Ray Stafford was 1968 US trap shooting champion with a 293 x 300 while stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia in the US Army. Stafford began competitive shooting in 1965, and amassed 59 Grand American Trophies, with 35 state and four regional titles. He won six Golden West Grand Crowns and four titles each at the Spring Grand National and Midwestern Grand. Stafford shot with the Army Marksmanship Training Unit in the late 1960s and early 70s. He was a member of the silver medal team at the 1969 World Championships in Spain, and shot on the winning team which set a record of 579 x 600 at the 1970 World Championships in Phoenix. Stafford won an individual bronze medal at the 1970 World Championships. He began serving on the American Trapshooting Association (ATA) Board of Directors in 1983. Stafford is a member of the Trap Shooting Hall of Fame in Vandalia, Ohio, and the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame.