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Training Seminars / AFTE 2019 Technical Session - Presenters Wanted!!!
« Last post by Stefanie Watkins on November 08, 2018, 10:11:48 AM »
Hello AFTE!

The 50th Annual AFTE Training Seminar in Nashville is just around the corner and the 2019 Host Committee would like to officially invite you to present on a topic of interest!

If you have an case study or a research project that you have been considering presenting on, now is the time! If you have never thought about presenting before, now is the time! Become a part of AFTE history by presenting at our 50th!
Our online abstract submission form will be posted very soon with specific details, but if you have any questions in the mean time please contact us at : or Stefanie Happ at 719-444-7674

(I apologize for the incorrect email address in the last newsletter  :(  )
Job Announcements / Still time to join JoCo!!
« Last post by Zak Carr on November 06, 2018, 11:07:48 AM »
There are still a couple of days to get in applications for The Johnson County Sheriff's Office Firearm/Toolmark Examiner position!!!  The position closes on 11/9/18.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences has an opening for a Firearms Examiner, preferably with two years of experience after training.

Competitive salary, based on education, certification, and experience.

Interested applicants fitting the job description may apply via the link below:

Job Announcements / Firearm/Tool Mark Examiner - Ontario, Canada
« Last post by Jay Stuart on November 02, 2018, 09:53:22 AM »
See attached
The Forensics@NIST 2018 will be webcast!

Please register here for the webcast:


The agenda and other information is also linked on this page.
Once again RS&A is seeking the services of a highly qualified, highly motivated FA Examiner to join our team in Washington, D.C. for the Dept. Of Forensic Sciences.  Great working environment, great money, great opportunity.  Work for two or three weeks straight and then take some time off, rest up, and come back and do it again. Great opportunity to build up some cash for that special purchase or luxury vacation you have always wanted. Expert Witness testimony may be required but so what, you have been doing that for years as well. If interested in discussing some serious numbers then send a current CV and phione number to Ron Smith at  I will review your credentials and call you within a couple of days to talk it out. HIgh production along with superb quality is required. If you can't cut it then don't call but if you have got the goods then I look forward to hearing from you.
Job Announcements / Director of Training: International Firearms Examiner Academy
« Last post by Ron Smith on October 31, 2018, 02:25:19 PM »
As previously posted several months ago, Ron Smith & Associates, Inc. has been working diligently for quite some time to construct the framework for a new Firearms Examiner Training Academy to supplement what is already available from ATF. This has been a significant endeavor but things are now starting to fall in place for this project to take flight. We have the facility, the funding sources for the equipment, the majority of the instructors needed to teach the various modules and we have almost all of the personnel infrastructure to manage this academy, with one exception.We are looking for a Director of Training to become the daily supervisor and mentor for the students who are in attendance. This person must be a well qualified and nationally recognized firearms examiner, who is certified by AFTE, or who can become certified in a short period of time.  When not working directly with the students, this person will also handle incoming firearms examination cases in the RS&A ISO 17025 accredited laboratory in Collinsville, MS.  This is a full time position with RS&A and hopefully will be the last position you ever have to apply for in your career. Our job is to make it the best job you have ever had.  If you are interested in discussing this position, send your CV to Ron Smith at and expect a phone call in no more than a couple of days. We are looking for a very special person for this job and will not accept anything less than the best. Salary and benefits are negotiable.
Training Seminars / Re: 2019 Shot Show
« Last post by Jessica Hudson on October 29, 2018, 04:13:13 PM »

Check that link out. Should be a justification letter written by NSSF for LE. Hope that helps.
Training Seminars / Re: 2018 Midwest Training Seminar
« Last post by Stacey Hartman on October 29, 2018, 11:31:57 AM »
The Inaugural Seminar was a success!  :clap:

63 registered participants, representing five states, and 14 presenters.

If you couldn't make it this year, no worries, I am confident this will happen again in 2019.

State to host TBD.
Training Seminars / Re: 2019 Shot Show
« Last post by Justin Bechaver on October 26, 2018, 04:22:57 PM »
Our agency sends two of us every year (so far). We have been able to justify it by making contacts and showing that we have used those contacts in case work. Additionally, we take notes of booths that we visit including information on new products, manufacturing information, etc. By the end of the show we usually have a 4-5 page list of info that we then forward on to our supervisor.

There was one year we had a little push back from our upper administration. They were wondering why we had to go to this "gun show" and not just the weekend gun show that is hosted in our area. We used the notes from previous years and explained that this was where we could actually talk to the manufacturing companies and sometimes the owners, and not just bob the gun sales man. Haven't had an issue since.

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