content yet, but a specific gravity test will give a very good estimate…What a great way to kick off the season! Congratulations to the finder, and thanks for sharing! P.S. if anyone out there has photos they wish to share, but would like to remain anonymous, please send them over. You can email or text them. We love seeing this stuff!
  4. I have been getting some great photos lately from my customers. Check out this incredible handful of gold that was found not long ago by a customer with his Minelab. I have seen thousands of nuggets over the years, but I have to say that his “foil” nugget is by far one of the coolest. It almost looks fake, but he assured me that this is exactly how it came out of the ground. I have seen a few similar from Nevada, but nothing of this size. This would be a piece any collector would love to have. What an incredible find!!! I really appreciate all the wonderful photos, thank you so much for letting me share with everyone here.
  5. I wanted to say thanks to the members that reached out to let me know the forum had been invaded by spam. I was away from a computer this weekend and had no idea. When I logged on this morning I couldn't believe they managed to get up page after page of garbage. This time it really was Russian bots!!! ? I banned the accounts and believe I got all the spam deleted. Anyway, hopefully this won't happen again for a very long while. Thanks again you guys for keeping an eye on it.
  6. 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!
  7. I got in a great coin and relic hunt this week with my buddy Dean. He was able to get us permission to hunt a large property here in AZ that has seen continuous campers since the 1940’s. It was a great place, but huge, and where to start was the real tough part. We picked out a small corner and went to work, him with the Minelab EQUINOX 800 and me with the CTX 3030. Within a few hours we had filled our pouches with clad, and amazingly there was very little modern day junk like the local parks. Best finds of the day for me was a silver 1949 ‘Rosie’ and a 1955 Mexican 1 Centavo. Dean landed lots of Wheaties and a pretty silver ring of hearts. ..Nothing of extreme value was found this trip, but we had a blast. And there are many more acres to go, so who knows what else will turn up. Have a great weekend, and happy hunting everyone!
  8. Chris Gholson

    Coil bolt on the Nox and 3030

    That is a really great price on a very handy tool. Those 3D printers are so cool, I keep trying to convince myself I need one! Thanks for posting this up, I will probably contact you soon for some custom parts.
  9. Chris Gholson

    12" Evo @ 82

    That is so awesome!!! Way to go Wilma! I love the little 12 EVO. Thanks so much you guys for sharing your find!
  10. Now that the weather is cooling off in the southwest, the gold is starting to turn up! A friend of mine sent over this photo yesterday of a beautiful specimen he just dug up using his Minelab GPZ 7000. It came from somewhere in the Arizona desert and was hiding at approx. 20+ inches. The entire piece weighs in at nearly an ounce. There were several other nuggets found nearby, but this was the largest. A big congratulations to the lucky finder. I really appreciate you sharing, and I can't wait to see what else may be lurking nearby up on those hillsides
  11. I get asked this question so much, I thought it would be a great way to test out the polling feature on the forum. What do you all think?
  12. This guy is lucky to even be alive. People ask me all the time if I go into the old mines. My usual reply is that the only thing you'll find at the bottom of those abandoned mines is trouble. Unless a person is highly experienced, better to stay out and stay alive...and I agree, taxpayers shouldn't have to foot the bill for stupidity.
  13. Bkopps, I have new ones, but not used. I'll keep my eyes open and let you know if one comes in. Frank, sorry I looked through all my used gear and couldn't find a GP cradle. I will also let you know if one turns up.
  14. We have gotten word from Minelab that the 15 x 12” DD Smart Coils for the Equinox Series are due to arrive shortly. These coils are fully water-proof and will increase both depth penetration and ground coverage. Price is $239 with FREE SHIPPING! As with the machines themselves, I anticipate that stock will be incredibly limited at first. If you are interested in reserving one for yourself, please email or call me and get added to our list. It is free to get on our pre-order list and gives you preference on incoming shipments. Contact me at 1.928.777.0267, or email: info@arizonaoutback.com. Thanks!
  15. Hey Jen, It's great to see you broke the 1.5g threshold! That 9 grammer is a beautiful nugget. That area seems to produce some of the most attractive specimens. Just about every nugget I've found up there had nice white quartz and always displayed nicely. Other districts here in the state tend to produce pieces that are either chalky or have heavily stained quartz. Not that I've tossed any back, it's just that GB sure does make them pretty...I'm really glad to hear you are loving the EVO's. Congratulations on the new find, and keep up the good work! P.S. Your other order shipped out today; you should hopefully see it by Wednesday. Thank you again for the business!
  16. Are you looking for just the amplifier, or do you need the entire battery kit? If it's just the amp, I may have a used one at a great price for you.
  17. I have just heard a rumor about Tesoro Electronics that I’m hoping isn’t true. It appears that after 36 years of manufacturing metal detectors, Tesoro may have decided to close their doors. They made some excellent products and were a family owned company. I always liked the Gifford’s and wish Vince the very best of luck on his future ventures. P.S. if the rumor is indeed true, Arizona Outback will no longer be selling the Tesoro line.
  18. Chris Gholson

    Tesoro to close their doors?

    That is truly a bummer. Being somewhat of an underdog in the industry I rooted for them, hoping they would make a comeback, but keeping up with rapidly changing technology is a tough hill to climb, especially with limited funds. Tesoro was a great company and did wonderful things for our hobby. They will be missed by many, including myself.
  19. Hi Jen, Thanks so much for the glowing review and for the business. I think that coil was the perfect choice for the ground you're working up there. Being elliptical, it should be a little easier to navigate around the brush. Good luck & keep us posted on your future finds. Or call me when you hit that monster chunk, I'm good at pushing a wheelbarrow!
  20. I am selling this brand new Nokta IMPACT Pro Metal Detector. This unit has never been used and is still packaged in its original carton. I only have 1 available, so first-come-first-serve. This detector currently sells for $799.00; I am offering it here for only $595 with FREE SHIPPING (lower 48 states only). Please contact Chris @ 1.928.777.0267, or: info@arizonaoutback.com. It includes: Waterproof DD 11x7'' Search Coil, Waterproof 7.5x4'' DD Search Coil, Headphones, Carrying Bag, Protective Covers, Stand, Extra Lower Shaft, AC & Car Charger, 4 x AA Rechargeable Batteries and USB Cable. With its 3 operating frequencies, online firmware update capability and robust design, IMPACT combines many different detectors in one, enabling you to live a unique yet easy-to-use detector experience. Thanks to its modes designed for different targets such as coins, relics and caches as well as different terrains including wet beach sand and parks, you can just turn on the IMPACT and start searching without any further adjustment if you wish. Bringing together all the features users need, in addition to its depth and advanced discrimination ability, the IMPACT - just like its name - will make a great impact on your future hunts. Warranty: 2 Year Limited Operating Frequencies: 5kHz - 14kHz - 20kHz Weight: 4 lbs (1.8 kgs) Including Search Coil and Batteries Ground Balance with 3 Options: Automatic, Manual, Tracking Iron Audio (Fe Vol): Turns Off or Adjusts the Volume of the Low Iron Tone Audio Tone: Changes the Frequency of Target and Threshold Tones (150Hz - 700Hz) Tone Break: Adjusts the Break Points of the Target Response Tones on the Target ID Range Extra Features at the Push of a Button: Audio Boost, ID Normalization, Target ID Depth Level Notch Filter: Discriminates Single or Multiple Target IDs of Unwanted Metals by Silencing Them or Giving an Iron Tone Included Accessories: Waterproof 11x7'' DD Search Coil Waterproof 7.5x4'' DD Search Coil Stand USB Cable Headphones Carrying Bag AC & Car Charger Protective Covers Extra Lower Shaft 4 x AA Rechargeable Batteries
  21. Chris Gholson

    Help on Jim Straight Book

    Hey Brian, I don't have any of the 8th Edition, but I do have a few of these left. This is one of Jim's classics titled Advanced Prospecting & Detecting for Hardrock Gold. 112 pages. This is a newer edition with an expanded appendix on meteorites. These are also autographed by the author - great book!
  22. Hi Everyone, we have finally managed to catch up on our back orders of 6” coils for the Minelab Equinox Series metal detectors. If you are still on a waiting list, give us a call or email today. We have a few in stock and always offer FREE SHIPPING! They can also be purchased directly off the AZO website - thanks!
  23. I had a customer send over this photo of two really nice nuggets that are in his collection. Although he didn’t give the exact location, I got the impression they came from near the AZ-Mexico border country. They were detected using the Minelab GPX machines. Each of them is over an ounce, and total combined weight is nearly 4-ounces! It’s always nice to see that the big ‘uns are still out there lurking. Congratulations to the lucky finder – thank you for sharing!
  24. Chris Gholson

    Close to 4-Ounces!

    chrisski, I think the weird reddish color is simply because of the lighting, probably the flash. Yes, they should have friends nearby, hopefully the grand-daddy!
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