Dear ASCLD Colleagues,
NIST and Noblis initiated the Bullet Black Box Study just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The project was going well until the world got flipped upside down. NIST/Noblis recognizes that those labs who volunteered to participate in the study, and labs considering volunteering, became burdened with a reduction of examination time in the laboratory as well as an increase in firearms related submissions. Test activity from participants dropped.

NIST and Noblis have extended the test period to late 2021 and respectfully request laboratories to participate so they may generate more data and improve the study. Please see the attachment for more information and help us strengthen forensic science.

Have a terrific week!
Be well,


Erin P. Forry
ASCLD President