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. Jason

    The local ATV dealer offered a AK-47 free with the purchase of a New Yamaha 4 Wheeler this past year.

    March 28, 2011 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. dish stinks

    Awesome promotion, the bad part is that your stuck with dish network and its horrible programming...

    March 28, 2011 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imabadman

      Garbage programming and a garbage gun. A Hi Point .380 will probably jam before you run 100 rounds through it. They're dirt cheap, that's why he's giving them away. lol!

      March 28, 2011 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • USMCOz

      You are giving them too much credit badman...they jam straight out of the box without ever having fired a round.

      March 28, 2011 at 9:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • alumette

      these people do not know what to watch on TV. They only see Fox Channel. That is their bible.

      March 29, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. JJ

    Morons. Remember, Darwin is watching. 🙂

    March 28, 2011 at 7:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • SDN

      We can only hope...........

      March 28, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    @Jason...good point. who? oh, ok. what?

    March 28, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Desmond Howard

    Cue feigned indignation and slippery slope "logic" by ultra liberal commenters in 3... 2... 1...

    March 28, 2011 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamthelorax

      It's crazy when people use logic huh? I own 2 firearms, am a democrat (not a liberal thank you). I am in favor of anyone who passes federal and state purchasing protocol to be able to buy as many guns as they like. However, this deal seems to me like it might place a firearm into the hands of someone who wouldn't otherwise have one, and thus probably isn't as keen on safety and such as someone who went out of their way to buy one from a dealer. This will lead to less than responsible owners, at least in theory. Also I hope that this Radioshack is still running the standard background/criminal check on their customers as any other licensed gun dealer would have to do!

      March 28, 2011 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • iamthelorax

      Also, the real slippery slope here is satellite TV. What a rip-off!

      March 28, 2011 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • matt

      @IAMTHELORAX: did you even read the article?

      March 29, 2011 at 9:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. arrow

    No satellite network is worth it and stuck for two years

    March 28, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. PDXSerric

    just... wow.

    Is the gun for when the introductary rates wear off?

    March 28, 2011 at 8:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. SanVicence

    It's only telling us how desperate is Dish Network, and why?
    They are definitely not worth it...

    March 28, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Philip

    Ummm, I think it's just the one Radio Shack making this offer, not Dish Network.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Coreyb

    Wow! It must rain a lot up there!

    March 28, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Phil, Ohio

    Just another sales gimmick in Montanan.
    Bought a Colt .380-caliber handgun when they first came out, it broke the first week and had to be repaired, plus its a junk round.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Imabadman

      Really? Colt usually makes superb firearms. Their .45's are great!

      March 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
    • Hurray

      Yea, you should really just stick with the full 9mm round, a bit cheaper and much more reliable

      March 29, 2011 at 8:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. eric greene

    Read more: State, Crime

    SEDALIA, MO. (AP) - Officials are trying to decide whether to file charges against a Missouri man who fatally shot his wife while trying to install a satellite TV system in their home.

    Thirty-four-year-old Patsy Long of Deep Water was pronounced dead Saturday evening after being shot in the chest with a .22-caliber handgun. Her husband, Ronald Long, fired the shot from the inside of their home after several unsuccessful efforts to punch a hole through the exterior wall using other means.

    Henry County Sheriff's Deputies say the woman was hit by the second of two shots fired by her husband.

    Investigators say a person involved in such a case normally would be charged with manslaughter, but that was up to the prosecutor.


    March 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Fire away!

      Darwin never sleeps. One less couple to reproduce and leave behind another idiot. A tragedy indeed, but another example of why we should not arm everyone.

      March 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Fire away!

    I'm a liberal and am fully in favor of all you gun-toting morons shooting yourselves and doing us all the favor of controlling your own imbecilic population. Darwin rules! P.S. You should all go get yourselves the "Back Up" also. Google it. A bedside holster for your shot gun. Just increase the chances you'll kill off more of your own.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dank

      WOW! Really, are you that closed minded?

      April 1, 2011 at 2:47 am | Report abuse |
    • Ranchdude

      (Postcard from Montana) Wish you were here.

      April 1, 2011 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. Sheila

    If you don't want a GAT? What the puck is a GAT?

    March 28, 2011 at 8:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Philip

    Gat. Gatling gun. Civil War fame.

    March 28, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Report abuse |
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