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Attention . . . golfers, hikers, bikers, swimmers, skiers, triathletes, sun-lovers, and Firearms Examiners: 

The Arizona Department of Public Safety – Phoenix Lab is now hiring for qualified Firearms Examiner(s).  Get your applications in! 

Phoenix is desirable; with more than 300 sun-filled days a year and an average temperature of 74 degrees.

Don’t forget Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, close to Las Vegas, California’s beaches, and Disneyland! . .  The pay’s not bad either! 

If you like the heat and hate the snow and love 50-70F winters, come and work in Phoenix. 

Looking for experienced examiners however we may open it up to entry level examiners.   

Forensic Scientist II     $79,532
Forensic Scientist III    $93,292
Forensic Scientist IV    $109,853

Call For Assistance Feedback / Re: An idea for a joint paper
« Last post by Bob Kennington on February 10, 2024, 07:47:46 AM »
I stumbled on this thread while searching for another.

In just ten years, the US' "shall-carry" environment has changed dramatically!

Now where do I find the proper location for suggesting a new paper?

(Involving 40S&W).
Job Announcements / Firearm Examiner position - El Paso, TX
« Last post by Stacey Phetteplace on February 07, 2024, 03:28:22 PM »
Job Description - DPS - CLD - Forensic Scientist I-III, Firearms & Toolmarks - 6052 - 6054 (00039914) (

Texas Department of Public Safety
Full time, some travel is required for court and training. Posting closes on 2/22 at 11:59pm
Training Seminars / AFTE 2024 Tech Session - Call for Papers
« Last post by Calissa Carper on February 07, 2024, 01:53:28 PM »

The AFTE 2024 Host Committee is ready to accept abstracts for the 2024 Technical Program!

The AFTE Training Seminar is a chance for professionals in the field, along with vendors supporting the discipline, to meet, exchange ideas, report on new scientific work, demonstrate new technology, and refresh contacts. In order for this to happen, we need YOU, the members of AFTE and those pursuing research in the field, to submit an abstract for consideration by the 2024 Technical Program Committee. Your abstracts can be submitted by using the online form available below.

Questions regarding the technical program abstract submissions should be emailed to:


Abstracts are due April 1, 2024.
Job Announcements / Opening for a Senior Firearms Examiner at MCSO, Phoenix, AZ
« Last post by Patrik Hertzman on February 07, 2024, 12:52:57 PM »
Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) has a position open for a Senior Firearms Examiner (one of two Firearms Examiner positions in the Firearms Lab Unit). Please share this with anyone who may be interested in a job in the sun. :-0

The position is open until filled; applicants have min. 4 years of experience as a Firearms Examiner and must be authorized to work in the US.

For information and application, see the link below:

For questions, do not hesitate to contact Michael Frost, Interim Commander of the Scientific Analysis Division ( or myself (
Good post Paul.   Years ago I purchased an aftermarket Glock barrel that featured cut rifling, fully supported case and tighter chamber specs.
I came across this YouTube video today about why Glock does not want ammunition loaded with lead bullets or reloaded ammunition be fired in Glock pistols.  It is certainly worthwhile watching - I worked a case many years ago about Glock caliber 40 S&W Pistols which was used by Combat Shooters "blew up" from reloaded ammunition which was loaded with lead bullets.
Polygonal Rifling in Reloading Ammo for Glocks (
Job Announcements / Firearms Examiner position - St. Louis, MO
« Last post by Dan Claudin on February 01, 2024, 12:32:32 PM »
St. Louis has a vacancy for a Firearm/Toolmark Examiner. Please see link for further information and to apply. If you have any questions you can email me at

Job Announcements / Firearm / Toolmark Examiner position - State of Iowa
« Last post by Michael Tate on January 31, 2024, 06:03:37 PM »
The State of Iowa has a vacancy in the Firearm/Toolmark section of the DCI Criminalistics Laboratory.  For more information please use the link below.
Job Announcements / IBIS Expert for Matchpoint Reviews - Remote
« Last post by Glenn Lawrence on January 31, 2024, 12:57:27 PM »
Vacancy for an IBIS Expert.

Arquebus is looking to recruit a new member of the team on a full-time basis. The core role of the IBIS Expert will be to operate the Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS) to conduct MATCHPOINT correlation reviews as part of Arquebus’ Managed Services business.

Arquebus Managed Services

As part of its portfolio of activities, Arquebus provides ‘Managed Services’ to international law enforcement agencies (LEAs). This focuses on one element of the ballistic forensic laboratory process, i.e., the correlation review of ballistic material acquired into the Integrated Ballistic Identification System (IBIS).

Due to the increased volume of gun enabled crime, combined with a lack of skilled technical resource, many countries have amassed significant backlogs of ballistic material. The knock-on effects of these backlogs to solving and preventing gun crime can be serious, since these countries can no longer generate fast time intelligence, which is essential for success. Arquebus helps reduce these backlogs by providing a remote IBIS correlation review service, supplementing the existing laboratory resources, and providing an essential element of the forensic investigation process.

Qualifications and Experience

- Experience as a firearms examiner.
- A recent IBIS training certificate.
- Must have experience completing IBIS correlation reviews.
- Must understand the ISO17025 regulations and be able to work within its parameters.

General Knowledge/Skills

The following knowledge and skills are not all-inclusive, but are indicative of the requirements for the role:

- The ability to work well as an integral part of a small, committed, and growing team.
- A flexible approach to meeting changing circumstances.
- A creative and open approach to problem solving.
- Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), experience is preferred to prepare documents and worksheets.
- The capability to exercise good judgment and assume responsibility for decisions, consequences, and results having an impact on people, costs, and/or quality of service within the functional area.
- Good oral and written communication skills, including a good command of the English language.
- To always act as an ambassador for Arquebus.
- Must be able to follow Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to ensure the delivery of services is to the required standard.
- Ability to operate at the required standard following training in laboratory procedures and equipment operation.


Arquebus is open to the post-holder being based at their home anywhere in the world, as long as they are open to travel to the UK periodically for training. The post holder will be provided with a remote IBIS MATCHPOINT analysis station so must have a suitable home working environment for this equipment.


Negotiable depending on relevant skills and experience.

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is Sunday 25th February 2024.

Happy to answer any questions if you would like to send me a message. Many thanks.
Glenn Lawrence
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