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Monday, August 1, 2011

The head of MKS gets back to me about the Chiappa RFID Chips

As I mentioned the other day... I did contact MKS (Chiappa's distributor/marketing team) about that press release which they were using to try to address the concern over the RFID chips in Chiappa firearms. I simply contacted them with the request for an official press release/comment. They forwarded me the same press release as earlier (see below) and the President of MKS Supply, Charles Brown, wrote the following:
 I do have the release we sent out on Thursday... this release like most we send out had some humor at the end of it about putting tin foil over your head and watching the movie conspiracy theory, this was put in as humor only and many people took offense to it- as we all know when you put words on paper the intent gets lost and or interpreted in a way far different than the original intent. The Tin foil comment made us look like uncaring jackasses, which we are not. In fact we all participate in many of the shooting sports from sporting clays to 3 gun and cowboy action.  
Hopefully my 28 years in the business and all of MKS’s years of support of the firearms industry (including the 1000’s of dollars we sent to California to fight anti’s out there during the early 90’s) will not go unnoticed.
Any support from you will be appreciated!!!

       Charles Brown

Press release after the jump:

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!