How To Pick Locks

Have you been looking for comprehensive, illustrated instructions covering how to pick almost every kind of lock, but keep coming up empty handed?

These how-to guides are easy to follow and written in plain english so as to be readable for beginners, and will also supply first grade information to experts in this field.

An example of different types of picks

There are many different shapes of picks for different applications.

Some of the most common types of locks found in light to moderate security applications are Electromagnetic Locks, Tumbler Locks, Warded Locks, Combination Locks, Sesame locks, Tubular Locks, Latches, Sesame Locks, Simplex Locks and Lever Locks.

It is possible to pick any lock if one is trained and has correct tools for the job. Here you will gain knowledge on how expert locksmiths open locks in a matter of minutes.

Electromagnetic Locks are also known as magnetic locks. They are a simple locking device where electromagnet is attached to the door frame and an armature plate is fixed on the door. When current passes through the electromagnet, it attracts the armature plate and keeps the door locked. A magnetic door lock is not appropriate for high security applications because it is possible to bypass the lock by disrupting the power supply.

Pin tumbler lock being picked

This shows a standard pin-tumbler lock being picked

Tumbler Locks can be divided in 3 special categories: Pin tumbler lock, Disc Tumbler lock and Wafer tumbler lock. The pin tumbler lock mechanism uses pins of varying lengths to stop the lock from opening without the correct key.

A wafer tumbler lock uses a set of flat wafers to stop the lock from opening unless the correct key is inserted. Pin tumbler and wafer tumbler locks work on same theory but pin tumbler locks use various pins while the wafer tumbler lock has a single wafer.

A disc tumbler lock is a lock made of slotted rotating detainer discs. Picking a disc tumbler lock involves a lot of time, special tools and expertise, hence it can be said that it is hard to pick, high security lock.

Most tumbler locks are easy to pick by using improvised picking tools made from common household items – They are also the most commonly implemented lock – found on many doors throughout the US and the world.

Locks used in vending machines, ATM’s etc are generally tubular pin tumbler locks.

Warded locks may have one simple ward, or many intricate wards with bends and complex projections. Until the slots in the key correspond to the wards in the lock, the key will strike an obstruction and lock won’t open. These locks are generally easy to pick, as the design of these type of locks is relatively simple. Generally any warded lock can be opened by using a special set of skeleton keys.

A Combination Lock is a type of lock that can be opened only by turning dials to a special sequence. The most basic type of combination lock can be found in low-security bicycle locks, briefcases etc which uses several rotating discs with notches cut into them. Master Locks are combination padlocks. Here you will read about Master Lock algorithm and methods that criminals use to decode the combination and open these locks without knowing the combination.

A Card Lock uses a system where one does not require any keys to open a lock, instead these require specially coded swipe cards to unlock the doors. These type of locks are popular in hotels, clubs and other places because one can easily change the code and the old card won’t be functional anymore. The cards are hard to duplicate hence improve security. In this archive you will find methods which these types of locks are cracked or bypassed completely.

Some people enjoy picking locks recreationally, which is called Locksport. The most invaluable tools for a locksmith is his experience, practice and his lock picks. Different types of tools are required to pick locks. Torsion wrenchs, Half-diamond picks, Hook picks, Rake picks, Slagel picks, Warded picks, and pick guns are some common tools that are generally used to pick locks.

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