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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in Almost an Ounce!   
    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 

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in A fun Arizona C&R hunt   
    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! 


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    fredmason reacted to Jennifer Bond in Thank you Chris / AZO, Great Customer Service   
    Thanks Chris, yes you're right, the ellip is the best shape for my hunting. I had the same coil but solid and found some great gold with it but sold it when I sold my 5000 to start using my 7000. Right now I'm using an ellip Advantage (still a great coil) am eager to give the open spoke ellip a swing... thanks again.
    I'll keep you in mind when I find that big one... right now I'm not quite ready for wheelbarrows, but ya never know. ? Right now I seem to be stuck on this "1.5 gram per nugget" patch I've been working. ?


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    fredmason reacted to Jennifer Bond in GPZ 7000 Or Other Heavy Coil Weight Distribution Harness   
    Still available...... still brand new, never used in the field..... $125.00 takes it.
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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in Close to 4-Ounces!   
    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!

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in Customers off to detect Africa   
    I wanted to give a big thanks to “Don” and his brothers for driving over to see me today. They picked up a brand new GPX 5000 and are headed back home to the Congo in central Africa to try their hand at prospecting. They showed me some impressive pictures of the gold already being found by friends and other family members. It looked like most all the placering was being done by hand with pick, pans, and shovels. They said a few people in their area had metal detectors, but not many, so they should have a nice advantage. They were super nice guys and promised they would text me photos of the gold they found. Thank you again for the business – wishing you all the best of luck!

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in Really nice Space Rock   
    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!

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    fredmason reacted to dick ward in NORTHERN ARIZONA   
    Way to go FRANK!   I’m glad the machine and the coils are working well for you.   I haven’t been out for about 3 months.  Its just been too darn hot to be much fun.  Come on cool weather. ?
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    fredmason reacted to frank c in NORTHERN ARIZONA   
    Thank you, I even like the "ugly" ones when I can detect em !
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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in Relic hunt in the rain & mud!   
    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!

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in Better than a coin! Neat Equinox find   
    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!

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in Almost an Ounce!   
    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...

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in AZO Office Closed June 28th - July 10th, 2018   
    AZO Office Closed June 28th - July 10th, 2018
    Hi Everyone, I wanted to let you all know that the AZO office will be closed from June 28th - July 10th. It has been an incredibly hectic year, so my family and I are taking a few days to go explore eastern Canada. I'm excited because it's an area I have never visited before, plus it will be nice to escape this desert heat for a while. 
    I apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may cause. All emails and phone calls will be promptly replied to upon my return. Until then, everyone stay safe out there & happy hunting!
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    fredmason reacted to dick ward in HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!   
    Thank you Chris you are so right.  As fathers we have been given great blessing and a great responsibility.    
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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!   
    I wanted to extend a special thank you to all the fellow dads out there. Raising a child is no easy task. The hours are long and the pay isn’t great, but it is by far the most important job on earth. Without your love, support and guidance the world would be a very different place. So on behalf of myself and all the other humans out there - thank you! Enjoy your day! 

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in Customer snags one..   
    A customer & friend of mine over in California sent over these photos today. He wanted to show off his most recent find made with his GPX 5000 and new Nugget Finder 14x9” Evolution Coil. He said he measured out the hole as best he could, and it looked to be about 8” deep. Not too shabby of a dig for a nugget of this size…Congratulations to the finder; we sure appreciate you sharing with us. Bring that good luck down with you when you come see me this winter!

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    fredmason reacted to bado1 in Relics with the CTX and Nox   
    With the last of the cool weather, Chris and I managed to get out for a fun relic hunt. He was armed with his CTX and me with the Equinox 800. This 1800s ghost town is way up in the hills but worth the trip as the scenery is absolutely gorgeous. It was our first detecting trip to this out- of- the- way place (ATV required) and we did manage a few goodies. Nothing valuable or earth shattering,  but now that we have a feel for the place, I believe we will do even better on future trips. We also spied some pretty promising looking nugget country that deserves a closer look with the GPX's in hand come next fall/winter.

    Getting there.

    My highlight finds were a General Service Eagle button, a cameo broach (the center crumbled), metallic 10 gauge shell, fired three ringer, .44 rim fire case. Chris found a cool silver plated spoon with the initials of a steam ship company engraved on it and a bunch of various buckles. 
    Thanks for a fun hunt, Chris!
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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in Relics with the CTX and Nox   
    Hey Dean,
    It's always a blast getting out in the hills with you. The spoon I found was stamped PMSS Co., which appears to stand for the Pacific Mail SteamShip Company. It was founded in 1848 and operated some of the earliest steamships in California. I'm guessing this person may have been a passenger and decided to keep a souvenir. I don't know if there's any value, but it's a neat piece for the display case.
    Looking forward to getting out there with you again soon!
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    fredmason reacted to Lanny in AB in What you can't see just might be . . .   
    A few of the goodies I've been finding lately.
    Over 15 grams of gold and a whack of coins and a Rogers Brothers silver (more-than-likely plated) spoon.
    Found the gold while detecting bedrock with a new detector I was testing, with seven of the nuggets recovered underwater (that's way too much work!)
    The coins (oldest a 1916 large cent), including some silvers, came from an old home site; the building was demolished making way for a business, so I got permission to detect the site.
    All the best,

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in The Gold Monster Scores!   
    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!

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in Customer's first GPZ Patch!   
    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!

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in New Mexico Gold!   
    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!

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in More Yuma Gold   
    Very nice gold! Those upper pieces around the dime sure do look rough, especially the bit off to the left. I'm hoping the next big signal you get will be the top of an exposed quartz/gold vein
    That is neat country down there. It's been years since I've spent any real time there and I often miss it. My wife and I used to camp to the north of town and used to pick up some decent nuggets in the late 1990's. One trip we found a small gully within walking distance of our camp. The old-timers had dug a few test holes, but mostly ignored it. She decided to run her SD 2100 down it and came walking back with a big smile and 8 freshly dug nuggets!
    Thanks for sharing your finds with us - keep up the good work!

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in A Golden New Year!   
    I wanted to wish all of our forum family here a very HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope 2018 brings you health, happiness, and of course heavy pockets!
    I was able to get in some detecting over the weekend and so far the new year’s gold finds are off to a great start. I picked up these six nuggets for a total weight of about 7-grams. They all came from an area that had been dug and dry-washed by the old-timers. The diggings were riddled with junk, much of it deep, but fortunately the early miners left a few behind. The nuggets were found using the GPX 5000 with my all-time favorite coil; the Nugget Finder 15” Evolution…Enjoy the rest of the holiday everyone and be safe out there!

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    fredmason reacted to Chris Gholson in question on PI detector   
    Dean, I'm really liking that photo of your nugs all spread out; what beautiful stuff! Yes, I'm sure it was the good luck spell I cast that was responsible for your success and not all the long hours of hiking canyons, digging countless targets, and busting through the brush! Consequently, if anyone would like to purchase a new detector or coil before the first of the year, I'd be happy to apply the good spell at no additional cost! Happy hunting everyone!