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RFID ‘Chip’ In Chiappa Firearms – What’s Up With That?
This announcement is direct from MKS Supply, Inc., the US marketer for Chiappa Firearms, and is to clarify concerns over the future use of RFID tags. – AmmoLand

Proposed RFID on a Chiappa Revolver

Proposed RFID shown on a Chiappa Revolver grip frame.

Chiappa Firearms

Chiappa Firearms

Dayton, OH --(  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 cover 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!

MKS Supply, Inc.
8611-A North Dixie Drive
Dayton, OH, 45414

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  • 13 User comments to “RFID ‘Chip’ In Chiappa Firearms – What’s Up With That?”

    1. Is that their press release verbatim or is that an article you guys wrote up?

    2. This is exactly as received from MKS representatives.

    3. Chip Rfid | Chip Rfid on July 28, 2011 at 6:29 PM said:

      [...] RFID ‘Chip’ In Chiappa Firearms – What’s Up With That? – (pre… [...]

    4. If that press release is verbatim as it’s printed, the level of condescension from MKS towards potential consumers is amazing. There public affairs department needs some retraining.

      And “oh by the way”, passive RFID tags can be read from considerably longer distances than the quoted “2-3 inches” (think hundreds of feet). Google Chris Paget and long range RFID reading or look at the video below.

    5. [...] had to those with concerns, however, is another thing entirely. As reproduced by The Firearms Blog,, and Downrange.TV,  the MKS press release reads as follows: RFID “Chip” in Chiappa [...]

    6. I believe what the article says, but what “I do know”, and the article failed to mention. Is that if you purchase a weapon with this “chip”, and fill out the manufactures registration card (warranty card, etc.), or even if you do not (don’t forget BATF), the manufacture will be able to update the data associated with the “chip”, that will included the Name, address, etc. of whom the weapon was registered to, giving non-need to know persons with a scanning device this information. Not that it can not be gained now, that is done every day by LE via investigation. But this is much different than running a weapon through NCIC, they do not list registration information, only if the weapon has been entered into their system as stolen! With this technology I am most certain after POS, individual information will be accessible through the “chip”!
      ~Watch your six~

    7. Tred Law on July 29, 2011 at 12:02 PM said:

      I don’t see what the big deal is here, RFID tags are everywhere in retail today. I bought a case of bear the other day and they had a RFID tag on the box.

      From what I read the company is not even using them yet and if they did all you need to do is remove the grips and pop it of with a butter knife.

    8. I have to agree with the previous comment about the level of condescension displayed by Chiappa toward people who might be considering purchasing their product. The only way I would buy one of these weapons, is if the dealer would remove the RFID tag and hand it to me, before I fill out any paperwork. That’s not likely to happen.

      Oh, by the way, Chiappa… Mel Gibson’s character in Conspiracy Theory, turned out to be RIGHT!

    9. Track guns? lol!!! NO. Track criminals? HECK yes. They need to apply this kind of technology to track felons and leave us law-abiding citizens alone.

    10. Pritom on July 29, 2011 at 3:51 PM said:

      Wow! A PR firm wrote this condescending drivel? Nothing like blaming the consumer to drive them away.

      Then there’s the issue with the false “facts” such as a “2-3 inches.” The equipment that Chiappa uses may be set up for 2-3 inches, but the issue has nothing to do with the supply chain processes. The consumer cares about what happens after the retail sale and the consumer owns the product.

      An RFID chip will definitely help the bottom line as it is much more efficient for the company, distributors, etc. However, if the chip is visible and easily removable, then no problem. If it is hidden and requires taking something apart, forget it, this is a deal-killer.

    11. [...] a recent press release, viewable at, MKS Supply wrote "The Chiappa PASSIVE RFID can be read ONLY when passed within (2-3 inches) [...]

    12. [...] MKS instead insulted those worried about the improper use of this technology by portraying them as unhinged conspiracy theorists: BOTTOM LINE: The Chiappa PASSIVE RFID can be read ONLY when passed within (2-3 inches) of an [...]

    13. I would say mks supply and president charles brown are far from failing. I have known charlie brown for some time and I will tell you he is a man of great humor, integrity, and always putting others before himself. I was 22 when I met him and i was just a kid who just got laid off due to the economy and was having a hard time with life. Charlie didn’t just lay off and turn people away when business got slow, he didn’t even need an extra guy but he hired me at great pay and offered me benefits when he didn’t even need me. Charlie has the best sense of humor and I know for a fact he meant his comments as a complete joke which if you knew charlie you would understand his sense of humor. He would never offend anyone, he is quite the opposite. When you need anything he will go out of his way to take care of you, and his customer service is off the charts which is a very rare thing today. I would know because i witnessed it all first hand. I’m not just saying this because the guy gave me a job, he truly is a man of honor. He believes strongly in putting others before himself. He takes excellent care of all his employees and customers, takes his guys fishing, pays for everything, and always makes sure your having a good time. The browns are a great family and I would work for Charlie anyday of the week, with a man like him you know your business is going to grow and you will always have a job even when times are tough he wont turn a cheek to you, he will struggle to make sure his employees and customers are always taken care of.. So as to his comment, people just took it the wrong way, I assure you if you ever meet the guy hes someone you would want to be around on a daily basis.. You can’t help but to like the guy.. Great sense of humor, always making jokes and making the work place a mix of business and pleasure… He is a great man and this comment shouldn’t make anyone think differently because I know him first hand, and you can take everything I said about him to the bank… Chris Lewis..

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