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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Subclass Characteristics
Instructor(s): Nancy D. McCombs
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $50

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.

Assisting the Firearms Examiner Prepare for an ANAB Accreditation (17025:2017 and AR 3125)
Instructor(s): Julie Knapp & Amy Weber
Time: 8am – 12pm
Cost: $40

This course will guide examiners on how they can prepare their laboratories for ANAB assessments based on the new accreditation requirements, ISO 17025:2017 and AR 3125. Examples of how laboratories have addressed the new requirements will be shared as well as ways to address the challenges the firearm and toolmark community are facing with regards to the new ISO standards. This course was developed by ANAB firearm/toolmark technical assessors to pass on general, constructive knowledge for the firearm/toolmark examiner on how to best prepare for an assessment.

Hi-Point Firearms Armorer Course
Instructor(s): Brian Smelser & Chris Monturo
Time: 8am-12pm
Cost: $55

This is a Hi-Point Armorer's course. The students will be taken through the manufacture and detailed familiarization with the basic Hi-Point pistol. Each student will detail strip and re-assemble a Hi-Point firearm. You will be given a manual to take with you.

Attendees:  Please bring eye protection

Best Practices for Using the VisionX Comparison Microscope for Firearm and Toolmark Examination
Instructors: Paul Murphy & Kristina Godin
Time: 9am – 12pm
Cost: $35

The Projectina VisionX comparison microscope brings a revolutionary design to firearm and toolmark examination. With exceptional craftmanship and superior optics, designed with industry best practices and the examiner's workflow in mind, VisionX is more than a comparison microscope - it's a solution dedicated to helping you solve more crime.

This workshop will discuss best practices using the VisionX, including basic and more advanced software features, and will demonstrate using Remote Collaboration for remote examination- this cooperative environment can accelerate the lead generation process and increase collaboration across borders.

Understanding the Math of Bullet Path Analysis
Instructor(s): Matthew Nodel
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Cost: $75

 

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.

PhotoGUNmetry
Instructor(s): Kristen Drury & Aaron Brudenell
Time: 12pm – 5pm
Cost: $50

Working in the digital age, it is important to stay on top of the latest and greatest techniques, tips, and tools of the trade to accomplish the common good of the order. There is a trend of growing sources of imagery and video recording individuals and incidents involving firearms available for analysis. Collaboration with multiple forensic specialties and crime Intel analysts can assist in the investigation of various types of criminal enterprises. This course takes an in-depth look at the systematic analysis of video and still images produced in critical incidents and on various Open Source Media / Social Media platforms and/or surveillance / witness recording devices to produce investigative leads and details that otherwise would be lost in the pixels. This course reviews the importance of supplemental documentation, case approach and the limited universe in which we all live and operate. Topics to be covered include:

  • Systematic case approach
  • Supplemental notes and documentation
  • Research
  • Firearms reference collections
  • Investigative leads / Long term investigations

Attendees:  Please bring laptop with MS Word and a program to view video and photos

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.

Attendees:  Please bring eye protection

Contemporary Issues in Firearms Identification
Instructor(s): Ron Nichols & Andy Smith
Time: 8am – 5pm
Cost: $55

In recent years firearms identification has come under increased scrutiny from various sources including academics, courts, newspaper articles, magazine articles, and federally funded studies. It is important to be aware of these areas of concern being addressed because these criticisms and critiques are being brought up in court proceedings across the country. It behooves any practicing firearm and tool mark examiner to be intimately aware of these issues and be prepared to discuss what impact they have or do not have on their daily work.

This workshop is designed to give the attendee an overview of the most contemporary issues facing the firearm and tool mark examiner community. Not all issues will be discussed, only the ones that are most frequently seen being brought up in court proceedings and in the literature. The workshop will be constructed in a lecture and question / answer format. The attendees will receive instruction and materials on four (4) different contemporary issues. During each of the four separate lectures class participation and discussion periods will be integral to the success and knowledge gained from the workshop.

Implementation and Practical Applications of 3D Technology, Analysis and Statistics for FA/TM Examinations
Instructor(s): Xiaoyu Alan Zheng, Thomas Brian Renegar, Michael Stocker, Johannes Soons, Nicholas Petraco, Ryan Lilien, & Erich Smith
Time: 8am – 5pm
Cost: $60

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

Distance Determination:  An Overview
Instructor(s): Adam Grooms & Erica Lawton
Time: 8am – 5pm
Cost: $125

This workshop is designed to give the student an overview of different 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 provided)

Attendees:  Please bring eye protection and lab coat

Subclass Evaluation
Instructor(s): Mike Neel, Eric Freemesser, & Eric Collins
Time: 8am – 5pm
Cost: $75

This workshop is designed to develop or improve an examiner's ability to confidently evaluate toolmarks and tool working surfaces for the presence or absence of potential subclass characteristics. This workshop will include the following:

  1. a brief background of the course development
  2. a review of current criticisms targeting the ability of FA/TM examiners to recognize and evaluate subclass characteristics
  3. a listing and review of forensic literature on subclass characteristics
  4. a discussion of various manufacturing and finishing processes and their relative potential for subclass carryover
  5. methodology for evaluating subclass potential when a tool/firearm is available for examination
  6. methodology for evaluating subclass potential when a tool/firearm is not available for examination
  7. suggested methods of documentation and reporting; and 8) practical exercises to reinforce all concepts

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Barrett Manufacturing Tour
Time: 7am – 12pm
Cost: $100

Headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Barrett is the world leader in large-caliber rifle design and manufacturing.  Their products are used by civilian sport shooters, law enforcement agencies, the United States military and more than 73 State Department approved countries across the world.

Power and Passion:  Who Killed Angel Downs???  Staged Crime Scenes
Instructor(s): Jan Johnson
Time: 8am – 12pm
Cost: $45

Angel Downs, a beautiful, blond, 45-year old Real Estate Agent whose friends called her “Barbie,” had everything live for until one summer evening in 2010 her body was discovered on the drive-way of her residence with a single fatal gunshot wound to her head. Her boyfriend, a celebrity politician had a six-year relationship with Angel while he was married. He became a prime suspect in her death. This presentation involves the original investigative interview with suspect and forensic evidence presented during the trial. This case has all sorts of twists and turns so come help solve the puzzle to get to the final closure of the case. It is an exciting case for your forensic archives.

Machining for the Firearm/Toolmark Examiner
Instructor(s): Chris Monturo
Time: 8am – 12pm
Cost: $80

This workshop will provide firearm examiners with an introduction to the various machining methods used in the manufacturing of firearms.  In addition to the machining methods, an in depth review of the processes of creating the tools and associated marks (class, potential subclass, and individual) produced by those tools will be discussed.  Topics will include:  Milling Machine, Broaching, Lathe, Stamping, EDM, Metal Injection Molding, and Grinding.  Additionally, there will be a literature review of the effects of machining from a variety of academic sources.

Beretta Manufacturing Tour
Time: 8am – 12pm
Cost: $100

Beretta is the worlds' oldest and largest manufacturer of small arms and partner of many international Defense and Law Enforcement agencies.  Tour the manufacturing plant in Gallatin, Tennessee.  Tour includes machining processes for production of pistols, rifles and shotguns.

2nd Annual NIBIN Users Group Round-Table Meeting
Instructor(s): Stacy Stern, Sharon Buchanan, Michel Paradis
Time: 12pm – 1:30pm
Cost: $0

The 2nd Annual NIBIN Users Group Round-Table Meeting, hosted by ATF and Ultra Electronics Forensic Technology, will be an interactive session with representatives from agencies who participate in the ATF NIBIN program. The session will include a brief update on the NIBIN Program, a review of the already implemented Minimum Required Operating Standards (MROS), a discussion on the most recent MROS evaluations, and an overview of upcoming changes to IBIS. The session will be a round-table style discussion enabling attendees to provide feedback, ask questions and discuss all NIBIN-related program topics.

Attendees must either have an active NIBIN User account or directly supervise personnel who perform IBIS acquisitions and/or correlation reviews.

Lunch will be provided and seating is limited.

Beretta Manufacturing Tour
Time: 1pm – 5pm
Cost: $100

Beretta is the worlds' oldest and largest manufacturer of small arms and partner of many international Defense and Law Enforcement agencies.  Tour the manufacturing plant in Gallatin, Tennessee.  Tour includes machining processes for production of pistols, rifles and shotguns.

Recognizing an 80% Lower (Pistol and Rifle Platforms) in Casework
Instructor(s): Jaimie Smith, Joseph Young, Edward Gesser & Kristina Cheung
Time: 8am – 4pm
Cost: $125

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 a range.

Attendees: Please bring eye and ear protection

* All participants must be affiliated with law enforcement or a government entity.

Battle of Franklin Tour
Time: 8am – 4pm
Cost: $125

Visit two historic sites in Franklin, Tennessee, that witnessed the 1864 Battle of Franklin:  Carter House and Carnton, with a break between sites for lunch on your own.

On November 30, 1864, some of the bloodiest fighting of the Civil War occurred during the Battle of Franklin.  In just five hours, almost 10,000 soldiers were killed, wounded, captured or missing.  Franklin was a turning point in the Tennessee Campaign of 1864 and helped spell the end for the Confederacy.  Carter House (morning tour) was used as a command post for the Federal general.  Carnton (afternoon tour) served as the largest Confederate hospital, where bloodstains still mar the floors.

www.boft.org

M1911A1 Armorer's Course
Instructor(s):  Joe Daniels
Time: 8am – 5pm
Cost: $150

The M1911A1 Armorer's Course is an eight hour course that covers the nomenclature, operation and repair of the M1911A1 Pistol. Upon completion the student will be able to safely operate, disassemble, function check and perform armorer level maintenance on the pistol. They will also be able to inspect the firearm to ensure that it can be safely operated.

Attendees:  Please bring eye protection

AR-15 / M-4 Armorer's Course
Instructor(s):  Greg Lee
Time: 8am – 5pm
Cost: $150

AR-15/M-4 Armorer's Course is an eight hour course that covers the nomenclature, operation and repair of the AR-15/M-4 weapon system. Upon completion the student will be able to safely operate, disassemble, function check and perform armorer level maintenance on the AR-15/M-4 system. They will also be able to inspect and gauge the firearm to ensure that it can be safely operated. This course has specifically modified for the forensic firearms examiner. 

Attendees: Please bring eye protection

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Barrett Manufacturing Tour
Time: 7am – 12pm
Cost: $100

Headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Barrett is the world leader in large-caliber rifle design and manufacturing.  Their products are used by civilian sport shooters, law enforcement agencies, the United States military and more than 73 State Department approved countries across the world. 

Road-Mapping Documentation for Shooting Reconstruction
Instructor(s):  Jan Johnson
Time: 8am – 12pm
Cost: $60

Crime scene documentation of shooting incidents is often lacking in methodical documentation for purposes of reconstruction. This shooting incident workshop will cover many forensic road-mapping techniques for detailed crime scene documentation. It will also cover road-mapping documentation of individual items of evidence to include bloodstain pattern analysis within your shooting scene. Workshop attendees will map mock targets with a variety of shooting and bloodstain patterns. Also, the attendees may test their skills by identifying the created bloodstain patterns.

Safety Note: Aprons, gloves, safety glasses, and masks will be provided for students enrolled in this workshop. Non-human blood will be utilized for the experiments. Please bring your camera if you wish to document these experiments. 

Class Characteristics of Toolmarks in Bone and Cartilage
Instructor(s):  Brian Smelser
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 prepare tests for comparison purposes.

Slide Fire Familiarization
Instructor(s):  Joseph Young, Jaimie Smith, Edward Gesser, & Kristina Cheung
Time: 9am – 12:30pm
Cost: $80

Familiarize yourself with the Slide Fire system:

  • How Slide Fire works
  • How Slide Fire is installed
  • How to operate/shoot the Slide Fire
  • How Slide Fire Compares to a full auto

Attendees:  Please bring eye and ear protection

Class Characteristics of Toolmarks in Bone and Cartilage
Instructor(s):  Brian Smelser
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 prepare tests for comparison purposes.

Tennessee State Museum Tour
Time: 8am – 5pm
Cost: $100

Polk Museum (9:00 -11:00 am):

Workshop on antique firearms, including operation and care; discussion of ammunition; display of antique firearms that can be handled by tour members; gunsmith exhibition with tools of the trade.

Lunch on your own: Farmer's Market Food Court recommended

Tennessee State Museum (1:00 - 4:00 pm): 

Introduction to the building and galleries; self-guided tours through the exhibits.  Permanent exhibitions include Forging a Nation, 1760 to 1860 and Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1870).  Current temporary exhibitions highlight Tennessee's musical heritage, World War I, and art collections pre- and post-1900.

https://tnmuseum.org

Glock Armorer's Course
Instructor(s):  Glock Professional, Inc.
Time: 8am – 5pm
Cost: $175

This one day course (8 hours) will cover the maintenance and service of the Gen5 pistol and previous Generations. Upon successful completion and payment of the course, each student will receive a 3 year Certified Armorer Certification.

Attendees:  Please bring eye protection

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Barrett Manufacturing Tour
Time: 7am – 12pm
Cost: $100

Headquartered in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, Barrett is the world leader in large-caliber rifle design and manufacturing.  Their products are used by civilian sport shooters, law enforcement agencies, the United States military and more than 73 State Department approved countries across the world. 

Documentation Workshop
Instructor(s):  Brian Smelser
Time: 8am – 12pm
Cost: $35

Documentation of our observations is the foundation of our case files. Looking back, you can see that there is always an evolution related to the documentation in case files over the years. The ideas about documentation are as diverse as the number of examiners in AFTE. However, there are some basic principles and questions that we should consider. The answers to these questions along with other past experiences, shape the amount, style, types, and volume of documentation that is exhibited in our case files. We will explore, discuss, and practice some of these issues. You will have the tools to discuss the ideas that will shape the documentation in your system and your case files in the future. Please bring computers and basic cameras (if you can easily do so) for practice some different documentation ideas and forms. Also, be prepared, if you can, to share the types of forms and worksheets that your laboratory uses for the healthy exchange of these strategies.

How to Identify "Other Firearms"
Instructor(s):  Daniel O'Kelly
Time: 8am – 10am
Cost: $40

The wave of new firearm models in recent years has law enforcement confused about what seem to be legal short-barreled rifles and shotguns.  They fall into a classification called "Other Firearms".  Already this year, there is another ATF ruling which has changed everything and turned the federal regulation of short-barreled shotguns and rifles on its head.  Learn why, when and how one gun is a federal felony to possess without registration and another just like it can be legally purchased from any gun store, or made at home.

Matchpoint Tips & Tricks
Instructor(s):  Andrew Boyle
Time: 9am – 12pm
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.

Barrel Making
Instructor(s):  Allan Offringa
Time: 12pm – 4pm
Cost: $45

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

Remington 870 Pump Shotgun Armorer's Update Course
Instructor(s):  Joe Daniels
Time: 8am – 5pm
Cost: $150

The Police Pump Shotgun Armorer's Update Course is an eight hour course that covers the nomenclature, operation and repair of the 870 Pump shotgun. Upon completion the student will be able to safely operate, disassemble, function check and perform armorer level maintenance on the shotgun. They will also be able to inspect the firearm to ensure that it can be safely operated. This course has specifically modified for the forensic firearms examiner.

Attendees:  Please bring eye protection

Friday, May 31, 2019

Forensic Double Casting:  Best Practices
Instructor(s):  Paul J. Murphy
Time: 8am – 10am
Cost: $45

Forensic Double Casting is a technique used to make microscopic quality accurate 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/interprovince 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.

Serial Number Restoration
Instructor(s):  Jennifer Owens
Time: 8am – 12pm
Cost: $55

Serial Number Restoration / Magnetic Particle Inspection and Bar Code Deciphering

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 practicals.

This workshop will also review the manual decryption process of partially obliterated bar codes and provide the method of interpreting the bar code characters.

Registrants are required to bring lab coat and protective eye wear to the class.

Ammunition and the Firearms Examiner
Instructor(s): George Kass
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.

Ammunition Identification
Instructor(s):  Axel Mathei
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 fractions 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.

Springfield XD/XDm Armorer's Course
Instructor(s):  Gary Monreal
Time: 8am – 5pm
Cost: $185

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.

Outcomes:

  • Conduct proper disassembly and reassembly of the firearms and their sub-assemblies.
  • Conduct preventative maintenance and inspection procedures applicable to each firearm type.
  • Diagnose reported field problems relating to each firearm type.

Service and repair each firearm type to include the installation of new components.

Attendees:  Please bring eye protection

Machine Guns and Clandestine Conversions
Instructor(s):  Daniel O’Kelly
Time: 8am – 5pm
Cost: $125

Learn the ten most common home-made machineguns and clandestine conversions of semiauto firearms to machineguns.  What to look for in determining whether the firearm in question has been converted, as well as field-testing semiautomatics for full-auto capability without having to fire them.  Also covered are bump-firing, Gatling guns, deactivated war trophies, re-welds, fire-on-release type triggers, and methods of machinegun destruction which are acceptable to ATF.

Attendees:  Please bring eye and ear protection