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. SDN

    @banasy: You're welcome, and thanks for forcing my hand – I needed it. I will add that reading some of these comments profoundly disappoints me, and gets my hackles up (no doubt the primary purpose). I don't, and won't hate anyone. I refuse to contribute. I've always considered dissimilar points of view to be the tools we use to find the most reasonable conclusions – if, and only if the points of view and the ensuing discussions are respectful and civil.

    March 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Philip

    And it's the legendary "Hi-Point" .38 to boot. Whatta deal.

    March 28, 2011 at 6:40 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Jason

    I want pizza.

    March 28, 2011 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dicky

    Awesome deal !!!!!

    March 28, 2011 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDN

      Thanks for stopping by.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm | Report abuse |
  5. JJ

    Direct TV calls me once a week to offer me free upgrade channels for a trial period. On the next call which should be anyday now, going to ask if they can throw a gun in on the deal.

    March 28, 2011 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jimmeh Dean

    Yes, well.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
  7. banasy

    @SDN: Agreed, and well-put. 🙂

    @Philip: hi, there,GTG!

    March 28, 2011 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDN

      Hey, thanks for the reparte, and the kick-in-butt – as much as it pains me. Yeah, I certainly deserved it. Lost my cool (what little I have) for a moment there.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  8. JC

    Hey now, don't put all Democrats in the same boat. Montana is full of Dems, because of the mines, etc., and almost all of them believe in god, own firearms, support the death penalty, and enjoy pizza. The truth of the matter is white trash doesn't belong to a political party, because white trash doesn't vote. I suppose if someone wanted to put up the cover cash for this sort of thing, he could do it; doesn't make it the best idea, though. Steve Strand kinda sounds like the type of guy who probably ought to be restricted to the pizza,now doesn't he?

    March 28, 2011 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    So Park Ave...lmao

    March 28, 2011 at 7:11 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazz7

      Ya , like to sit and watch all the "ppl" lol go by with their lingo , that's what I do when I'm feeling down , sit and laugh at them , makes me feel so much better about who and were I am in my life.

      March 28, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Sammy

    The store giving away the gun (or a voucher) is not a big deal. Been done before for other things. In this case the big deal is any person who chooses Dish over DirectTV, Comcast, or any of the others because he can get a gun for signing up.

    "Hey, Dish has some great prices for cable packages."
    "Well, I dunno. There are so many good choices."
    "They will give you a gun."
    "Hell yea! Sold!"

    March 28, 2011 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Philip

    So if I'm a homebuilder it'd be OK by you if'n I give you a family-pack of firearms if you hire me to build your home? I'd offer Dad a .300 Win. Mag. Mom get's a .243. And a matching set of Colt .45's. The oldest boy get's a Mossberg 12 guage and a .22 revolver. The girls each get .25's. Makes sense to me.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Abnguy

      sound good to me. Though my daughter would need a .22 youth model.

      March 28, 2011 at 7:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Slick

      I agree with Abnguy, the ballistics on a .25acp are atrocious. A 22 henry lever action would be better.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • Greg

      As long as it doesn't break the law. Check your local laws regarding age and gun ownership.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike in SA

      Actually, a .22 single shot bolt action is one of the best to learn on. That's what I used with my kids, and am using now with my grandkids.

      Oh, and here in San Antonio, we have a CHL instructor who is also a real estate agent – buy a home (or sell a home) with him an dyou get your choice of handgun or rifle up to $1000.00. Sweet deal.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Teresa*


      March 28, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamthelorax

      I'd be in for a matching set of Colt .45's! Make it a pair of Springfield Armory 1911's and I'm a customer for life!

      March 28, 2011 at 10:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • George

      A "suicidal maniac"? How do you hurt someone with $50 worth of pizza? Unless, of course, it's covered in anchovies.

      March 28, 2011 at 10:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • DP

      How about some hearing protection with that?

      March 29, 2011 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Tony

      I also use and I'm a big fan of the service. Works on my PC and my wife's Mac.

      March 29, 2011 at 10:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Rhonda T - Syndey, Australia

      (Did my first post go through?)
      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 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • Ngetski

      @Philip, If you are, give me your number and I'll hire you now!!!

      March 29, 2011 at 11:25 am | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      you send a powerful message. Cynical comments are always appreciated. My favorite is .25 cents for the girl. That is the travesty and ridicule of that idiotic minority. Small brains and big guns.

      March 29, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • K Koz

      I want to move to Montana!!

      March 29, 2011 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Abnguy

    I wish we'd have promotions like that in PA.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • Texan

      I was just thinking the same thing about Texas, I'd sign up as long as it was a good deal overall.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • RLD

      Same I wish NY had this deal I would most definitely buy. Cool promotion

      March 29, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Philip

    I have an idea! oops. Lawn Darts are too dangerous to give away. (never mind)

    March 28, 2011 at 7:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. David

    Ignorance. You see fire, and people that go play with it. Don't you know it will burn somebody.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jankman

      Maybe you I hope!

      March 29, 2011 at 10:00 am | Report abuse |
    • RLD

      Have you ever actually used a firearm because it has always been my experience that anti gun nuts have never actually owned or handled a gun

      March 29, 2011 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ryanzzzz

      Well, maybe he's been shot by one.

      March 29, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Hmmm...never thought of handguns as fuel before. Thanx David.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
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