From industry pioneers in their field to giants of Olympic shooting sports and noted high-profile firearms trainers, here is a look back at those lost to our community in 2022.

Brian Bailey – British sports shooter who competed in the trap event at the 1972 Summer Olympics and earned a silver at the 1974 Commonwealth games in clays, died at 89. 

Dave Butz – 16-season NFL Defensive Tackle and three-time Superbowl alumni Dave Butz, who went on to serve as an NRA director from 2001 to 2022, passed in November.

James Caan – With hundreds of credits to his CV, Caan cut fresh territory when it came to gun use on-screen in 1981's "Thief" before coming full circle via his epic performance with a J-frame in 2000's "The Way of the Gun," in addition to other notable efforts.

Greg Connor – Regarded as one of the finest riflemen in Marine Corps history, Gunner Greg Connor spent four decades in the Corps, winning the Wimbledon Cup in 1974. After retiring, he picked up a Leech Cup and ran the NRA's silhouette program for 30 years. He passed on April 11 at age 84. 

Clarence Gilyard – An actor immortalized in gun culture for his roles as James "Jimmy" Trivette in  "Walker, Texas Ranger" and as Theo, the computer expert in "Die Hard," Gilyard passed in November, aged 66. 

Edward Head III – Retired Border Patrol agent, Gunsite instructor, and longtime columnist for Shooting Illustrated, Ed Head passed away Sept. 16 after a battle with cancer. He was 72.

Henry Herscovici – A Romanian-born army officer, Herscovici immigrated to Israel in the 1960s and won numerous medals in three-position shooting at the Asian Games and Maccabiah Games. He died in March, aged 95. 

Aaron Hogue – One of the managing owners of Hogue Grips and son of Guy Hogue, the company's founder, Aaron died when the jet he was piloting in the National Championship Races at Reno crashed. 

Peter J. "Pete" Hylenski – A gifted design engineer who left his mark with Wildey, Winchester, and Kimber, Hylenski was known as "Mr. Model 70" as he was the long-term Model 70 Rifle Design Engineer during the era that saw the return of the "pre-'64" type Model 70 control-round feed action. Hylenski passed away on March 29, 2022, aged 77.

Magne Landrø – A Norwegian shooting phenom, Landro won 26 national titles and represented his country in the 1960 and 1964 Summer Olympics. He died in March, aged 84. 

Ray Liotta – Alternating between film roles on both sides of the blue line, New Jersey-born Liotta delivered probably the most convincing on-screen pistol-whipping of all time in "Goodfellas" while chalking up scores of other performances.

Reed Morgan – A character actor and Air Force veteran, Morgan appeared with gun-in-hand in dozens of television shows specializing in Westerns and crime dramas. He passed in April, aged 91.  

Roger E. Mosley – Actor best known for playing Theodore "T.C." Calvin in the original 1980s "Magnum, P.I.," Mosley died after a car wreck in California in August, aged 83.

Josef Panacek – A Czech sports shooter, among other honors, Panacek earned the Gold in skeet at the 1976 Summer Olympics. 

Michael Papps – Australian sports shooter who competed in the 1960 and 1964 Summer Olympics. Later earning a silver in rapid-fire pistol at the 1966 Commonwealth Games, Papps died in October, aged 90.

Thomas Devine Smith – A Texas sports shooter and Air Force officer, Smith competed in the 50-meter pistol event at the 1964 Summer Olympics before winning two gold medals at the 1963 Pan American Games. He set and broke numerous pistol records in his career, some of which still stand even decades later. He also survived his plane breaking up in-flight and landing on snow-covered Mt. Helmos in Greece without a parachute, surviving the fall. Col. Smith died in May, aged 90. 

Joe Turkel – Before manning a Lewis gun on-screen in "The Sand Pebbles," Turkel carried a Browning BAR across Europe with the Army in World War II. The character actor also appeared in a trio of Kubrick films, including "The Killing," "Paths of Glory," and "The Shining," with two of those three involving guns in film.

George Trulock – Founder of the shotgun choke empire that bears his name – and is OEM for numerous manufacturers – George Trulock was a legend in the gun industry. He passed in June and is remembered by his company as "a visionary and a creative genius" as well as an "amazing human being." 

Fred Ward – A folksy actor who played everything from astronauts to a handyman fighting off prehistoric desert worms, Air Force veteran Ward was seen on screens large and small in several iconic gun-centric roles. He passed in May.

James Yeager – One of the most recognizable figures within the firearms training community and the gun industry in general, passed away Sept. 2. 

Jozef Zapedzki – A 23-time Polish National Champion, Zapedzki won back-to-back golds at the 1968 and 1972 Summer Olympics in rapid-fire pistol among his five visits to the games. He also carried home medals in the World Championships and European Championships throughout the 1960s and 70s. Zapedzki passed in February, aged 92. 

Christoph-Michael Zeisner – West German shooter who competed in the 1972 and the 1976 Summer Olympics in Mixed Running Target, 50 meters.

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