Jesse

Jesse 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 is a Licensed Bodyguard and a Licensed Armed Guard for the State of Texas, and a Certified Martial Arts Instructor with a 2rd 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 and Guides By Jesse:

 

Ratyoke Pick Dark

Ratyoke: The Worlds Greatest Custom Pick Maker

Ratyoke is known throughout the entire world for making the best lock picks in the history of Locksmithing and Locksport. A master jeweler and world traveler, this full time goldsmith puts his skills to work with his 100% custom, 100% handcrafted artisan lock picks. Exotic woods and fine metals are abound in his rare and highly sought after works of art. Read further and find out how he became the world’s finest lock pick maker!

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Lock Sport Interview

Chris Ahrens: Picking the Kwikset SmartKey Gen 3

Today we are looking at the very first exploit of the Kwikset SmartKey Generation 3. Chris Ahrens has been making huge waves in the Locksport community this past year, boasting over 100 picking videos on his new YouTube Channel, and is now the very first lock picker in the world to exploit this challenging lock. Read further and find out just exactly how he managed to accomplish this amazing feat!

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Lock Sport Interview

Larry Newberry: The Founder of SouthOrd Tools

Larry Newberry created the #1 best selling locksmith tools the world has ever seen. SouthOrd Tools are celebrated by master locksmiths and beginner locksport enthusiasts alike. They are highly coveted in the United Kingdom, Australia, North and South America, Canada and just about every country and continent in between. Find out in this interview what makes SouthOrd the #1 tool distributor in the world, and how President Larry Newberry practically owns the locksmith market with his unmatched high-quality tools and unrivaled distribution.

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Gear Review

Gear Review: Perseverance Survival Lock Pick Set

Today I am reviewing the Perseverance Survival Lock Pick Set by the veteran owned and operated company, Perseverance Survival.

This set comes with 4 picks in stainless steel and features spot welded stainless steel handles. The steel used is 304 stainless and came spotless with an almost a mirror like finish right out of the package. The owner of Perseverance Survival, James Keeling, has recently made a name for himself by offering a large array of SERE (Survival-Evasion-Resistance-Escape) tools for the online market. This is very befitting since Mr. Keeling is a full-time SERE Instructor for the United States Marine Corps.

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Lock Sport Interview

Chris Dangerfield: The Mad Scientist Behind Lock Pick World

Chris Dangerfield is known throughout the world for his prolific adventures and storytelling. Over the years he has amassed a life of thrills, dangers, catastrophes, and personal enlightenment. He is as diverse and intellectually capable as his go-to lock picking set.

As a writer, comedian, adrenaline junkie, and expert lock slayer, Chris has created an empire in the Locksport community. In this interview, Mr. Dangerfield will be telling us how he got to this point and reveal some techniques he is using to maintain his kingdom for now and many years to come.

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Budget Lock Pick Sets

Best Lock Picks for the Budgeted Picker

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 $200 on a set with every pick known to man … Read More

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Lock Sport Interview

Interview with the Lock Picking Lawyer

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 … Read More

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Budget Lock Pick

What Are All Those Picks Used For?

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.

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Lock Sport Interview

Interview with Deviant Ollam: The Godfather of Locksport

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!”

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Binding Order

What Is Binding Order?

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 … Read More

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