Learn to Pick a Lock – Done!

Opened book

I’m semi-nervous about even posting about this. I’ve been going back and forth whether or not to share it at all but heck, why not. Let’s do this! This past Christmas my buddy Dante Kube came through with another amazing gift idea for me that allowed me to cross another item off my life list. The imaginary blog-readers in my head are shouting “Tell us already!” Well if you haven’t guessed by the title, ……

My girlfriend of coure knew what I was getting for Christmas from Dante before I did and teased me to know end that I would probably play with it as much as I have played with my new XBox 360. What on earth could that be? Okay okay I’m sure you are ready to punch me by now. Dante was thoughtful enough to find a Beginners Lockpicking set. Complete with tension bars, rakes, picks, instructions and 3 practice locks. (1) 2-pin tumbler, (1) 3-pin tumbler, and (1) 5-pin tumbler.

It did take me a little while (a few hours) to practice and apply techniques to be able to unlock the 2-pin. Eventually I took the set to work and during down-time I would fiddle with the 5-pin until I was able to unlock it with some consistency. It only took me a few weeks to be able to pick my own front door. So at least now, if I have my picks with me I don’t have to worry about getting locked out of my house!

Now I only learned this for educational purposes. I’m not going into business and I actually don’t carry them with me everywhere I go. I think of it more like a challenge or puzzle that needed to be solved. Which is kind of cool because I can take the practice locks to a store and have them re-key it and start all over again. I’m considering this goal completed though the Art of Lockpicking is never something truly completed. There are special security pins and so many types of locks that I could spend the rest of my life trying to figure them all out. I do intend on extending my knowledge of lock mechanics but as far as the goal is concerned, I feel I’ve accomplished a childhood dream! (Maybe not childhood, but I was pretty young when I saw some movie pertaining to some grand heist…)

I’m willing to post more about this later if it seems interesting. Speaking of, we are currently running a poll to see what our readers would like to see more of. Take a second and answer the question over on the right side of the page and let us know!

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  1. Wenz28 says:

    Vegas, that is what you called talent! Why don’t you pursue it as a business? It’s also an income, don’t you think?
    This is a good idea Vegas, but I hope readers can use this in a more useful way.

    1. Thanks for stopping by!

      Honestly it has crossed my mind to do it as a side business. In the state I live in (Michigan) there is no license required to be a locksmith surprisingly enough. If I were to offer my services professionally I’d first want to progress the skill of lockpicking further for more types of locks and security pins. Plus there are other tools I would need to invest in to do the job proper.

      If anyone reads this post and would like more information just leave a comment and I’ll be glad to answer questions!

  2. Divina says:

    Wow! It’s awesome Vegas.. where did you learned it? Sharing your technique how to do it will truly be appreciated! Thanks in advance!

    1. Hello Divina!

      There are a many places online where you can order beginners lockpick sets, I’d have to check with Dante about where he picked mine up but I did a search online real quick and found this one for example: http://www.selfdefenseproducts.com/Lock-Pick-School-in-a-Box-p-17190.html

      When it comes to actually picking the lock, I found it was very easy to put too much pressure on the tension bar while picking the lock. (Tension bar is what allows you to push the pins up and turn the cylinder.) Check this video for a visual guide:

      Thanks for the comment!

  3. Joyce12 says:

    That would be a great business if you pursue on it. There are so many locks that I’m not familiar with.

  4. Elle says:

    Oh God, Vegas is now picking locks? Hide your kids, hide your wives!!

    1. Hahaha! I can’t help but recite the rest of that…

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