Underwater Gold Sniping: a Low-Coast Approach to Getting the Gold (Part 5)
(Fissureman "snipe" tube variant.)
By now I think you get the overall drift in terms of how a "snipe" tube or viewer is used in underwater gold sniping. Underwater sniping isn't rocket science nor is it some sort of voodoo or black magic...but it's definitely a magical moment the first time you spot a piece of placer gold through your viewer or "snipe" scope.
I get asked quite often what sorts of additional tools or gear are needed in addition to a good "snipe" scope or underwater viewer. You know, that's going to vary from miner-to-miner but I tend to try travel as light as possible when I devote a day to underwater gold sniping.
Here's a list of items that I typically take along for the ride:
- Backpack (Backpacks or small packs are great items to have along. They can hold all sorts of nifty items and allow you to carry more tools, supplies, and drinking water into the area you want to snipe.)
- 5-Gallon Bucket (One of the greatest inventions of the 20th Century in my book. The lowly 5-gallon bucket is one of the handiest items a gold sniper or small-scale miner can have in his or her possession. You can carry all sorts of tools in that bucket, stuff it with gold-bearing material or fill it with water, or turn it upside down and use it to "sit a spell.")
- Crevice Sucker/Bulb Snifter: (These items are not absolutely mandatory for underwater gold sniping but they can really come in handy at times when you're trying to remove material from bedrock crevices. I use them myself on certain occasions. One thing you will need however, is a "snifter" bulb. These are similar to smaller versions of a turkey baster and come in a range of sizes and suction tube diameters. They, just like crevice suckers, are used used for sucking material out of cracks, crevices, or very tight pockets.)
(Commercially manufactured crevice sucker.)
- Crevicing Tools: (These can be anything and everything, including altered or reconfigured screwdrivers, bent welding rods, heavy wire flattened on one end, or commercially manufactured tools made for inserting into tight cracks and crevices to work the gold out. My suggestion is to be creative and take along a set of crevicing tools with a range of lengths and dimensions. Make sure they're sturdy and up to the challenge.)
If you liked this post, you may want to read: "Gold Mining's Dirty Little Secrets"
(c) Jim Rocha (J.R.) 2012
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