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New vs Old Practice Locks

New vs Used Locks: A Picker’s Guide to Practice Locks

Choosing your next practice lock to conquer can sometimes be more of a challenge than picking the damn thing itself. So many options, brands, and sometimes even colors to choose from. But a factor that is often overlooked is that of buying new or used? Is there a difference and

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How to Pick a Lock – The Absolute Beginners Guide

How to Pick a Lock – A Step By Step Guide To Slaying Locks

It is often thought that learning how to pick a lock requires some Zen-like focus. That you must sit quietly in some candle lit room for hours upon hours to find any success at the craft of lock picking. But it is in fact quite the opposite. The basic concepts and techniques of lock picking can be learned and applied easily within an hour.
This guide is for the absolute beginner and comprehensively covers all the essentials required to successfully pick basic locks.

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Bobby Pin Lock Picking

The Beginner’s Guide to Bobby Pin Lock Picking

There is a strange satisfaction that comes with using bobby pins to pick locks. A satisfaction that brings with it a level of confidence that screams to the heavens, “I am the master of my destiny, let no door, padlock, nor any such annoyance stand in my way for I

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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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Improving Single Pin Picking

Improving Single Pin Picking Skills

Someone recently asked me for advice on how to get better at single pin picking (SPP). While drafting a response I thought this might be useful to others so I’ve decided to make it available publicly. I know that some of this may sound self-righteous or incoherent and rambling, but

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