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RFID "Chip" in Chiappa Firearms-what's up with that?

MKS Distributing, Dayton OH, July, 2011-Distributor for Chiappa Firearms

Recently there has been some blogger activity (credibility always guaranteed) concerning Chiappa Firearms putting a RFID (radio frequency identification) in Chiappa Firearms. Yes, but Chiappa will not be using the RFID system for at least a year.

RUMOR: (known as blogosphere food): The erroneous information about some sort of "chip" was put out by a blogger who translated Chiappa (Italian) technical information incorrectly. The incorrect translation and his interpretation came out as some sort of a GPS type tracking "chip" -which RFID isn't as it cannot transmit anything-it has NO power source (unlike cell phones).

THE FACTS: Recently several Italian gun makers (not just Chiappa) decided to utilize RFID technology to improve manufacturing and provide more accurate inventory control. We guarantee this technology will proliferate to other gun makers world wide as it is so efficient for everything from production QC control to export/import varification. Other industries already use passive RFID technology such as on DVDs, sunglasses, clothes and even some food products for example.

Basically Chiappa RFID (again it is radio frequency identification) assists the manufacturing process, inventory control and shipping. The type of information on the RFID ties in the firearm and proof house verification; the latter is required by the Italian Government for all firearms made in Italy. Passive RFID is also a final check that verifies that what is inside the sealed box is the same thing as shown on the box exterior bar code during shipping. Now, it will no longer be necessary to open/inspect hundreds of boxes by hand prior to packing in export containers.

BOTTOM LINE: The Chiappa PASSIVE RFID can be read ONLY when passed within (2-3 inches) of an active (and powered) reader that is dialed in for the particular long antenna radio frequency of the RFID-this is not random. And it will NOT go into operation for a year or more.

SUMMARIZING: RFIDs have NO power source or GPS locator. Rest assured they are NOT transmitting your identification and location information to a Chiappa Firearm tasked CIA satellite
RFID Removal: For those still concerned you can simply remove the grip and remove the hot glued RFID from the frame in the grip area when (over a year from now) these begin to appear. Others may prefer to wrap the revolver and their head in aluminum foil, curl in a ball and watch reruns of Mel Gibson's 1997 film, Conspiracy Theory. Well, that's a plan too!
 

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Got this e-mail to day from Chiappa to media professionals to help set the record strait. Basically their guns will have an RFID chip imbedded in the frame of the revolver. These chips do not transmit anything but can be used to track the firearm as inventory and during production. When you use a scanner near the chip it can let the computer tracking system well keep track of the firearm. Think if Khar Arms had a system like this in place and could keep track of its weapons.....maybe they would not have paid the Brady Campaign 500.000.
 

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So anyone with a scanner that can ping one of these chips can identify and track you as you conceal carry one of these manufacturers guns. nice.
 

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If it's only for inventory purposes, why hot glue it on and hide it under the grips?

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If it's only for inventory purposes, why hot glue it on and hide it under the grips?

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because its really for "inventory purposes" with quotation marks. I wouldn't be surprised if it was the same as anti theft tags in electronics. except the read it when enter a place instead of exit.
 

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I'm quite familiar with the technology. There is a possibility it could be, shall we say, "misused" but the transponder must be in pretty close proximity to work. They "hide" it so it won't be unsightly. Removing it will be entirely effective. Have at it.
 

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So anyone with a scanner that can ping one of these chips can identify and track you as you conceal carry one of these manufacturers guns. nice.
Yes, anyone with a scanner that can read that manufacturer's RFID chips who brings said scanner within a few inches of the actual weapon ...

... basically, if you get wanded by someone, they may know what brand of weapon you are carrying.
 

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Look, they're doing it to make inventory control more effective, and save a lot of money at the factory, which is a good thing. They could have used a hang tag from the trigger guard or something, but they did what they did. Just dig the thing out and nobody will find you. Do you realize that many of the new credit cards have a similar transponder? I can imagine there would be a lot more dangerous information to be had from one of those.
 
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