Traces the evolution of perforating equipment and methods. Provides an overview of shaped charge operating principles, charge conveyance methods and charge carrier systems. Outlines commonly used perforating techniques and their areas of application. Describes basic design and operating considerations related to overbalanced vs. underbalanced perforating, detonation safeguards, depth control and perforating fluids. Examines the effects of key reservoir characteristics and well parameters on perforation performance and reviews the basic types of perforator tests recommended by the API RP 19B standard. Describes the major equipment components, job planning considerations and operating procedures involved in wireline perforating, tubing conveyed perforating, coiled tubing and pump-down perforating. Includes case studies illustrating the application of various perforating techniques.