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  1. 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!
  2. 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!!!
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    Fresh from the ground!!!

    The owner just sent me this photo of the nugget all cleaned up. It turned out stunning! The final weight was 31.4-grams. Gravelwasher, I don't think that's the hole.
  4. A friend and customer sent over this photo showing off some of his recent finds. The gold has been a little skinny, but he is doing well on cleaning up some meteorites! This variety are known as chondrites or "stony", and although they don't contain a tremendous amount of metal inside they do have enough nickel/iron to set off most detectors. Many people have walked away from these believing them to be hot rocks; I know I did in the past. However, once you have seen & handled a few you can't help but recognize them. He found these using his Minelab GPX-4500 and his new Nugget Finder Evolution Coil. A big congratulations to the lucky finder, I really appreciate you sharing with us. Hopefully the next photos you send will include a multi-ouncer! Happy hunting everyone..
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    Freedom System Gold

    Hey Rich, I sold out the first batch of the systems I put together and have received some great feedback. My supplier for some of the parts is no longer in business, so I am souring those items. It shouldn't take me too long to sort it out. I hope to have some back in stock perhaps as early as the end of the month. If you like, email me at: info@arizonaoutback.com and I will add you to the top of the list.
  6. I was able to get in some detecting right before that snow storm hit central AZ earlier this week. I headed out to a spot that I have been eye-balling for a while. All the geological indicators for gold were there, so I figured it was worth a swing. I decided to take my new Nugget Finder 12x8” EVO coil out for a test drive. It performed beautifully on my Minelab GPX…actually almost too well. The sensitivity is unbelievable and I found myself digging shards of metal that were so small I had a hard time spotting them in my hand even after they had come out of the ground. The depth was good as well, but it was the overall sensitivity that blew me away. In really trashy spots this might be a disadvantage, but for patches that held lots of tiny nuggets and have been worked hard, the new 12x8” is in my opinion the way to go. A perfect size coil for wash or creek bed hunting. I didn’t hit any new patches, but I did score this 1.4 gram piece. The most challenging aspect of this area was the sheer amount of magnetite. Just about every wash I walked was loaded with black sand and the bedrock cracks were packed with heavy black hot rocks. They were noisy for sure, but I found I could work the ground by backing off the Gain, holding the coil slightly higher than normal, and moving a little slower. Now that I know there is gold I might try some dry-washing this spring to see how much fine gold those washes carry…Anyway I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and 2019 if off to a great start!
  7. Happy Holidays from AZO! The Arizona Outback office will be closed from December 24th – 26th and will resume normal business hours on Thursday the 27th. I would like to wish all of our forum family a very joyous holiday season. May your Christmas be filled with fun, laughter and happiness!
  8. I sold a Minelab Equinox 800 a while back to a gentleman up in Wyoming and mentioned that I always love seeing photos of customer finds. Well he didn’t forget, because I just got these in the mail! From the looks of it, he has definitely gotten the hang of the machine. He has found all sorts of goodies. My personal favorite is the bar token from Montana…Great work Tom, thanks so much for sharing with us!
  9. Good video guys, it looks like you two have a lot of fun together! What a beautiful place to chase gold. Keep up the great work, but save me a crevice or two
  10. Check out this unusual nugget that a friend of mine found while metal detecting in Arizona. He calls it the “SEE THROUGH” Nugget! He said it was buried ten inches deep, and gave off a very weird signal response. He almost didn’t dig it, but then luckily decided to go back and investigate. I’m not sure what the two brownish spots are, but I believe they could be limonite…Great find!!! Thanks a million for letting me share with everyone. Keep up the good work!
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    Unusual relic - any ideas?

    Thanks for the link Jen! I didn't see any designs on mine, but it is still pretty dirty. I will try gently cleaning tonight to see if anything appears beneath the crud. Here's another weird find I made that same day. This one should have been a nugget for sure. It was just downhill from where the patch was and was buried about 8" deep. I knew it was a half ounce at least, but instead pops out this retro wristwatch! I have no clue how it got there...I was just glad I didn't find an arm still attached
  12. I dug this up the other day and have been wondering what it might be. It came from a very old mining district which dates back to the mid 1800’s. There are no markings that I can see. Each of the little discs are smaller than a dime. Could it be a pair of cuff links? I appreciate any input.
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    Unusual relic - any ideas?

    Thank you guys for all your help with the identification. I'd say it is cuff links for sure! Gerard, I actually found it while hunting gold with the GPX-4500. I was expecting a nugget, but this was a nice surprise. I have found lots of nuggets, but never cuff links
  14. A customer of mine back in Missouri just sent over these photos of a great find he just made. His house was built in the 1830’s and there’s a big old oak tree in the backyard that must be ancient. He decided to run his new detector beneath that tree and it paid off nicely. Check out this incredible 1835 bust dime that he detected at less than five inches! He said it was tough to see the date until he soaked it overnight in baking soda and water…Congratulations to this lucky finder; I can’t wait to see what else turns up beneath that oak!
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    Well done Gary, that's a nice handful for the day! Digging compacted gravels out of a wash is a chore, so its always nice to see the hard work pay off! Thanks for sharing
  16. I am selling this brand new Nokta FORS CoRe PRO Package metal detector. This unit has never been out of the box, and is the perfect detector for finding old coins, relics, and jewelry. This is the last one I have, so first-come-first-serve. Here is some information about the unit. Please call Chris at 1.928.777.0267, or email: info@arizonaoutback.com. MAP Price: $850.00 Forum Price: $649 + FREE Shipping! * Free shipping applies to lower 48 US States only. A fee will apply for delivery to AK & HI. Nokta | Makro FORS CoRe Pro Pack Metal Detector with 5.2x4.7" Coil, 11.2x7" Coil, 15.5x13.3" Coil, Headphones, Rechargeable Battery System, Carrying Bag, Treasure Pouch, Weather Resistant Cover, Embroidered Cap. Nokta | Makro FORS CoRe (Coins and Relics) metal detector, new for 2015 will change the way people detect for treasures. Experienced “pros” who tested the CoRe, said it is one of the best metal detectors for finding silver coins, gold coins and jewelry, plus hidden and lost relics. Use Nokta’s CoRe anywhere on land, mountains, forests or deserts. Take it to the beach, in shallow salt and fresh water, wherever you take this metal detector it will become a good place to metal detect. The Coins and Relic Pro metal detector is the same as the standard model with important changes, electronics are more focused to lock on to silver, gold and clad coins and jewelry at greater depths than average detectors. Lost and buried relics including valuable coin caches are now within the reach of this metal detector due to the addition of a large 15 inch deeper penetrating searchcoil and a very sensitive 5 inch search coil for small coins and gold jewelry. It’s not a complicated detection device. If you can tune your car radio to find the station you want, you can tune your CoRe metal detector. Have a fun adventure for you, your family and even some of your friends to search for treasures. The Nokta FORS CoRe metal detector is backed with a strong 2 year limited warranty by the manufacturer. 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 COG Mode : Designed for conductive ground (wet beach sand, alkali sand etc.) Factory Included Accessories: Carrying Bag Headphones Treasure Pouch Embroidered Cap 5.2x4.7" Search Coil 15.5x13.3" Search Coil Weather Resistant Cover Rechargeable Battery System 11.2x7" Waterproof DD Search Coil
  17. I was able to get out detecting over the weekend. It was snowing and cold up north, so I bailed out and headed south to the deserts. What a difference 5,000 feet makes! The weather was great and by 10:00 I had ditched the sweater and was hunting in a T-shirt. I really wanted to go exploring for new ground, but because the days are so short now, I decided just to focus and rework some old patches. I was using the Minelab GPX detector and my all-time favorite coil, the Nugget Finder 15” Evolution. I hit two patches that had produced nicely for me in the past. All the easy “sitting duck” targets were long gone, so I knew I’d have to take my time. I decreased my normal swing speed to about half and really concentrated on keeping the coil as low to the ground as possible. I hugged all the contours and kicked rocks and dead brush out of the way. I was absolutely amazed at how many tiny, subtle targets started to show up. There were lots of ironstone hot rocks as well, but moving slower helped minimize those as well. The slower speed changed their target signal and I was able to ignore a vast majority. That’s not to say I didn’t hear a lot of ghost signals, but after you scratch and kick enough of them, eventually a few turn into solid targets. I dug every single target I got, most of which were slivers of rusty iron, but in the end I walked away with 12 shiny nuggets in my pocket. The total weight was 6.1-grams. None of the pieces were huge, but like I’ve said before, I never toss any of them back! Here are a few photos…Happy Hunting everyone!
  18. The GPZ does it again!!! Here is another gorgeous nugget that was just unearthed last week by a good friend of mine. It weighs in at 16-grams, or just over a half ounce. Pieces like this definitely make the week, if not month! It was found in the AZ desert with a Minelab GPZ 7000. Thank you for sharing and congratulations once again!
  19. A good friend and customer sent over this photo that he took a while back. All of this gold was found in a single day using the Minelab GPX 5000. What is even more impressive is that the finder told me this was only his cut. He was working with a partner and they actually split all the gold they found that day. So, the real take was twice this amount! Congratulations to this talented and hardworking prospector – that is an impressive day on the goldfields! Thanks for sharing…
  20. A friend of mine that bought a Minelab GPZ 7000 not long ago just sent me these photos of an awesome discovery he made. While swinging along he picks up a very low, mellow signal. He said it wasn’t much of a signal, but since gold had already been found nearby he decided to scratch on it. Once he broke open the ground and got down a bit the signal really improved. By the time he hit two feet it was an overload. He said the target was hidden down in a bedrock crack and as he swept the dirt with his fingers he caught glimpse of gold. He said he kept sweeping aside the dirt and the exposed gold just continued to get bigger and bigger. When it finally came out of the hole he was rewarded with an absolutely stunning 9-ounce nugget!!! This is the largest piece I have heard of so far this year, and I think he’s going to have a tough time beating it. What an amazing find! A huge congratulations to this hard working prospector. Thank you again for letting me share your photos; keep up the good work!
  21. Here is another awesome discovery just made right here in sunny Arizona. This chunky 23-grammer was just unearthed by a friend & customer while out swinging his Minelab GPZ 7000. It is an extra special piece because this is his biggest nugget to date! Congratulations on this beautiful nugget; the season is still early, so who knows, you may very well beat that record before the end of the year! I have received a ton of Customer Finds lately and I wanted to say “Thank You” again to those that have shared their photos…keep them coming! If you would like to submit a find, please email them to me at: info@arizonaoutback.com and I will gladly share them here and on our social media sites. Happy hunting everyone!
  22. I am selling this near-new Teknetics G2+LTD Camo metal detector. This unit has been assembled and used inside our shop for demonstration purposes. It is essentially new and includes the factory warranty. It is ideal for hunting coins, relics & jewelry. I only have one, so first-come-first-serve. Here is some information about the unit. If interested, please call me at 1.928.777.0267, or email: info@arizonaoutback.com. MAP Price: $699.00 Forum Price: $485 + FREE Shipping! Teknetics G2+ LTD Camo Metal Detector with 11" DD Elliptical Waterproof Search Coil. With ground balance all the way to salt, the G2+ features Notch mode, GroundGrab, static all-metal pinpoint, V-Break discrimination system, FeTone adjustable iron audio, one-touch ground balance with manual override, and computerized continuous ground condition readout. What more could you ask for? Conquer iron-rich soil to take home the find of a lifetime with the Teknetics G2+. Frequency : 19 kHz Weight : 2.5 lbs (1.13 kgs) Warranty : 5 Year Limited Display : Adjustable Backlight Audio : FeTone - Adjustable Iron Audio Target Separation : Unmatched in Iron and Trash Search Modes : Static All Metal Pinpoint with Depth Indicator Discrimination : Enhanced V- Break Tone Discrimination System Notch Discrimination : Notch Mode with Adjustable Notch Width Ground Balance : Computerized Ground Grab. One Touch Ground Balance with Manual Override
  23. I just got a shipment in this morning of the new 15x12” and 6” coils for the Minelab EQUINOX detectors. These coils have been in short supply and I doubt these will be in stock for very long. If you are looking to grab one before Christmas, give me a call or drop an email at: info@arizonaoutback.com. The 15” coil is priced at $239, and the 6” coil at $179. Each comes with a Skid Plate and FREE SHIPPING. Thanks!
  24. Gold Seeker, I believe that "little" nugget you see off to the side is actually a half-ouncer that was hiding in the same crack beneath the 9 oz. On a normal day that alone would be a score, but next to the biggie it looks tiny!
  25. For all our forum friends and family out there that celebrate, we wish you the Happiest Thanksgiving Holiday!!! The AZO office will be closed November 22-23rd, 2018. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the happiest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them…” -John F. Kennedy