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Judi Lynn Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 02:43 AM
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RadioShack stores in Montana, Idaho offer free guns
Source: Reuters

RadioShack stores in Montana, Idaho offer free guns
By Laura Zuckerman Laura Zuckerman Wed Apr 6, 9:05 pm ET

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) RadioShack stores in parts of Idaho and Montana are offering free guns to first-time subscribers of satellite TV services, aiming to boost business in states where hunting and gun ownership are popular.

The new promotions by combination RadioShack and Dish Network dealerships in western Montana and another in southwest Idaho have attracted crowds that range from the merely curious to the firearm-friendly.

John Marshall, owner of a RadioShack store in Mountain Home, Idaho near Boise, said the flagging economy was behind the program he began advertising this week.

"There's no problem with it here; this isn't New York City," he said about a gun giveaway that has sparked criticism on blogs by gun-control advocates elsewhere.



Read more: http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20110407/us_nm/us_radioshack...
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Rochester Donating Member (486 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:01 AM
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1. Copycats!!
There is (or was, it was a few years ago I heard about it) a car dealership in Missouri that gave guns to people who bought cars from them. Their sales quadrupled, so said the guy on the radio.
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Paradoxical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:04 AM
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2. A single-shot? What is this 1805?
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reggie the dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:14 AM
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3. if you know what you are doing
you only need one shot.

plus a free gun just adds to the fun of going out shooting, another model to play with at the gun range. so long as safety is respected marksmenship is as fun of a sport as any other. I quite often go traing with family when i am in the usa. None of us have ever killed another human outside of wars. We do eat nice deer for Christmas some years though.
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Paradoxical Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 03:16 AM
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4. I own several guns. I don't consider a shotgun a range gun.
And I'd never use a single shot for any form of protection.
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reggie the dog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:16 AM
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7. clay piegon shooting
we do 2 clay piegons with the 3 shot shotgun and one piegon with the old single shot
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DrDan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:05 AM
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5. good deal - more guns!! Nothing could possibly go worng with this.
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DFW Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:13 AM
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6. What a sales pitch
Sounds like a killer idea to me.
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melm00se Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:53 AM
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8. rural areas
have a completely different view of firearms than "city folks".

Rural residents view guns as tools rather than weapons. It is a fact of life that when you live on the borders of the "wilderness" you have issues with pests (varmints) that threaten not only your livelihood but your physical safety.

I have a buddy who lives in Wyoming and owns a cattle ranch. When he is working his land, he is rarely without a rifle and handgun quick at hand. When I asked if that was really necessary his response was, to the effect: coyotes aren't a big problem where you (me) live but out here they are a threat to him and his herd ($2000/head x 1000 head is not chump change). bare hands vs a coyote? that will not end well. coyote vs a rifle? that's a different story.

he went on to point out that I always have a cell phone at hand (yes, I know that a gun is different than a phone) yet he rarely carries his. why? because, as he pointed out, there is ZERO coverage out here so why bother? he said it's the same thing with his pistol. He carries it out here (waving from horizon to horizon) but when he goes into "town", he rarely, if ever, carries on on his hip (rifles in the gun rack of his pickup? that's another story).

the moral of the story is:

where you live, the needs and pressures, defines how you look at things. Out there, in the great outdoors, only a fool would be without a firearm. it is a safety/security issue. Most urban and suburban people forget that
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 07:56 AM
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9. They want their customers to have a blast.
Edited on Thu Apr-07-11 08:05 AM by originalpckelly
It may be corny, but I had to give it a shot.
If they gave away golf clubs, at least you could get a hole in one...oh wait you might still do that with this promotion. And let's just hope you don't hit a birdie.
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TheCowsCameHome Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:12 AM
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10. The Montana Radio Shack offered a $50 Pizza Hut coupon.
Good deal.
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originalpckelly Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:17 AM
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11. Fuckin' A.
I want to move to Montana. They never do that at our RadioShack! :P
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 08:18 AM
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12. Call me crazy but I'd take the pizza hut. Yum yum.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 04:08 PM
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13. I love pizza. nt
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Shagbark Hickory Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Apr-07-11 05:30 PM
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14. Pizza is nice but pizza and grease... OMG. Winning combination.
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