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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!
Public Forums / Blue acrylic snap cap training rounds
« Last post by BLiu on May 09, 2024, 10:55:57 AM »
I came across this interesting snap cap during casework and thought I’d share since this is the first time our lab has encountered it. From an initial view, it looks like a 9mm Luger caliber Speer cartridge but upon evaluation, there is a blue acrylic material that is filled within the primer pocket area. There is no primer and no gunpowder component.
According to the manufacturer website:
"Our Ebay store offers a large variety of snap caps (training rounds). Each one is hand-made in our small family run business and we take pride in offering an affordable, superior quality product. They are made using actual brass and bullet to represent the real weight and feel, for an unmatched true training experience. Even though they contain no powder or primer, and no part of these can be used for live rounds, the primer pocket has been filled in with a soft set acrylic which helps to distinguish them from live rounds and assists with ideal weight."

Here is a link to their store page for reference:
Training Seminars / Re: AFTE 2024 Golf Anyone?
« Last post by Alan Zheng on May 07, 2024, 11:12:07 AM »
I most likely won't be able to do much during the week. Enjoy!
Training Seminars / Re: AFTE 2024 Golf Anyone?
« Last post by Troy Chadwick on May 07, 2024, 10:51:25 AM »
I won't be arriving until Saturday evening so I cannot join then, however I am planning to squeeze in an afternoon/twilight round at some point during the week.
See the link below or go to to apply.  Technician-level experience will be considered for the experience requirement.  The experience preferred is meant to, at the least, put the candidate on an accelerated path to becoming a fully qualified examiner.

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Training Seminars / Re: AFTE 2024 Salmon Fishing
« Last post by Darryl Barr on May 06, 2024, 11:01:16 AM »
Stacey, I PM'd you.

According to the guide I spoke with, King (Chinook) Salmon start running mid May up there and range between 15-65lbs. Will be using light tackle, so should be fun!
Training Seminars / Re: AFTE 2024 Salmon Fishing
« Last post by Stacey Phetteplace on May 06, 2024, 07:42:47 AM »
Oh, if I had seen this before I booked a halibut trip. Everyone I talked to said the salmon don't run until late June and I would have much better luck with halibut. I really wanted salmon. :(

Two positions for Physical Scientist (Firearms & Toolmark Examiner), GS-1301, will open 6 May 2024, with a closing date of 17 May 2024.  These deployable positions are with the Forensic Exploitation Department (FXD), US Army Criminal Investigation Division (CID), located on Ft. Gillem, GA. The Forensic Exploitation Department is an organization that provides full-spectrum forensic services to the Department of Defense, intelligence organizations, legal agencies, and other federal and non-federal agencies, worldwide. The job announcement number is DAHT240234278581HK and can be found on The salary range is $76,671 - $142,065 per year and they are permanent full-time positions. We will train the right candidates who meet the educational requirements and have minimal forensic experience.

Please refer to the web page below for the job announcement:

If you have any questions about the position, feel free to send me a message.

Job Announcements / Forensic Technician-NIBIN
« Last post by Ryan Kent on May 02, 2024, 03:10:41 PM »
Crime Lab Forensic Technician | Job Details tab | Career Pages (

This posting has 1 vacancy in the Firearm and Toolmark Identification Unit for a NIBIN technician.  If you have any questions, please feel free to message me privately on here, or email me at
Job Announcements / Firearms Examiner - New Jersey State Police (Updated)
« Last post by njhvasta on May 02, 2024, 12:02:29 PM »
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Above is the link to the updated job posting.  The previous one was posted incorrectly.  If you applied to the previous posting, you do not need to reapply and are still under consideration.

We are looking to fill a position for a firearm and toolmark examiner.  All can apply and will be considered, however; preference will be given to those who are fully trained and qualified in the duties listed in posting and have work experience. 

Closes 05/09/2024

Please feel free to respond to this post or reach out to me directly with any questions at the following:
(609)584-5051 x5819

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