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Lock picks

Discussion in 'Escape & Evasion' started by Todd McMillen, Dec 11, 2016.

  1. Todd McMillen

    Todd McMillen Member

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    i haven't tried this before. Best recommendation of a pick for a beginner?
     
  2. Mark Z

    Mark Z Well-Known Member

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    Depending where you are in the world, the Sparrows Varax set, but if you are outside of the US and Canada one of the Southord Euro kits. Sparrows stuff cost as much to get shipped to the EU as it does to buy it.

    Dimple pick sets wise, I like the Hornist Dong Shi set, as the anodised aluminium handles are really comfortable.

    Anything form Petersons is good too.
     
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    Mark Z Well-Known Member

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    If you are new and US based, buy the Sparrows progressive lock set and reloading kit too. It will give you something to practice on.
     
  4. TheSmokinApe

    TheSmokinApe Well-Known Member

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    I am really happy with the Sparrows pick set that I have... check their website, they have a number of different kits avaliable.

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  5. Mark Z

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    Basically you need a range of hooks, and a Bogota, City rake and a bunch of tension tools, for both top and bottom of keyway.

    If you want to pick dimple locks, you need a set of flags.

    About 8 picks will get you past most locks even high security ones with practice.
     
  6. livingsurvival

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    I'm happy with the Sparrows stuff I have.
     
  7. AJ ESCUDERO

    AJ ESCUDERO Well-Known Member
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    I love my sparrows vorax that I got a couple of months ago

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  8. Mark Z

    Mark Z Well-Known Member

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    Basically this is my EDC kit.
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    This is my big kit.
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    My EDC (all MadBob) stuff is realistically everything you will need, unless you want to pick dimple locks.

    The thing below is used to pick disc detainer locks.

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    I have a Sparrows set with lots of rakes, bogata picks, wrenches, and a warded set. I also put a city water key in there.

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  10. TheSmokinApe

    TheSmokinApe Well-Known Member

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    This is my mod'd Sparrows kit, I am super happy with it...




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  11. TheSmokinApe

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    This is my Southord set, I kike this one too but I typically reach for the Sparrows...



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    AJ ESCUDERO Well-Known Member
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    I need to order the 7 pin and 8 pin tubular picks eventually

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  13. TheSmokinApe

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    I am not even sure how they work... lol...

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  14. Mark Z

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    You can pick them manually, tensioning them is the tricky part, well that and you have to pick them mutiple times.

    The tools they sell for them work fairly well at impressioning the lock and are fairly easy to use. The only thing I've found is they are quite easy to break if you use a little too much tension when rotating. The plus side you can get a key cut for the lock based on the measurements off the tool.
     
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  15. AJ ESCUDERO

    AJ ESCUDERO Well-Known Member
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    That and once picked with the tool I don't have to pick it again once the locks on the pick are set

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    Just looked at the Sparrow Tuxedo kit, think I'm going to pick this kit up this week.

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    Good luck with it...

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  18. TheSmokinApe

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    Just made a new lock picking video...



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    I used the lockaid "gun". I probably wont have time to muck around with slow-picking. VERY few places can stand up to a good splitting maul, and a great many are (and will be) alarmed. Batteries can be solar recharged, ya know. Or a Biolite Stove can recharge them.
     

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