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    Do you want to learn how to pick a lock?

    For those curious or otherwise looking for a fun day out, The Open Organization Of Lockpickers (www.toool.us) is a worldwide organization the promotes legal lock picking, demonstrating techniques and giving hands on training and help. A friendly bunch of nerds.

    They attend various US conferences, promote the sport, offer presentations, sell tools and and give hands on training. They gather beginner/experienced pickers around large tables with a whole selection of simple/complex locks - this is where I picked up my training.

    Anyway, they typically attend the HOPE convention, held every two years in Manhattan. It's being held this year approx July 22 to 24 see www.hope.net.

    If physical security interests you, or you just want to buy a pick set and try some basic physical security challenges, come along.

    Fair warning: the HOPE conference itself is addicting, you'll go wanting to learn about lock picking and you'll get side tracked into the ham radio discussions, vintage computer exhibits, learning solder / electrical repair skills, how to effectively file FOIA requests, cyberstalking, privacy, personal security, public dissidents. In a nutshell, it's a conference for those of us who believe in the Bill of Rights and generally don't trust the authorities and thei political agendas.

    Come along if you've always wanted to pick a lock, I guarantee you that you'll walk away having learned the basics and opened one of those BS master locks.
    Last edited by SteveT; 04-23-2016, 08:14 AM.
    NRA LIFE | SAF | GOA | UTAH / NH / FL / PA / NY CCW | APPLESEED RIFLEMAN | RSO | FREEPORT R&R | NSCA | NYSRPA

    #2
    Always something I wanted to get in to. Anywhere local that you can buy picks? Any recommendations for what to get if just starting out?

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      #3
      I really do suggest you wait until July, assuming you want a really good introduction with videos and help...... But if you want to get started before then - most likely the toool.us website has an Equipment page.

      Something like this is also a good basic set: http://www.amazon.com/Tinksky-Stainl...rds=Lock+picks
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        #4
        Being in the lock business forces me to tell you that having lock picks or car opening tools is technically illegal. That's being said we sell the HPC sets and a decent set starts are $12.00. The most important thing about pick design is the metal. Having a set that's tough, but not too brittle is the key. Having one break off inside a lock can make for a bad start to the day.
        Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

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          #5
          Originally posted by Paté View Post
          Being in the lock business forces me to tell you that having lock picks or car opening tools is technically illegal. That's being said we sell the HPC sets and a decent set starts are $12.00. The most important thing about pick design is the metal. Having a set that's tough, but not too brittle is the key. Having one break off inside a lock can make for a bad start to the day.
          Thank you for the reminder. I work on the following premise.... I never touch a lock that I don't personally own, or have been give express permission to touch.

          ... And I don't carry my tools around. It's for fun and education only.

          Where's your store? I should stop by, I need some better locks for my property.
          NRA LIFE | SAF | GOA | UTAH / NH / FL / PA / NY CCW | APPLESEED RIFLEMAN | RSO | FREEPORT R&R | NSCA | NYSRPA

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            #6
            Originally posted by SteveT View Post


            Where's your store? I should stop by, I need some better locks for my property.
            keep your eyes peeled for this......................................



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              #7
              Originally posted by SteveT View Post

              Thank you for the reminder. I work on the following premise.... I never touch a lock that I don't personally own, or have been give express permission to touch.

              ... And I don't carry my tools around. It's for fun and education only.

              Where's your store? I should stop by, I need some better locks for my property.
              I work on the wholesale end now. Lonnie at Suffolk County Locksmith can hook you up with locks. He has stores in Bohemia and Shirley. He is very pro 2a and both him and his son are going to join here and help us with safe raffles.
              Pat ------> NRA Endowment Member

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                #8
                QUESTION :How do you get good at lock picking???
                ANSWER: lots of fucking practice !!!

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                  #9
                  The HOPE Conferences sprung from a group known as Hackers On Planet Earth and are associated/affiliated with the guys that publish the hacker magazine 2600.

                  I used to work for the company that maintained the telephone system for the Hotel Penn.

                  We hated that convention. (Think about every payphone in the lobby ringing at the same time randomly for hours on end. Funny now, not so much at the time.)

                  If you are thinking of going, just realize that 99% of the people there are really cool and can teach you some nifty shit.

                  The other 1% are either going to put you on a watchlist or are part of the reason watchlists exist.

                  Unless you are completely certain of your countermeasures, leave your credit cards, cellphone, and everything else at home. Carry cash and some ID.



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                    #10
                    Originally posted by SpazBoy357 View Post
                    Unless you are completely certain of your countermeasures, leave your credit cards, cellphone, and everything else at home. Carry cash and some ID.
                    Yep, that's the major attraction for me.
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                      #11
                      I've had a Brockhage 440 Spring Steel set for a while now - never had a break or snap, the steel just goes back to it's original state soon as you're done raking.

                      http://www.lockpicks.com/brockhage-8...-pick-set.html

                      Also, there are cool see-through locks and tumblers for practicing seeing and feeling pins for anyone interested in learning this skill.
                      Last edited by D1B27; 09-01-2016, 02:50 AM.
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                        #12
                        my mentor was OSS in WW2 . After he died his grandson showed me his set of picks , He also had a tidy 1911 and 1903 ,

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                          #13
                          I can do padlocks and single sided key locks with ease. Haven't really tried/practiced double sided locks

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by Paté View Post
                            Being in the lock business forces me to tell you that having lock picks or car opening tools is technically illegal. That's being said we sell the HPC sets and a decent set starts are $12.00. ...
                            Can you clarify? Illegal to possess? But legal to sell? Do you need a license or be registered?

                            Fortunately, I've never needed a locksmith in my life. So, I figure as often as I would need to legally gain entry to a vehicle or building, I can afford to pay a guy.
                            To be human is to be armed.

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                              #15
                              Every lock is different, some days you "eat the bear some days the bear eats you"... Perfect practice on lock picking is a must. Few have the time and or inclination but those that do are usually very good at it.

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