Ray’s Technical Corner

Q Ray, I went to a local gunsmith to get my Parker shotgun reblued, and he told me he could not reblue it because he only used “hot bluing.” He went on to say that this would cause my barrels and ribs to come apart. What’s up with that, and what should I do?
Mike Rush – WA
via e-mail

American Field Sporting

“Less Rules. More Fun.”

A new clay target game is gaining in popularity across the country because it has all the fun and challenge of other games, but a lot less formality and fewer rules. American Field Sporting (AFS) was introduced in 2020 and added to the portfolio of games sanctioned by the National Sporting Clays Association (NSCA). Since then, AFS events have been held across the United States and in several other countries.

Bartholow Brothers > Gear Up for the Grand American

Grand it’s sure to be at this year’s Grand American for the Bartholow brothers who have racked up countless records, titles and trophies in the world of trapshooting. Matt, 31, and Foster, 33, the “Trapshooting Bros”, reveal when and how the clay target sports drew them to trapshooting by answering questions that trace their shooting careers.

Olympic Premiere > Perazzi HT 2020

In anticipation of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics — this logo is cleverly streamlined as 2020NE Olympics on USA Shooting apparel — Perazzi created a futuristic version of the High Tech, the HT 2020. This project was carried out with over 600 hours of labor by a team of 20 designers, engravers and technicians guided by the ingenuity of Mauro Perazzi.

Olympic Games > Team USA Lineup

The biographies below of the eight representatives for Team USA for trap and skeet were generously provided by USA Shooting. These talented shotgunners will head to Tokyo, Japan, this summer to compete at the Olympic Games from July 23 to August 8.

The majority of action shots provided here were taken at the U.S. Olympic Shotgun Team Trials in March 2020 at the Tucson Trap & Skeet Club in Tucson, Arizona. Other photos were taken at the Fort Worth Trap & Skeet Club in Fort Worth, Texas.

Hear This !

It’s time to ‘fit’ effective hearing protection into your life

What if I told you there was an essential piece of shooting gear that not only enhances your experience but also protects your hearing? That’s right, I’m talking about ear pro — also called hearing protection — a piece of gear many shooters don’t think about. Hearing loss is a common yet preventable problem. Let’s explore modern hearing science and the products that’ll keep you safe for a lifetime.

Mental Training > Playing Solitaire

According to one source, there are over 8,000 competitive sports defined as activities that require physical activity and are competitive. Of these, a number have players that don’t directly oppose one another but they all play at the same time to the same set of rules. Among those sports are golf, archery, equestrian sports and shooting.


The members of the Order had finished their routine Saturday morning, two rounds of Skeet, a round of 16-yard Singles and a round of 5-Stand. Most had used several guns, and some were quite different from each other. Sonny had a 20-gauge O/U for Skeet, a 16-gauge Model 12 for 5-Stand, and his 12-gauge Model 12 for trap. The Major had a .410 double for Skeet, an over/under for 5-Stand, and his sometimes magical 1100 Trap gun. Topper had a 28-gauge double for Skeet, a 20-gauge O/U for 5-Stand and a fancy Italian auto looking somewhat like a sports car for Trap.

John Woolley - Legend on Two Continents

In the world of sporting clays, there are Master Class shooters — shooters who have won a number of events and are at the top of the game. There are Champions — shooters who have won their state championships, as well as regional and national championship events.

And then there are Legends

Mental Training > Ninja Squirrels

“Now here’s something we hope you’ll really like!”

—Rocky the Flying Squirrel

I’ve written about squirrels in the past, mostly to point out they tend to make poor decisions when subjected to extreme stress, but this time it is different.