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  1. Chris Gholson

    Chris Gholson

    Hey Ben, I really appreciate that. I'm glad I was able to help out and move the gear for you. Thank you again for your friendship and business over the years, you made my day with this post
  2. I forgot to post up this find I made last month. I was working a new spot that actually didn’t look very promising at all. None of the classical indicators were there, no red dirt, no quartz, no nothing really, other than plain gray dirt. However down below this hillside I could see where the old-timers had dug around and stacked a few rocks. I figured they had gotten a sniff of gold, so I decided to swing around for a while. I hit a few boot tacks on the surface, then I heard a low, mellow sound. I dug away about eight inches of dirt until I hit a hard caliche layer. The signal stayed in the hole, so I kept chipping away. It was slow going but eventually I found the source of the noise. It was a solid hunk of caliche that had no obvious signs of gold. I set it down on the ground and smacked it with a rock. The lump cracked open and revealed a beautiful yellow color inside! A few more hits with the rock and finally my prize was free. It ended up being a lovely nugget weighing 2.5 grams. This find was just a good reminder that even if you can’t see visible gold it doesn’t mean it’s not there. If something produces a solid ‘beep’ on the detector, it’s probably worth hanging onto for a closer look later…I was swinging the Minelab GPX 5000 fitted with the Nugget Finder 15” Evolution Coil. Happy hunting everyone!
  3. Hi Everyone, Here’s a fun new competition that’s super easy to enter. Simply tell us in 30 words or less: What got you into metal detecting? Submit your answer and contact information and you could be the lucky winner of one MINELAB X-TERRA 505 and a backpack filled with accessories! This competition ends on the 25th of April, 2018. Click here to Enter
  4. I agree 100%, you're a great writer! Thanks for sharing your finds with us and the good info.
  5. I wanted to say thank you again to Acorn Montessori Schools here in Arizona for inviting me over yesterday to speak with their students about metal detecting and gold prospecting. The kids were an absolute pleasure and I really enjoyed the excitement in their eyes when they got to handle real gold nuggets. I was about their age when I first got exposed, so I am hoping this was just the first step in their journey to becoming future detectorists! Thank you again everyone – I’ll see you and your families out in the goldfields!
  6. Chris Gholson

    Equinox Relic Hunt

    Great stuff Dean! I love all the ornate trinkets that those older properties have. The token is very cool. I'm wondering if those numbers represent an address, or perhaps some sort of serial number.
  7. Chris Gholson

    WSPA??

    Hi Ron, I believe they had an outing not too long ago. As Dean mentioned, Chris P. is a good contact, or I know there are several members from Nevada that frequent the forum, maybe they can add to the thread.
  8. Hi All, if you happen to be around the Radersburg, Montana area (SE of Helena) this weekend, be sure to check out the 15th Annual Rick Radke Memorial Metal Detector Hunt. It is hosted by the Headwaters GPAA Chapter who are really a great group of folks. The outing should be a lot of fun and a good chance to win some prizes. For those that didn’t know Rick, he was a well-known prospector and shop owner in Helena for many years. His passing was totally unexpected and a shock for us all. The photo below is of us detecting outside Helena and was the last time I got to see him alive. He was way too young, and is truly missed. Thank you Headwaters for honoring his memory with this hunt!
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    Chris Gohlson

    Hi Frank, no I never got the messages, but I'm sure I have covers for both those coils. Give me a buzz this week and I'll let you know what options I have in stock. Best way to reach me is 928.777.0267 or: info@arizonaoutback.com.
  10. Yes, fortunately the spam is slowing fading away. I would agree that most of those users registered some time ago and only managed to sneak through when the new upgrade took effect. I've been banning and deleting them like crazy, so with any luck they will be a thing of the past by the end of the month. Thanks again to everyone for your help and support.
  11. A customer of mine over in California just sent me these photos of an incredible discovery he just made using the new Minelab Equinox 800. According to him, he was working a heavy trashed site. He said the place was covered with iron, tin, and just about everything else imaginable. Despite the junk, the machine locked onto a nice high tone and when he dug down, out comes this beautiful black powder flask from the early 1800’s! What’s even more amazing is that this was only the second time he had ever swung the detector! This great find Alan; I really thank you for sharing it. Hopefully there are still more treasures waiting for you beneath that junk, keep up the good work my friend!...The first photo shows it right out of the ground, and the second is after a cleaning and being straightened out.
  12. Hi Everyone, All this spam has me pulling out my hair. Ever since the upgrade we have seen a whole lot more of it. I am trying to figure this out, but to be honest, I'm a whole lot better with a detector than I am a computer! I have messed with some of the filters, so hopefully that will slow things down. I do apologize for the hassle. Hang in there, I can see some light at the end of the spam tunnel...
  13. Hi Everyone, Earlier this week we performed a much needed upgrade, so you have probably noticed the forum looks a little different. The transition seems to have went smoothly, but I did notice some fresh spam that got posted this morning. We are working on getting those posters removed and working out any of the bugs. If anyone spots something that needs fixing please let me know.......In the meantime, I'd like to wish all our forum family a very Happy Easter!
  14. This past weekend I was given permission to detect a fairly old private ranch here in Arizona. It seemed like the perfect test area for the new Minelab Equinox 800, so my buddy Dean and I loaded up the detectors and headed out. We spent nearly all our time searching the area around the original house, which had been torn down and replaced with a newer home in the 1950’s. As you can see in the photos below we found a ton of targets and managed to cover the top of a huge, old stump. The rancher was blown away and had no idea there was that much metal in the ground. We came up with lots of stuff, but what surprised me was the lack of coins. I mean, we did find a handful of Wheaties and a couple of silver Mercury dimes, but not as many as I would have thought. The only thing I can figure is that although the ranch had been in the family a long time, there had never been many people living there. Some of the coolest finds were several military buttons which we think may have been from WW2, old engraved lipstick tubes, harmonica reeds, and a concho off a saddle which had the ranch initials carved into it. The machines ran flawless in the high trash, and there is no doubt in my mind that there are more goodies to be had. Unfortunately we were getting into the area at the wrong time of the year. The weather was good during our trip, but the desert it is really supposed to be warming up. I imagine by the end of this month it will hit the 100 degree mark. We did pass a squished Mojave rattlesnake on the road, so definitely be cautious out there; they are on the move! If anyone can shed some light on the military buttons it would be appreciated. Happy hunting everyone!
  15. I have a brand new Minelab 15x12" Mono Commander Coil that I took in on a trade and don't really need. The coil has never been used and comes with a skid plate. It is compatible with all Minelab GPX, GP, and SD Series gold detectors. The forum price is only $199 + freight. If interested please contact me at 1.928.777.0267, or email: info@arizonaoutback.com.
  16. I was really excited when a customer sent over this photo to me earlier this month. It is an exciting piece because it was found in New Mexico by a fellow detectorist, and we just don't see that many finds from there being posted. Most of the better known states like, AZ, CA, and NV seem to dominate the forum scene, so it's nice to see the Enchanted State is also producing some beautiful nuggets...This is a great discovery and I appreciate the lucky finder allowing me to share with everyone. Feel free to send more photos anytime!
  17. A friend of mine that bought a GPZ 7000 sent me this photo of some amazing quartz & gold specimens he found not too long ago. I guess he and a few others, had wandered across this spot but left it alone because of all the “trash” targets. I guess the signals basically screamed on the detector, so the area was avoided. He decided to finally dig up one of them and lo and behold they weren’t trash at all! Congratulations to this prospector on his surprise discovery. I really appreciate you sharing with all of us – keep up the good work!
  18. I have been getting so many awesome photos sent in this week. Here’s another from a friend & customer showing off some recent finds made with the Minelab Gold Monster 1000. All of this gold came from a very tight patch. There were 73 nuggets for a total weight of 3.5 dwt. The Monster can find the big ones, but as you can see, it really kills the small gold! Congratulations to the lucky finder, I really appreciate you taking the time to share with us. Keep that gold coming in!
  19. A friend and customer of mine sent over these photos of a nice patch he got onto with the Minelab GPZ 7000. From what I understand this was the first gold he found with the machine. He spent quite a bit of time searching the hills without luck, then bingo he came upon this spot and made up for all those hours of swinging!!! Congratulations to this hard working prospector; your patience paid off!
  20. That's a great video full of helpful info. I sure wish YouTube had been around when I started, could have saved me many, many hours of wandering! Thanks for sharing the link Jen..
  21. That's a sweet one Frank - way to go!!! That 17" EVO has gotten some really good reports from up your way, it's a nice size for that country. I hope it and the GPX keep on producing for you. Keep up the good work..
  22. I thought I’d share some recent finds made over the weekend. My buddy Dean and I decided to head out into the Arizona desert to see if we could stir up a few nuggets. Both of us were swinging the Minelab GPX machines outfitted with the Nugget Finder 15” round EVOLUTION coils. The area we detected had already been hunted by earlier Minelab GP & SD machines, along with the Fisher Gold Bugs. Despite this, we each pulled a handful of very deep targets along with 7 beautiful nuggets. None of the pieces were exceptionally large, but we left our camp with a quarter ounce of buttery yellow gold, and for only a day & half of detecting. The 15” “EVO” has become my coil of choice for most ground that is deeper than a foot. It can easily reach out and grab targets hiding way down there, but still not sacrifice the tiny stuff; as we discovered after digging many iron shavings that would have been virtually impossible to recover without the help of a magnet…It was a little chilly camping out, but what a fun trip! Dean is a great cook and we dined on steak, drank beer, and told lies around the campfire. Thanks again my friend..
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    Great weekend hunt!

    Hi jhuntphx, Please feel free to give me a call or email anytime; I'm sure we can put a good deal together. Maybe a layaway or even a trade-in towards a new GPX machine. If not new, I do have some great pre-owned units like a GPX-4500 and GPX-4000. And as Jen mentioned, we do accept kids, but only if they are able to either shovel snow or dig my targets The snow shovel might actually be better as we got dumped on here in central AZ last night.There was about 3" on the outskirts of town, and my father said at least 6" up in the mountains. This was probably our best storm of the winter season; I guess better late than never.
  24. I have two brand new coils for the Minelab X-Terra series that I acquired in a trade. They are new and still in the original packaging. Both have skid plates. 18.75 kHz Round Coil Qty: 1 Regular: $165.00 Forum Price: $110 7.5 kHz Round Coil Qty: 1 Regular: $165.00 Forum Price: $110 If interested, please email me at: info@arizonaoutback.com, or call: 928.777.0267. Prices do not include freight.
  25. Chris Gholson

    The Equinox

    Hey Dean, thanks for the early field report! I'm impressed with what you turned up in such a short time, on that ground that has already been gone over a few times before. It must be fast to sniff out those coins in that high trash saturated ground. I love my CTX 3030, but the speed of the EQX sounds like just the ticket for those spots that are covered in old square nails and other iron garbage. Very exciting...As soon as the weather turns good again, I think we will need to hit a few more of those junked-out mining camps.
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