Switch From Cable to Satellite – Get a Free Gun

Customers at a Radio Shack in Montana have an opportunity to get a free gun if they switch to Dish Network.

I believe that this safely falls under the heading “Only in America”.

If watching television makes you want to go out and shoot something (preferably something made out of clay and legal to shoot), then Radio Shack might have an offer that’s right up your alley. A Radio Shack Super Store in Hamilton, Montana has decided to offer a free gun to qualifying customers who sign up for new Dish Network service.

According to ravalirepublic.com, qualifying customers have the choice between a Hi Point 380 pistol or a 20-gauge shotgun. Radio Shack itself isn’t stocking these items, instead handing out gift certificates good at a place called Frontier Guns & Ammo. Background check (also free) is required.

This just strikes me as an odd promotion. Also, I’ve never heard of Hi Point until now. How do they handle? (For the record, I prefer CZ — I just love the accuracy and smooth firing.)

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  1. Jay says:

    You’ve never heard of Hi Point because they’re crap guns. I’d take the shotgun myself.

  2. steve says:

    I’m really a wheel gunner, but have handled a couple at the range. Not the best fit and finish. Grouped ok.


  3. tom p says:

    file this right alongside of the guy giving away ak-47s with the purchase of a truck.

  4. JKB says:

    See, that’s how the myths live on. No one every gave away an AK-47 with a truck purchase. AK-47s are select fire weapons requiring a Federal Firearms License to own and of which no select fire weapons not in civilian hands in 1986 have been permitted into civilian ownership since 1986.

    What was available was a free semi-automatic rifle in the AK-47 replica format with the purchase of a truck.

  5. PD Shaw says:

    steve, sounds like the gun’s more than capable of shooting up a t.v. set, which is what I assume it’s for.

  6. matt says:

    JKB : Indeed one of many AK-47 clones available like the SAR-1..

  7. Patrick T. McGuire says:

    I wonder if I were to upgrade to the Premium Package, could I get a 1911?