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Lock-Picking For Fun And Profit!

lock picks

similar to mine, without the leather case!

(Disclaimer:   I-in no way-endorse illegal activities of any kind.  If you are reading this in a correctional facility (and are not staff) you should probably disconnect before the guards are alerted to your activities!  They generally have no sense of humor! – Guffaw)

From The Art of Manliness…

An Introduction to Lock Picking: How to Pick Pin Tumbler Locks (link)

Why You Should Learn How to Pick Locks (Even If You’re Not a Criminal)

Some of you might be thinking, “Brett, why should I learn how to pick a lock if I don’t plan on breaking into people’s homes?”

Great question.

There are a few good reasons why law-abiding citizens should learn how to pick a lock:

Lock picking opens your eyes to the “illusion of security.”

It makes you handy.

It’s cool and fun!

When I was a private investigator/security supervisor for P**M**, my boss and I decided it would be appropriate (cool) for each of us to obtain a set of commercial lock picks.  Pretty much for the reasons listed above.  We went to a commercial lock supply store, presented our P.I. credentials and each bought a set.  Then, we returned to the office and spent the rest of the afternoon locking and unlocking the exterior door of the office.

YES, we were both ‘adults’ at the time.

Of course, just like the PIs of yore, we had guns, binoculars and tape recorders, and thought this would be another (cool) tool for our arsenal.

IN THE REAL WORLD, I only used them once.  At my own home.  Because burglary IS a felony!

I still have them, tucked away somewhere.

But, in my mind, I have the voice of Thomas Magnum, “Work the lock, don’t look behind you!  Work the lock, don’t look behind you!”

They really do open one’s eyes to the “illusion of security”, though.  Not all burglars are opportunistic, door-shaking street kids – some actually have skills!  If you have something worth protecting, make certain you’ve enough good obstacles ( e.g. quality locks) to make the criminal go somewhere else!

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


12 thoughts on “Lock-Picking For Fun And Profit!

  1. Comes in handy to open office drawers, file cabinets etc when someone loses the keys.

    Posted by Matt | November 21, 2014, 12:17 pm
  2. There are some pretty ‘fancy’ ones out there today… 🙂

    Posted by Old NFO | November 21, 2014, 6:44 pm
  3. Got a set here! Thanks for the post and +1 on Old NFO! There are some really advanced tools out there.

    Posted by keads | November 21, 2014, 6:58 pm
  4. Thirty years in retail auto sales taught me how to open any locked car. I never mastered lock picks, but still have my lockout tools. Some brands I can open with a slim jim about as fast as with keys. I remember a James Garner line in the Rockford Files as he tried to pick a lock, “Angel, shut up. On my best day I’m barely adequate”.

    Posted by WellSeasonedFool | November 21, 2014, 9:42 pm
  5. I had one of those kits when i was a teenager. Impressed a lot of people with my amaturish abilities. Then I learned that ANYONE can buy bolt cutters.

    Posted by No One | November 25, 2014, 12:25 pm

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