About Ryan Brown
Ryan Brown is the founder of Art of Lock Picking and has been picking locks for over a decade. His journey into the craft began one fateful day when he found himself lockout of his house and had nothing but a few paperclips in his backpack. After picking this first lock, his interest and love for lock picking found no limits. With a degree in Commercial Aviation and Philosophy, Ryan spends his days’ flight instructing while contemplating the meaning of a good beer. He has an immense desire and enthusiasm to instruct about those things that he finds a passion for and longs to spread his love and knowledge of lock picking.
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For every great journey, there is an unusual beginning. A moment of decision in which we walk the line between taking our first step forward or turning away and venturing in a different direction. It is often at this line that we contemplate the value of stepping forward — its worth, its inevitable struggles, and its likely outcome. However, what often deters us most from taking that first step are the unknowns — the questions we have in which we can initially find neither a solid nor direct answer to. It is because of these uncertainties that we often miss out on some magnificent opportunities. The art of lock picking is no exception. It is a craft that seemly everyone wishes to venture in, but at first glance are discouraged by the fog of mystery and vagueness surrounding it. So let’s lift the veil and look at lock picking in its truest form —unhindered by bias and mystery — so that we may take our first confident step forward in this exceptional journey that is lock picking!
So you want to learn how to pick a lock? Well, I am here to let you in on a little secret. Are you ready? The lock is a lie. Every single lock can be picked and most can be picked very easily. Read that one more time! The lock is a lie. Every single lock can be picked and most can be picked very easily.Click To Tweet This may seem like a very bold statement — one that many people don’t wish to be public knowledge. However, there is a state of mind in the lock picking community that knowledge is power and that the only way to truly secure ourselves is to understand the imperfections in security. But this isn’t a guide on the ethics of lock picking, so back to the cooler topic at hand — how to pick locks. It is often thought that learning how to pick a lock requires some Zen-like focus. That you must sit quietly in some candle lit room for hours upon hours to find any success at the craft of lock picking. But it is in fact quite the opposite. The basic concepts and techniques of lock picking can be learned and applied easily within an hour.
We’ve all seen the movies where our savvy hero pulls a Mastercard from his wallet and with a quick push and wiggle the door swings open. But how practical and realistic is this? Is it just movie fiction or can we too acquire these spy-like abilities and learn how to pick a lock with a credit card? In terms of its practicality, using a credit card to unlock a door is not always the best method as there are many other means of improvised lock picking — such as using bobby pins. However, if you ever find yourself in a pinch, using a credit card to pick a lock is always a viable option if the door you are attempting to bypass is of the right type. So before we learn how to pick a lock with a credit card, let us first take a quick look at the best cards to use and the types of locks that are susceptible to credit card attacks.
One of the great plights plaguing the name of lock picking and locksport is that the craft itself is born from malicious roots. That lock picking is a skill based upon criminal intent and anyone wishing to learn of it beyond the scope of locksmithing must have some mischievous underlying purpose. However, this criticism could not be further from the truth and is in some respects unfounded as only 4% of reported home burglary entries are due to some degree of lock manipulation.
A simple fact of life is that you never know what the future holds. You never know what insane circumstances you will one day find yourself in. Furthermore, what crazy and confounding skills could aid you in such a situation. Just about anyone can legally purchase and carry a set of handcuffs, therefore learning how to pick handcuffs is one of those crazy skills that one day may help you escape from a problematic situation, such as being unlawfully restrained. Fantastic thing is, with a little practice, breaking out of a standard pair of ratcheted handcuffs is a fairly simple skill to acquire. This comprehensive guide will instruct you on how to pick handcuffs and how these devices themselves operate.
There is a natural tendency to try to improve things. To make them more efficient and foolproof towards their tasks and functions. In this endeavor the security pin was born. The purpose of security pins are to prevent individuals from compromising locks by means of techniques such as lock picking and key bumping. These special pins are designed to catch at the shear line and bind the lock when any other tools other than a key are used. They operate under a concept called a “false set.” This false set is when it appears to a picker that a particular pin is set, but it is in fact “under-set,” or that is to say the pin is still between the plug and the cylinder, blocking the full rotation of the lock.
There is a strange satisfaction that comes with using everyday items such as bobby pins to pick locks. A satisfaction that brings with it a level of confidence that screams to the heavens, “I am the master of my destiny, let no door, padlock, nor any such annoyance stand in my way for I am a lock picker, master of pins and destroyer of the feeble concept of security.” If you too would like to scream these words into the night and learn how to pick a lock with a bobby pin then keep reading as this guide is for you.
Within the art of lock picking lies the infamous combination lock, a device immune to our tension wrenches and lock picks. While there are still many other ways to bypass a combination padlock, including the use of a shim, bolt cutters, locksmiths, or even a blowtorch, none are quite as elegant and non-destructive as old school combination cracking. A standard 40 digit Master Lock has 64,000 combinations which would take the average human about 180 hours to crack by using random combinations. This guide will aid you in reducing that absurd number to only 80 combinations and instruct you on how to crack a Master Lock in 10 simple steps.
When it comes to advancing your physical security it can sometimes seem to be a daunting task as there can appear to be an infinite variety of options in terms of the lock. And even more disheartening, trying to determine the degree of security these different types of locks offer. But in truth, locks are very simple creatures in theory and shouldn’t be feared. The purpose of this guide is to aid you in two ways: to help determine what types of locks could best suit your needs and to enlighten you of what security considerations to be aware of for each lock type. Additionally, we provide a recommendation for each lock type as can be found by clicking the images associated.
So you want to learn the art of picking locks? Well, look no further than our quick and dirty infographical guides to lock picking! Our goal behind these visual guides was to extract only the fundamental and necessary components involved in successfully picking a lock, no more — no less. If you are looking for more comprehensive guides that cover the entirety of lock picking, be sure to check out the Academy and our Complete Beginner’s Guide to Lock Picking.