About Ryan Brown

About Ryan

Ryan Brown is the founder of Art of Lock Picking and has been picking locks for over a decade. His journey into the craft began one fateful day when he found himself locked of his home and had nothing but a few paperclips in his backpack. 

After picking this first lock, his interest and love for lock picking found no limits. With a degree in Commercial Aviation and Philosophy, Ryan spends his days flight instructing while contemplating the meaning of a good beer. 

He has an immense desire and enthusiasm to instruct about those things that he finds a passion for and longs to spread his love and knowledge of lock picking.

Join Ryan and learn the craft of lock picking!

Stuff By Ryan

5 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Practice Locks

5 Ways to Make Your Old Training Locks a New Challenge

You should never continue to pick a lock that you have already beaten several times. If you pick the same lock enough times in the same way you’ll eventually memorize the process of picking that particular lock. From there on, picking that lock becomes more about recalling a series of vague events rather than relying on your skill.

As a matter in fact, continuing to pick the same lock over and over can actually put you a few step back in progressing your skill. As they say — if you don’t use it, you lose it.

So continuing to challenge yourself is crucial for improving but the problem is, this can get expensive. How can we be expected to buy a new practice lock every time we conquer one? Beating a lock should be a time for excitement and joy, not a time to feel sorrow for our wallets.

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Best Locks For Learning Lock Picking

9 Best Practice Locks To Quickly Learn Lock Picking

One of the quickest ways of progressing in any craft is knowing exactly what steps to take, and in which order to take them. With lock picking this can be as simple as knowing which locks to focus on first.

With every new lock you pick, you’ll walk away with some new knowledge — a lesson taught through the sweat and struggle of picking.

The purpose of this little guide is to give you a progression of locks that will not only give you the greatest lessons, but do so in an order that will prepare you for the next lock on this list.

From absolute beginner to tackling serrated security pins — all in 9 locks!

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How to Pick a Lock with a Credit Card

How to Bypass a Lock with a Credit Card

We’ve all seen the movies where our savvy hero pulls a Mastercard from his wallet and with a quick push and wiggle the door swings open. But how practical and realistic is this? Is it just movie fiction or can we too acquire these spy-like abilities and learn how to

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Burglary Statistics for Homeowners

Burglary Statistics for Homeowners [Infographic]

One of the great plights plaguing the name of lock picking and locksport is that the craft itself is born from malicious roots. That lock picking is a skill based upon criminal intent and anyone wishing to learn of it beyond the scope of locksmithing must have some mischievous underlying

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The Infographical Guides to Lock Picking

The Infographical Guides to Lock Picking

So you want to learn the art of picking locks? Well, look no further than our quick and dirty infographical guides to lock picking! The goal behind these visual guides was to extract only the fundamental and necessary components involved in successfully picking a lock, no more — no less.

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Security Pins

Security Pins: A Beginner’s Guide

To we lock pickers feedback is absolutely everything. It is our sixth sense, our third eye, our perception within the lock that is beyond ordinary sight. The feedback we sense through our tools is what guides us and without it, we are but lonely souls probing the dark depths, looking

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How to Pick Handcuffs

The Guide to Picking Handcuffs

A simple fact of life is that you never know what the future holds and what insane circumstances you will one day find yourself in. Furthermore, what crazy and confounding skills could aid you in such a situation. Just about anyone can legally purchase and carry a set of handcuffs,

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How To Crack A Master Lock

How to Crack a Master Combination Lock

Within the art of lock picking lies the infamous combination lock, a device immune to our tension wrenches, lock picks, and standard methods of lock picking. While there are still many other ways to bypass a combination padlock, including the use of a shim, bolt cutters, locksmiths, or even a

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