Jesse Marlar is a former United States Marine, and Iraq War veteran. He started picking locks in 2006 while serving in Fallujah, Iraq as an artilleryman. After his two deployments to Iraq were over, he was selected to represent the Marines on the All-Varsity Marine Corps Submission Wrestling Team, aka The Marine Corps MMA Team. There he competed in 6 Amateur MMA Fights as a 204lb Light Heavyweight Fighter (record 3-3-0). After receiving an Honorable Discharge from the Marines, and a few broken bones as an amateur MMA fighter, Jesse went on to become an Apprentice Locksmith in 2010 in Denver, Colorado. After finishing his apprenticeship with over 600 hours of training, he took up Law Enforcement as his next profession, graduating from the S.P.A.G. Law Enforcement Academy in 2011 in Lubbock, Tx. However after receiving his TCLEOS certification, he elected to work for the Department of Defense as a Private Security Contractor in Afghanistan in 2012 as a Counter Rocket, Artillery, Mortar-Operator (C-RAM). There he worked alongside the US Army’s 4th Infantry Division at Combat Outpost Honaker-Miracle in Kunar Province. After Afghanistan, he moved to Austin, Texas to become a Defensive Tactics instructor for Central Texas Gun Works. During this time he also worked for Central Texas Pop-A-Lock, and received over 50 hours of training in Vehicle Entry Techniques and worked as a Technician for Pop-A-Lock for 3 months allowing him to open more than 1,000 different vehicles. Jesse Marlar is a Licensed Bodyguard and a Licensed Armed Guard for the State of Texas, and a Certified Martial Arts Instructor with a 3rd Degree Black Belt under UFMA Founder Tom Cox. Jesse has been actively engaged in the Locksport Community since 2010 and since then has discovered there are 31 different ways to open a Master Lock #1 Padlock!
Articles by Jesse:
Many of us entering the world of lock picking are looking to buy their first set of lock picks, however, the mass number of products flooding the market can sometimes seem daunting. On top of that do we really need all these picks? Do we really need to throw down $100 on a “quality” set of picks or can we obtain a functional lock pick set cheap? If you have read my last post “What Are All These Picks For,” you will know to successfully pick most locks, we only need a few primary picks. So what is the ideal budget lock pick set? Let’s take a look!
Alongside practicing law, the Lock Picking Lawyer also runs one of the most popular, most viewed, and most respected lock picking YouTube Channels out there. With almost half a million viewers, he is a force that inspires both newcomers and seasoned pickers alike. Learn more about his journey into lock picking and his opinions regarding the craft with our exclusive interview with none other but the Lock Picking Lawyer.
I would like to cover budget lock pick sets, but I first felt it necessary to put in my thoughts on the best lock picks to look for in a set, and why. This will be more of a guide on the different types of lock picks and their purpose.
With over a decade of experience, nobody in locksport has the credentials nor experience like Deviant Ollam, the creator of the famous “Lockpick Village.” He has been cracking locks and teaching others how to do it all over the world since the very first ShmooCon in 2005. Read further to see what makes this mastermind the true godfather of locksport!”
Finding the Binding Order is one of the first steps to picking a pin-tumbler lock. When applying rotational tension to the plug within the cylinder of the lock, it will force the pins to “bind” making them seem stuck or hard to move. Manipulating those binding pins first will put you on the path to finding the sheer line of the lock, allowing you to rotate the plug completely, thus opening the lock.
Today I was granted the rare opportunity to interview a legend of the locksport community, Mr. Hallis Chalmers. Hallis was the “Man behind the curtain” so to speak in the rise of locksport during the early years of the new millennium. He helped keep the community thriving by running the well-known and very popular website, Keypicking.com. His contributions to the community have rarely been matched by any other contributor to this unique hobby. In the interview below he tells us the rewards as well as the setbacks he has witnessed over the last 10+ years in locksport!
Saturday night, I met up with the Longhorn Lockpicking Club, at the Spider House Café in downtown Austin, Texas. It is a group of about 15 different members that pick locks, drink beer, eat burgers, and talk new security exploits they have learned.
Today I am reviewing the GSP Ghost Pick Set found only at Peterson Locksmith Tools. GSP stands for “Government Steel Pick” and is a special stainless steel alloy chosen by the master locksmith himself, Mr. Ken Peterson. These lock picks not only come in the 0.025 thick GSP Steel, but they were of the first ever lock picks to offer molded rubber handles! This set has got it all and I personally believe it is one of the best and most complete sets of lock picks you can buy for under $100. There are many companies that offer what I call “budget sets”, but this sits apart from all the others with its absolute quality and performance.
Today I got to interview Jgor, a lock picker and computer hacker extraordinaire. He has been leading the Longhorn Lockpicking Club in Austin, Texas for 10 years and has competed in locksport competitions at the highest level. Keep reading to see what it takes to become one of the greatest lock pickers in America!