Ryan BrownRyan 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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Articles and Guides By Ryan:


What is Lock Picking

What is Lock Picking? The Good, the Bad, and the Not So Ugly

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 … Read More

How to Pick a Lock

How to Pick a Lock: The Absolute Beginner’s Guide

“Where is this stupid key!” It’s a cold winter night and you and a group of friends have just driven 6 hours for a weekend retreat at your friend’s cabin. “I swear I put it right here!” Your friend tears through his bag for the third time as everyone stands around in the cold, anxiously awaiting their fate. After ruffling … Read More

How to Pick a Lock with a Credit Card

How to Bypass a Lock with a Credit Card

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 … Read More

Burglary Statistics for Homeowners

Burglary Statistics for Homeowners [Infographic]

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 … Read More

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How to Pick Handcuffs

The Guide to Picking Handcuffs

A simple fact of life is that you never know what the future holds or 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 oddball … Read More

Security Pins

Security Pins

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 … Read More

Bobby Pin Lock Picking

The Guide to Bobby Pin Lock Picking

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 … Read More

How To Crack A Master Lock

How to Crack a Master Combination Lock

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 … Read More

Types Of Locks

Types of Locks – The Complete Guide

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 … Read More

The Infographical Guides to Lock Picking

The Infographical Guides to Lock Picking

So you want to learn the art of picking locks? Well, look no further than our quick and dirty infographical guides to lock picking! The 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 … Read More

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