Gold can hide down in the deepest part of a crack or crevice or behind a boulder and often is best reached with a hand dredge, also called a sucker gun or suction gun. The NEW Quick Sniper hand dredge is the little brother of the full size Gold-N-Sand X-Stream Hybrid Pro Hand Dredge. Approx. shipping weight 4 pounds; shipping carton 24 x 5 x 3 inches.
The Quick-Sniper is designed to catch heavy material in its barrel, allowing several pulls and pushes before it needs to be emptied. To empty, remove the cap and pour your heavy material directly into a bucket or other container. Construction of the nozzle allows this because it is extended into the barrel of the body. As you pump repeatedly, the heavier material flows into the cavity created by the inner nozzle extension, while lighter material flows up and out through the pipe, and back into the water. The cap is made to come off easily to facilitate pouring the gravels/sands into a collection bucket, instead of pumping sands into the pump and then emptying into a bucket after each pull.
- Easy to carry in backpack - a little less than 24" long
- Works from the top of the surface or completely submerged
- Flexible nozzle makes easy access to the crevice material; virtually unbreakable
- Nozzle cavity created by interior pipe; captures heavy material and discharges lights
Quick-Sniper Tips and Tricks:
The Quick Sniper is a tool that uses some new ideas to help you collect the hard-to-get gold from heavy sands under boulders, in crevices, and behind obstructions. The “NOZZLE” of the Quick-Sniper is where the magic happens. Inside the nozzle is a short white plastic pipe that extends into the tube. This allows you to pump the handle four or five times before you need to take steps to collect sand and gravel. Instead of pulling the handle and then ejecting the material into a pan or bucket after each pull, the cavity created inside the tube will hold your heavies, allowing water and the lightest material to swirl out and go back into the water before you pull again. Shaking the pump gently will transfer the heaviest of sands and gravel deeper into the cavity. Then, after you have repeated this action a few times, pull off the cap and dump the contents of the pump into your pan or bucket. The flexible tube extending from the end of the nozzle is designed to pull out, allowing you to extend the reach of the tube about 4-5 inches. If this tube is sliding too easily, wrap some electrical tape around the inner end, and it will be more secure within the Quick-Sniper.
The leather cup inside the tube is designed to provide years of effective service. When you are preparing to use the Quick Sniper, just soak the leather cup for 10-15 minutes in cool water, then insert it back into the pump for ready use. The top rim of the pump is rounded out so you can remove and replace the leather cup without damaging it. The cap is designed to remove easily so you can dump your material into a pan or bucket. Some people prefer the cap to be tighter, and this can be achieved by wrapping black electrical tape around the top of the pump body two times. The friction will keep the cap in place and will easily release the cap with a gentle outward “pop” of the plunger.