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  1. 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?
  2. I got a chance to hold this lovely iron meteorite yesterday that was found here in Arizona with a metal detector. This one was a real beauty and probably the nicest I’ve seen this year. For those here not familiar with meteorites there are different varieties, this one consists overwhelmingly of an iron-nickel alloy called meteoriciron. The ‘irons’ are also the easiest to identify in the field because they are heavy, strongly attracted to a magnet, and highly reactive to a metal detector. They can turn up just about anywhere, so before you toss out that next “hot rock” take a closer look – it might just be a meteorite! Have a great weekend everyone!
  3. I am selling this MINELAB GPX-5000. It is used, but works great and is in above average condition. It comes with all the stock factory accessories from Minelab and has a brand new 15x12” Commander Coil, a brand new 11” Commander Coil, and a used Nugget Finder 8x6” (Sadie) Coil. I also have the original box, and the padded harness is still wrapped in plastic. Price is $2,799 with FREE SHIPPING (lower 48 states only). Here is what is included: Minelab GPX 5000 Lithium-Ion Battery & Chargers KOSS Headphones Upper & Lower Shafts 15x12” Commander Mono Coil 11” Commander DD Coil Nugget Finder 8x6” Mono Coil GPX Training Video (DVD) AZO Protective Box Cover All standard parts & hardware Contact Chris @ 1.928.777.0267, or email: info@arizonaoutback.com.
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    EQUINOX Software Upgrade!

    Dean, thanks for sharing your finds and thoughts on the new upgrade. I've had lots of calls from EQX owners wondering if they should do the upgrade or not. I think it's a good move, and like you mentioned, it can always be restored to original..I love all the old ear rings. Makes you wonder if they were just dropped or maybe in a purse or leather pouch that has long since rotted away. Going off the photo, the emerald looks real - very cool!
  5. Hi Everyone, Minelab has just released a new software upgrade for the Equinox Series. See details below – thank you Minelab! EQUINOX Software Upgrade Who said you could not improve on perfection... After the launch of EQUINOX, Minelab engineers have been working to make the most popular detector even better. Upgrade your EQUINOX today. What is new? We know how passionate you are about finding what is hidden below the surface. At Minelab, it is with our ‘never leave well enough alone’ mentality and ingenuity that we have worked tirelessly to make perfection just that much better. Using the Minelab Update Utility, experience Improved Silver Target Indication, Advanced Depth Gauge Indications and more. Silver Target Indication IDs for silver coins on edge have been improved Depth Gauge Indications The depth gauge is more accurate and stable at all depths General Updates General improvements to the user Where to download? The Minelab Upgrade Utility is available for download and is applicable for the EQUINOX 600 and 800 detectors. Download times may vary depending on internet speed and site traffic. https://www.minelab.com/usa/metal-detectors/all-purpose-use/equinox-800?view=downloads
  6. I was just reading a new report on Hurricane Florence which is barreling its way towards the south eastern coast of the US. This storm sounds particularly nasty and it is expected to strike tomorrow. I can only imagine the chaos and destruction it will bring for those that live in the region, especially the Carolina's. Hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of our fellow Americans. Stay safe everyone!
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    New EVOLUTION - coming soon!

    The new 12x8" coils have arrived! This batch is very limited, so call or email me today if you would like to grab one. 1.928.777.0267 or: info@arizonaoutback.com
  8. I am excited to announce that Nugget Finder Coils is releasing a brand new addition to their widely popular EVOLUTION Series. It is an elliptical measuring 12x8” and is compatible with all Minelab GPX, GP, and SD Series metal detectors. I just got my test unit delivered a few minutes ago and I am super impressed. I haven’t had a chance to swing it yet, but the guys down in Australia are saying it is incredibly sensitive with a sharp signal response on small targets. I am thinking this is going to be an ideal size for chasing nuggets in bedrock cracks and crevices, or for simply working in heavy brush. The EVO Coils are water-proof to approx. two feet, have a 3-Year Warranty, and are supplied with a low friction skid plate. I hope to have a small batch of them for sale by early next month. I will have an official price to announce soon. If anyone would like to get on our pre-order list, or has any other questions, please contact me at 1.928.777.0267 or email: info@arizonaoutback.com. Thanks and have a great weekend!
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    New EVOLUTION - coming soon!

    Hey Mike, the new EVO coils have shipped from Australia, and I am hoping to see them late next week. The price will be $410, which will also include a new Trash/Target Pouch, skid plate, and FREE Shipping. This first batch will be very limited, so let me know if you want me to hold one for you. I have about ten people on the pre-order list now. Hi Gravelwasher, it seems that each coil I have used is unique in its own way. Each coil has a sweet spot, and the Evolution are no different. I find that my larger EVO coils (like the 15" & 19") hit hardest down the center strip; similar to a DD. My elliptical EVO's (like the 14x9") also hit hard along the center strip, but it sounds off great near the nose & tail. I use the ends for pin-pointing targets all the time. When the weather cools off I will be doing some filming with the EVO coils and will demonstrate how each performs in the field. In the meantime, feel free to contact me anytime with questions.
  10. If you are like most of the members here and spend a lot of time in the back country, I strongly advise you to consider investing in a pair of Snake Guardz. The manufacturer is known for their quality snake bite products that are a 100% percent snake-proof, durable, light-weight, and water-repellant. I have been a user for over ten years, and can say that I have found nothing else in this price range that is easier to use, and as comfortable as the Snake Guardz brand. Their products are penetration-tested to ASTM 1342-05 standards. No other company can make the claim of testing to these standards. I just spoke with the manufacturer today, and prices are set to rise across the board on all their products, so if you have been on the fence, now is the time to buy. I can hold the current price of $61 each until our stock runs out. Save some money and perhaps your life with a set of Snake Guardz. Drop me a PM with any questions, or order thru our website at: www.arizonaoutback.com. Be safe out there!
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    Nice nuggets! I'm with you, I don't discriminate against any gold, they all go in the bottle! Keep up the good work, fall is right around the corner..
  12. Nokta FORS Gold Metal Detector I am selling this brand new Nokta FORS Gold metal detector. This unit has never been out of the box, and was designed for finding gold nuggets & specimens. I only have one, so first-come-first-serve. Here is some information about the unit, along with a link to Nokta’s website. Please call me at 928.777.0267, or email: info@arizonaoutback.com. More technical info: http://noktadetectors.com/fors-gold-metal-detector.asp MAP Price: $595.00 Forum Price: $459 + FREE Shipping! FORS Gold metal detector, with all new advanced features, design and gold prospecting metal detector accessories, is a deep searching (for) gold detector developed based on gold prospectors’ needs worldwide. The FORS Gold is extremely sensitive to the smallest of gold nuggets. It has advanced settings which minimize the effects of highly mineralized soils and hot rocks frequently encountered in gold fields. Features: • Warranty : 2 Year Limited • Total Weight : 3.9 lbs (1.8 kgs) • Frequency : 15 kHz (+/- 100 Hz bandwidth) • ID Masking : Enables you to Search by Ignoring Unwanted Targets • Ground Tracking : Tracks the Changes in Ground and Automatically Adjusts the Ground Balance to Suit • Vibration Mode : Designed with the Hearing Impaired in Mind, also Ideal for Users who Do Not Want to Use Headphones • Digital Target ID : When Detecting a Target, it Displays on the Screen and Gives you an Idea about what the Target May Be Factory Included Accessories: • Headphones • 4 AA Alkaline Batteries • 11.2x7" Waterproof DD Search Coil
  13. This past Saturday my detecting buddy Dean and I got to sneak in a few hours on the coin/relic machines. Unfortunately the weather did not cooperate in the least bit. The moment we got in the car to head out it began raining. In less than fifteen minutes it was pouring so hard the road was flooded and every gutter and storm drain was overflowing! Of course the day we decide to go detecting we get hit with the hardest Monsoon storm of the season! The conditions were less than ideal, but we made the best of it. We’d get to hunt for half an hour, then the sky would break open again and we would be stuck in the car until it cleared out. It went this way all day, but we managed to pull a few goodies from the mud. I was swinging the Minelab CTX 3030, and him the Minelab Equinox 800. The best finds were two silver coins, a token, part of an old lantern, a piece of costume jewelry, and quite a bit of clad...The rains have been great this year here in AZ. As soon as the temperatures come down a bit, it will be time to hit the goldfields. Happy hunting everyone!
  14. I am selling this used Nugget Finder 8 x 6” (Sadie) Coil. This is one of the most sensitive coils on the market and is ideal for tiny gold in bedrock cracks, or areas with heavy brush. It is compatible with all Minelab GPX, GP, and SD Series gold detectors. It comes with a brand new skid plate. Please contact me at info@arizonaoutback.com, or call 928.777.0267 – thanks! MAP: $240 Forum Price: $145 + postage
  15. I am selling this Makro 10 x 5.5” Concentric Coil which is for use on the Makro Gold Racer. The coil is absolutely brand new! Does not include a skid plate. Please contact me at info@arizonaoutback.com, or call 928.777.0267 – thanks! MAP: $139 Forum Price: $49 + postage
  16. My buddy Dean texted me this photo of a great find he just made here in AZ. While detecting a strip of grass along an old sidewalk he picked up a signal that registered as if it were a nickel. The object was buried about 8” deep. He said he fully expected to see a Buffalo nickel, but instead out popped this beautiful & delicate cameo! It is wrapped in gold and appears to be carved from agate. It is not dated, but based on the history of the area; he’s guessing maybe 1920-30’s. He was using the new Minelab EQUINOX 800. Congratulations my friend - what a cool find!
  17. A friend and customer of mine over in California sent over this photo. He bought a Minelab GPX-5000 and has already found some beautiful gold. This awesome ¾-oz nugget is just one of his most recent finds. He said it was over two feet deep and found right next to someone else’s old dig hole. The area had obviously been detected before, but this lovely chunk had been overlooked, most likely because of its depth. This is a great plug for the Minelab brand. They are definitely pricey, but they get results! Congratulations to the lucky finder and thank you again for sharing with us! Keep up the good work...
  18. Hi All, I’ve had a bunch of calls and emails asking about different Minelab parts and whether or not I have them in stock. Many items, especially those for the Equinox, have been really difficult to source, so I thought I’d list out what I currently Do and Don’t have. If the part you’re after is not listed, please email me or call and I will double-check our inventory. What I DON’T have: Equinox 6” DD Coil Equinox 600 GP/SD Battery (full size) What I DO have: Equinox 800 Equinox Water-Proof Headphones Equinox Standard Headphones Equinox USB Car Charger Equinox 6” Skid Plate Equinox 11” Skid Plate Equinox Headphone Adaptor Equinox Bluetooth Headphones GPZ 7000 SDC 2300 GPX 5000 GPX-4500 Gold Monster 1000
  19. You cleared up my question as well; thanks again Clay!
  20. I was asked this question and wasn't sure about the answer: If a person buys an existing BLM claim, does that person need to file a Notice of Intent to Hold with the County and BLM?
  21. Thank you Clay for the reminder!
  22. Hi Everyone, As I'm sure most of you have already heard, there are some extremely nasty wildfires burning in California at the moment. From what I see online, it looks as if the Carr Fire burning NW of Redding is among the worst. The article I read said it has become the 7th most destructive wildfire in the state's history, and has scorched over 110,000 acres, burned structures, and claimed several lives. This is truly horrible news for our friends and fellow forum members that live in the area. If anyone has personal information please feel free to share. In the meantime, my family and I will be praying for all those affected by this tragedy...stay safe everyone!
  23. I wanted to give an update on the weather here in central Arizona. Yesterday the Prescott area and surrounding region got pounded with probably the biggest rain storm I have seen in the past five years. So much water was dumped that many of the roads here in town were blockaded, and I even heard the waters of Lynx Creek overflowed the dam at Fain Park/Lake. A friend of mine in the Walker area said it looked like a river of chocolate milk that filled the creek from bank to bank! Going off the forecast, it looks like we could see more showers this week...Those flash floods move a ton of dirt, so I am thinking that once those waters receded, there should be some new bedrock exposed and maybe some fresh gold that has not seen the light of day for many, many years. Happy hunting everyone!
  24. I thought I’d share this photo that a customer of mine just sent over. He purchased a Minelab Gold Monster 1000 not too long ago, and this lovely nugget was his first golden find! He dug it from a bedrock crack somewhere in the goldfields of N. California. This was his first, but I’m confident there will be many more for him to show off in the upcoming months…Congrats again, and thank you so much for sharing!!!
  25. Chris Gholson

    Back from eastern Canada!

    I really appreciate all the info guys! I really liked how the city had left the old cannons & mortars in place. I was also impressed that no where did I see graffiti on any of them. Only thing better would have been if they left you fire one off into the lake for a small fee