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. deepwater805

    Frankly I'd rather have a BJ then a gun. I wonder if Radio Shack could arrange that instead....

    March 29, 2011 at 4:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. Jack

    I want pizza with veggies

    March 29, 2011 at 4:54 am | Report abuse |
  3. ken wilson

    Great deal Dish! Offer guns for Dish in Michigan. After all this will stop someone from stealing my TV.

    March 29, 2011 at 7:55 am | Report abuse |
  4. S

    Wow what do I get If I buy a car, nuclear warhead??? Dish Network the redneck company!

    March 29, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  5. McMurdo

    Spend some time there. It's not the once beautiful Bitteroot valley. IIt's a drug haven. You can get anything you want in Hamilton. When it comes to white supremacists Ravalli County reigns right up there with Idaho. A haven for racists of all kinds.

    March 29, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Dank

      I guess somebody had to pull the race card.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:26 am | Report abuse |
  6. Start the Revolution

    Love this promotion! We need to arm ourselves if we're ever going to overthrow this police state.

    March 29, 2011 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tina Johnson

    OK, so because some store decides on a promotion that is considered controversial, the rest of us in MT get dubbed as "that's a MT thing"?! Please, I live here for lots of reasons that don't include collecting guns, and there plenty of us, maybe more than the group you so casually catorize the whole state of being.

    March 29, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  8. Josh Overton

    I love all the sadly ignorant and uniformed people who are against this. Seriously people. We're talking about Montana here. I'd wager that the majority of the population are hunters. Liberals have the habit of assuming (and lets remember what assuming does) that just because a company offers a free gun with a purchase of a product, all the nut jobs, drug dealers, and deviants are going to right out and buy that product so that they can get a free gun. We're talking about a company offering people a free firearm. Not free crack, not free bomb-making supplies. It says right in the article that if people don't pass the state mandated background check don't get the gun. Anybody heard of Max Motors? They offer a free Barret .50 cal sniper rifle with the purchase of a brand new Viper. This isn't a new idea by any means. Anybody who is remotely against this is either way too Liberal or way to ignorant of the real world.

    March 29, 2011 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  9. Frank

    People of the United States of America and CNN,
    This is.MONTANA for Gods Sake.if you can't have a gun there then where can you have one!You still have to pass a back round check! If you can afford Satillite TV odds are you can afford to buy a gun out there.CNN needs to get off the ANTI-GUN Bandwagon.

    March 29, 2011 at 9:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dank

      I agree. People who have no idea of our lifestyles ;please quit judging us because of a promotion that makes perfect sense for the region. Do some research and you will learn that we do not live in fear of guns. It is the exact opposite, children are taught at a young age to respect and be safe with firearms.

      April 1, 2011 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  10. jinxd66

    All I have to say is go to this site and wake up sheepole!

    March 29, 2011 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
  11. Monica

    How would the owner feel if he gets assaulted or shot with the own gun he handed out?

    March 29, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Dank

      Would never happen here. And if it came down to that he would have a way to defend himself.

      April 1, 2011 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
    • Ranchdude

      Gee, I don't know. I'd have to guess that he's probably armed, so it wouldn't happen. They would probably go somewhere where the people don't protect themselves.

      April 1, 2011 at 9:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. Rhonda T - Syndey, Australia

    I saw a mention of and I can vouch for it as well. They offer streaming live and on-demand TV to your laptop. Works well for me.

    March 29, 2011 at 10:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. JEN


    March 29, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |
  14. Daniel

    Little side note... you use [sic] when you have discrepencies in punctuation.

    As for the article, I'd hate to be guy called in for repairs... I'm sorry sir, but it's the storm, there's nothing else I can *bang*

    March 29, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  15. Kevin

    Yeah, it would probably be better if this was being promoted by someone who isn't a drug dealer though. If I remember right he got pulled over with drugs in his possession in Havre, MT a few years back.

    March 29, 2011 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
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