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Post Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:21 pm

Learning lock picking

I would appreciate some advice on learning the fundamental basics of lock picking.

From what I've read the following books seem like they may be a good resource for me to start with:

http://www.amazon.com/Practical-Lock-Pi ... ck+picking

http://www.amazon.com/Visual-Guide-Lock ... de+to+lock

Are these good choices or are there better alternatives?

Also, any recommendation's for practice locks and pick sets for a beginner would be greatly appreciated.
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Post Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:30 pm

Re: Learning lock picking

There are a ton of youtube videos that will get you going in the beginning. I started on basic master locks, they're pretty easy to start on. I'm not advanced at all but I can get through the basics.
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Post Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:43 pm

Re: Learning lock picking

The Syngress book is really good. Just be prepared to spend some time getting up to speed with the background info it starts with. It doesn't dive right into the good stuff.

At DefCon 2011, I bought a set of the Beginner Blend Pick Kit and the Progressive Picking Training Locks: http://toool.us/equipment.html That's more than enough to get started with.

It's really something you just need to practice and learn to "feel." Books and videos will help you with the general concepts, but nothing's going to compare to hands-on experience.

Don't take that to mean I know what I'm doing though; I'm still fairly awful myself.
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Post Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:01 am

Re: Learning lock picking

If you are not in a hurry, you might want to wait until October, when the second edition of Practical Lock Picking will be available. The first edition was a nice read, so it's most likely the second one will be even better. However, as ajohnson said, lock picking is really something you "need to practice and learn to feel".
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Post Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:27 am

Re: Learning lock picking

It also might be worth doing a course if you have the money and depending on how much you want to learn.

This site maybe useful depening where you are in the world..
http://www.ukbumpkeys.com/videos.php
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Post Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:33 am

Re: Learning lock picking

Check to see if there's a local TOOOL or Lock Sport International (LSI) group near you. Easiest way is to go to a meeting and get hands on learnin'.  If there are no groups local to you, then see everything above this post. :)
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Post Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:35 pm

Re: Learning lock picking

Thanks for the replies everyone.

@rance I've managed to find a monthly lock picking meet at a hackspace not too far away.  :)
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Post Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:05 pm

Re: Learning lock picking

m0wgli wrote:Thanks for the replies everyone.

@rance I've managed to find a monthly lock picking meet at a hackspace not too far away.  :)


That's excellent, they should give you good learnin' from the get go. The last piece of advice I'll give is, don't learn to pick on a cut away. Use it to understand the inner workings of a/the lock, but te art of picking is in the feel, and if you rely on your eyes as you learn, you'll be at a disadvantage.

Keep us up to date on how your skills are coming along!

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Post Wed Aug 29, 2012 2:43 am

Re: Learning lock picking

Thanks for the advice on the cutaway's, I'll make sure to follow it.
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Post Wed Aug 29, 2012 6:32 pm

Re: Learning lock picking

I happen to know, on good authority, that there will be a lock picking village at DerbyCon in September.  That is one of the best ways to learn I think.  Actually give it a whirl! :D
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Post Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:54 am

Re: Learning lock picking

Check out Schuyler Towne's video series:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... ature=plcp

Other than that, Deviant's book is fantastic!!!
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Post Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:13 pm

Re: Learning lock picking

3xban wrote:I happen to know, on good authority, that there will be a lock picking village at DerbyCon in September.  That is one of the best ways to learn I think.  Actually give it a whirl! :D


As much as I'd love to attend Derbycon, I can't  this year. A vast expanse of water and insuffcient funds are standing in my way.  :(

ziggy_567 wrote:Check out Schuyler Towne's video series:

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL ... ature=plcp

Other than that, Deviant's book is fantastic!!!


Thanks for the link. I thought I'd take a quick look, I ended up watching half the series. I'll finish the rest off tomorrow.  :)
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Post Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:11 pm

Re: Learning lock picking

There will also be a class with Deviant Ollam at DerbyCon:

https://www.derbycon.com/training-courses/

Looks like there are still slots left, as of now
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Post Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:49 am

Re: Learning lock picking

jason wrote:There will also be a class with Deviant Ollam at DerbyCon:

https://www.derbycon.com/training-courses/

Looks like there are still slots left, as of now


While no doubt a good class, probably overkill for someone that just wants to learn to pick. :)
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Post Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:31 pm

Re: Learning lock picking

great resources thanx of-course physical security is always important
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