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The Houston Forensic Science Center has an opening for a firearms examiner.  Qualified applicants must have at least three years of experience beyond the completion of a documented training program.  We offer an excellent compensation package and a team-centric work environment.  Houston is a great place to live and work, with low housing and no state income tax.

Please see the attached job posting for additional details.  Feel free to contact me if you have any questions at 713-308-9291.

Thanks for looking!

Call For Assistance Feedback / unknown 45 Auto cartridge
« Last post by Daniel Cha on September 22, 2016, 12:23:43 PM »
Hello, looking for some help to identify this cartridge. It appears to have be copper jacketed, with a powdered compressed copper core, and a copper ball at the nose. I was told it maybe an Armscor cartridge case, but have had no luck contacting them. Anyone have any ideas? Thanks
Job Announcements / Re: Potential Employment Opportunities for a UK Citizen
« Last post by Michael Haag on September 21, 2016, 09:37:05 AM »
It was great to meet you at the class in Lincolnshire.  Clearly you have a great deal of enthusiasm for the work.
If you need names of some friends who came from abroad to work in the US in FA TM, let me know.  They would be far more educated on the process than I am.  I do know that most US agencies would be interested only if your work papers were already in place.   Good luck!
Training Seminars / Re: 2016 AFTE Eastern Regional
« Last post by Theodore Chavez on September 20, 2016, 02:34:40 PM »
With the recent approval of the DOJ-ASSTR document and WH-PCAST report, the agenda for the AFTE Eastern Regional meeting will provide a summary, discussion opportunities, and action steps that are being addressed by the FBI Laboratory. Registration for the AFTE Eastern Regional (10/13-14/2016 hosted by FBI Laboratory-Firearms/Toolmarks Unit) is still open and more information can be found in the Training Seminar posting or by emailing
Job Announcements / Potential Employment Opportunities for a UK Citizen
« Last post by Neveen Karim on September 20, 2016, 02:06:17 PM »
Hi all,

Just a quick message from across the pond regarding any possibilities of employment for a young professional near London.

I have a Bachelors with Honours in Forensic Science (accredited by the UK Chartered Society of Forensic Sciences) and am currently working towards an MSc by Research in Defence and Security. The focus of my research is ammunition analysis, however I am keen not to pigeon-hole myself and would like a career in firearm examination and classification.

It is more difficult to obtain relevant placements in the UK, however I have been fortunate enough to volunteer (and continue to do so) with two companies.

If anybody has information that they feel may be useful, I'd be hugely grateful. Please find below my LinkedIn profile which has the details of my education and experience.

Warmest regards, (cheerio!)

Training Seminars / Re: 2016 AFTE Eastern Regional
« Last post by Theodore Chavez on September 14, 2016, 02:40:41 PM »
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Job Announcements / Posted - Minnesota BCA opening
« Last post by Nat Pearlson on September 13, 2016, 10:32:38 AM »
The opening for a trained examiner is supposed to be posted today and remain open until the 19th.  Hopefully we will find a qualified candidate.  If we happen to be lucky enough to find two, we will likely try to hire both (with work in our northern lab a possibility). 

Posting can be found at (  Search for Forensic Scientist and it is the only current opening I can see.

It doesn't make it clear at the top that this is for a firearm examiner, but if you look at the qualifications is says "...experience as a Firearms Examiner..." as #2 in the minimum qualifications.


Headstamp Submissions / Re: Magtech Primer Stamp
« Last post by Axel Manthei on September 07, 2016, 02:40:19 PM »

I found the on primers sold for reloading.
(and bought 10000 of them)  :D

You will find them on commercial (with other headstamps such as WIN R-P ...) reloads as well.

Headstamp Submissions / Magtech Primer Stamp
« Last post by Laura Draga on September 07, 2016, 11:11:23 AM »
New to me, but may have been previously discussed...not currently showing in the headstamp gallery.

Appeared like a very narrow "X" when fired.

Double the fun.
Call For Assistance Feedback / Re: Question from a journalist
« Last post by Bob Shem on September 06, 2016, 04:53:26 PM »
Unlike a plant, animal, or any object that is left out in the elements (like the paint on a house) guns can be put into long-term storage and remain in like-new condition for centuries. On the other hand I owned a Remington 12 gauge shotgun that began falling apart after only 500 shotshells or so.

Some guns fail during a factory warranty period.  Some last and last and continue to perform for tens of thousands of rounds.

As for the life of a gun in normal use, "normal use" would need to be defined.  I own a revolver that I purchased more than two decades ago that I carry when in bear country.  The gun is stainless steel and hasn't been fired since an initial test of the gun over twenty years ago.  Unless I were to begin a weekly trip to the range and put cases of ammunition through that revolver I expect it to remain in like-new condition until I sell it or leave it in my estate for my children.  I figure after another twenty years I will likely pass the gun down to one of my children or sell it, at which point it will still be like-new.

Whether or not I could wear out my revolver is yet to be seen. 

As for some practical lifespan of a gun I suspect that some of the manufacturers claim incredible repetitive performance and maybe even warranty their products for years or for life.  Unless an objective study is conducted by a disinterested party any claims by a manufacturer are likely to be biased by the desire to out-market their competitors.
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