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Gerry in Idaho

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  1. I have a 3 Day Field Training Class coming up in a couple weeks and have already had 2 people cancel because of fuel prices. When you had summer planned, the kids graduation, a family member wedding, Memorial Weekend and Gerry's Detectors Training...those miles add up and with the extra cost of fuel/food then the trips need to be most justified and there is sacrifices. Diesel here in Boise is $5.60 a gallon. What pisses me off most is the stations have an auto shut off (some set at $100, a couple at $150) and my truck can't get a full tank on 1 transaction. Try to think ahead and put a good spin on it. After this Memorial Weekend, many of the folks will be hanging out at the local swimming areas and the local parks for their holiday entertainment. Those grassy areas/swimming holes will need to be detected.
  2. Some of us military background older VETERAN dealers have been asking for awhile now and it seems our wishes have come true. Garrett Electronics with the help of their dealers are allowing up to a 15% military discount on certain detectors. As a VET myself, Gerry's Detectors will offer the full 15% for those who have earned it. I realize Garrett is not known for their Gold Detectors, but assure you the 24K is a very capable detector. Plus the ATX has some great features but it needs some serious redesign and who knows, it eventually could happen. Thanks Garrett Electronics (American Made) for helping support those who allow us the freedom to enjoy this prospecting, gold hunting, metal detecting hobby.Military Program Dealer.pdf Military Program Dealer.pdf
  3. Right now I prefer the Equinox 800 as it has one of the best identification systems out there and can run in Auto GB or you can Manually GB the unit. Now that the new Deus II is out, my Field Staff and I will be comparing it (will take time at different sites/kinds of gold/soils) to see what the results are. Another VLF detector that has great features is the Garrett 24K. Fisher needs to get something going soon or get off the pot. They been pumping us a bunch of gas the last 10+ yrs. When purchasing an EQ-800 from me, you get loads of knowledge/settings & I match the internet price. As always the US Military past/present get an additional 15% off. Out of state residents don't pay tax either.
  4. Largo is still around with us but can't get around much. I spoke with him a couple weeks ago. He's had some health issues and things not going well, but I guess it's part of life. PM me and I'll get you contact info. He's one of the nicest guys you'll run across in the find. Showed me around Rye Patch, NV back in the mid 90's. Top notch guy.
  5. You guys sure are finding some amazing gold right now but at the same time, I know how hard you are working to get it. Keep it up as it usually doesn't provide quite so well like recent. Mums the word to the locals until all is gridded both ways and then some. Well earned.
  6. Gold in Idaho? No we don't have any. Why do you think I do all the 3 day Field Training class in NV? No gold in Idaho. Actually quite a very interesting article. I'm not a geologist so I have no clue why gold is in Idaho, but I do enjoy finding those smooth Idaho Golden Potatoes.
  7. I took in trade a lightly used stock 14" coil for the GPZ-7000. A new one is $1000 and I'll let this one go for $600 plus shipping. Coil has been tested and runs 100% like new. Happy satisfied customer is a must. Contact Gerry's Detectors.
  8. Andew, Sorry I couldn't get over the hill to meet up with you and the Steve twins but as you know I was trying to keep my customers focused on learning their detectors. Great write up/read and video on the trip for you all. It just amazes me that for all these years of your detecting, you found more gold nuggets on 1 trip than ever before. I can only think the capabilities of the GPX-6000 is most of it as well as your good coil control. Now location is the other key and being able to Swing with (not just 1, but both) Steve and the ground they hunt is a huge bonus. I'll have a GPX-6000 in your hands before you know it now that you have the fever. Be talking with you soon and thanks sharing the event.
  9. Very informative info and results with that small coil on the GPZ. Yes it does look like a french fry and the last pic of trash is the leftovers casserole. Well done again Simon.
  10. So glad to see you out there with the new GPX-6000 and making EPIC GOLD FINDS Reg. Yes this detector is truly everything they said it would be. Each week there are more and more people starting to realize it's potentials. Tha's a bad ass find my friend and most certainly well deserved. You know what I like so much about the find and pics? Your smiling like a young lad and I'm sure you had a little extra hop and skip in your walk that day. Big gold certainly does do that for us. Again, well earned. Thanks Mr. Beatty for catching this rare moment of your friend and allowing us the excitement of seeing it. If there happens to be a video of the Reg Dance and shimmy shake, it would be well worth the watch.
  11. I've never detected that low but I did notice in a few areas quite a bit of heavier rock material which would be great for catching nuggets. We did the burn barrel again.
  12. Gold Catcher, I have yet to get one of the aftermarket coil for the GPZ-7000 as I don't like the idea of voiding my warranty. As for factory shipped vs factory shipped it not close at all. Now I would like to do a comparison for a day on undug targets just to know for a fact. I'll never go back to the GPZ-7000 though at RP as the GPX-6000 is just heaps lighter and easier to swing and handle. In the few areas I need the extra depth of the GPZ-7000 for really big gold, I'm certain the stock coils with it are most ideal. If you happen to be around Rp this coming June, maybe we hook up for a day and compare some nuggets. On a side note, I see the long thread of GPX-6000 issues and you folks know I've posted on that thread before, but I would like to say that of the 7 GPX-6000's I listened to were all good operation with no issues.
  13. We never can get them all. I've thought I worked a patch totally clean to only go back another time and pull another or 3. So many variables from weather, EMI in the air, soil moisture, coil direction and or coil control, coil size, timing on the detector or even just doing a Noise Cancel. Those Rye Patch patches have been giving for years. As for interesting nuggets. I've found a few off shaped ones and YES some of them are crazy interesting to the mind. You know you are getting really good at nugget hunting and starting to be as good as the Master JW, when he invites you out, knowing you have a broken bone in your foot....😏 Hopefully it heels well and soon. My giraffe head nugget from Alaska is pretty interesting.
  14. Rye Patch, Nevada. It’s the place so many prospectors dream about the chevron golden riches and yet so few actually succeed. The openness of the RP desolate dry desert has it’s own natural beauty with some amazing features when you pay attention. Yet at the same time the exact site poses the most unexpected of weathers, frustrations and or failures. In reality, Rye Patch area is a love/hate relationship for many. My Field Staff and I recently returned from our 1st of three Rye Patch Nevada Field Training/Camping Adventures. The 3 day weekend (Friday – Sunday) was surrounded by like minded folks who want to learn their gold detectors and how to be most proficient. Class size was subject by the amount of Staff I had present and we had to keep 3 eager students per Field Expert. Here’s a run down of how our 3 days unfolded and the knowledge shared/gained by all attending. Getting to RP is actually quite easy (if you are prepared for the unexpected) and one of the main reasons I prefer to train there is location. It’s kind of centrally located for the most of folks attending as many of the customers are coming from CA, OR, NV, ID and WA all though I have had customers from all over the world. Sacramento, CA and surrounding cities are an easy half day drive. Las Vegas, NV and Eugene, OR are both about 8 hrs. Salt Lake City is approx. 6 hrs and my home of Boise, ID is jus under 6 hrs drive as well. So many people from larger metro areas of surrounds states can all do RP in a day. We always have the few exceptions of distance folks and for this trip was Loren from Gig Harbor, WA., Steve from Zortman, MT., Mike/Sally and Maria from Colorado. The latter travelers had 11 hrs drive to the RP oasis. If you are prepared? This is part of the complete Northern Nevada eco system that makes it so adventurous in good/bad ways. In my 25 yrs of pointing folks to RP and Northern NV., I try to help get them prepared before they leave their home and start the trek to my stomping grounds. I have detailed directions, list of things needed and what to prepare for and or expect. It seems a good part of the class listen wisely and take proper protocol and then there are the few who enjoy winging it. Yes the thrill of “spare of the moment, off the cuff, just go do it”, is kind of exciting in a way, but at the same time could be a relationship nightmare. Actually the latter is very true as I’ve witnessed a few spats or a dozen in my times. I’m assuming part of the party was shared my notes of knowledge and then part of the family was not? Hazards of RP- Holy flat tires. Yes some folks will get one, a few maybe 2 and on a rare occasion you become the tire changing king. Just ask Steve who drove from MT. I passed him along the main road below camp coming in that Thursday evening. I could see a rig attached to a camp trailer pulled off the side and figured it was another of my students. Sure enough, as I inch up closer (don’t want to cover him with desert dust – fine tan power that ends up in every crack and crevice of our truck, campers, electronics, and even orifice of the body) I can see a flat tire on the trailer. I introduce myself while checking the scene and after affirming my hunch of it being one of my students. I calmly ask if he took heed of my tips for the trip notes. In it is, “please carry 2 spares, a jack and know how to change a tire”. Yes, Steve said and then went on to inform me that was flat #4. That’s right folks, Steve was changing the 4th flat tire and he had not even reached the class site yet. To be fair, he was only 2 miles away though. Yes, Steve is a Tire Flat Fixing King. His wife who was sitting in the passenger seat of the truck, I can only imagine….what a fun and exciting trip this is.. Hats off to Ma’am. The hazards of RP vary as much as the temps from day to night with occasional bigger swing than most realize. We started off Friday morning around calm 40 degrees and sunny. Heck one of the students was in shorts already. The noon break showed the high desert sun was more than a few expected as we were slapping the sun screen on cheek bones, legs, arms and nose tips. By that afternoon the temps reached 80 degrees and a cool water was a must. Come Saturday morning and we had a change of heart and 27 degrees with 20 to 25 mph winds and gusts of 35. No bear skin that day and all desire of a cool drink were denied while we looked for hats, scarfs, gloves and warm coffee. I realized 3 rigs had those fancy tents that come off the back of your trucks and all were near by that 1st Friday night and Saturday morning. But on Saturday evening not a one of them was near? Probably pretty wise, as the 19 degree morning on Sunday was a tough one for us. Snot rags, chapped lips and chattering teeth was the norm Sunday morning and all I can say is we were lucky the winds were not around to make it even worse. Around noon things turned to decent and the folks started to enjoy themselves in the NV desert again. We have no control over the weather so when I pick dates many months in advance and customers sign up to lock in those dates, we just have to go with the flow. Now for some smiles, a little gold and the fun. Of the 12 folks who were hanging around the class and learning what my Staff/I had to offer, all but 3 went home with a Rye Patch nugget (piece of gold). Yea I realize some of them were little picker nuggets, but to go home with gold is much better than going home with no gold. I make sure everyone realizes the purpose of the class is education and to not expect gold. If it happens, then you are doing things right and it goes to show you paid attention. The big winners of the weekend were the girls who attended the class. 3 ladies and all 3 dug gold. Sally was the Big Nugget Winner with a stunning 8.6 gram slug of gold. Her GPZ-7000 had no issues smacking that one about 10” down. We tested the GPX-6000’s and they screamed “Golden Glory” at the top of their lungs as well. On a side note, this is the biggest nugget to be unearthed during a training session in at least 5 yrs. Well done Sally and I heard the 2 of you ended up with over a dozen by the time your trip was over. Local lady Diane (below) from Winnemucca was on her A game over the weekend and her 3 nuggets proved she had the proper coil control down. Diane saved the best for last and the nicer nugget of about 1.5 gram. The last day Maria (below) from CO was able to pull a decent nugget at depth nearing 10”. Funny thing was the GPZ-7000’s had issues with this nugget and gave a goofy wishy washy response while the 6000 was smooth a s butter clear and clean. The lone GPX-5000 had not chance on the target until we were much deeper in the dig. No VLF machines could hear it as expected. Some of the other students with their 1st gold of the trip, a couple 1st gold ever and so they were all smiles. I too was able to pop my cherry for 1st gold of 2022 and of course as expected it came from Rye Patch. Steve (above) from MT was able to ease the pain of his pocket from 4 flats after he scored this chunky nugget. Andrew (above) from CA is proud of his GPZ-7000 nugget. I know more will be coming his way. Boyd (above) from Oregon was quite relieved when on Sunday morning he popped the GPX-6000 cherry. Loren (below) from WA hits a nice triangle piece at RP with his 6000. Randy (above) is proud to show off his 2 ounces of NV gold he uncovered with is GPX-6000 in less than a yr. He came to my class last Fall and has been scooping gold ever since. Another ounce (probably only take him a few more weeks) and he'll have his GPX-6000 paid for. Spencer (below) thinks the buggy can go anywhere. That mud hole is the only thing left of Rye Patch Reservoir which happens to be the lowest I've ever seen in my 25 yrs. . Sorry I did not get pics of George from Idaho and his gold with his GPX-6000 as I know he found at least 3. The overall results were as expected. The GPX-6000’s found the most pieces of gold. A couple of the small nuggets at depth, the GPZ-7000 did not hear at all. The old school and proven many years over GPX-5000 did not score gold, but was able to pop a strong signal at depth over the 8.6 gram slug Sally found. The lone VLF had issues with the moisture and many times we could not get an exact ground balance on it. Plus, it was running the larger 11” round coil when in fact I would have preferred the operator to use a smaller 6” coil to up his odds. Moral of the story on the detectors for Rye Patch is not going to be the same for other areas in NV or even for sites the customers themselves may be detecting in their states as each site varies. But as I new would happen for RP, is the GPX-6000 is the bread winner and will continue to be the nugget collector of machines for the near future. Yes the GPZ-7000 can still find gold at RP for those are on their A game and know the area, but when comparing signal after signal and target after target, the GPX-6000 walks away quite easily. A prime example of this is Mike/Sally from CO. They own both and swing both each day trading off machine the next. Mike’s comment to me was the GPX-6000 scores 4 or 5 nuggets to 1 on the GPZ-7000. Happy Hunting folks and we look forward to another eventful and fun filled session coming up in June.
  15. Luis, I can only ship to the US. Are you in the US or is there an address of a friend or relative I can ship to and then they forward to you.?
  16. Folks, I won't say who all from Detector Prospector has purchased their Deus 2's from me but you know and I thank you again for allowing me to earn your business. I do want to let everyone know that I did receive another allotment of detectors (March 30th) and at this time have both the 11" and 9" versions in stock. Yes I have been a multi line dealer of detectors for 25 yrs and using them 2X the time.
  17. I want to update those who may feel they missed out if they didn't see this right away. I have helped quite a few guys get rods/shafts swing arms and still have a good selection left. Reach out to me and we'll get you taken care of.
  18. The US Military Discount is something I fought for and asked many years ago. It was finally implemented when one of the better Minelab GM's, Gary Schafer was in charge in USA. The US Military Discount is a voluntary promo at dealer discretion (not mandatory as some US dealers are not supporters of the military) and can offer up to a 15% discount on 1 detector if the appropriate documentation is provided. As a US VET myself, I don't blink an eye for anyone who has served and I offer the full 15%. No it is not a complete 15% loss of profit for me. Minelab requires at the end of each month for me to send in all US VET purchases and then I get a % of the 15% added to the books as a credit. I have to use it within a certain time and have to purchase Minelab products. Does not apply to pin-pointers and accessories. Do I find it strange that Minelab Australia does not offer the same promo for their military customers? Most certainly and I feel the dealers in Australia should put their foot down and let Peter C. know their feelings. Hopefully this clears a few things up and for those who are interested to use the military discount, please contact Gerry's Detectors of Boise, Idaho www.gerrysdetectors.com and we'll be happy to provide, since you earned it.
  19. Horst, I'll be happy to work with you on a detector at discount from your military service. My issue is Minelab contract does not allow US Dealers to ship new detectors outside of the US. I am allowed to ship used units though.
  20. As a VET myself, I'm happy to provide the 15% military discount to those who have earned it. Some of my most loyal customers for the last 25 yrs have been Military and I thank you. Gerry's Detectors www.gerrysdetectors.com
  21. As someone who travels many states and a few countries while collecting a variety of gold pieces with detectors and coils, I've realized the importance of having more than 1 detector tool. So many variables out there and each sites has different situations and sometimes varying gold types. If you want best potential for success you should have a VLF and a big detector. So many times I've planned on hunting an area with said machine and then get there to realize just around the bend is a more profitable situation to hunt but I need a different detector technology. Knowing them and when to switch is key. These two pics are the same rock from NV and I went down there expecting to use my GPZ-7000. When I seen the type of gold and the source, I realized my GM-1000 had best potential. It had approx 4 grams of gold in it and my GPZ-7000 heard....not a peep. Then down below, I was able to get a few others with the 7000 that were deeper than what the Monster could do.
  22. I’m cleaning up some new old stock Minelab detector lower rods and upper shafts. Also in the pics (I have more not pictured as well) are some lightly used lower rods, a used upper shaft as well as a couple of the carbon fiber upper shafts. As those of you who have been around long enough know, a carbon fiber shaft on your SD, GP and older GPX style detectors with a larger coil will actually get a better signal response that the blue metal stock upper shaft that comes with your detector. Plus your detector is now a little lighter in weight and also the carbon fiber shaft does not chip or paint peel. If you have a bad (ugly) worn out upper shaft and plan on selling or trading in your older Minelab GP/GPX then now is a chance to purchase a band new old stock (exact same item) upper shaft (original Minelab equipment) so your unit looks nicer, takes better pics and is easier to trade/sell. Those who still own and use the (very popular units) SD and older GP or GPX series detectors, you might want to get an additional lower fiberglass rod for your extra coil. I actually use to have each of my own coils already attached to their own lower rod, for easier and faster change. The lower fiberglass rods are the exact same Minelab and I even have a pic of one in the original Minelab wrapping. I have a few that are old stock (no wrapping) and are brand new. I also have at least 1 lightly used and also an extended longer tall man lower rod. Pricing varies but the more you buy the cheaper each item becomes. 1 brand new lower rod is $22, 2 is $40 or 3 for $50. 1 brand new upper shaft is $30, 1 used one is $20 and a complete carbon fiber upper is $30 as well. Forgot to mention a swing arm. It’s used but still works and I want $20. Call Gerry’s Detectors for any of these or if you are looking for others. I think I have a couple Fisher lower rods and some Minelab VLF type machine lower rods as well.
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