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Firearms Manufacturing Design Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Firearm, Firearm Manufacturing, Firearm Design, Firearms Engineering, Firearm Engineering, Firearms Manufacturing, Firearm Product Design, Firearm Product Testing, Guns, Weapons

EXPERT WITNESS No. 3487

Fifty-one years experience in the Firearms industry.  Extensive experience in product design and engineering, manufacturing and customer service.  Have served as an Expert Witness in both Federal and State courts.

Prime area of expertise is firearms product design and function.

Provided documentation and expert testimony in both criminal and product liability cases in both Federal and State courts.  Recognized as an “Expert Witness” in Federal and State courts.

Visited numerous firearms manufacturers in Japan, Italy and Spain and USA.

Toured and or worked with investment casting plants in Spain and USA, sintered metal plants in Spain and USA, Metal stamping plants in Spain, Italy and USA, and gunstock making operations in Spain, Italy, Japan and USA

Massachusetts Institute of Firearms Technology offers expertise in the areas of firearms design, manufacturing processes, defense of liability issues and expert court testimony in firearms related issues.

MEMBERSHIPS/CERTIFICATIONS

  • Association of Firearms and Tool Mark Examiners Distinguished Member.
  • National Rifle Association Member
  • National Muzzle Loading Rifle Association Instructor
  • Past member of Sporting Arms & Ammunition Manufacturers Institute (SAAMI) – Technical Committee Firearms
  • Massachusetts Law Enforcement Firearms Instructors and Armorers Association Member
  • Massachusetts Hunter Education Instructor
  • New England Firearms Examiners Group Member

EXPERIENCE

2007 – present
Firearms Design Consultant   

  • Consult on projects involving firearms design and manufacturing.
  • Perform design services including new product design, redesign, product testing and evaluation in the USA and offshore.
  • Proficient in Auto Cad 2D, Inventor, Alibre and Solidworks 3D programs

1963 – 2007
Savage Arms Company, Westfield, MA
Savage Arms is a rifle, shotgun and bullet trap manufacturer in business since 1894.

  • Designed numerous products and product revisions, in some instances leading to patents on firearms systems.
  • Managed design projects from concept through design, tooling and release to manufacturing.
  • Routinely provide detailed technical information to assist Firearms Examiners (CSI) around the world and periodically taught Armorers courses I have written on Savage products.
  • Developed standard operating procedures for Engineering Functions covering CAD drawing standards, Engineering Specifications, Process and Material Specifications, Product testing protocols, Bills of Materials and routings.    
  • Developed owner’s manuals, parts lists and service kits for current and obsolete products.
  • Provided certification to Firearms Examiners for completing the Savage Arms “Firearms Examiners Process Review” (a course of study I wrote).
  • Training Coordinator on Savage Arms Products for both the sales force and firearms examiners.

SAAMI
Association of the nation’s leading manufacturers of sporting firearms, ammunition, and components.

  • Was member of SAAMI Firearms Technical Committee: 1979-2007
  • Originated the first draft of drop and impact tests in the current format that is now a SAAMI/ANSI standard for testing new designs for abusive handling conditions.
  • Contributor to proposed SAAMI/ANSI Voluntary Performance Standards.

AFTE
Distinguished Member of the Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners:

SAVAGE
Project leader for the conversion of manufacturing of components to embrace modern processes including Investment Casting (IC), sintered metal (PM) and metal injection molding
(MIM).  I am involved with injection molded components including gunstock design. I also am very involved in the manufacture of wood gunstocks and the various processes required.

Supported Purchasing/Materials with technical expertise on domestic and off-shore procurement.

Developed relationships with and/or visited component and firearms manufacturers in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Finland, Japan, Korea, Spain, Italy and China. I had recently evaluated products from Italy, China, and Turkey.

Managed Product Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Final Inspection and Customer Service, often several of the preceding at the same time.

Demonstrated products at AFTE Training Seminars, Blackwater Training Facility and FLETC (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center).

Wrote firearms-related articles from the technical and design viewpoint in a similar manner to numerous evaluation reports produced over the years on new, competitive or damaged firearms.  Some have required work performed in a crime lab and have been published in the AFTE journal. I also am a source of reference for other writers when writing about Savage products.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

  • Trained on gas and oil burning equipment, small business management, Emhart Management Training course, Principles of Management STCC, Physics STCC, Basic
  • Metallurgy @ Taylor & Finn Co., 2D and 3D drawing systems.
  •  Have “Armorer’s” Certifications for Ruger, Glock, H&K, and Sigarms.
  • Attended Association of Firearms & Tool Mark Examiners annual  training seminars 1993, 95, 97, 2002, 03, 04.
  • New England Firearms Examiners training seminars 2003, 2007.
  • Served on AFTE host committee for 2006 training seminar.

AREAS OF EXPERTISE/ACCOMPLISHMENTS

Design of numerous product revisions and total product designs as a design engineer in some instances leading to patents on
firearms systems.

Management of design projects from concept through design, tooling and release to manufacturing.

Development of Standard Operating Procedures for Engineering Functions covering CAD drawing standards, Engineering Specifications, Process and Material Specifications, Bills of Materials and Routings.    

Development of Owners Manuals, parts lists and service kits for current and obsolete products.

As a Member of SAAMI Firearms Technical Committee originated the first draft of drop and impact tests in the current format that is now a SAAMI/ANSI standard for testing new designs for abusive handling conditions. Contributor to proposed SAAMI/ANSI Voluntary Performance Standards.

As a Distinguished Member of the Association of Firearms and Toolmark Examiners I routinely provide detailed technical information to assist examiners around the world and periodically teach Armorers courses I have written on Savage products. I also provided certification to examiners for completing the Savage Arms “Firearms Examiners Process Review” (a course of study I wrote).

I was the Training Coordinator on Savage Arms Products for both the sales force and firearms examiners.

I have provided documentation and expert testimony in both criminal and product liability cases in both Federal and State courts. I have been recognized as an “Expert Witness” in Federal and State courts.

I was project leader for the conversion of manufacturing of components to embrace modern processes including Investment Casting (IC), sintered metal (PM) and metal injection molding (MIM). I am involved with injection molded components including gunstock design. I also am very involved in the manufacture of wood gunstocks and the various processes required.

I have strongly supported Purchasing/Materials with technical expertise on domestic and off-shore procurement having developed relationships with and/or visited component and firearms manufacturers in Argentina, Brazil, Germany, Finland, Japan, Korea, Spain, Italy and China. I had recently evaluated products from Italy, China, and Turkey.

At various times as the organization changed, I have managed Product Engineering, Manufacturing Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Final Inspection and Customer Service and usually several of the preceding at the same time.

I have demonstrated products at AFTE training seminars, Blackwater and FLETC, (Federal Law Enforcement Training Center).

My prime area of expertise and interest is related to firearms product design and function, and work as an expert witness.

I have written firearms related articles from the technical and design viewpoint in a similar manner to numerous evaluation reports produced over the years on new, competitive or damaged firearms.  Some have required work performed in a crime lab and have been published in the AFTE journal. I also am a source of reference for other writers when writing  about Savage products.

I have performed design services for several clients which include new product design and redesign, product testing and evaluation both in the USA and offshore. I have Auto Cad 2D, and Inventor, Alibre and Solidworks 3D programs available for design work to match client requirements. 

I have been a guest lecturer for a beginning Forensics class at Mount Holyoke College in Hadley, MA and am planning for two classes this fall.
 
I have multiple open liability cases that I am providing technical expertise and/or testing and firearm examinations for.  Many of these cases require reconstruction of the incident and development of a test regimen to replicate the incident. Some have involved the construction of complex test apparatus to duplicate the incident claims.

I have worked for both  Manufacturers and  parties involved in litigation. In all cases the provable facts are all that matter and I have been released from cases where I could/would not support an invalid claim.

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