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. Dave

    Love it!

    March 28, 2011 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  2. B Harley

    Looks like montana will a rise in hunting accidents

    March 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  3. B Harley

    Looks like montana will have a rise in hunting accidents

    March 28, 2011 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Might go down, everyone will be watching TV instead.

      March 28, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. banasy

    @AMP; I don't thing the Radio Shack is promoting criminal behavior...Montana has a lot of beautiful country and a lot of hunters. And many stores offer a "Buy this, get that" kind of deals. I just think that the promotional giveaways are hilarious...a gun or a pizza. It's just amusing to me...just saying.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:02 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Captain_Colossal


    March 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. John

    Wow... Gun or pizza??? It's about time this great country pass on both. Kids, adults and animals are too fat, and being able to purchase a weapon that can't be used for hunting animals makes no sense (sorry NRA, take away my membership). I'm a hunter and I use my gun for food. I would never use this weapon for any other purpose. I read over the comments and it's once again american against american. What has happened to this great country? Handing out guns to sign up for dish network? How about handing out school supplies, food to the poor or a $10.00 gas card.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDN

      John, where have you been? Must have been out reading a book or something else equally left wing. Thanks for your sage comments – making sense is an art that seems to be disappearing along some exponentially regressive curve. Books, food, medicine? What are you thinking? Don't worry, it will be our little secret – the concept of civilization specifically.

      March 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • John


      Thanks for your input and proving my point.

      March 28, 2011 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  7. SJB

    I'd rather buy a gun and leave the TV unplugged.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SDN

    For the thinking among us (excepting the ranters), it's widely believed that people arming themselves to the teeth with weapons and dangerous animals do so for a reason – fear. I own a single gun for a single reason – to dispatch instantly anyone that tries to, or succeeds in, breaching my bedroom door in the middle of the night.

    Frankly, I can't picture myself buying a blackmarket RPG so I'll be prepared for Helter Skelter.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      I cannot believe that you have the gall to be free, and are using that freedom to ensure your own safety. How dare you? ~ Sarcasm intended

      March 28, 2011 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bob Tickle

      But the guy breaking into your house probably had an unhappy childhood. He probably couldn't afford the most expensive Nikes, so it is not his fault that he feels the need to kill your family. You are just being selfish.

      March 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Herbert

    @banasy: It's a guy thing. Guys like to insult each other for fun. There are exceptions. I can't insult ThomasD. It doesn't feel right. Love to insult JJ-right dooch bag maggot butt head?? Anyway, I choose the pizza, hold the anchovies.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  10. james

    That's BEAUTIFUL!!!

    If they ran an offer for satellite TV in the liberal pantywaste Northeast they'd give away flower seeds or a free tofu sandwich.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDN

      akshully tofu iz a singel wurd, ya gerk

      March 28, 2011 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Bob Tickle

    Getting a free guy with your TV dish is probably not a good idea. With all the mind numbing crap that passes for TV programs these days, too many people will be tempted to use the free gun to kill themselves.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:13 pm | Report abuse |
  12. ScuzzLightyear

    This planet is a game preserve..... And we're the game.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  13. SDN

    @Dennis. Thanks for the sarcasm – a point of intelligence in a vast intellectual void.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dennis

      Freedom is too precious, too fleeting, and too brief to be taken for granted.

      March 28, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  14. ScuzzLightyear

    I go down to Detroit all the time without a gun. Never had a problem. When you believe in the real God and not Jeezy or MooHamit he will protect you better than any weapon.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  15. banasy

    @Bob Tickle: they're giving away a free *guy*? Oh, that's quite different then. Never mind.

    March 28, 2011 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
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