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Learning How to Pick a Lock

Posted on June 26 2018

Recently, we went down to the Order of Man Uprising event to teach some lock picking skills. As a law abiding citizen, why would you ever need to pick a lock you ask? Well, if you've ever lost a key to a padlock, knowing how to unlock it and get to your stuff can come in handy. As a matter of fact, Jeff Kirkham is asked to help unlock something around the Black Rifle Coffee office no fewer than once a week.

I digress. In the video above, you will see a basic tutorial on how to pick a padlock, using the ReadyMan Acrylic Training Lock and our Hostage Escape Card.

Step one: Take your card, and remove the Tension Wrench and Rake

Step two: Bend the Tension Wrench at a 90 degree angle about 1/2 an inch from the top.

Step three: Holding the lock in one hand, insert the short end of the wrench into the bottom of the key hole.

Step four: Use your pinky to gently apply downward (clockwise) pressure. *Note - too much torque will cause the wrench to bend and become distorted

Step five: Insert the rake or pick into the top of the key hole and gently work the pins up and down. If you are using a see-through lock, you can easily see when the pins are all lined up.

Step six: As you move the pins into alignment, you should feel the barrel slightly turn. This means that you're on the right track. Once the pins are lined up, the lock should spring open. *Note - be sure you are not impeding the movement of the shackle by holding the padlock too tightly against the palm of your hand.


It is important to remember that this process requires some patience and finesse, but with practice, you can learn to easily open basic locks in a short time. Here is a video of the guys at Order of Man competing in a lock picking race after a quick 30 minute tutorial:


If you're interested trying your hand at lock picking, you can get your own set of Hostage Escape Cards and Acrylic Lock right here:

1 comment

  • Justin pola: July 05, 2018

    Hi readyman
    Your edc rocks great ideas I just bought all your cards .im in Australia,we got no dog tags here yet.
    Regards jp

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