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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
We have just opened a Firearm Examiner Trainee position for our lab in San Antonio, TX! Please share around with those interested in starting their career (interns/ volunteers/ recent graduates).

This position closes on 2/4/2024. Must be authorized to work in the US.

Please reach out to myself (, Ed Wallace (, or David Pendleton ( with questions.

This position requires:

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree or advanced degree in Chemical, Physical, Biological Science, Engineering, or Forensic Science.

Must have three (3) semester credit hours (or equivalent) in college-level statistics course or a program approved by the Texas Forensic Science Commission or be able to obtain the required credit hours within one (1) year of hire. (Note: Sixteen (16) semester credit hours (or equivalent) in college level chemistry coursework above general coursework from an accredited university is NOT required for the Firearms discipline).
Job Announcements / Firearm & Toolmark Technician Position
« Last post by Rebecca Mullen on January 24, 2024, 12:05:59 PM »
We are hiring for a Firearm & Toolmark Technician position at the Arkansas State Crime Lab in Little Rock, Arkansas. Please go to the link below for more information and to apply. If you have any questions, please email me


Rebecca Mullen
Chief Firearm & Toolmark Examiner
Training Seminars / Shooting Incident Reconstruction Course - Montana in May
« Last post by Michael Haag on January 21, 2024, 06:54:56 PM »

As the warmer months approach, SIR courses are getting locked in.

A five (5) day class has been scheduled for:  May 13th-17th, 2024.

The course will be hosted by the Great Falls Police Department in Montana. 

Attached is the flyer for the course, as well as a syllabus for this five (5) day/40-hour course. 

Additionally, a registration form has been attached to this post should you wish to register.   If you have more than one person coming from your agency, you can use the same form for everyone. 

Contact information:
cell/text:       +1 505 401-6225

This course is a great opportunity to see one of the most beautiful states in the US.
Tack on a bit of extra time and plan a trip before or after the course. As always, if you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Public Forums / Re: Question on Winchester 5.56x45mm Target headstamps
« Last post by Humpy on January 19, 2024, 03:59:52 PM »
The "dots" indicate the module number in the SCAMP lines at Lake City AAP. SCAMP rotary loaders manufacture 12 rounds per second and they have three for 5.56 and I think one for 7.62 IIRC.
The SCAMPS laser gage every round and as soon as one die set goes out all material feed to that loader is cut off.  Lake City can manufacture 77 million rounds per day on 386 schedule.
The application filing period for Criminalist with the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department - Scientific Services Bureau opens 01/16/2024 at 0800hrs.  This is an entry-level position and incumbents may be assigned to work in the following disciplines: Toxicology (alcohol and drug, including breath instrument calibration), Controlled Substances, Firearms, Trace Evidence (hairs/fibers, footwear & tire, fire debris/ignitables, explosives, gunshot primer residue, etc.), Crime Scene Investigation, or Biology (DNA). 

The LASD Crime Lab is a full-service laboratory with 273 employees serving a large metropolitan area.  It is a great place to gain broad experience.

After two years of experience (or one year with certain advanced degrees), incumbents are eligible for promotion to the significantly higher-paid Senior Criminalist position.  There are additional opportunities for further upward mobility to supervisory and management positions.  Los Angeles County offers excellent benefits, including extensive leave time, healthcare, and retirement. 

The job bulletin containing further details can be found here:

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions.

Jim Carroll
[/size]The Virginia Department of Forensic Science (DFS) is seeking a qualified candidate to perform Firearm and Toolmark examinations at the Eastern Regional Laboratory, located in Norfolk, Virginia. The department will be filling two positions from this posting.[/color][/size][/font]
[/size][/size]This Forensic Scientist position examines, compares, and evaluates firearms, ammunition components, clothing, tools and objects bearing toolmarks. Responsibilities include the documentation of evidence, interpreting results, preparing reports of findings for use by the Criminal Justice System, preparing court exhibits and testifying in court as an expert witness. Occasional overnight travel is required, and employee will provide their own transportation as required.[/size][/size]To be considered qualified, candidates must be eligible to apply for the Association of Firearm and Tool Mark Examiners (AFTE) membership, have completed a documented training program and demonstrate competency in Firearm and Toolmark comparison analysis.The documented training program and demonstration of competency can consist of relevant academic coursework, internal or external training courses, and competency tests, but must meet the Virginia Department of Forensic Science's training requirements for the candidate to be considered qualified. Records documenting the successfully completed coursework, training and testing will be requested.
To view position details and apply, go to:
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