- Chiappa Firearms
Chiappa Firearms Type Family-owned Industry Arms industry Predecessor Armi Sport Founded 1958 Founder(s) Ezechiele Chiappa Headquarters Brescia, Italy Key people Rino Chiappa (CEO), Ronald J. Norton (head of U.S. division) Products replica Firearms Employees 50 Parent Chiappa Group Divisions Chiappa Firearms, Ltd., Armi Sport, Kimar Website www.chiappafirearms.com
Chiappa Firearms is an Italian firearms manufacturing company based in Brescia, Italy. It was founded in 1958 by Ezechiele Chiappa as Armi Sport. Total unit production is around 60,000 per year. Its U.S. headquarters are in Dayton, Ohio. Chiappa is to put RFID tracking chips into their firearms beginning in 2012.
Armi Sport is the firearms manufacturing branch. Its target markets are target shooting, Cowboy Action Shooting, reenacting, collecting, and hunting. To this end, most of its firearms are reproductions of older, muzzle-loading guns and other classic arms (such as Winchester rifles), though it manufactures other designs, such as .22 LR versions of the M1911 pistol and a .22 upper receiver for the AR-15. It also produces an original revolver, the Chiappa Rhino.
Kimar manufactures replica firearms, air guns and non-lethal weapons. Its focus is on producing blank-firing guns for training purposes, flare guns, starter pistols, and theater and movie prop guns. It also provides training for hunting and working dogs.
A division of the group that specializes in the surface treatment of metal parts, an important consideration in the manufacture of firearms.
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