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RFID chips in Chiappa guns?

Looks like it and here’s the explanation.

13 Responses to “RFID chips in Chiappa guns?”

  1. chris Says:

    Chiappa’s handguns are ugly, but they may be good shooters – I don’t know.

    But, I would say I will never find out now unless someone lets me shoot his or her handgun at the range.

    Nothing like generating badwill among your market like tracking them.

  2. Mr Evilwrench Says:

    I use that kind of RFID around the house, for selectively locking doors and such. It’s easy to remove or defeat, so you can go without worry. It probably saves the factory a lot of money, maybe they’ll pass the savings on to you! The PR debacle is kind of funny to me, but it’s not like they wronged someone egregiously, just let someone loose that had verbal diarrhea. Do you realize there is a similar RFID in many of the new credit cards? Probably a lot more dangerous information to be had from that than the one on a rhino.

  3. Michael Hawkins Says:

    Yeah those RFIDS are really just an internal tracking system. If it makes production cheaper, sure go ahead.
    I’ll be sure to fire up the good ol’ electromagnetic pulser though once I get it home*.

    (Might I add that while benefits are doubtful, waring a tinfoil hat has never actually hurt anyone.)

  4. Kristopher Says:

    My comment on that post:

    There are already folks out there stealing identity info with RFID readers … just wave a within 6 inches of someone’s wallet, and he’s screwed.

    Add pistols to that.

    Get the serial number, and file a stolen gun report, and finger the actual owner as a suspect in the theft. Watch the fur fly.

    No, Michael. This isn’t tinfoil hat territory. It is happening right now with RFIDs in driver’s licenses.

  5. Ian Argent Says:

    [citation needed]

    (and beyond proof-of-concept, please)

  6. Rabbit Says:

    Years ago, I worked with a guy who was a complete dick. The company used passive RFID to track inventory and used the white plastic covered chips everybody’s seen.

    Complete Dick somehow acquired one in the lining of his coat, which ensued hilarity on a daily basis and got him patted down and searched on a very regular basis until he was run off for a plethora of reasons.

  7. Kristopher Says:

    On the first page of google results, Ian.

  8. SPQR Says:

    The smart ass crap in the last two paragraphs shows me that Chiappa does not want nor need my patronage.

    They will no doubt be pleased to know that they won’t get it.

  9. Firehand Says:

    A thought occurs: Suppose someone takes out the chip, and then are informed that ‘removing the chip is a unauthorized modification, thus your warranty is void’?

  10. redjeepgirl Says:

    I wonder if disabling or removing the RFID could be considered destroying / obscuring the serial number under law.

    Personally, I do not like this one bit.

  11. Wilson Says:

    More disturbing than the chip was the basic marketing fail by the PR firm handling it.

  12. Bryan S. Says:

    Meh… swap grips… DONE!

    (non)crisis adverted.

  13. Ian Argent Says:

    “This is a demonstration of how RFID identity theft can happen anywhere” – description of youtube clip. And that’s not even a demo – that’s a political ad, for that matter.

    Show me a news story of an individual or organization of black hats actually stealing credit card info or drivers license off the RFID that could not have been accomplished by skimming the mag stripe. IE, show me the money (being lost).