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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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When learning to pick locks, there is nothing more important than selecting the correct difficulty of lock.

If you pick one that is too easy – which can happen even as a beginner – you likely won’t learn much. However, if you get one that is too hard, you might be in for some pain.

It is the typical Goldilocks story; you need to find the lock that is just right!

While challenging yourself is crucial to getting better, picking locks that you don’t yet have the developed senses and skill to pick is only going to frustrate and perhaps even deter you from continuing to pick locks at all.

Patience has its limits, and its limits are like beating your head against a wall… one way or another you are eventually going to lose.

Lock picking is supposed to be fun, and the quickest way to get better is to make sure that it stays fun.

Having a little structure in what kinds of locks you should be picking — and at what stage — can make all the difference in the world.

This archive is dedicated to everything about locks to help you make more informed buying and picking decisions!

If you are just starting out, consider checking out my guide on the Best Training Locks For Lock Picking!

Happy Picking!

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