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  1. 17 points
    If Frank can post a can, I can throw this out there (maybe?). Trying to sell home and need to get septic pumped for inspection. Honeydipping buddy of mine is pretty busy so trying to help. I've dug it up 3 times in past 20 years but before had a tractor to help. Today, by hand and with pick dug about 6" farther from tank than ever before. This plopped out. Have dug up and actually found most arrowheads on the surface after a rain in my driveway. Found a 3" black obsidian blade over by my pump house a couple of years ago. No gold tho-
  2. 16 points
    The last nugget I found was west of Jungo, NV. It was on BLM land blanket claimed by Hycroft/Allied. I don't know the current situation but when I found this nugget Hycroft/Allied had no problem with people metal detecting on their claims as long as they were not being actively worked. There were quite a few old dig holes in the area where I found this beauty but fortunately for me the previous beepers missed this one. It was just under 1/2 oz and it looked way better than these photos indicate. Good luck out there!
  3. 11 points
    Hey everyone, Me and Chris got out last weekend to do some prospecting on the outskirts of Goldfield, Nevada. We have been doing pretty well in this area, but there is also a lot of trash. We had to stick mostly to the sidebanks of the washes to get away from the trash. After digging a few huge holes for square nails, we got pretty tired fast...🥵 but pulled some nice gold out of the ground. Well until the next time, Dave
  4. 10 points
  5. 10 points
    Finally got a decent size Nugget out here in Arizona! Couldn't of done it without Lowpoint, thanks Gary....for everything! 3.54 Grams
  6. 8 points
    I decided to build a new critter with some materials I gathered last fall. A highly poisonous spider. His abdomen is a datura ferox pod. His body a datura inoxia pod. His head is two mescal beans. His legs are eight devil claws. His fangs are barrel cactus thorns. His eyes are clusters of goatheads. The mescal beans (New Mexico Mountain Laurel) contain cystine, a lethal alkaloid similar to nicotine. The datura ferox (Armored Datura) is loaded with scopolamine and the datura inoxia (Jimson Weed) has atropine. Just a little of any of these alkaloids will give a guy a dirt nap. So this rascal is truly venomous. There is only one of these spiders in existence. But there are spider eggs all over the work bench and I think a new swarm is going to hatch.
  7. 8 points
  8. 8 points
    His ip address is showing he's posted this ad from Dallas Texas. I also did a search and saw this exact same ad was posted in 2017 on Steve's forum...detectorprospector and was promptly deleted, I also saw all the ads that Slim mentioned. I guess I get to ban another Spammer with my Spam Bat!!
  9. 8 points
    This old log cabin with the log out house sits just a few 100 feet below the mines at Lolo Pass on the Idaho / Montana state line on the Lewis and Clark trail. Lewis and Clark camped at the nearby spring on their journey. The mines came in he 1800's. There are numerous dumps around . Smokey Quartz Crystals and other pegmatite minerals plus petrified wood can be found. The area has been devastated by beetles and forest fires in recent years and the cabin is probably gone. I made a hobby for a couple of years finding Lewis and Clark camp sites, A lot of them are stiil in the wild and acessable.
  10. 7 points
    Do not get lured into the idea you have to go and spend 800.00 on new coils to find gold. Your 11" & 14" mono will find gold if you get over the gold. You have to be over gold before you have any chance at finding it. As for your vlf`s .... The Fisher Gold Bug II and the Minelab Gold Monster 1000 are likely going to be your top choices for specimen gold ( i have not used the Whites 24K so I do not have an opinion on it, regarding specimens) The edge on specimen gold will go to the Fisher gold bug II .
  11. 7 points
    I purchased a new phone and took photos of the same specimen again. Big difference and it was done without the use of another app like Adobe Lightroom. Specimen is no longer for sale. Just wanted to show the difference in the photos.
  12. 7 points
    Wait......Steve he told you 3400?? I just got it for 2400. Man he was going to rip you off dude!! I sent him my "Good faith" deposit of 2000 bucks and he said i could pay him the 400 after i received the detector. I did give him my bank account number and social security number just in case i couldn't pay the 400 bucks. Wow, what a great guy!! Cant wait to get it.
  13. 7 points
  14. 7 points
    From my perspective, and the way I was taught in two different police academies and years of police work (under California law), A police officer (or a citizen) may not use deadly force solely in defense of property. Burglary, auto theft, etc. No shooting at moving vehicles, even if it's coming at you. (Unless you can't get out of the way and it's life threatening) No deadly force against rioters or looters unless in self defense or when defending the life of another, unless: the crime committed is so great that it would be justified to use deadly force to prevent a suspect's escape or to prevent the crime. And the threat must be actual, not just perceived, coupled with a present ability to cause death or GBI (Great bodily injury) Murder, attempted murder, assault with a deadly weapon etc. Arson is one of those iffy, borderline areas because fire behavior is often deadly unpredictable. No furtive movement excuses "I thought he reached for a gun" No sorry, that won't fly. You better see the darn gun and not a "drop gun" either. And: No shooting of fleeing felons, unless to prevent the escape of a violent felony suspect: Rape, armed robbery, kidnapping and the other violent felonies mentioned above. AND ABOVE ALL: No unnecessary "probable cause" shootings. Don't shoot somebody just because they are "bought and paid for" Just because there is legal justification to do so. We were taught to disarm suspects not shoot them. I was also taught, If you have to use force when making an arrest, make darn sure it's justified and according to the law: "Only that force which is necessary to effect the arrest" Police officers are expected to take risks and taking those risks get officers killed. So eventually, officers may start to burn out due to constant stress, disillusionment, and apathy. They "burn out" and become jaded and short fused. They live with a "revolving door" criminal justice system and "cafeteria style justice" that lets repeat offenders off with little or no punishment and deterrent effect. They see the same criminals committing the same crimes, day after day and getting arrested by the same officer, who is taunted and mocked for being an Opie Pecker-head, Howdy Doody looking Mother F'er, and the usual variety of familiar colorful adjectives. Cops are human and they get tired of the abuse and mistreatment too. They are commonly subjected to phony citizen complaints, (Mamma, he called me the N word!), and if you work in an inner city community, you will probably hear "300 years of slavery" every time you make an arrest. After years of a failed, liberal justice system, so many officers react by resorting to "street justice" - "You might beat the time, but you won't beat the ride" they develop an Us vs Them mentality, and they withdraw, feeling isolated and alone, backed into a corner. Then the burn out starts. When cops burn out they sometimes enter a spiral of excessive force, a little here, a little there, until it becomes a routine. The adrenaline is always amped up, shootings and questionable arrests happen, planted evidence issues, citizen complaints increase, prosecutions are thrown out and on and on. By that time a cop may be drinking too much to relieve stress until that becomes the norm. Then, domestic issues, divorce and further isolation. He usually only has other cops for friends. He is stereotyped, disliked and distrusted by the community. He will be told: "If you wanted to be loved, you should have joined the fire department" Cops over react and act too soon sometimes because they are in a state of constant stress and a "Pavlov response" can turn out deadly in a confrontation between a citizen and police. Such as the previous case in Minnesota where the officer shot and killed an apparent legally armed black man on a traffic stop (in front of his wife) The victim supposedly made an inadvertent move, not with aggressive intent, and the officer reacted. This kind of stuff is going to happen but it shouldn't. I don't know for sure; I don't think that officer was a "bad cop" but he probably wasn't suited for the job. There are a lot of cops out there that are not suited for the job anymore, IMO (if they ever were) Not necessarily because they are evil racists, but because of a variety of other things such as inability to over come fear and the stress of the job. I didn't respond to this post expecting that anyone would start being empathetic toward police, it's probably too soon for that, but most citizens aren't aware of, and don't take into consideration the specific cause and effects, human costs, and occupational demands of being a police officer. In the 60's and 70's minority officers in all of the under served communities was one of our important goals and we got there to an appreciable degree. It was a start. I believe when changes and reforms come about, it will not be just because of the societal pressures against the justice system from without that we are now seeing, it will also be because young idealistic world changers, some of whom are now considered radicals, will finally figure out that change has to come from within. Just as we did, back in the 60's and 70's. And I don't mean political or revolutionary change as much as I mean evolutionary change, although politics may play an adversarial role. But don't be fooled, the power structure understands force most of all. If you beat your head against a brick wall you accomplish nothing. You have the key and the path to effect positive change, IMO. It's through the front door. '
  15. 6 points
  16. 6 points
    This is a custom .54 caliber built by forum member wet/dry washer. It was gifted to me a few months ago when he left for socal. He said he built it for cross stick shooting...and it is hefty with a capital H. He told me that it shot extremely well with just a patched .53 ball. I have not shot it and probably won't till the weather cools. ol' bob was an excellent machinist and made the majority of it himself, including the barrel. The silver needs a good polish...but this boomstick is a work of art.
  17. 6 points
    My wife is a drone pilot. Yes these things have come along way and are pretty cool to see in action. My wife works for NDOM which is Nevada Division of Minerals, and they mostly use drones to locate hazards. Each season the dept. takes interns from the college out to address open holes that pose a danger to animals and people and they put a fence around them. It can be a lot of work locating every dangerous opening so the use of drones to fly over an area and map existing hazards has been amazing. They can land on their own, but they do not recharge themselves i can attest to this because we had just recharged the batteries in the photos from lovelock area when we realized by charging drone batteries we ran the car battery dead and we were good and stuck. No phone service of course and closest pavement was 20 miles away, and even then still far from any help. Thankfully we got a phone signal from the top of the mountain you see in the pictures and my buddy made it out to us, but after he got within a few miles of us he started going down the wrong road away from us. That's when the wife jumped into action and got the drone in the air, and was able to get my friends attention before we were left alone. Drones are cool this is how i felt when i saw my friends truck turn around. You know on a side note, i believe just over the last 3 years now they have been having drones races at the Reno Air Show, with some big money prizes .
  18. 6 points
    That is a biface. It is the precursor to a tool. All percussion and just a roughed out shape. When a native quarried rock they would work the favorable pieces of stone into a biface at the quarry. Then they took the bifaces with them to work further. This allowed them to leave unusable pieces behind and only keep the shaped rock that was suitable for working. It is a "blank" that would be fashioned into a knife or an atlatl point. It looks like dacite. You can tell a finished tool from the pressure flaked edges. This piece is all percussion and too thick for a knife or atlatl point. They would have taken that piece and thinned it with percussion and then finished it with pressure flaking. You can see from the irregular percussion shaping that they just roughed it out and were going to build regular platforms to thin it. Most of what we call "scrapers" are actually bifaces. Not really a finished tool but the "blank" they made a finished tool from. They might have tossed it. That step fracture at the basal end would have made working the piece difficult. You see many bifaces that have been left unworked because of a chaotic fracture like that.
  19. 6 points
    Wow... This is pretty wild! ...Cheers, Unc
  20. 6 points
    Are we really doing this AGAIN? I usually never say much but come on guys! We all know how some of you feel about the current Administration and to be honest with you, most of us dont really care. Im sorry to come off like an A h.le but for crying out loud. I visit this great forum for the gold, coins, relics and great people. Not for the crap i can go watch on the news. Why some folks even post things that they know will cause an outright argument is beyond me. This forum has no room for political views and we have all proven that time and time again. Maybe some time we can all post stuff that we ALL enjoy to read and comment on.
  21. 6 points
    I like to take pictures when I'm out metal detecting or scouting farm fields and new permissions. Here are some bird shots from my back yard to local woods and beaches here in lower New York.
  22. 6 points
    I was toying with him earlier today. He was asking $3400.00 and free shipping. He wanted me to send him a good faith deposit to hold it.
  23. 5 points
    After watching Bill with the Vanquish, I decided to get the 540. I went to an area that I have hit many times trying to find and pinpoint a homestead built in the early 1700's near Sleepy Hollow, NY. Yes, "that" Sleepy Hollow. I LOVE this machine! it compacts enough to backpack it, and telescopes out far enough for a man or woman 6'2" tall. Five tone breaks, Readout -9 to 40, Four modes - coin, jewelry, relic, custom. Auto noise cancel and ground balancing, waterproof 12" DD coil and included rain/salt-spray cover. The pole locks are fantastic, and adjusting the length of the upper arm and lower rod is a breeze. Controls are intuitive and easy to access in gloves. Very light, 2.8-lbs. So I'm swinging along in an area that I have taken other artifacts out of and I got a faint , soft, warble in my Bluetooth earplugs, with a 28-32, showing deeper than 10-inches on the meter. Got busy with my Grave Digger shovel, and found this piece of bronze cooking pot (3" x 1"), in the hole at 15"+ with my pinpointer! Man am I excited! I know I'm getting close!
  24. 5 points
    It does...but so does good. I think these warfare tactics have been used for thousands of years, by everybody. Heck, the Romans hated the Carthaginians so badly...they even salted the ground to keep them from ever growing crops again. After leveling Carthage and enslaving their women of course.
  25. 5 points
    Hasn't been much to update unfortunately. The Baja Bug project has taken over in the short term. Once it's up and driving I should be able to divert funds towards the airplane. I did make some improvements to the engine stand, to better handle the forces when the engine is full throttle. This engine makes a healthy amount of thrust and quite frankly...it's a bit spooky standing behind it. I'm holding off on running the engine again until after the Bug is painted, as it's parked right next to it and I don't want it blowing all my masking off the car.
  26. 5 points
    Tom H. I am afraid that my Baja and other digging days are over unless I could figure out how to get one one of those 4X4 wheel chairs at about 15 grand, Grubstake and I where talking about a drone and a "Alexa" vacuum cleaner ., but a drone that will lift 100 LBS is about 15 grand ! I was actually on a MD club outing down south of Arivaca ,AZ when one of the members had a drone with a camera and flew it straight down an old vertical mine shaft that had been rumored to have bodies at the bottom of it , this was right on the border with Mexico. He had no problem flying it down and we had a clear view on his laptop , nothing on the bottom but a broken shovel. But his drone could only lift 1 LB. I did not have a drone but my claim had a horizontal tunnel on it so I talked Stan into going into it and checking it out, it was supposed to have the gold vein exposed on the back wall , I was recovering from a hip replacement and was still on crutches. Well he took a good flash light and headed in , it had flowing water so he was taking his time. A few minutes later he came back out some what faster than when he went in. Well I asked what did you find ? A Mama Javalina with 4 babies he said, she can have any gold back in there!
  27. 5 points
    My son's mother is from San Salvador, El Salvador. My son is a Sheriff's Deputy in Kentucky. He took a brick to the helmet two nights ago, seven-stiches, bad concussion. He was trying to help a 71-year-old woman get safely away from "protesters." We need better police officers. Better psych tests and evaluations, better training. We have Thousands of bad, seriously troubled men and women with badges in this Country. People that riot and loot, burn and beat, should be shot on sight. period.
  28. 4 points
    News Flash! You are not allowed to say Black Powder anymore
  29. 4 points
    Scorpion hunting with my toddler... He caught a fly and was going for another. Video.mov
  30. 4 points
    Parabolic Lunar Collector One of the greatest kept secrets from modern society, which has been known for centuries, is that the light shining down from the Moon is actually cold. That is why on cold winter nights it is colder when the Moon is shining on the snow than when it is cloudy or when the Moon is not shining. The Moon’s higher path in the sky is one of several reasons as to why the polar regions are colder than the tropics. The advantage of cold Moonlight is that it is a tremendous source of useful cold energy. I have actually figured out a way to practically use this cold moonlight to air condition my home. The Parabolic Lunar Collectors that I constructed and carefully configured to always be shining on my home when the Moon is above the horizon have tremendously cooled my living space and greatly reduced my electric bills. I discovered that you can use the Parabolic Lunar Collector to directly counter the heat coming from when the Sun is shining. I started by purchasing sets of six parabolic mirror panels from a reputable dealer for each lunar collector. I repurposed two computer guided telescope stands to hold the mirrors. Then I carefully placed the mirror panels in a lunar flower blossom arrangement on the stands. I used a set of six parabolic triangular shaped mirrors in a flower petal array. Each mirror is 30 inches on a side and light weight. The entire Parabolic Lunar mirror assembly is seven and a half feet across. Using a light source I was able to precisely focus each of the mirrors working together onto a wall target for calibration. I use a store bought computerized tracking program that guides the motor on the Parabolic Lunar Collector main drive to follows the Moon through the sky and shine it directly into my home. The Moon is actually above the horizon as much in the daytime as it is at night. It took a lot of practice to figure out how to best shine the cold Moonlight onto my home in such a way that it provided the optimal chilling effect into my living quarters. The benefits have been immediate and significant. The inside of my home is actually chilling. The cold lasts for hours before it dissipates, even after the Moon has set. Parabolic Lunar Collector Parabolic Lunar Collector cooling the front of the house It took a bit of tweaking to determine the best placement of the Lunar light. I have found shining directly into the bay windows had by far the greatest air conditioning effect. I have since build several more and set them up to strike both floors and different portions of the house. Parabolic Lunar Collector 2 Parabolic Lunar Collector cooling the back of the house I live in Gilbert, Arizona a suburb of Phoenix where the temperature is above 100 degrees on average over 130 days a year. This April we had 15 days above 100 degrees and in May we had 21 days above 100 with several days reaching 110 to 112 degrees. Now the endless 110 degree days are here, yet my electric bills in my two story 3,500 square foot home are practically nothing. I have actually met the meter man on two occasions. He told me that of all the occupied homes in Gilbert mine is by far the lowest in a town of 300,000 residents. As proof I have included my real last two bills to show you that these are really my average bills and are not a fluke. My neighbor who has the precise floor plan and square footage of my home had a bill of over $900 last July. Admittedly he has 12 kids, but my family’s bill last July was only $107. $52.58 April electric bill and $58.14 May electric bill What I really love about the Parabolic Lunar Collector is that it is totally non polluting green energy and practically free to produce. I'm thinking about installing an ice skating rink for the back yard next. Cheers! billpeters
  31. 4 points
    Sorry for the picture quality If I could do it over again I certainly would be this was about 1983 0r 4 and I didn't have a digital camera for sure. This picture is the results of a 1 month clean up of a trammel operation working on my friends ranch in El Alamo in Baja. It was working ground in a river area that the owners at the time 1872 or so did not let anyone even the Chinese work. It was forgotten over the years and much hard rock mining went on with tailing piles covering a lot of it. I was not part of this operation so was asked by both party's to be a whatever you call it , referee was the term used at the time The picture was taken on the land owner's kitchen table where they were graded by size. The owner's wife wanted the nuggets but had to grant the other s a premium for taking them. I got nothing and wanted nothing for any help I might have been to either of them. As a matter of interest the wife was a well educated business owner as well as a large ranch owner. They had let my wife and I camp , dredge, metal detect, dig quartz crystals on their lands which consisted of 1000,s of acres. The husband was a wild riding cowboy who loved the brush busting ranch life while his wife managed their hotel and other stuff in Ensenada. To follow upon this gold the wife went to a christmas party in Ensenada , she had the gold in her purse and put it in a bedroom at the party ! Sure ,it disappeared ! They later divorced and I lost track of them.I moved my rig to the west coast to run a pay to dig operation which is a story in itself and was there was GOLD. Pictures are the tromel operation and the gold.
  32. 4 points
    Hello, I’m new to the forum. Just wanted to say thanks to everyone that contributes to the discussion here. I can already tell that the resources and information on here will prove priceless as I prepare to journey into the gold districts of Arizona. Best of luck to us all!
  33. 4 points
    I always thought the moon was made of lunar meteorites in cheese sauce or is that just on the dark side?
  34. 4 points
    Dan, Bob, Tom, Luke, Steve, Dave and Max, thanks for the birthday wishes, I did have to work today but that went smoothly and it's a good day!
  35. 4 points
    I've been working my pocket for a few years now and have had 5000's scan my gold in quartz with less than spectacular results. GB2 sniffs out the smallest of specs and gives off slight tones where the gold is like a thin layer of spray paint on the quartz.
  36. 4 points
    You are 100% right and when I think about some of the things I have done around mines and mining , especially in Mexico I still get a cold shiver , there is no rescue service down there ! One time I had heard a story about an old town site and mining area on a very remote ranch in Baja. I got access through a Mexican friend. This ranch was one of those places that they only come to town twice a year and was in the Indian part where no one goes without permission , the government even has signs just off the highways warning travelers and the soldiers do not go there either. I had my Samurai loaded with the proper gifts and took off following a hand drawn map.It was 2 track for about 20 miles and fairly open but I could see the MTs . I found the river crossing and that was the end of anything other than cattle trails to the foothills , eventually after back tracking a couple of times and another 20 miles I came to the ranch and it was still in the 1800,s ! I had introductions from the Bramadero (Sub governor) and the Delgado (The local boss or ruler of the whole area) my intro's were written in Spanish and it took awhile and much rapid Spanish between them to invite me to get out and stay a while. They were more INDIO than Mexican but very nice once we got the paperwork and "gifts" distributed . I was fed in the main house and bunked in the halve open shed that the few cowboys stayed in . They didn't know what was really going on but made me welcome and gave me a guy who looked about 14 for a guide to the Mine the next day. He would not ride with me but took his horse, I have very little Mexican and he had no English but understood enough to go up to the mine. We went up a wash to its head and then over a pass , there on the Mt side sat a well timbered adit, some old falling down stone buildings ,junk everywhere and nearby an old tear drop metal trailer set upon a stone foundation . Near it was a stone wall covering a dug out buried in the ground, both of them were locked with huge old padlocks. Being double curious and the trailer had a window in the back , it was covered with a metal cover like modern trailers have. I just had to see what was locked up in it! Stacking a pile of rocks up against the back too where I could pry it open and look in the window so I got it pried open and the glass was intact but very dirty so I got a rag and rubbed it hard and standing tiptoed on a pile of loose rocks I peered in of course it was dark since all the other opening was covered. As my eyes adjusted I realized I was looking at several cases of dynamite with the nitro running down the sides! And on a shelf above that was a pile of little cardboard boxes with caps . Trying to get down without shaking the trailer and get to my Sammy which was parked close by l looked over and saw my escort with an old piece of iron trying to get it in the hasp of the lock and pry it off ! Getting him to understand with sign of "BOOM" We headed back to the ranch. When I tried to get them to understand they just gave me me the mexican "schurg" of the shoulders "NADA". When I got back I contacted the Bramadero and told him what I had found. He said he would take care of it. WOW everything there was pristine and untouched by collectors but I had seen enough. No one knew how they had got that trailer up there but it looked like the 1930'S . That was my closest call. In my younger years I had got a job on a seismograph crew and was told that I would start as the "Shooters " helper, had to go to classes and get a license and every thing, well we used 60% dynamite , not the old sticks but sticks about 4" X 12 " long and 5 Lbs each , they had a cover that was threaded and you un-threaded the cover half way and screwed them together to get the charge you wanted and had special poles to put them down a drilled hole screwing on sections until you reached the weight called for that shot. Normally 175 Lbs , or 3 1/2 cases.We used electric caps with 250 or 500 feet of wire on a spool with the cap stored in the center of the spool and that was the last thing to be put it , the dynamite is self was safe to handle until you capped it. We even used it to heat a pot of coffee in the field. Once it was capped there was no screwing around especially when you where shoving 175 lbs down a hole full of water with wood poles . The wires are kept grounded as they are fed out and only after the charge was covered with enough mud it would not float then you unscrewed the poles from the charge by turning them counter-clockwise and the poles are disconnected as they rise , they have a half open hook in one end and a closed ring in the other and when brought to a 90* angle will unhook. When the charge was fired every had had to be under a steel panel that folded off the shooting truck and they all had a "Jones" safety plug that was plugged into the shooters control board , the plug was attached to your clothes,no plug no go off! . The dangers of this was some time the charge would be would get loose and float to the top of the hole , if you did not add enough cap wire to get the truck far enough from the hole you could have big problems from all the debris and the blast if you was to close. The company I worked for had lost an entire crew of 5 men when they shot too close. Fresh dynamite is relatively safe by itself, you can drop it , cut it burn it, run over it with a car, and it won't go off, get a cap around it and its dangerous, old stuff will go off at any time for any reason. so will caps, it don't make any difference if they are electric or fuse type, ANY cap that you find metal detecting should be considered live and dangerous Any dynamite that you find any where should be left alone and considered ready to explode. If it looks wet bend over and ------------.
  37. 4 points
    I have been getting interested in drones and lately asked one of the new members of this forum about the possibility of using one to investigate horizontal mine tunnels. It turns out that I am far behind on this technology. The Nevada Mining Association not only uses drones but is working on the use of them in mine rescues. Flight in tunnels is one off the problems they are working to solve. There are autonomous drones in use right now that can perform just about any survey and surveillance task you can think off and once it is programed it evens comes back to its launch pad which is a box and automatically changes batteries and takes off to continue its tasks. It can tell you how much dirt in being removed from an excavation , monitor the stage of construction of a building or any thing else except fly where it can't get a GPS signal. I can't help but think of the possibilities with a metal detector hung on the bottom of it. There are several companies building them and have YOUTUBE videos of there operation (Costs are not mentioned) . Being an 18 year old today is as different for one my age living in the age of the Pyramids! I was 17 before we had a telephone in the house and now toddlers have cell phones.
  38. 4 points
    Yeah Terry, good to hear you got the Vanquish 540. Nice find sounds like you are in a good zone. I love my 540 with the V-8 coil, just pulled a beat up 1930 wheat penny from my neighbors front yard, and she bagged me a 1911 barber dime from my front yard. She handles EMI well and is very using friendly basically just turn her on and swing! happy hunting Terry. ht
  39. 4 points
    This old log cabin is in the mining area of South Pass Wyoming. Several years ago I was kind off pushing the season heading north so stopped at South Pass City to wait for the weather to warm up. There where some club claims in the area and a good free camp ground although there was a lot of snow still in places but it was thawing. While checking claims I came by this old cabin , it was on private property but just off a FS road, looks like someone was trying to save it there was others back in the trees. The creek I was wanting to to dredge with my little 3" had a slope side ways that disappeared under a bluff of rock for about 50' into a crack before it closed back into solid rock. It was to deep and too cold to Armstrong it in a very thin wet suit and no air , someday I promised myself !
  40. 4 points
    https://www.bellevuerarecoins.com/couple-finds-10-million-worth-gold-coins/ Its old but there are new people on the forums who has not seen it. Max
  41. 4 points
    I actually met Forest Fenn when I lived in Glorieta. There is a fellow there who is a collector of military weapons. He has a VERY extensive collection of guns. It is a private "museum" that is open by invitation only. I lived just up the road in a guest house. The owner knew the collector in a very personal way. We often "talked guns" as well as meteorites, gold and artifacts. He often said that he needed to introduce me to the "fellow down the road". Long story short we were both invited to an afternoon soiree at the gun museum. The collector was having an afternoon get together under the pines with wine and song. We arrived to find about a dozen well heeled collectors of neat stuff. One of them was Forest Fenn. I had never heard of him nor any of the others there. But they all were shrewd rascals that had a lot of interesting stories. I was the only native son in the bunch and I had a pocket full of Glorieta meteorites. So mixing was easy. None of them had much knowledge about the meteorites and they all had heard about them. Ruben Garcia et al had been shooting television shows and YouTube videos. So I had an opportunity to show off my rare stuff to them. The host was especially intrigued because he lived in the middle of the strewn field. After a few drinks and a tour of the incredible armory many of them reciprocated with stories of their own. These guys were big time hunters and collectors. Money. Travel. Private planes. International adventure. These were not Boy Scouts. It was a memorable evening. And I sold my very first meteorite there. When they started busting everyone in Santa Fe I recognized Forest Fenn's name from the party. I asked my former landlord about it and he confirmed that a couple of the guys at that gathering were under investigation. He told me that it was about eagle feathers and human bones they had supposedly purchased. He also said that all of this started after a high ranking BLM guy died. This fellow had been a collector extraordinaire and had an illegal collection worth millions. The BLM knew he was doing it but he had been there so long he was bullet proof. So they waited years until he died to expose his collection. This opened up a Pandora's box of deep connections in the artifact world. Which led to the investigation of Fenn et al. So that is the story from the other side of the tracks. I don't have any idea how accurate it is but I believe the elements of the tale run pretty close to the facts. There is a whole lot more to the story no doubt. As far as the treasure goes the story is the same. You can imagine whatever you want. If you like conspiracy it is there. If you like police drama you got it. If you focus on adventure you have hit the jackpot. That's what makes the Thrill of the Chase so great. It is all in there. Thousands of people have connected on many levels. It was a stunt as cool as Banksy could have pulled off. So bless Forest Finn the rich old pot hunting fossicker. I think he created a new type of art form. If I had his money I would bury a box of it just to drive people nuts.
  42. 4 points
    So.... The other night when I was shooting the rifle it discharged as I closed the action. When I tried to cock it again the trigger connector would not engage the piston. The rifle is inoperable after about 3000 rounds. I called Air Venturi, the importer and distributor of Diana rifles. They said they will honor a lifetime warranty and sent me a shipping label. I packed up the rifle and sent it back for repair or replacement. The rep for Air Venturi told me they have more business than they can handle. Orders for Air rifles are twelve times higher than at any point in their history. They have hired 50 new people at three distribution centers and contracted a firm to handle their IT department. They have grown more in the last month than in the past 50 years. They said it would take 3-4 weeks to get the rifle back to me. They would expedite the repair as much as possible but things are crazy busy.
  43. 4 points
    I have owned a few claims. Made a little money off of some of them but my best paying claim was not for gold but Amethyst Quartz Crystals. I discovered the location by accident. I was leading a weekend rock hound group to search an area for stalactites , it was in karst area and they were found in the soil from eroded caves and crevices along a canyon wall. Most of them have filled in solid with different colors ans when sliced made nice little cabochons. The area had recently clear cut and replanted by ripping with a bulldozer and then hand planting replacement seedlings , one of the planters had tipped me off to the find. The cleared area was several 100 acres and everyone was finding lots of material. I started back to the road where we were parked with one of the people who was exhausted and needed to rest, now the road had between the site and and area declared as Endangered area so we had to cross above or below it. I knew some clear quartz crystals had been found in the general area but most of it was heavy brush and some was private property. We where following the dozer path back to the road it was loaded from and while crossing a deep gulch the person had to rest and sat down on a large stump to rest. I saw a crystal sticking up from a clump of grass in the dozer trail . I raked it out and it was a hand sized chunk with deep amethyest color! digging around some more exposed a large vein. By the time it got dark the group had way more than they needed and we had nearly 75 miles of mountain roads with a lot of it gravel. The next day about 20 people showed up and started digging, many of them didn't pay any attention to the Critical endangered area and drove across it. Most of them I did not know and I heard one group tell one of them to go to town and call a brother in Texas to come and get in on the find. I left because I knew the FS rangers would be writing some hefty tickets. This was on a Sunday and local ranchers lived near by and it was less than a mile to the state line and all of them had mutual aid law enforcement. Well I didn't get off the gravel before seeing the rangers and sheriffs officers heading up. They seized about 600 Lbs of crystals and gave tickets to those they caught driving in the critical area. Later after all was settled down and all the diggers moved on I filed on it, had to put up a bond on the critical area and went to digging. I was supplying every rock shop I could between Silver City , NM and Springerville , AZ . Got tired of it and sold it to H Glen Carlson of Deming ,NM the book publisher be cause his wife had a doll company that made Birthstone dolls and needed a good source. More on this to follow about this and a later claim. There have been many claims filed in this area since including some club claims .
  44. 4 points
    These coins all came from a very small site in the bend of a river with high rocky banks on one side and flat ground on the other with large cottonwood trees along the bank. Many US and Mexican coins found mostly dated in the 1880's. I would sure like to date these , the flying eagle 3 cent is unreadable , the others who knows ?
  45. 4 points
    Wow.........for some reason i was thinking this was a gold forum!! Jeez.
  46. 3 points
    You're very welcome Ron. I remember that day and if memory serves me still, it was a black Pathfinder. That day was a long and hard working day and I had a lot of work to get done out there so timing wasn't best but when someone's broken down it's like a dead ship out at sea, you have to help. We all can relate over the years and I've helped many since, as well as had someone help me once too. Sorry to hear about the heart attack, as I wasn't aware at the time since you didn't know you were having one, but sure glad I was there to help so it didn't take you away from us and also glad to see you've survived it well. May your pan always flow with GOLD Ron! Harold
  47. 3 points
    Great minds think alike. A lot of that dacite came from Oak Creek AZ. They carried those bifaces hundreds of miles in every direction. Sometimes thousands. Alibates flint from Texas and obsidian from Los Alamos New Mexico is found all over the West. Dacite from Oak Creek as well. That looks like Oak Creek dacite.
  48. 3 points
  49. 3 points
    I happened to run across a news article from the '50s that mentioned a remote picnic site that was popular for weekend and holiday gatherings. A faded black and white photograph showed several concrete tables, benches, and stone bar-b-que pits on a secluded hilltop outside of town. I couldn't find anything else to go on and everyone I talked to had never heard of it, so I explored the back-roads until I located it by a process of elimination. There was nothing left of the concrete and stone that was functionally intact, and the (4x4 only), inaccessibility of the rocky washed out road made the location an ideal lover's lane, beer drinking - high school hideaway. After several trips to the site and a modest clean-up effort, I managed to unearth a few nice surprises: Wheaties, rosies, jeffersons, one buffalo/Indian head, a girls10k gold ring with a tiny "diamond" setting, and a singed 1961 Ben Franklin half dollar. The biggest surprise though, was the improvised "black-jack" made from a gym sock filled with (217) clad pennies, hidden under a pile of rocks. That's what makes detecting so head shaking interesting. You just never know what you might find next!
  50. 3 points
    Since I barred anyone else from getting the one from Algeria, this one is all your's!!
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