How to Pick a Lock (Basics) 🔓


I show how pin-tumbler locks work and how they can be opened using lockpicks. This is a fairly basic view about lock picking but I wanted to make it comprehensive to give people a good idea of the concepts. As well as a foundation for beginners in lock picking to get a better view of how a lock works and how it can be exploited. The pin-tumbler is a very common lock mechanism that uses pins of varying lengths to prevent the lock from opening without the correct key. Most locks around the home or office are simple pin-and-tumbler locks and can be relatively easy to open using a pick and a tension wrench.

Lock Picking Tools: (USA)
– Lockpick Gun:
– Electronic Lockpick Gun:
– Clear Lock:
– Tubular Practice Lock:
– Practice Lock Set:
– Lockpick set 1:
– Lockpick set 2:

Lockpick Tools: (Canada)
– Lockpick Kit:
– Clear Lock and Lockpicks:
– Tubular Lockpicks:
– Tubular Lock:
– Practice Tubular Lock:

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While the process is simple and can be mastered with practice, picking such a lock requires a great deal of patience. It can be a hobby as well as a practical skill. Locksmiths define lock-picking as the manipulation of a lock’s components to open a lock without a key. To understand lock picking you first have to know how locks and keys work. Most locks are based on fairly similar concepts but they do come in all shapes and sizes, with many design variations. As this is just to cover the basics I don’t go over security pins or more advanced techniques. This video is for educational purposes only.

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How to make a Lock Pick:

🔫How to Open Locks with a Lockpick Gun🔫:

How to Make a Simple Lock Shim:

💼How to Open Locked Suitcases/Baggage without a Key💼:

Lock Picking a Master Lock No.3 and No.21:

The lockpicks that I use (The Tuxedo Set) plus some extra stuff:
1 x Best Buster Snake rake 0.025 Thick
2 x Triple Rake 0.025 Thick
1 x Small Half Diamond 0.025 Thick
1 x Offset Hybrid 0.025 Thick
1 x Short Hook 0.025 Thick
1 x City Rake 0.025 Thick
6 x Tension Wrenches
1 x Homemade Pry Bar
3 x Homemade Picks (Hook, Half Diamond, Snake Rake)

The diagrams and information on pin-tumbler locks:

Lockpicking is the art of unlocking a lock by analyzing and manipulating the components of the lock device without the original key. In addition, ideal lock picking should not damage the lock itself, allowing it to be rekeyed for later use, which is especially important with antique locks that would be impossible to replace if destructive entry methods were used. Although lock picking can be associated with criminal intent, it is an essential skill for a locksmith and is often pursued by law-abiding citizens as a useful skill to learn or simply a hobby. The move towards combination locks for high-security items such as safes was intended to remove the weakest part of the lock: its keyhole.

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  1. Good to know wtf I did that landed the heavy key of my practice lock on my toe after minutes of nothing moving.

    Apparently raking is pretty effective on it.

    Now to actually learn something.

  2. I bought a lock picking pack in case I ever get locked out of my house; I’m always losing my key. I get home and, as usual, I can’t find my key. No problem, I have my newly honed skills. Sh*t, my lock picking set is indoors. Bummer!


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