Sixteen-year-old William Gee truly is one of the fastest shooters in the west.

“It?s always fun to shoot, especially old west guns.” said Gee.

And he?s darned good at it. Gee participates in a target shooting sport called Cowboy Action Shooting and he recently placed first in his age group and 22nd overall out of 750 entrants from around the world at the Winter Range, as it?s called in Phoenix Arizona.

And he thanks his dad for catching the shooting bug.

He hung around Boomtown, a re-created old western town at the Courtenay Fish and Game Club, as a youngster and begin shooting guns at a young age.

“And he started getting really fast and hitting everything and I knew he was getting on.” said his father Ed Gee.

It?s all about timing and accuracy. The Cowboys use a variety of guns.

“We?ve got two revolvers, you?ve got typically a lever-action rifle and normally a side-by-side coach gun shotgun or a pump-action shotgun,” said William.

They shoot at different targets in different scenarios like out of three windows of a building from the old west.

Boomtown host several events all year long. It?s at the Comox Valley Fish and Game Club near Cumberland.

Dean Stoltz