Montana Radio Shack offers free gun or pizza with satellite TV purchase
The owner of the Radio Shack in Hamilton, Montana, says only one customer has responded negatively to his promotion.
March 28th, 2011
02:44 PM ET

Montana Radio Shack offers free gun or pizza with satellite TV purchase

A Radio Shack owner in Montana has upped foot traffic at his Hamilton store by offering free guns for new satellite television subscribers, according to a local paper.

Fear not, those opposed to gun ownership and those who might fail background checks. You can have free pizza instead.

The sign says it all: “Protect yourself with Dish Network. Sign up now. Get free gun.” (The real marquee has no periods, so I took a little punctuative license.)

Owner Steve Strand told the Ravalli Republic that the promotion “really, really fits the Bitterroot Valley,” while manager Fabian Levy told the newspaper that the gimmick had “been really successful.”

Strand said the promotion, which began in October, has tripled his business and lured hundreds of people curious about the sign. Only one person who “didn’t understand how it works” has reacted negatively, he said.

“We have people literally stop in to take pictures of the sign,” Levy added.

Simply sign a contract, purchase certain equipment, set up an installation date and congratulations! You could be the proud owner of a Hi-Point .380-caliber handgun or a 20-gauge shotgun from Frontier Guns & Ammo, which is just north of town.

If you don’t want a gat or can’t pass the background check (which the Republic reports is also free with the satellite TV subscription), you can still have a $50 Pizza Hut gift card.

Strand told the newspaper that other Radio Shack owners in the state were too scared to follow his lead. Even Dish Network had its doubts but agreed to the idea after months of talks with Strand, the newspaper said.

“They've never had a gun promotion before, so they're a little nervous about it,” Strand said. “It's been an uphill battle with Dish.”

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  1. jj

    Hell yea! ide take the pizza tho ide probab ly shoot myself in the leg!

    March 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Why would you do that? Are you an irresponsible under educated gun owner?

      March 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jonny McGerk

      Only in Montana.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      The pizza's a good choice for you then. If you can shoot yourself in the leg with a pizza, think of what you'd do with a gun.

      March 28, 2011 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • tim

      SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I WISH THEY WOULD DO THAT IN MINNESOTA

      March 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • 2 L8

      Take the guy then go rob pizza hut.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  2. banasy


    March 28, 2011 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • G

      I know! How cool is that?!

      March 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jazz7

    Are they licensed to sell fire arms. I dont want either, I guess if you dont like the pizza you can always shoot the Chief , bad joke sorry , but coulnt think of anything else to say. THis is just another sign of the times that were are living in, crazy.

    March 28, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • ResponsibleGunOwner

      He's not selling guns. He's giving away a certificate to go to the gun store and pick up the gun.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Phillips

      You could be the proud owner of a Hi-Point .380-caliber handgun or a 20-gauge shotgun from Frontier Guns & Ammo, which is just north of town.

      So I doubt the Radio Shack has the firearms themselves in the actual store, probably a voucher like the pizza

      March 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wzrd1

      I have enough pistols already and the one shotgun I have is sufficient. Now, if the voucher can be used toward something different, I'd either get some custom work done or replace one aging pistol for a higher end model.
      But, as I don't live in Montana, that isn't going to happen.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      U still can shoot the cheif , just takes a lttle longer to get the gun to do it

      March 28, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz is an Idiot

      the word is spelled "Chef", why don't you spend more time obtaining a second grade education and then come back and make a post.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eviscerated

      You're an idiot too. You didn't captialize the " t " in " the " at the beginning of your sentence. I guess you and Jazz will be sitting next to eachother in the grammar class in summer school. Not everyone can be perfect.

      March 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      To the person who took my name , I was at work sorry I'm NOT perfect , I was speaking my mind as u have. Sigh , wish I could be perfect ALL THE TIME BUT I'M NOT so lay off. Sorry but I only got 2hrs sleep last night and am frustrated about something. Have a perfect life buddy.

      March 28, 2011 at 6:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • myklds

      Just feel free to punch the space key to separate EACH & OTHER next time you type the word "eachother".

      The glass house you have been living-in has just been shattered, where did you get the stone?

      But in-fairness, you're least in the last sentence of your post. But why did you throw the stone?

      Just say Hi to Jaz7 and the one sitting next to her/him for me. I think I could no longer attend the class. I'll just enroll for a remedial next sem.

      March 28, 2011 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mark

    All I got with my Dish was a hard one in the behind. I feel shafted!

    March 28, 2011 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Brian

      That must be the type of gun they're talking about here too!

      March 28, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  5. American Idiot

    Take the gun, then hold up the store to get the pizza. Who says you can't have it all.

    March 28, 2011 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    De dum dum (cymbals)

    March 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    @AI: Good point. Multi-tasking at its best!

    March 28, 2011 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Herbert

    @banasy: hi. @Jazz: Hi. @JJ: Hi magget

    March 28, 2011 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Mom

    This makes sense, since the cheapest Dish package shows FOX news, and the religious channels, and not CNN or Disney. They can get the White Trash Dish Package and a free gun.

    March 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      My mom taught me to never stereotype or generalize... hopefully your kids learn from their Mom's mistakes.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • LMAO

      Too bad for you there are far more Democrats who are white trash than Republicans.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teri

      But James, how do you teach your kids not to behave like white trash unless you point out to them what white trash behavior is?

      March 28, 2011 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • James


      I don't compare deplorable behavior to one race because EVERY single race is capable of it.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • frontgate

      ha ha
      so true.

      March 28, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fire away!

      @Mom, you're spot on!!

      March 28, 2011 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jazz7

    @Herbert: Hi @ Bansay: Hi @jj: you like maggets ?

    March 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Sagebrush Shorty.

    What's the big deal?

    March 28, 2011 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Free gun. It scares the lib turds. They're afraid of a lot of things. It's a wonder they ever leave their house...

      March 28, 2011 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mom

      We are not as scared as those people who feel the need to carry a gun everywhere they go. Who is the scaredy cat?

      March 28, 2011 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • James


      What is your deal? It sounds like you are truly terrified of anyone owning a firearm. I own 3 guns, and have a permit to keep one in my car at all times. How does this affect anyone? It doesn't. You are a perfect example of how ignorance and fear go hand-in-hand. No one is forcing you to go pick up a gun, but signing up for a network isn't going to get you a weapon easier than going to the store and picking up one yourself. If you read the article you would have noticed that they don't allow anyone to pick up a weapon without passing a background check. All of your comments on this article so far have been brash, presumptuous statements about what you think is right. The beauty of our country is the freedoms it allows us, including the right to bear arms. If you don't like it then you are more than welcome to leave.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • lib tard

      im a democrat and i see absolutely nothing wrong with this im for more rights to the people and that includes guns!

      March 28, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Groovygoober, I'll bite. It's funny how the right likes to paint liberals as a bunch of "pansies" or "p*ssies". The truth is just the opposite. The right wants you to fear the black man who is your neighbor, fear the terrorists on every street corner, fear the Mexican man who came across our border, fear god and the end of the world. Arm yourselves! We require guns to feel safe! Be afraid like us! I will say again, it is the right who are the biggest wimps of all.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • James


      What are you basing this statement from? Your experiences as one person interacting with a fraction of a political party? What is your definition of a "wimp?" Someone who is physically weak? Someone who lives in fear? It's so easy just to go back and forth with statements like "rethuglican" and "dumbocrat" it's all just the same finger pointing rhetoric that makes this country so divided. IMO, people are shaped by their experiences, not fear or lack of power. I've always enjoyed hunting with my family, or going out shooting with friends. I own guns because I like to hunt, and go target shooting with friends and co-workers.I don't go to church, but I do believe in God. Does this make me afraid? I'd like to think not.I work with a multicultural team of brilliant people, and one of the nicest guys at my work is a Muslim. I live in a state where most people on the east coast would say is full of a bunch of gun-wielding, racist, republicans which is hardly the case. Brash generalizations won't get you anywhere.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jim

      Chris - What a bigot you are! I don't fear God, because I don't believe in God. You, however, do exist. What scares me the most is that you might be registered to vote.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • frontgate

      paranoid cowards feel the need to carry a gun every where.
      oh yeah, schizoid too.

      March 28, 2011 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. fastball

    No wonder the rest of the world rolls their eyes and giggles at America when stuff like this hits the news.
    All I can hope for is that there's an entire new chapter dedicated to this folly in the newest edition of "The Darwin Awards".

    March 28, 2011 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Yeah, God knows all those people out there that might choke on their pizza...geesh. Scary just to think about it.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • Warhammer

      But I bet you'd think twice about living in those countries that laugh at America.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Warhammer, you mean every other country on earth, and not just the chaotic ones that everyone knows you're referring to, right?

      March 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • frontgate

      warhammer, since teabaggers have become prominent every country laughs at the U.S.

      March 28, 2011 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    And when the signal goes dead, you can shoot the dish off your house.

    March 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ZombieKiller

    Hi-point .380 is a piece of junk. I wouldn't take one for free. Your much better prepared to protect yourself with a hot pizza. Now a Sig? I would get Dish Network for a P220.

    March 28, 2011 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • ResponsibleGunOwner

      Oh yea, heck, I'd get Dish and vote Democrat for a P220.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Oh he llz no!!! It would take a whoooooole lot more than a P220 to get me to vote dumbocrat...

      March 28, 2011 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. caeser

    I dont know whats worse, guns or Pizza Hut

    March 28, 2011 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • groovygoober

      Depends on the gun.

      We already know pizza hut sucks.

      So, it would seem...the pizza, fer sure.

      March 28, 2011 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Is there a better place that provides stuffed crust? That's the only reason I ever get pizza hut.

      March 28, 2011 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Troy

      Guns don't kill people. Fast food pizza does.

      March 28, 2011 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
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