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  1. AzOverland ... Sorry they don't work for you ... Everybodies feet are different ... that's why there are so many brands of sneakers, boots and shoes. For example I can't wear Nike sneakers ... the arch is all wrong in the size I wear. I can wear and do wear many different products from New Balance. I posted this sale because I felt those that wanted to could buy at a greatly reduced price. I posted a value only ... what people do with that is up to them ... and in this case what fits their feet.


    Mike F


    For sure, alot of guys love them...go figure

  2. As a father I do find myself often questioning if it is really in my son's best interest to go prospecting in the areas we do. I think about this stuff alot with requards to my son and our outings. I do not let fear govern my decisions but sometimes never the less second quess my reason. My 10 old son and I often go out alone and camp over night in remote areas in the Santa Ritas. He loves prospecting and is the one who really got me into it. He follows along for hours, has the patience of Job and digs holes! I think prospecting is good for him, gets hime away from the TV and video games and gets him outdoors. We are learning together and maybe someday he will learn how to better find gold. But news such as this should make all of us who spend time in the outdoors south of Tucson or the I-8 question what reasonible precautions to take...






    Personal defence, sidearm training and awareness may really help. I think another really good option and an asset is a well trained K9 hunting partner. Dogs in the outdoors really come into their own. A well trained dog can heighten your SA and deter some evil doers including bears, loins, snakes and "coyotes". But I think the best think is numbers. I like putting together a small group of guys to hunt an area.


    Heres some of my side kicks enjoying an outing.




    Another thing I do is leave a gallon of water and a bit of food outside my vehicle when I go hiking. I once came back to my vehicle at Ariavca Lake to find a man waiting for me. I was scared too death and unarmed. He had been left out there and was living on lake water that I think was making him sick. He was very thristy. We gave him a ride to the closest town and alot of water. What if he had been breaking into my vehicle to get some water as I approached, what if I was armed, would I have shot him? What if he had a 10 year old son waiting for his dad somewhere, a wife, a daughter. I don't want to shoot another man because he need water to save his life even if it costs me my Jeep. You can't kill a man because he is a mexican in the US desert illegally. Use caution and reason, when you "go to" your gun you had better be sure about what you are doing.


    There are basically three type of illegals around our southern borders.


    1. Workers - Men and women looking to make a better life for themselves. Most hard working and good people


    2. Mules - guys running drugs. Most of these guys have familes and lives too and just really want to make a buck and drop their load with no problems and are unarmed. You most likely will never see these guys, they are in the business of avoidance.


    3. Bandidos - these guys are often armed and looking for easy targets. They steal from the mules and the workers. They are becoming increasingly aggressive toward Americans. They move in groups, have communications and some have military back ground in the 3rd world.


    You end up shooting an unarmed "mule" or "worker" and your going to have to live with that most likely in a jail cell for a long time. You end up running into a well armed group of "Bandidos" and you're most likely going to be out numbered and out guned. You're not going to "quick draw" your way out of that. Give them what you got and keep your life then go join a border militia or something.

    My hope is in the odds. Odds I got a better chance of finding the next Boot of Cortez then running into a group of bad guys. But I will still have my AR, my 9mm and my dogs close by. When out and about.


    Well cheers guys! Best of luck in finding some great gold and not shooting anyone in the process.

  3. I generally carry a XDM 9 with me. I like the sidearm because it carries 20 rounds. However I am really not sure it's a good idea. If you run into trouble in armed bandits in the desert they will most likely out number and out gun you. A hand gun will do little in the way of defence against a AK-47 or half of the arms we let go during the well thought out Fast and Furious operation. If you are not armed you may be robbed, have your vehicle stolen, and be left in the desert naked but personaly think a guy with headphones on and a sidearm is a sitting duck and would stand little chance in a fire fight. But what do you have to worry about any how. Our borders are secure.....just look what i found last Sunday.....



  4. I started out hunting gold with a old DI Pro 6000 over at Sawtooth, Nevada, and that has been many years ago. I think alot of us that have detected for a great many years would come to the same conclusion that we are drawing to an end.


    So the glory days of detecting for gold in the U.S. are behind us? That it's coming to an end....?? Sad :(

    Are there no new areas to be had?

  5. WTG on a great first nugget, guys! :)


    Lunk - thanks for the posts in your Desert Adventure thread about the settings. That was the base for my settings when we found this guy but with less RX, more on the Stabilizer and Slow swing. I did find that dropping the Volume Limit way down helps smooth the thershold out when running the external speaker.


    Yea that kid of mine is really great, he is the one that started all the gold hunting ideas........oh the faith of a child......


    Thanks guys we really enjoy it.

  6. Wanted to share with AZO forum. My son and I found our first Arizona gold nugget on Saturday. We are thrilled and I'm SO greatful my son was with me. We were ready to leave for the day and heading out but bumped into a buddy from work and his brother in from New Jersy so we stayed out a couple more hours and boy was it worth it. It was only the 2nd target we dug with these guys watching and just off the road in a really worked area. Just goes to show what a Minelab GPX5000 can do and that an area may seem totaly worked out but gold can surprise you. This one sure did us. I have been going out as much as I can but it took less then 2 months to find our first nugget and we had never detected before. I don't think that's too bad. My kid thinks the nugget looks like FDR on a dime, I think he's right.

    I really love this hobby, it brings a level of focus and purity to my mind that I have found in few other places. I love the hunt, the solitude found when solo and the camaraderie found with close friends. When my coil is swinging the pressure of modern life fades away, time moves at a different pace, the lost virtue of patience comes into full effect and the game to outwit Nature is played on a personal level.

    Thanks for looking....



  7. Hey, Please do as you feel. I gave my blood, sweat and tears from '73-'76 to make sure you can. I'm sure there are other people more worried about the "poor helpless pets" in Japan, than the hungry kids in their own town. Whatever works for you is way cool with me! - Terry


    Well Terry I think your a stand up guy, that's for sure. Thanks for your service and your addition to the Arizona gold hunting forums.

  8. I have and will pray for them OT, but my money stays right here for hungry Americans. With all due respect - Terry


    In most cases I would agree with you TS but I say a tragedy of the magnitude transcends nationality and I am with OT, I will give to relief efforts. Americans weather it be foreign or domestic are the most generous people on the planet and we should all take pride in that.

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