Kay Anderson made a name for himself in the sport of rifle shooting as the Niobe resident won every discipline of smallbore New York State rifle championships in sporterifle, three-position indoor and outdoor, four-position and international, both indoor and outdoor. Also, he has won in conventional, metric and international prone. Anderson is the only individual to ever win the New York State smallbore prone and high power championships in the same year, 1991. Also he has won 14 New York State titles and has established 20 national smallbore records of which some still stand today.
Shooting competition started for Anderson in 1947 when he was 15 and within two years he became a top junior marksmen with the Jamestown Rifle and Pistol Club. After high school, Anderson earned a varsity letter in shooting as a freshman at Niagara University in 1954 and the next year he was the top shooter for the Purple Eagles. He joined the United States Army Reserves in 1956 and the following season he won the two-core, reserve four-position reserve championship. During the period of 1956-1968, he competed in the Niagara Frontier Gallery League where he became the leading shooter for the Niagara Falls Rifle team.