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If you haven't already, I suggest reviewing various R&D-related areas of the AFTE website (https://afte.org/resources/research-development), unpublished research database, and Research Design Assistance Subcommittee.



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Hello everyone,

I'm looking for a PhD topic on shooting scene reconstruction  :detective:

I really want this project to be not just academic, but applicable in the field. As I'm already a firearm examiner, I have access to a lot of resources and I'm not restricted by academic constraints.

I already have an idea in my head that I'm working on, but I would love to hear your ideas.


Looking forward to hearing from you!

Mylène
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Training Seminars / Re: AFTE 2024 Salmon Fishing
« Last post by pbui@omniforensics.com on May 20, 2024, 11:08:26 AM »
What about half day fishing trip on Sunday the 26th Alan?


https://akfishermanschoice.com/alaska-salmon-fishing-specials/
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Public Forums / Re: Interesting bolt face - Saiga rifle
« Last post by kgarrison on May 17, 2024, 12:02:52 PM »
Yes, just in front of the rifling, there is a heavy set of ring-marks.
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Public Forums / Re: Interesting bolt face - Saiga rifle
« Last post by Laura Draga on May 17, 2024, 11:19:11 AM »
Very nice cast, Kirk. These rifles often had a "ringed" or "stepped" neck. Is that the case with the rifle you have?
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Public Forums / Interesting bolt face - Saiga rifle
« Last post by kgarrison on May 17, 2024, 10:49:52 AM »
Saw this interesting bolt the other day and thought I would share. I checked the other AK-type rifles in our collection and did not see this style of bolt.


There is an elevated portion of the bolt face that left a heavy impression onto the headstamp portion of the case head.


This is from a Izhmash Saiga rifle in 223 Remington.
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Forensic Scientist 2 – Firearms and Toolmarks
Department: Medical Examiner's
Anticipated Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Reports To: Supervisor, Firearms and Toolmarks
Full Time or Part Time: Full Time
Regular or Temporary: Regular
Bargaining Unit: Fraternal Order of Police
Classified or Unclassified: Classified
FLSA: Exempt

IMPORTANT NOTICE: To be considered for this position, please visit
https://www.cuyahogacounty.gov/human-resources to create a profile and apply. Consideration will only be given to those who apply on the Cuyahoga County job portal.

Summary
The purpose of this classification is to examine and interpret firearms and toolmarks evidence associated with alleged criminal acts; to inspect and test fire all kinds of firearms and examine fired ammunition recovered from a crime scene to determine if it was fired by a particular firearm, interpret results and prepare reports for assigned casework and testify in the court of law.

Distinguishing Characteristics
This is a journey-level classification working under general supervision. Positions in this class are expected to independently perform recurring, well-precedented projects using standard methods and techniques. Incumbents establish and maintain quality control, an ensure proper preservation and documentation of evidence. Employees receive instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are expected to become fully aware of methods, protocols, procedures, applicable regulations, and of methods for the analysis of data and results.

Essential Job Functions
Conducts examinations and comparisons of firearms, bullets, shells, casings, tool marks and other related items; applies instrumental, physical, and/or chemical techniques in the examination of firearm and tool mark evidence; disassembles, reassembles, renders safe, and tests firearms to determine operability, safety, and accuracy; documents unique characteristics and records physical parameters using measuring projections, micrometers, etc.; performs distance determination and examination of gunshot patterns with test standards; uploads into and reviews data from NIBIN, the National Integrated ballistic Information Network; prepares findings and issues reports based on the results of the examination.

Reviews/compiles case files and firearm evidence.

Cleans and maintains worksite and laboratory equipment; transfers and maintains evidence in storage.

Testifies in court as an expert witness; communicates with attorneys and law enforcement personnel; attends meetings.

Minimum Requirements
Bachelor of Science degree in natural/physical science and two (2) years of laboratory experience performing firearms and toolmark evidence analysis; or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience.

Application Process
The is a non-competitive, classified position. The Personnel Review Commission (PRC) will check your application to make sure you meet the minimum qualifications. If you do, the PRC will put your name on an eligibility list. To fill this opening, the PRC sends the hiring department and Human Resources (HR) a certified eligibility list. HR helps the hiring department decide who from the certified list to follow up with for interviews and then a job offer.

Most of our communication with candidates is through email. Regularly check the email address you gave us in your job profile. Watch your Spam folder, just in case.

If we offer you a job, you must pass a drug screen and background check before the offer becomes final. Prior criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify you from employment; the County looks at criminal convictions on a case-by-case basis using the guidelines in Chapter 306 of the County Code.
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Come join our team in Indianapolis.  And, we're moving into a brand new lab in September.  :clap:

Compensation will be commensurate for experience.

https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/indianapolis/jobs/4502992/forensic-scientist-firearms
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Training Seminars / AFTE 2024 - AFTE on the Town Scavenger Hunt!
« Last post by sjcastle on May 09, 2024, 07:07:05 PM »

Join us for adventure at the “AFTE on the Town Anchorage Bear Crawl and Scavenger Hunt” Tuesday, May 28th at 6:30 PM with Let’s Roam!


This app based scavenger hunt through Let’s Roam is FREE to participate in, and you won’t want to miss out on the chance to win fantastic prizes!  1st place takes home $150, 2nd place wins $100, and 3rd place scores $50! Plus you’ll take home bragging rights!


We’ll kick off the excitement at Anchorage Town Square Park, where the hunt begins. Get ready for non-stop fun and exploration!


The hunt can be done with any number of players but for best results teams of 4-10 players are suggested.


Generate some “friendly” competition and unleash your creativity when coming up with team names! Not sure what to name your team? Here are some ideas! Post your team name in the comments to call dibs!


  1. Hollow Point Hooligans
  2. Trigger Technicians
  3. Powder Rangers
  4. Drop Test Daredevils
  5. Chamber Champs
  6. Daubert Divas
  7. Inertia Insurgents
  8. Subclass Sloths
  9. Caliber Crusaders
10. Safety Last


Stay tuned for more information about the hunt and details about how to join (a link and join code will be provided as we get closer to the conference).


Mark your calendars and get ready for an unforgettable evening of adventure and camaraderie! See you there! 🌟 #AFTEontheTown #ScavengerHunt #AnchorageBearCrawl
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Training Seminars / AFTE 2024 Banquet - Midnight Sun Soirée
« Last post by sjcastle on May 09, 2024, 05:03:07 PM »
We can’t wait to dine with you at our Midnight Sun Soirée - a Gathering in the Last Frontier banquet on the evening of Thursday, May 30th! The dress code is what we Alaskans might refer to as “Alaskan Formal” or “Wilderness Chic” - what does that mean for you non-Alaskans? It means a mix of outdoors and fashion, a mix of Xtratuf boots and cute dresses, a mix of flannels and jeans or Carhartts… most importantly, it means a mix of comfort, dressing for the weather, and wearing something you like! Show up in whatever you own that embodies the Alaskan lifestyle!
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