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We are hiring a Forensic Examiner in the Firearm & Toolmark section at the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory in Little Rock, Arkansas. Go here for more details and to apply:

Rebecca Mullen
We are hiring three Forensic Scientists for the Firearms section in our Headquarters Lab (Albany, NY)!  See the attachment for details.  If interested, send your application to the contact located at the bottom of the attachment. 

If you have any questions about the lab or the position, feel free to email me directly.

Salary range $49,202 - $67,897 DOE and posting closes July 14, 2022.

The application deadline for the 2022-2023 ATF NFEA is approaching, June 30, 2022. Please reach out if you have any questions.                                                                                                                                                                     Thanks
Jodi Marsanopoli -            202-527-5078

The application period for admission to the 2022-2023 session of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) National Firearms Examiner Academy (NFEA) is open. In addition to personal qualifications, trainees must be assigned to an established firearms section within the State and local agency laboratory.  Agencies must have an experienced firearm and toolmark examiner on staff to guide and prepare their trainee with mandatory assignments and a research project prior to graduation from the program. The trainer will also be required to continue with a formal training program once the trainee completes the NFEA program.The NFEA provides training for apprentice/entry level firearm and toolmark examiners from Federal, state and local law enforcement agencies. It is important to note that the NFEA is not a certification program. The academy curriculum is composed of the fundamentals of firearms & toolmark examinations and serves as a basis for the trainee, under supervision, to develop into a qualified firearm and toolmark examiner. The application deadline for the 2022-2023 session of the NFEA is June 30, 2022, with selections made soon after. It is anticipated that the class will begin in October 2022. Please note the training schedule may be adjusted accordingly based on the receipt of funding and the completion of the NFEA 2022 class.Although the training is free, agencies will be responsible for covering round trip travel expenses for their trainee to travel to the academy for Phase II and Phase IV of their training. Additional information and the application form can be found at:       

National Firearms Examiner Academy (Course ID FRMS-PG-0002) | Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (

Please reach out if you have any additional questions.

Thank you,

Jodi Marsanopoli
Public Forums / Toolmarks on 3D printed pistol frame
« Last post by kgarrison on June 21, 2022, 03:44:04 PM »
Inspired by the recent 2022 AFTE presentation: Identification of Toolmarks Present on Additive Manufactured Components
By Corey Scott

I looked for some of these markings on a 3D printed pistol frame I received in casework. This photo is from two casts I took of the bottom of the trigger guard. I phased on a start/stop mark on the far side of the casts, then shifted the left cast over a few layers to see if the marks repeated with the photo'd results. Toward the left of the frame you can see the semi-circular marks which I'm assuming is from the nozzle as it starts to extrude the layers of the curved trigger guard.

Also attached is a photo of the trigger guard area. You can see several of the donut shaped start/stop areas from the nozzle in this photo.
AFTE 2022 - Atlanta / AFTE 2022 Atlanta Coin Order
« Last post by Dana Gicale on June 16, 2022, 08:31:20 PM »

AFTE 2022 Atlanta Coins

By popular demand, we will be making one more order for Atlanta challenge coins, which will be $15 including shipping. If you are interested in purchasing an Atlanta Challenge Coin, please fill out the form below.

We need to get to 100 coins to make the order. The form will close at midnight on July 17, 2022. If enough coin orders are received, you will receive an email with a link for payment and the coins will be ordered as soon as all payments are received.
Announcements / Vacation - AFTE Mem Sec
« Last post by Jessica Winn on June 13, 2022, 06:16:20 PM »
I will be on vacation beginning tomorrow, June 14, and will return from vacation on June 27. During this time, I will be away from the office and internet.  Any applications received during this time will be processed after my return.

As always, thank you for your interest in AFTE and thank you for your patience.

Jessica WinnAFTE Mem Sec
Job Announcements / Forensics Firearms Examiner - Delaware State Police
« Last post by Rhonda Davis on June 13, 2022, 04:05:39 PM »
The Delaware State Police is looking for a Forensics Firearms Examiner to lead our team!  Please see attached job description. Our office is centrally located close to beaches and major cities like DC, Baltimore, Philly and NYC.  A great place to live and work!  If you have any questions, please reach out to
ATF will be hosting a Serial Number Restoration School June 29 July 1, 2022 at the ATF National Laboratory Center in Ammendale (Beltsville), MD. The 3 day course includes lecture on the techniques and history of serial number restoration as well as numerous hands-on practical exercises.  The students will use several different restoration techniques, including magnetic particle inspection, chemical etching, and the electrolytic method. There is no cost for the training; however, students are responsible for their own travel, lodging and incidental expenses. Firearms will be provided by ATF for the restoration practical exercises.
The class hours:                                                                                                                                                                        Wednesday, June 29 and Thursday, June 30  8:00 4:00                                                                                        Friday, July 1 - 8:00 2:30
For those interested, complete and forward the attached application to
Any questions please feel free to contact Jodi Marsanopoli, National Firearms Examiner Academy
AFTE 2022 - Atlanta / Re: 2022 AFTE Scholarship Recipients
« Last post by Jill Dupre on June 09, 2022, 12:34:25 PM »
Congratulations ladies.  Looking forward to your publications in the AFTE Journal!
Hey Jason -

I just saw your post and we have not replaced out hott rods. We are getting them calibrated every 3 years (per our TP) and they are holding up.

I thought I heard something about them being resurrected, but that may be wishful thinking on my part. If I find anything, I will let you know!
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