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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Accutrans: Lifting Techniques From Difficult Surfaces & Toolmarks
Instructor(s): JoAnn DiPrete - Accutrans USA
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $45

AccuTrans Casting Material has been specially developed for forensic applications. The high tear-resistance and the ideal recovery after deformation of over 99.8% are the keys to a precise impression result. AccuTrans is so precise it can capture the ink depth of a dollar bill, making it a logical choice for forensic investigators.

This class is encouraged for crime scene investigators processing scenes as well as forensic analysts processing items in the laboratory.

Objectives: 

  1. A brief history on the development of AccuTrans.
  2. Demonstration on how to apply AccuTrans.
  3. Each student will rotate through a series of workstations to:
    1. Process different types of evidence items for tool marks that would be submitted for laboratory analysis/comparison
    2. Lift the tool mark with AccuTrans
    3. Cast rifling inside gun barrels

***Students will have the opportunity to cast 5 consecutively manufactured barrels to take home for further analysis.

Surfaces that will be experimented with:

  • Texture
  • Curved Surfaces
  • Human Skin
  • Underwater Tool Marks
  • Tool Marks
  • Barrel Impressions

Additional AccuTrans information:

  • AccuTrans Auto Mix Extruder Gun eliminates manual mixing. 
  • The component mixing occurs inside the mixing tips as the polyvinylsiloxane is extruded from the Auto Mix gun.
  • The impression is 1:1 and can be placed under a scanner or camera and searched in the Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
  • The transparent silicone enables an investigator to place the lift on any color background, allowing photographic image capture.
  • AccuTrans can be used on curved surfaces, and flat, horizontal or vertical planes.  When used on vertical planes, a small amount of silicone is needed.  This casting silicone can also be used on smooth or rough surfaces, human skin and blood evidence.
  • This silicone can also be used to make an impression inside a gun barrel by using a light release agent before application.

Machining for the Firearm Examiner
Instructor(s): Chris Monturo - Miami Valey Regional Crime Lab
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $75

This workshop is designed to provide students with detailed information and examples of the various machining processes used to manufacture firearm components.  An emphasis on the effect of the cutting tool interaction with the work piece will be defined and demonstrated.  In addition to discussion of the individual characteristics produced by the machining process, the potential for subclass will be explored along with examples.  *Take home machining samples will be distributed to students for further examination.

Sufficient Agreement and Subclass
Instructor(s): Carl Rone - Delaware State Police, Felicia Evans - Metro Nashville Police Dept.
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $45

This workshop will center on sufficient agreement and subclass.  Actual specimens and castings will be used and displayed using the Vision X microscope.  Each exhibit will be discussed as a group with consideration focusing on sufficiency.  Participants are encouraged to bring anything that they would like viewed and discussed during the workshop.

NOTE: Students encouraged to bring their own specimens for the class discussion portion.

Matchpoint Tips & Tricks for IBIS-TRAX HD3D
Instructor(s): Andrew Boyle - Ultra-Electronics Forensic Techniques
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: $35

The following workshop will go over the vast variety of tools and options available within your Matchpoint HD3D workstation with a special emphasis on real-world workflows for screening cartridge case and bullet images effectively.

Slide Fire Familiarization
Instructor(s): Joseph M. Young, Edward Gesser - Prince George's County Police
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $65

In light of recent events, this familiarization course is being offered to afford FA/TM examiners the chance to become acquainted with the Slide Fire system to include function, installation, operation (live fire) and comparison to fully automatic assault rifles. Each student will be afforded the opportunity to participate in live firing.

NOTE: Students should bring hearing and eye protection.

Hi-Point Firearms Armorer Course
Instructor(s): Brian Smelser - Washington State Patrol, Chris Monturo - Miami Valey Regional Crime Lab
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $55

This course will discuss the Hi-Point product line as well as assembly/disassembly, serial number system, and the manufacturing processes utilized by the company. There will be a hands-on portion of the course using actual Hi-Point firearms.

NOTE: U.S. Citizens ONLY.

Courtroom Testimony: A Practical Approach From A Firearm Examiner and Prosecutor's Point of View
Instructor(s): Jeff Goudeau - Louisiana State Police Crime Lab, Jonathon Church - Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $45

One of the most challenging things for an examiner, and one area where often on-the-job training is the only training, is courtroom testimony. This half day workshop will focus on assisting examiners with improving their communication and testimonial skills. This interactive workshop will make use of specific cases with a critical examination of how questions were answered during testimony and ways in which examiners can improve upon these answers and explanations. The workshop will also focus on ways an examiner can testify in a way that is believable and understandable to a jury or a judge. Communication skills and testimony tips will be given in order to better prepare a firearm examiner to be successful in court.

Subclass Characteristics
Instructor(s): Nancy D. McCombs, California DOJ - Fresno
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $45

This workshop will introduce students to methods of recognizing potential subclass characteristics.  A wide variety of firearm and tool mark manufacturing processes will be evaluated for subclass carry-over potential.  Participants will discuss lab practices with an emphasis in documenting potential subclass characteristics in casework.

Understanding the Math of Bullet Path Analysis
Instructor(s): Matthew Noedel, Noedel Scientific
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $65

This 1/2 day workshop will focus on the use of trigonometric formulas to document and solve horizontal and vertical aspects of bullet path analysis. In some circumstances, use of traditional trajectory rods, lasers or other techniques to determine bullet paths may not be feasible. Using the location and position of primary and secondary impact points (measured by hand or other techniques), students will learn how to apply the formulas to solve the appropriate angles and then use these values in scene reconstruction. A lecture followed by practical hands on examination of simulated bullet paths will be used to teach these principles.  Students are encouraged to bring a  scientific calculator, cameras and note taking material.

NOTE: Students should bring scientific calculator (or phone app), camera, and note taking material.

Quantofix Nitrite Workshop
Instructors: Evan Thompson & Jill Kurzenberger
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: $45

Several problems exist with the currently employed Modified Griess Test:

  • The limited availability of glossy photographic paper
  • The ever-changing chemistry of the emulsion layer on inkjet photo paper
  • The preparation time required to treat the paper(s)
  • The exposure to the chemicals necessary to prepare the paper(s)

A solution to each of these points has been successfully tested for detecting the presence of nitrites: a new pre-treated, ready-to-use paper called QUANTOFIX® Nitrite Sheets.  QUANTOFIX® Nitrite sheets will be utilized by attendees to test to the presence of nitrites, produced by gun fire, on white cotton twill cloth, denim cloth, printed cloth, sheet metal (car), painted drywall (inside structure material) and wood (siding).  Additionally, attendees will be given hands on training utilizing commercially available test strips for detecting for the presence of lead and copper residues on the above listed items.  Attendees will need to provide their own USB flash drive.

NOTE: Students must bring a USB flash drive for downloading course material.

Recognizing 80% Lowers (Pistol & Rifle Platforms) in Casework
Instructor(s): Jaimie Smith, Max Kingery, Edward Gesser, William Swift - Prince George's County Police/FEU/ATF
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $100

This workshop will provide information on the 80% lower receivers for both pistols and rifle platforms.  It will include legal information/ramifications, recognizing a 80% lower in casework, available manufacturers, different methods of manufacture, advantages/disadvantages to different methods of manufacture, the process of converting an 80% lower to a fully functioning firearm, equipment necessary to achieve a functioning firearm, a cost comparison to purchasing a functioning firearm, and potential reasons to purchase this type of firearm.  During the workshop, examples of the receivers at different stages throughout the manufacturing process will be available, as well as videos explaining how it was done.  Finally, there will be a practical hands-on assembly and test firing the assembled firearms at the range.

NOTE: Law Enforcement or Government Employees ONLY.  Students must bring hearing and eye protection.

Distance Determination : An Overview
Instructor(s): Adam Grooms, Erica Lawton - Alabama Department of Forensic Sciences 
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $100

This workshop is designed to give the student an overview of difference aspects related to the examination process in distance determination cases.  Utilizing a combination of lecture, case examples, and practical exercises, participants will be exposed to the visual, chemical and instrumental methods that are used during the examination process.  Topics covered will include: history, proper case notes, visual and chemical analysis, incorporation of instrumental processes, conclusions and results, unique situations, uncertainty of measurement, and courtroom testimony.   *Lunch will be provided to students.

NOTE: Students must bring lab coats and eye protection.

Implementation of 3D Technology, Analysis, and Statistics for FA/TM Examinations
Instructor(s): Xiaoyu Alan Zheng (NIST), Thomas Renegar, Michael Stocker, Johannes Soons, Nicholas Petraco, Ryan Lilien (Cadre), Erich Smith (FBI) 
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $55

This full day workshop provides foundational knowledge and real world applications of emerging research, tools and automated technologies for firearm and toolmark analysis. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) will provide an overview of the direction and methodologies currently being employed in FA/TM research as well as future roles that the technology can be utilized. A case study will be presented on how the FBI Laboratory Firearms/Toolmarks Unit (FTU) has been evaluating 3D technologies, validation, incorporation into casework, and mapping out challenges that laboratories could face with implementation. Attendees will also have an opportunity to participate in several CTS style tests using virtual comparison microscopy to learn about its utility in every day casework.  Topics Include:

  • Intro and Technology Landscape
  • 3D Measurement Principles
  • Measurement Quality
  • Computer-aided Firearm and Toolmark Identification
  • Statistical Framework
  • Virtual Microscopy (VM)
  • FBI FTU Validation and Implementation of VM into Casework

Metallurgy for the Non-Metallurgist for Firearm and Ammunition Producers and Users
Instructor(s): Dana J. Medlin, Ph.D., P.E. / Frederick E. Schmidt, Ph.D., P.E.
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $75

This course will cover the general aspects of metallurgy with specific application to firearms and ammunitions. Some of the general topics that will be covered include:

  • A brief history of metals from the first development of metals for use as weapons thousands of years ago to the modern era will be given. 
  • A basic explanation of the distinctive physical and mechanical properties that make metals exceptional materials for firearm and ammunition applications.
  • A comprehensive review of the national and international alloy designation systems used to identify metals.
  • A general overview of basic physical metallurgy theory and applying these theories to appropriate alloy manufacturing and heat treatment methods.
  • Explain how metals are formed into engineering components with specific reference to firearms and ammunitions.
  • Heat treatment terminology, methods and best practices for firearm components.
  • A basic overview of physical and mechanical test methods to determine critical properties of metals, as well as a discussion concerning typical standard test methods.
  • Explain the basis for the selection process of different alloys for specific applications.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Has Anyone Seen My Paradigm Shift?: Witness Testimony For The Next ??? Years
Instructor(s): Ron Smith - President of Ron Smith and Associates, Inc. 
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $45

We used to ask "Who Moved My Cheese?"; now it is more scientifically called a "Paradigm Shift". The problem for operational forensic laboratories is when it comes to providing testimony in courts of law is that we don't even know if we are supposed to be "experts", "technicians" or some new title none of us have even heard yet. The courts have been encouraged not to use the term "expert" since it seems to be showing too much favoritism and in this ever changing environment lab directors are supposed to somehow know how to teach their staff on who to be and what to say.  Not only are we confused as to our identity on the witness stand but also how much we can, or should, say in support of our own conclusions. Say too much and you get criticized. Say too little and the jury doesn't fully understand the probative value of your examinations. This four hour (very interactive) workshop will address these issues and many more regarding the current status of providing solid forensic testimony in courts of law and how we can keep our staff up to speed in today's rapidly changing courtroom environment.

LWRCI: AR Platform Function Overview & Manufacturing Overview
Instructor(s): Joseph Martin / Joe Devens - LWRCI
Time: 1pm-4pm
Cost: $65

Located in Maryland,  LWRCI, a manufacturer of high-end AR-platform rifles of both short-stroke piston design as well as direct impingement design, will bring hi-definition video footage from inside their facilities to showcase all of their machining processes, which includes hammer forged barrels that are made in-house. LWRCI is bringing the manufacturer tour directly to you, but from the comforts of your viewing chair. This workshop will also include an abbreviated AR-platform armorer’s course using specially created cutaway rifles. An open Q&A session with one of the company’s design engineers and an LE sales/service representative will round out the workshop.

NOTE: U.S. Citizens ONLY.

The Use of Metal Detectors for the Recovery of Metallic Evidence: Your Evidence is Only a Beep Away
Instructor(s): King C. Brown, Dawn Watkins, Jan Johnson - Forensic Pieces
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $45

  • Have you ever tried to recover metallic evidence with a metal detector you have never really practiced with?
  • Have you ever had to testify in court about your knowledge and expertise with the use of a metal detector?
  • How does a metal detector work?
  • What types of metals does it detect?

We will give you some fantastic information on the use of a metal detector and provide you with a hands-on practice application & techniques to help you recover those difficult to find forensic pieces of evidence, such as cartridge cases and bullets.  This will be a hands-on workshop.  This workshop also includes gridding and mapping of your metallic evidence search.  Class is for forensic professionals, law enforcement, and crime scene technicians, with skill ranges of beginner to advanced.  *Metal Detectors Provided.

NOTE: Students should bring note taking materials.

Ruger LCP/LCP II Armorer Course
Instructor(s): Bob Wood, Ruger Firearms
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $75

The Ruger LCP/LCP II Armorer Course will cover all armorer aspects of the Ruger LCP including: familiarization, nomenclature, disassembly, reassembly, function, troubleshooting and inspection.  While previous armorer experience is not necessary, it is helpful.

NOTE: U.S. Citizens ONLY. Students must bring safety glasses and a flashlight.

Glock Gen 5 Pistol Armorer Course
Instructor(s): TBD, Glock Firearms
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $150

This one day course (8 hours) will cover the maintenance and service of the Gen 5 pistol and previous Generations. Upon successful completion and payment of the course, each student will receive a 3 year Certified Armorer Certification.

NOTE: U.S. Citizens ONLY. Students must bring safety glasses.

Springfield Armory 1911 Armorer Course
Instructor(s): Gary J. Monreal, Team One Network
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $185

Team One Network conducts Springfield Armory Armorer Courses on behalf of Springfield Armory.  This course is structured to provide each student with a practical understanding of the advanced features that make the Springfield Armory family of firearms unique.  Certifications are valid for three (3) years.  Topics covered: nomenclature, operator use, cycle of functioning, field & detail stripping, care & cleaning, troubleshooting, preventive & corrective maintenance

NOTE: U.S. Citizens ONLY. Students must bring safety glasses.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Redefining Possibilities: The Development of Latent Fingermarks from Cartridge Casings and Metals Using a Novel Vapour Phase Technique and Foster & Freeman Specialist Lighting Equipment for GSR and Bloodstains
Instructor(s): Dr. Roberto King - Foster and Freeman USA
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $45

This workshop will begin by providing participants with background theory to a novel chemical fuming process that has been shown to offer significant advantages over traditional latent fingermark enhancement processes across a range of metallic substrates (copper, brass, stainless steel, etc). The unique ability of this process to recover fingerprint ridge patterns when none of the latent fingermark residue actually remains on the substrate (i.e. the surface has been wiped clean, washed, submerged in water, heated, or a combination of these) will also be explored and practical examples illustrated and demonstrated in real-time. Fingermark recovery from fired ammunition casings will also be discussed in detail, with demonstrations being extended not only to enhancing the fingerprints using this fuming process, but also with reference to the imaging of this troublesome substrate type: cylindrical surface unwrapping using a peripheral imaging stage.  The use of specialist lighting and imaging tools for this type of evidence, as well as other traditionally difficult evidence such as gun-shot residue and blood particularly located on dark backgrounds will be explored and participants will get the opportunity to look at evidence both in the visible and invisible spectrum. Participants will also get the opportunity to utilize the specialist lighting and imaging tools for live crime scene and laboratory search in the near-infrared range to locate such evidence.

NOTE: Participants may bring some samples of their own for treatment/imaging.

Using Ultra-Violet & Infrared Photography for the Discovery and Documentation of Invisible Evidence
Instructor(s): King C. Brown - West Palm Beach Police Department
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $55

As technology evolves, the importance of capturing forensic evidence becomes more and more important to the case solvability.  New advances in Ultra-violet and Infrared photography have brought invisble evidence to the forefront of the investigation.  This workshop will delve into Ultra-violet and Infrared spectrum of photography, gunshot residue, blood stains and other types of the alternate wave length photography.  Several of the latest technology cameras will be on hand for student interaction.

Why 2D Images Offer Expedited Lead Generation for a Comprehensive Ballistic Analysis Program
Instructor(s): Mark Basoa / James Gannalo - Vigilant Solutions / Stria Consulting Group
Time: 1pm-3pm
Cost: $35

Presentation of a study conducted over the course of 3 months where experienced Firearm/Toolmark Examiners evaluated a 2D image capture device and associated analytical software comparing cartridge cases. Particular focus paid to the ability to immediately identify caliber, class/individual characteristics, unique firearms, and potential links to other cartridge cases. The hardware and technology were examined with the specific goal of assessing overall impact of expedited lead generation in near-real time to law enforcement agencies with either existing ballistic analysis programs or no current ballistic program.

 AFTE NIBIN Users Group Round-Table Meeting
Time: 12pm-1:30pm
Cost $0

Hosted by ATF and Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology, the AFTE NIBIN Users Group Round-Table Meeting is a round-table style discussion where attendees can provide feedback, ask questions, and discuss NIBIN program-related issues. There will also be brief presentations from ATF on NIBIN program updates and Forensic Technology regarding technological matters.

NOTE: Attendees must be active NIBIN Users or direct supervisors to personnel who complete IBIS acquisitions and/or correlation reviews.

Lunch will be provided for attendees.

Hi-Point Firearms Manufacturer Tour 
Instructor(s): Mike Strassel, Hi-Point Firearms
Time: 6am-5pm
Cost: $120

Hi-Point Firearms is a firearm manufacturer located in Mansfield, OH, and has been a friend to AFTE for many years. They specialize in making affordable and reliable pistols and carbines using polymer and zinc alloys. The tour will show the full firearm manufacturing process, including how the frame, slide, and barrel are made.  *Lunch will be provided for students.

NOTE: U.S. Citizens ONLY. Students must bring safety glasses.

CZ-USA P-10 Armorer Course 
Instructor(s): Gary J. Monreal, Dave Brancato - Team One Network
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $185

Team One Network is authorized by CZ-USA to conduct certified armorers courses that will meet the needs and demands of forensic and law enforcement agencies. Upon completion of this training, participants will have a working knowledge and understanding of the CZ-USA firearm. This class is structured to provide participants with “hands-on” practical skills and theory on the cycle of function for the CZ-USA firearm(s) covered. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:  describe and use proper nomenclature, explain and demonstrate operator use, explain the cycle of functioning, field & detail strip the weapon system, care for and properly clean the weapon system, troubleshoot malfunctions of the weapon system and perform preventive & corrective maintenance.

NOTE: U.S. Citizens ONLY. Students must bring safety glasses.

Trajectory of Vehicles: Rods, Strings and Lasers
Instructor(s): Jan Johnson - Forensic Pieces, Jeff Goudeau - Louisiana State Police
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $100

This workshop will introduce techniques required to analyze shooting trajectory evidence recovered in vehicles that are involved in shooting related incidents. Proper trajectory analysis of firearm related evidence recovered in vehicles is critical to analyzing every piece of the puzzle and for attempting to determine the approximate positions of victims, witnesses, and suspects, as well as the chronologic sequence of events. This workshop will provide the forensic practitioner with hands-on experience by practicing trajectory reconstruction techniques in mock crime scene vehicles containing shooting incident evidence. Workshop attendees will work to recover all the forensic pieces, formulate a reasonable shooting reconstruction solution, and solve the puzzle using a variety of trajectory analysis related equipment, such as lasers coupled with special photographic techniques, along with other apparatuses. This workshop is geared toward crime scene technicians, investigators, detectives, medical examiners and/or ME investigators, laboratory analysts, and other forensic practitioners associated with crime scene investigations.  *Lunch will be provided for students.

NOTE: Students should bring a camera, tripod, and note taking materials if wanting to document the exercises.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Marshall University Robert C. Byrd Institute Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center Tour
Instructor(s): Arley Carpenter - Marshall University RCBI
Time: 8am-10am
Cost: $75

The Robert C. Byrd Institute (RCBI) Advanced Manufacturing Technology Center is a state of the art manufacturing facility located on the South Charleston, WV campus of Marshall University. The center provides their facility and equipment for companies working in the metals, transportation, and energy industries who may need additional manufacturing assistance. The RCBI Center also has state of the art 3D printing capabilities, including both polymer and metal. The tour will include a showcase of the various manufacturing methods they house, as well as a demonstration of the 3D printing capabilities. Manufacturing methods include CNC machining, turning, milling, and abrasive water jet machining.  *Students will receive firing pin samples from the tour.

NOTE: Students must bring safety glasses.

How to Identify "Other" Firearms
Instructor(s): Daniel Okelly - GunLearn
Time: 8am-10am
Cost: $35

The most confusing category of firearms is the classification of those referred to by ATF as an "Other". These are both fire-able and unfire-able firearms which are neither rifles, shotguns, pistols, or revolvers. They are not to be confused with "Any Other Weapons" as regulated by the NFA. They do include items which may be purchased from any dealer, and may be as simple as virgin frames/receivers, and some not so simple, fire-able firearms. Guns in this category were relatively unknown, but are extremely popular with the gun public within the last few years. The lack of understanding of this group of guns causes plenty of confusion for law enforcement, as to their legality, and the legality of the modifications of them which are also very popular. There are also contradictions within ATF's rulings which govern these. This class clarifies the above issues, and gives the attendee the ability to recognize these firearms, differentiate between them and others which are commonly confused with them, and to recognize the modifications which are legal vs. illegal.

3D Virtual Microscopy and Objective Identification for Firearms Identification
Instructor(s): Cristina Cadevall, Sensofar Tech, Erich D. Smith, FBI, Tom Tremmel & Adam Clark, Productivity Quality, Inc.
Time: 9am-12pm
Cost: $35

Three-dimensional measurements of bullet and cartridge case surfaces enable 3D virtual microscopy, where the examiner views and manipulates the 3D representation of measured objects using a software application. This technology can complement traditional examination by providing qualitative information to assist the examiner with routine casework

Additionally it is possible to establish/develop objective quantifiable mathematical comparisons between any two measured surfaces, which can supplement subjective firearms examiner conclusions. 

The course will have two parts:

  • Introduction to the use 3D surface measurements on firearms identification: Virtual Microscopy & Objective Identification
  • Hands on (attendees will be divided in three groups working in parallel)
    • 3D surface measurements (a system will be available)
    • Virtual Microscopy (an analysis workstation will be available)
    • Objective Identification (an analysis workstation will be available)

Automated Comparison of 3D Renderings for Bullets and Cartridge Cases, and Supplementation of Microscopic Sample Examination  - Evofinder Workshop by Leeds
Instructor(s): Neal Schrode, Kevin Boulay - LEEDS Forensics System, Inc. 
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $35

3D images of bullets and cartridges can be used for creating a database of evidence samples that allows for rapid, automated comparison between samples throughout the entire database.  This technology also allows for pre-screening samples prior to examination on the microscope.  This year, Leeds will be hosting a workshop to discuss and demonstrate how 3D imaging systems can scan, store, compare, and display sample representations for comparison of bullets and cartridge cases to expedite the examination workflow of samples in the laboratory, and provide the ability to match samples from different crimes, allowing for the association of previously un-related crimes to aid in the judicial system.  This workshop will involve a presentation of the Evofinder systems technology, how the system works on deformed bullets, and will contain a hands-on portion for scanning bullets and ammunition into the Evofinder to show how the system makes correlations and can provide for direct sample comparison.  The workshop will include a Q&A session as well as an opportunity to provide feedback.  Please note that the first half of this workshop will be instructional, with the second half as a hands-on use of the Evofinder.

NOTE: It is encouraged that you bring your own samples for use with the hands-on portion of the workshop.

Barrel Manufacturing
Instructor(s): Allan Offringa
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $45

From raw material to finished barrel, what an examiner need to know about the tools and the marks they leave.

Ruger AR556 Rifle Armorer Course
Instructor(s): Dave Brancato, Gary J. Monreal - Team One Network
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $185

Sturm, Ruger & Company Inc. conducts Armorer Training Programs through Team One Network for the purpose of training Law Enforcement and Military Personnel in the inspection, diagnosing, and servicing of Ruger firearms in accordance with factory standards. Upon successful completion of a course of instruction, the student will be: trained in the proper disassembly and reassembly of the firearms and their sub-assemblies, trained in the preventative maintenance and inspection procedures applicable to each firearm type, trained to diagnose reported field problems relating to each firearm type and trained to service and repair each firearm type to include the adjustment of existing components and or the installation of new components.

NOTE: U.S. Citizens ONLY. Students must bring safety glasses.

Friday, June 8, 2018

Douglas Barrels Manufacturing Tour 
Instructor(s): Douglas Barrels, Inc.
Time: 8am-10am
Cost: $65

Douglas Barrels, Inc. is a small custom rifle barrel manufacturer located in Cross Lanes, West Virginia.  Using high quality stainless and chromoly steel, they make button rifled barrels for use in a wide range of activities including hunting, benchrest shooting and long distance shooting.  This tour will showcase the full barrel-making process from a barrel blank to a fully turned rifle barrel ready for mounting.

NOTE: Students should bring safety glasses.

Douglas Barrels Manufacturing Tour 
Instructor(s): Douglas Barrels, Inc.
Time: 9:30am-11:30am
Cost: $65

Douglas Barrels, Inc. is a small custom rifle barrel manufacturer located in Cross Lanes, West Virginia.  Using high quality stainless and chromoly steel, they make button rifled barrels for use in a wide range of activities including hunting, benchrest shooting and long distance shooting.  This tour will showcase the full barrel-making process from a barrel blank to a fully turned rifle barrel ready for mounting.

NOTE: Students should bring safety glasses.

Forensic Double Casting
Instructor(s): Paul Murphy - Ultra-Electronics Forensic Techniques
Time: 8am-10am
Cost: $45

Forensic Double Casting is a technique used to make microscopic accurate resin replicas of fired bullets and cartridge cases (evidence and/or test fires). The technique is becoming an increasingly common way of exchanging ballistic information across interstate and international borders leaving the integrity and chain of custody of the originals intact. The technique also has an application in certain tool mark cases. This 2 hour workshop demonstrates the equipment and techniques required and their results. 

Ammunition & The Firearms Examiner
Instructor(s): George Kass - Forensic Ammunition
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $35

A comprehensive discussion about cartridge/component development from muzzleloaders through modern day.  Also included is a section regarding descriptive terms and techniques applicable to the examiner's report writing.  Finally, an interesting discussion about unusual ammunition components.

Serial Number Restoration and Barcode Deciphering 
Instructor(s): Jodi Marsanopoli - ATF National Laboratory
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $55

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will present a 4 hour workshop on the restoration of obliterated serial numbers using the method of magnetic particle inspection (Magnaflux) The workshop will include lecture, demonstration and hands on practical exercises.  This workshop will also review the manual decryption process of partially obliterated barcodes and provide the method of interpreting the barcode characters. Registrants need to bring lab coat and protective eyewear to the class.

NOTE: Students must bring lab coats and protective eyewear.

Ammunition Identification
Instructor(s): Axel Manthei - CartWinPro
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $35

A common task for the firearm examiner is to identify the origin of a cartridge by the head stamp.  A head stamp can be more than just the usual letters and numbers.  It can contain abbreviations in foreign languages and Arabic numbers as well as symbols.  But beyond this, the arrangement of the information on the head stamp might be of importance.  Special or meaningful codes such as dates, OEM manufacturers, and other may also be hidden on the headstamp amongst the more obvious information.

There are many caliber designations, and the difference in measurements can differ only by factions of an inch. The determination of the correct caliber is, in many cases, easy by reading the headstamp. However, in some cases, even with readable information on the case head, it can be a difficult task. Demonstration will show how CartWinPro is applied in these cases.

Color Codes will be discussed as an important means to describe the nature of the cartridge and they may also be of importance in determining if the cartridge should not be fired in a particular type of range. Coding is usually standardized within a country or an organization, but may have a completely different meaning if it is from another source. Color codes are not only encountered on the bullet-itself, but also in other locations such as the primer annulus, head stamp, or case mouth. Combinations of these codes may also be used to designate the type of cartridge.

Class Characteristics of Toolmarks in Bone and Cartilage
Instructor(s): Brian Smelser - Washington State Patrol
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $55

Dismemberment and other toolmark cases related to bodies occur regularly and sometimes we are asked about the types of saws, if they were hand or power tools, and other questions.  Often, we haven't taken the time to make cuts in bone to see what those class characteristics are.  During this workshop, we will look at class characteristics of saws (and other tools), their marks in bone, and knives in cartilage.  We will look at casting and preserving the toolmarks, discussing issues related to different types of substrates of the toolmark, and attendees will prepare tests for comparison purposes.

Class Characteristics of Toolmarks in Bone and Cartilage
Instructor(s): Brian Smelser - Washington State Patrol
Time: 1pm-5pm
Cost: $55

Dismemberment and other toolmark cases related to bodies occur regularly and sometimes we are asked about the types of saws, if they were hand or power tools, and other questions.  Often, we haven't taken the time to make cuts in bone to see what those class characteristics are.  During this workshop, we will look at class characteristics of saws (and other tools), their marks in bone, and knives in cartilage.  We will look at casting and preserving the toolmarks, discussing issues related to different types of substrates of the toolmark, and attendees will prepare tests for comparison purposes.

Warwood Tool Company Manufacturing Tour
Instructor(s): Warwood Tool Company
Time: 9am-5pm
Cost: $130

Warwood Tool Company specializes in making various hand tools that are commonly used in the mining, railway maintenance and construction industries such as hammers, pry bars and pick axes.  The company was founded in 1854 in Ohio, but moved to Wheeling, West Virginia in the early 1900s where it stands today.  Warwood prides itself in making products that are 100% American sourced and manufactured.  This tour will showcase drop forging, grinding and other manufacturing processes.  *Lunch will be provided for students.

NOTE: Students must bring safety glasses, a hard hat is required for the tour but will be provided to students by the host committee.

Bullets Through Glass
Instructor(s): Lucien C. (Luke) Haag
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $100

One day workshop with lecture and live fire. Casework can involve situations in which bullets have struck and perforated one of three types of glass: single strength plate glass, tempered glass or 2-layered laminated glass.  The behavior of each type of glass to bullet impact, the nature and form of damage suffered by the bullet, velocity loss and bullet deflection are all potentially important factors in any effort to reconstruct shootings involving each of these types of glass.  This workshop will address the ballistic events during projectile perforation and the aftermath associated with each of these three types of glass.   *Lunch will be provided for students.

NOTE: Students must bring hearing and eye protection.

ANAB ISO/IEC 17025 Forensic Science Testing Accreditation Requirements as it applies to Firearms Identification
Instructor(s): Laurel Farrell - ANAB, Julie Knapp - Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $65

This workshop will guide examiners on how they can prepare their laboratory for assessments based on the ANAB ISO/IEC 17025 based Forensic Science Testing Laboratories requirements.  The workshop will review requirements specifically applicable to this discipline to help participants focus on required changes for laboratories transitioning from the ASCLD/LAB program.   Topics will include measurements made by this discipline, measurement traceability and measurement uncertainty. For requirements discussed, the workshop will address how these changes specifically affect the firearm and toolmark community and provide some options/recommendations from practitioners for conformance.

Benelli Nova Shotgun Armorer Course
Instructor(s): Dave Brancato, Gary J. Monreal - Team One Network
Time: 8am-5pm
Cost: $185

Benelli shotgun Armorer courses are designed for law enforcement/military personnel who are responsible for Benelli shotgun preventative maintenance, checks and service (PMCS). Each course is structured to provide each student with a practical understanding of the advanced features that make Benelli shotguns unique. These courses provide complete and detailed answers to specific questions concerning the weapons mechanical functioning, operational procedure, field stripping and armorer detailed stripping, inspection(s), troubleshooting, and corrective actions/maintenance. Topics that will be covered are: nomenclature, operator use, cycle of functioning, field & detail stripping, care & cleaning, troubleshooting and preventive & corrective maintenance.

NOTE: U.S. Citizens ONLY. Students must bring safety glasses.