The second annual Las Vegas Sporting Clays Classic recently raised more than $200,000 for the area Boy Scout council, and a local gun enthusiast won a two-year lease of a new Range Rover Sport courtesy of Land Rover Las Vegas.
“In the economic times we’re facing, to still be able to raise two hundred grand for the Boy Scouts is huge,” said Trevor Fagan, marketing director at Land Rover Las Vegas.
Last year’s event raised $230,000, Fagan said.
The 2009 event drew 50 teams of four participants to the Desert Lakes Shooting Club in Boulder City. In addition to competing in an 18-station shoot, the competitors also took part in a Smith & Wesson shooting demonstration and a Land Rover demonstration drive.
Fagan likened the competition to shooting clays on a golf course.
“(The competitors) got in a golf cart and drove to different shooting locations, which changes the environment you’re in,” Fagan said. “Sometimes the targets are glancing out from underneath you, other times from the side. It’s like a golf course but at each hole, instead of teeing off, you’re shooting clays.”
For the Smith & Wesson demonstration the shooters had a chance to sample the company’s new Model 500 caliber revolver, the most powerful handgun in the world, and semiautomatic M&P15 rifle. They also shot a Smith & Wesson 9mm and a .45.
For the Land Rover demonstration, participants navigated a specially built demonstration course that tested Land Rover’s ability to handle extreme driving conditions.
“It ranged from really steep sides to driving two wheels on the ground, three wheels on the ground and emphasizing the strength of the vehicle as far the smoothness of the ride and wheel articulation,” Fagan said.
The two-day event began with an auction and silent auction at Land Rover Las Vegas. Prizes included firearms and vacation packages.
Jim Rankin, western regional operations manager for Republic Services and a longtime Boy Scouts supporter, won the drawing for the Range Rover Sport.