Ray's shooting career began quite early in life hunting with his Dad. By 12 years old, a hand-me-down .22 rifle was a constant companion. He began competing in NRA matches in 1991, as a Service Rifle shooter and earned a place on the Michigan Rifle team in 1993 and 1994. He earned his Distinguished Rifleman’s Badge in 1995 and began competing in the Palma class that year.
Ray has represented the USA as a Shooter or Coach on two Palma teams, two Australia Match Teams and eight America Match teams. He has been the winning coach on numerous events in Canada and the U.S. over the last decade. His international accomplishments include a Silver medal as a shooter on the 2003 U.S. Palma Team, a Silver medal as coach on the 2015 U.S. Palma Team, two Gold medals as a coach on the 2008 and 2014 U.S. America Match Team. The 2014 team set a new record for team aggregate score. He was Captain of the 2016 Gold medal America Match F-Class Team.
In Farquharson Class, he was the FTR individual Silver medalist at the first F-Class Nationals in 2004 and has coached the FTR National Championship Team squad in 2004, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016, the latter five as part of Team Sinclair.