updated 3/25/2011 5:58:17 PM ET 2011-03-25T21:58:17

A Radio Shack in Montana is offering would-be satellite television customers a bit more bang for their buck.

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The Ravalli Republic reports customers who sign up for some Dish Network packages at Radio Shack in Hamilton will be rewarded with a pistol or shotgun. Those not interested in the gun offer can pick a $50 Pizza Hut gift card.

Store owner Steve Strand says it took some haggling to get Dish Network Corp. to go along with the promotion, but he says it has tripled his business since it started last October.

The sign outside the business reads: "Protect yourself with Dish Network. Sign up now, get free gun."

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The promotion includes a coupon for a gun and the required background check.

Strand says he plans to start the same promotion next month with DIRECTV packages.

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