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AFTE 2018 / AFTE 2018 Registration Update
« Last post by Dwight Deskins on March 19, 2018, 02:24:09 PM »
With nearly 300 registered attendees at this date, many workshops are full or are within a few spots of filling.  If a workshop you would like to attend is filled, please sign up for the wait list.  When feasible we have arranged to expand some classes, but canít do so if we arenít aware of the interest. 

Also another friendly reminder early registration ends on March 30.  Please make arrangements to pay by this date or the regular registration fee applies (which is $50.00 higher).

Register for the conference at this link

- Dwight Deskins
AFTE 2018 Registration
AFTE 2018 / AFTE 2018 Hotel Sold Out for Saturday 6/2 - Overflow Hotel Open
« Last post by Calissa Carper on March 16, 2018, 04:36:02 PM »
The 2018 host hotel, Charleston Marriott Town Center is currently sold out for the Saturday (before) June 2nd. There are still rooms available the rest of the week as of right now but not that many since this is a smaller hotel than past years booked. We have already secured a second hotel and will post their information on the AFTE website by the beginning of next week. In the meantime, I have posted the main information you would need below to book.

I will continue to monitor the room block at the Marriott and if there any cancellations I will email those at the Holiday Inn Express if you would like to be moved over. Also, if you know you would like to be on a waiting list for the host hotel please email me at 

The Holiday Inn Express hotel is still directly across the street from the convention center (just opposite from the side where the host Marriott hotel is located). Please be aware of any events such as the Sunday Welcome Reception, Bring your own slides presentations night, and Sunday/Friday workshops will be located in the Marriott hotel.  All location information will be listed in your registration packet but everything will still be within about a block and a half. I have attached an image that shows general location of both hotels in regards to the conference location in the Civic Center convention center.

Group Block:  AFTE Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners Assoc

Group Code:  AFT
Group Rate: $110.00 Includes ground level parking, high-speed Internet, complimentary airport shuttle service
Book By: May 8th to receive special group rate
Call: 855.729.5133
Online Reservation Link:
Training Seminars / Firearm and Toomark Identification Training Academy
« Last post by Ron Nichols on March 15, 2018, 06:50:01 PM »

Nichols Forensic Science Consulting is offering a customized Firearm and Toolmark Identification Training Academy for new trainees. This is a thorough and comprehensive training academy that is brought to the trainee(s) and his or her agency. For more information, please see:
AFTE 2018 / AFTE 2018 Early Registration Deadline Approaching
« Last post by Calissa Carper on March 15, 2018, 02:22:03 PM »
Sending out a reminder that the 2018 Charleston training seminar's early registration deadline is quickly approaching. Those wishing to receive the early pricing must register by March 30th. Also, those that have registered by payment means of "check or purchase order", your payments must be postmarked by March 30th in order to receive the early pricing. Below are the registration fees for this year.

Early Member $450
Late Member $500 (After March 30th)

Early Non-Member $525
Late Non-Member $575 (After March 30th)

Start your registration today!  ;D

Thank you
Training Seminars / Re: Subclass Characteristic Workshop
« Last post by Jeff Goudeau on March 14, 2018, 10:28:04 AM »
We did this workshop several years ago and I think it is an absolute necessity for anyone in this field. I wouldn't mind getting a refresher as I believe it is that important and I know Nancy is constantly adding new examples.
Training Seminars / Re: Subclass Characteristic Workshop
« Last post by Brian Leppard on March 13, 2018, 11:34:38 AM »
Here is a link for the registration as well.

Also, per Laura, if you are only taking this class you only have to pay for the class, and do not have to pay the regular conference registration as well (this saves about $300-400).
Job Announcements / Firearms Examiner Position - NC State Crime Lab, Raleigh
« Last post by Scott Jones on March 13, 2018, 11:27:34 AM »
Forensic Scientist I in the Firearms Unit of the NC State Crime Lab located in Raleigh.  Posting closes 3/20/18 at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. 

To apply visit:
Training Seminars / Re: Subclass Characteristic Workshop
« Last post by Julie Knapp on March 13, 2018, 10:37:02 AM »

I recently took this class and it was excellent.  if you do not have a lot of background in subclass, it is a must as there is not much training out there in this area.  Nancy will work with your agency and she is great to work with.   
Headstamp Submissions / Re: Headstamp Identification please.
« Last post by Ian Bruce on March 13, 2018, 07:37:28 AM »
It looks like an Iraqi 303 British h/s.  Also note the purple primer annulus = Mark VII ball load.  Iraqi 303 cartridges apparently were very British looking, as discussed in Ken Elk's "Ammunition with Turkish and Arabic Markings".  That triangle mark with the sqwiggle and dot next to it signifies it as Iraq ammo.
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