Lock Picking Resources (and websites)

Discussion in 'General Survival and Preparedness' started by Brokor, Apr 17, 2016.

  1. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    This is your one-stop thread for everything related to lock picking (resources).

    You may stop by our own resources section and have a look around first if you like.


    BosnianBill's LockLab – Stay Safe. Stay Legal
    The Lock Lab is hosted and maintained by Bosnian Bill from YouTube. He is an avid lock collector and lock picking professional, and routinely offers giveaways and special deals for subscribers. The website has a plethora of information and links to help beginners and enthusiasts, including a 'Locklab University' training section. Any locks, picks, and links to vendors are clearly labeled 'approved', 'pending', or 'avoid' based on diligent research.

    The Ultimate Lock Picking Practice Locks - LearnLockPicking
    Learn Lock Picking website - In 2007, they invented the easy-to-rekey lock picking practice lock. This is the practice lock that evolves as your lock picking skills evolve. The Ultimate Practice Locks are the easiest to re-key practice locks. Each of these lock picking practice locks can be easily changed from easy-to-pick novice lock to high security challenge and everything in between.

    Links to Lock Pick Vendors (approved):


    Lock Pick Canada

    Lock Picks, lock pick sets, lock picking, locksmith & lockout tools

    Peterson Manufacturing Locksmith Tools

    Madbob lockpicks (The UK)

    Lock Pick Sets|Lock Picks|Bump Keys|Pick Guns|Car Entry - UKBumpKeys (The UK)

    https://www.specialkeys.co.uk/en/ (The UK)

    PanaVise Products, Inc.

    https://www.pickpals.com.au/ (New Zealand and Australia)

    Lock Picking & Locksmith Tools for Professionals

    WithoutaKey | High Quality UK Lock Picks | Lock Pick Sets | LockSport | UK Bump Keys | Lock Picking Tools

    For U.S. citizens - legality of lock picks, by state:

    The Open Organisation Of Lockpickers :: State Laws
  2. GrayGhost

    GrayGhost Monkey+++

    Thanks for the link, @Brokor.

    I've been fascinated by all things mechanical since I was a little one...decades now. And locks have been a big part of that.

    Being an industrial mechanic for the majority of my career, I've had the opportunity to play with many a lock...a MCC room someone had lost the key to, countless doors/desks/filing cabinets, cars...on and on.

    Patience is key, so to speak. Maybe some frustration at first for some....just relax and enjoy the feel of picking those pins.

    I still haven't figured out how to link sites from my phone yet...too busy to mess with it lately. Sorry for the laziness.

    I do a fair amount of lurking at lockpicking101dotcom. There is some very good info on this forum.

    Not being a professional in the trade, I've never registered. They are a secretive bunch for sure! I can't figure out if it's more the criminal element, or that they want to limit people in their trade. Both of these for sure, more reasons unknown.

    It does, for sure, take a special kind of person to continue in this sport/profession.
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  3. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Years ago, I worked with a WWII OSS lock picker. He could pick car door locks, desk drawers, tool box locks; he was amazing.

    For SHTF applications:
    ar 15 parts ;););)
  4. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    This is a different kind of lock tool. This could prevent someone with a key or picks, flanking you in a warehouse situation. (Think funneling).
    This could block any keyed access though any lock with the right keyway. This does not destroy the lock, but it would require a complete teardown to restore the lock function. Yet the disable takes just an insert and snap off. You would clearly hear any attempt to drill out or force the lock, and it can not be extracted or picked.
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  5. C.T.Horner

    C.T.Horner Monkey

    A toothpick has been used to do the same job for decades, in fact anything you can stick into the slot deep enough will work. As long as you coat it with some supper glue.
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  6. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    And I can extract that in seconds, without noise. I do things like that daily. A toothpick is not satisfactory for this use.
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  7. C.T.Horner

    C.T.Horner Monkey

    I stand corrected I forgot to mention a drop of supper glue, thanks for the heads up.

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  8. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    I also mentioned, it does not permanent damage to the lock. If you are liable for the damages, a single good quality entry lock can run into the $100.00- $200.00+ range.
    This disabling key can be removed, and the lock restored in time. It is also faster than your more destructive method. And can be made in a few minutes from standard key blanks. (Ymmv)
  9. C.T.Horner

    C.T.Horner Monkey

    OK you WIN the argument but for those who want to know the truth there's this little fact.

    Not to worry, for even though Super Glue is incredibly strong, it has one weakness: acetone. Acetone is often found in household nail polish remover, and a small amount on the end of a Q-tip or cotton swab applied directly to the glue should dissolve the bond without damaging the skin.
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  10. Ganado

    Ganado Monkey+++

    acetone, one more tradeable item... as long as you don't open and it doesn't evaporate

    and thanks @C.T.Horner you have no given me a decent excuse to horde nail polish and nail polish remover lol [LMAO][biggrouphug]
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  11. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    Or just some simple 2 part Epoxi from Amazon.
  12. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    Devcon comes to mind.
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  13. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

  14. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    One method destroys the lock, the other is recoverable. Might be your locks, might be someone else's.
    One method is vandalism, the other preserves property.
    Take your pick. (Ymmv)
  15. ghrit

    ghrit Bad company Administrator Founding Member

    We got that earlier, you didn't need to repeat it.
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  16. kellory

    kellory An unemployed Jester, is nobody's fool. Banned

    Destroying a fine mechanism is like burning a book. Do as you will.
  17. C.T.Horner

    C.T.Horner Monkey

    In retrospect disabling any lock is a last ditch effort at best, and if one decides to go that route the last thing on their mind will be property damage. Also trying to remember how to fabricate a break away key with the resources available, as well as the time needed would never be considered. There are a myriad of other options to prevent break in through lock picking that never involve disabling a lock. A lock you will inevitably need before you can get a locksmith out to remove your broken key.

    The whole premise is rendered moot on it’s face value. So IMHO use what you have available if the need ever arises, but consider the consequences of your actions, because the threat may subside and you may want to gain entry with your key.

    The best advice is buy a good lock with roll pins, mushroom pins, and false pins, then add additional security measures so that a perp never gets near it without you knowing.

    Just sayin,

  18. C.T.Horner

    C.T.Horner Monkey

    Just one more thought, if you can take the time to fabricate a break away key, why not install a deadbolt inside the door that needs no key, and cannot be accessed from the outside. Or better yet there are several steel bars that engage in the floor or across the door jam itself. They are both unpickable and nearly impossible to kick in.
  19. HK_User

    HK_User A Productive Monkey is a Happy Monkey

    I suggest you flip flop all the time, in a vain attempt to always be "right".
    Take a stand, live or die on that stand, it builds a bit of backbone.
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