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Chris Gholson

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    Arizona, USA
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    Gold prospecting, coin & relic hunting, anything outdoors!
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  1. Hey Doc, the new GPX covers look great! The shade cover is a cool addition. I have used your covers on both my GPZ 7000 and the CTX 3030, and they have been wonderful for keeping the outside of the unit scratch and nick free. Thanks for sharing the post & image; I will definitely be putting one on my new 6000!
  2. Even though it’s not gold, I thought you all might enjoy seeing this cool relic I detected the other day. The way it screamed on the GPZ had me convinced it was a big nugget. Unfortunately it wasn’t a multi-ouncer, but luckily it wasn’t trash either. I took a minute for me to realize what I was looking at, but best I can tell it is an old jeweler’s loupe, or a magnifying glass. The leather is all curled up, but the glass lenses inside are intact and have a beautiful patina on them. As for a date, maybe 1920’s??? What do you guys think? Showing before and after cleaning.
  3. A friend and customer that lives here in central AZ stopped by the other day to pick up some gear and show off what he has found recently with his GPZ 7000. The area he detects is not known for many large nuggets, but it has produced hundreds of little pieces. Many of the gullies are full of black sand and hot rocks, making them very noisy. The 7000 is great for these spots, and he is cleaning up all those bits that were missed. We didn’t weigh it, but his handful looked to have been close to an ounce…A big congratulations to this hard working prospector! I always love looking at gold, so than
  4. Wow, thank you guys for all the great input!!! Dick, I have found a similar looking rock up at Gold Basin, but instead of green it was purple. I once heard flourite as a possibility? Gerard, I really appreciate all the photos. I have not heard of asbesotos in the area, but that doesn't mean its not there. I will do some research on nearby historical claims and see what they list as commodities. Chalcedony appears to be a good possibility. Thank you again!
  5. Hi everyone, I am hoping someone out there might be able to help me identify this rock. It is a beautiful green color, almost like a jade. I have been looking at rocks in the desert for many years, but have never come across this particular mineral before. I don't believe it is related to copper. Any ideas?
  6. Very nice - well done! There's lot of that bird shot out there, but just enough gold mixed in to keep it interesting. Keep it up
  7. A quick note to let you all know that AZO is open, and I was finally able to get back the shop. The snow started falling here in northern Arizona late Saturday night and basically didn’t stop until yesterday afternoon. It was an awesome storm that dumped upwards of 3+ feet in the mountains! The roads in town were an absolute mess, so we waited until the plows had a chance to run. In any case, the AZO office is open and I am working as fast as possible to return all phone calls and emails. I do apologize if I missed you during this closure, I will be making contact today or tomorrow. If a
  8. I had a customer that bought a detector a while back stop by my office this morning. When he came in I noticed he was carrying a large, leather pouch. He also had a big smile, and after he opened the bag I knew why. Inside was one of the prettiest Arizona specimens I have seen in a long time. The entire piece weighed in at over 7-ounces and was covered in gold. We didn’t have time to do an SG test, but I would estimate that there was approx.. 4-ounces of metal in the rock. It was a gorgeous piece, and I want to thank him again for bringing it by and letting me photograph it…Have a great weeken
  9. AZO Closed January 18-22nd, 2021 I wanted to give everyone a heads-up that the Arizona Outback office will be closed next week from January 18th – 22nd. We will resume normal business hours on Monday the 25th. Any orders placed during the previous week will ship first thing that morning. I will also do my best to get all phone calls and emails answered as soon as possible. Thanks - have a great week!
  10. HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!  Wishing all of our forum family here a very happy and prosperous New Year! May all your targets be golden!
  11. I have a very small batch of the new GPZ 12" Coils from Nugget Finder on the way. The new "Z-Search" Coil will be 300-grams (or 10.5 ounces) lighter than the stock coil, it will include a genuine Minelab lower shaft, and best of all, NO modifications or adapters are needed! Several experienced prospectors (including Jen) will be putting the coil through its paces on various goldfields here in AZ, NV and CA. They should have some great feedback which we will share here and our other social media channels. The coils will be incredibly limited at first, but I expect will supply will get bett
  12. I received this photo and testimonial from a customer that recently purchased a Minelab GPX 5000. It appears that he is off to a great start! Thank you once again for the business, and for sharing your new finds with us. “Hi Chris, I'm up over 1/2 ounce in nuggets since I bought the 5000. My last 5 nuggets were found with the little 8x6 Nugget Finder "Sadie". Thanks again!”
  13. Outstanding gold to kick off the new season! Those specimen pieces are sure pretty..Congratulations to you both!
  14. Hey Mike, congratulations on those nuggets! It's always sweet hitting gold the first day out with a new machine. You are going to love the new EVO coil on your 4500. It's an awesome combo for the type of country we detect here in AZ. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with; save me a few down there!
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