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Firearm Identification / Re: Fired Cartridge Case Error Rate Study
« Last post by Jim Hamby on Yesterday at 11:11:53 AM »
Hi all, I was also a participant in this study. The test was properly constructed (in my opinion) and the results are of value to our science. Jim
Firearm Identification / Re: Fired Cartridge Case Error Rate Study
« Last post by Aaron Brudenell on September 30, 2014, 03:59:29 PM »
Results look like more good stuff for us--I remember the test was good. 

I even gave the samples to a trainee to work for practice but they were never going to publish the ground truth results so all we could do is compare our answers.
Job Announcements / Scientist position - Pittsburgh, PA
« Last post by Debbie Chaklos Tator on September 30, 2014, 09:49:57 AM »
Job Announcement Description
Job Title:
Medical Examiners Office/Forensic Lab Division
$3,376.22-$5,643.96 per month
How to Apply:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled and/or the posting is closed. After reviewing this job announcement, please click on the link at the bottom of the page to apply online. A resume is required with the application. Further instructions on submission of documents are available in the online application.
Minimum Requirements:
A bachelorís degree in chemistry, biochemistry, analytical chemistry, biology, physics, or a related degree OR a bachelorís degree from an accredited four-year college AND an advanced academic degree in the aforementioned sciences. An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted.
Original college transcript(s) required at time of application.
A current driverís license is required upon appointment.
NOTE: The successful candidate will demonstrate a working knowledge of instrumentation methods.
Position Summary:
Under the supervision and guidance of a Scientist 3 or 4, the Scientist is an entry level position with the Forensic Science Laboratory. This position performs scientific analysis of physical and/or biological evidence from a post-mortem case, a crime scene, victim and/or suspects within an area of the Forensic Laboratory Division (Forensic Chemistry, Trace Evidence, Forensic Serology/DNA, Forensic Toxicology, or Firearms). The incumbent develops competency in the analysis, comparison, and evaluation of a variety of physical and biological evidence such as blood, physiological fluids, hairs, fibers, fingerprints, cosmetics, glass, paints, explosive residue, arson residue, metals, soils, firearms, toolmarks, gunshot residue, serial number restoration, drugs of abuse, and other items of forensic interest. This position also testifies in court as to the results obtained, interpretation of the results, and chain-of-custody of evidence.
  • Accepts evidence and assumes chain-of-custody for evidence being submitted to the Forensic Science Laboratory or to a section of the laboratory.
  • Analyzes and compares a wide variety of physical and/or biological evidence in the Forensic Science Laboratory.
  • Maintains a record of laboratory casework.
  • Reviews laboratory and casework data.
  • Prepares laboratory and casework reports.
  • Participates in quality team efforts to advance laboratory technology.
  • Testifies in court on methods, results, and interpretation of tests performed.
  • Performs other related duties as required or requested
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Knowledge of:
  • Physical and biological analysis, comparison, and evaluation
  • Laboratory safety procedures
  • Quality assurance and quality control
Ability to:
  • Communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Participate in an intensive training program in order to develop competence in prescribed laboratory procedures and techniques
  • Maintain competency through performance evaluation and proficiency testing
  • Approach problem solving in a logical, unbiased, and methodical manner
  • Manage multiple tasks efficiently
  • Analyze and interpret data and develop sound conclusions
  • Analyze and solve technical problems
  • Work well in a team, and independently
Residency: Must become a resident of Allegheny County within one (1) year of appointment
Veteran's Preference: Will be awarded to eligible candidates.


Job Announcements / Forensic Scientist - Firearm/Toolmark
« Last post by Mitch Rector on September 26, 2014, 05:07:22 PM »
The City of Birmingham, Alabama anticipates openings for two Forensic Scientists - Firearm/Toolmark, in the next 30-45 days.  Although the position is not posted currently, interested parties can review the job requirements at the following link:
Using the seach tools, search for job title "Forensic Scientist" or job code "6473".
Interested parties may contact the following for more information:
Mitch Rector
Firearm Identification / Fired Cartridge Case Error Rate Study
« Last post by aagosto on September 26, 2014, 04:11:18 PM »
Hi and Greetings
 I have been reading the results obtained by the study of: Fired Cartridge Case Error Rate Study by Dr. David P. Baldwin sponsored by the Defense Forensic Office and will be carried out by the Midwest Forensics Resource Center (MFRC) at the Ames Laboratory USDOE. I would like to know your opinions about the results of those who were participants. :-00
Training Seminars / Re: 2014 AFTE Eastern Regional
« Last post by Theodore Chavez on September 24, 2014, 04:19:02 PM »
A reminder that the cutoff date for submitting registration is approaching, please send any questions to Thank you.
Thanks for posting!   :-0
Job Announcements / Forensic Scientist (Firearms & Toolmark) Position, Washington DC
« Last post by saud23 on September 19, 2014, 12:03:22 PM »
Refer to the attachment and hyperlink for information regarding this Forensic Scientist (Firearms & Toolmark) position in Washington DC. Great opportunity. Please note the next screening date is September 23, 2014. The closing date for this position is October 8, 2014.

Headstamp Submissions / New Headstamps (part 2)
« Last post by Eric Warren on September 18, 2014, 11:37:46 AM »
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Call For Assistance Feedback / Re: Unknown cartridge
« Last post by Cole on September 18, 2014, 09:32:41 AM »
Perhaps some variation of a Russian SP-4 round or related round?  I've never seen one in person and don't know much about them, so this is pretty speculative.

It could just be a weird homemade assemblage of junk, for all I know.
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