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AFTE News Archives- 2005

Below you will find news items posted to the AFTE Home page for the year of 2005.  Most of the links included with each news item will still provide you with additional information but be advised, the pages that these links refer to have probably been updated several times since these news items were posted.  Also, some of the pages linked to may no longer exist.

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Saturday, December 24, 2005

2006 Training Seminar Factory Tours- The AFTE 2006 seminar will have a special session on Wednesday June 28, 2006 dedicated to Special Events.  One of the Special Events will be the opportunity to visit firearm factories. This is your opportunity to visit the factories while you are at the seminar. More...

AFTE 2006 FREE ROOM!- If you are registered (Payment received) by Jan 31, 2006, you will be entered in a drawing for a free room at the Sheraton for the week of the seminar.


Wednesday, December 7, 2005

The Scientific Foundations of Firearms and Tool Mark Identification - A Response to Recent Challenges-  Recently, an article was published in The Columbia Science and Technology Law Review entitled “A Systemic Challenge to the Reliability and Admissibility of Firearms and Toolmark Identification."  Distinguished AFTE Member Ron Nichols has written a critical review of this article.  Read his review and view a new PowerPoint Summary by... clicking here


Tuesday, December 6, 2005

Call for Members- The AFTE Business Planning Committee is looking for interested voting members with business or business planning experience to submit their name for consideration as a committee member. Interested members should submit their name and a brief background statement to Carlo J Rosati at Please note: Place "AFTE BPC" in the subject line of your e-mail.


Friday, December 2, 2005

ATF Toolmark Identification and Comparison Training-  Now taking applications for a new ATF toolmark training class.  This class supports the identification and comparison of toolmarks commonly encountered in criminal investigations. It is highly advanced and technical in nature. Students receive training in tool manufacture, common tool action and the toolmarks they produce, as well as perform fracture and physical match examinations.... click here for more information


Tuesday, November 29, 2005

AFTE FORUM-  Hey have you visited the AFTE Forum lately?  If not, that's where the action is!  AFTE members definitely want to login to the forum.  If you aren't logged in as a member you're missing a lot of very interesting discussions as well as some excellent information for reference in case work.  Also, both friends of AFTE and members alike can help out with the AFTE Headstamp Guide.  Recent topics:


Members Topics

Public Topics

Thursday, November 3, 2005

2005 Training Seminar DVD Sales-  The technical papers given at the 2005 AFTE Training Seminar in Indianapolis, IN were recorded on DVD's and are now being offered to members and non-members for a nominal price.  For more information and to order your Training Seminar DVD's... click here


Wednesday, November 2, 2005

Daubert Resources-  The Scientific Working Group for Firearms and Toolmarks (SWGGUN) is currently assembling a Daubert Resource Folder on the SWGGUN website. This folder will contain materials to assist FA/TM Examiners in preparing for a Daubert challenge... Read more


Tuesday, September 20, 2005

2006 Training Seminar-  New information, including the Workshop Schedule, a Call For Papers, the Certification Test Schedule and the Exhibitor Registration form, can now be found by clicking the seminar links over there in the right column ------>


Monday, September 19, 2005

Call for Nominations  (members only)-  The Nominating Committee invites all voting members of AFTE to forward the name and curriculum vitae of individuals they believe would be strong candidates for office during the next AFTE election... Read more


Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Louisiana Examiners (members only)-  Louise Walzer, long time member and a past President of AFTE, called today to let AFTE members know that she was OK after hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast eight days ago.  More information can be found in the AFTE Forum... Read More


Monday, August 15, 2005

AFTE 2006 Announcement-  The 37th annual AFTE Training Seminar will take place at the Springfield Convention Center, in Springfield Massachusetts from June 26 through June 30, 2006. The host committee would like to invite you to participate in this seminar and we encourage early registration so we can plan properly. Read More!


Tuesday, June 28, 2005

AFTE 2005 Training Seminar-  Awards presented at the 36th annual AFTE Training Seminar Banquet and a number of photos are now available for your viewing pleasure.  In addition, some random pictures from Friday's workshops and the exhibitors area are now online... click here


Friday, June 24, 2005

AFTE Training Seminar-  The training seminar is wrapping up in Indy!  Thursday was the last full day of lectures and the Banquet was a big success.  Today will wrap up with a few lingering workshops.  Summaries of Thursday's schedule and several pictures of the attendees can be found by... clicking here


Thursday, June 23, 2005

AFTE Training Seminar-  Wednesday brought another full day of lectures followed by several workshops.  To view the abstracts and a summary of the day's activities... click here


Wednesday, June 22, 2005

AFTE Training Seminar-  Tuesday at the training seminar saw some excellent papers presented!  The schedule and the abstracts from these papers are now online and can be seen if you... click here


Tuesday, June 21, 2005

AFTE Training Seminar-  Monday was a full day and evening filled with lectures, the AFTE business meeting and workshops.  To see a summary of the day's schedule, and a few pictures... click here


Monday, June 20, 2005

AFTE Training Seminar-  The seminar is in full swing with almost 300 registered attendees!  The technical program will begin Monday morning.  Sunday's events included several workshops, registration and a welcome reception.  For pictures and more... click here


Saturday, June 18, 2005

AFTE Training Seminar-  Keep an eye on the website this week as the training seminar kicks into full gear!  Daily summaries of the lectures and workshops will be posted... click here


Thursday, May 12, 2005

AFTE Training Seminar Golf Outing-  The Garry Rathman Annual Golf Outing will be Sunday, June 19th at the Twin Oaks Golf Club... click here


Wednesday, May 11, 2005

AFTE Training Seminar Room Availability-  Rooms are in short supply for the training seminar next month in Indianapolis.  See an important announcement on the forum for more information... click here


Friday, April 29, 2005

Gunsite- Shooting Reconstruction Class-  A new class will be held October 15-21, 2005.  For more information... click here


Monday, April 18, 2005

AFTE 2006 Shirt Offer-  It's not too early to start thinking about next year's training seminar in Springfield, MA.  AFTE 2006 is scheduled for June 24 thru June 29th, 2006.  To raise seed money to cover the cost of setting up this training seminar the host committee is selling polo shirts with the AFTE logo.... read more


AFTE Forum Summary- The following is a topic summary of recent posts to the AFTE Forum:

Member Forum Posts
-Winchester Shotgun Ammo Alteration in Manufacturing
Brand of bullet??

New Chair of the Accreditation Advisory Committee:
Gunshot Residue vs. Firearm Discharge Residue

Public Forum Posts
-FA/TM Job Announcement- Hamilton County Coroner's Lab

Monday, April 4, 2005

AFTE Forum Summary- The following is a topic summary of recent posts to the AFTE Forum:

Member Forum Posts
-Proposed AFTE Bylaws Amendment- Dues Relief
Average Monthly Case Load (poll)
-NIST traceable measure for barrel length
Shooting Range
-Chronograph Recommendations
-Thanks to Sickness & Distress Committee
-Ballistics Database Yields 1st Conviction
-New "Shocking" Projectiles
-Owners Manuals Galore
-Jimenez Arms.......Bryco

Public Forum Posts
-Las Vegas -FA Examiner position open
-Employment Opportunity- San Mateo County Sheriff

Thursday, March 17, 2005

Goddard Award Applications-  Applications are being accepted for this year's Goddard Award.  Visit for more information or visit the AFTE Forum for additional details... click here


AFTE Scholarship Program-  The AFTE Scholarship Committee is now accepting applications from students seeking a career in Forensic Science.  April 1st deadline is fast approaching... read more


Thursday, March 10, 2005

AFTE Dues Reminder-  Just a quick reminder that if you pay your AFTE dues prior to April 1st you will receive a $25 dollar discount!  Pay now to avoid having to pay the normal dues rate.  Payments can be made online too.. read more


Friday, February 25, 2005

Molnar Family Scholarship- The Molnar Family Scholarship is a $1,000.00 annual award to be given to an undergrad or grad student in an accredited Forensic Science program. The scholarship is established in memory of Firearms Examiner Steve Molnar, Jr. of the Ohio BCI&I, by his family: Michael Molnar, Kathy Molnar Guenther, Edward Guenther, Alex Molnar and Aaron Guenther who all share an interest and love for firearms and forensic sciences.. read more


Thursday, February 17, 2004

AFTE Forum Summary- The following is a topic summary of recent posts to the AFTE Forum:

Member Forum Posts
-Still no word on new ballistics machine- Jamaica Observer

Rifling Data Search 5.5 (RC2)
Cobra Enterprises
CMS Clarification - 2D versus 3D Comparison?
D of handgun shotshell capsules.
Certification Written Tests - AFTE 2005
Pen Gun Device
Magazine ID Help Needed

Public Forum Posts
-Interview help
College studies in forensics...Any firearms related?
Firearm/Toolmarks Examiner, Contra Costa Sheriff's Office
Technical Sales Representative- Comparison Microscopes
Las Vegas -FA Examiner position open
It's Now Open
Used Comparison Microscope


Friday, January 14, 2005

President's Message, Jan 2005-  All members should take the time to read a message from AFTE President Ron Marrs that summarizes the recent Board of Directors mid-year meeting... read more


AFTE SHOT Show Get-together-  Attention all Firearms Examiners attending the 2005 SHOT Show. This year’s “AFTE in Vegas” get-together will be at Cosmo’s Ristorante, Saturday January 29 beginning at 5:30PM... read more






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