So now that you know the basics of how locks work, lets take a look at different some different methods. If you are looking for instructions on how to pick specific kinds of locks, or if you would like to contribute information on how to pick a specific kind of lock, please visit the specific locks instructions page.
Jiggling is perhaps the most effective lock picking technique for beginners - most of us picked our first locks by sticking the pick in and jiggling it around. That's not to say that jiggling relies on randomness and luck, proper use of the tension wrench is as vital to this method than it is for raking. Vibrating pick guns, manual pick guns, and bump keys all use the random jiggling method but with one key difference, those techniques slam against the pins like a pool ball, propelling the driver pins up into the shaft while you apply tension. When jiggling with a lock pick you must be able to feel when the pins are set, stop jiggling there and move to a different part of the lock. Vary tension always. Some locks have special security pins in place of the driver pins, the most common being spool pins and mushroom pins. Spool pins look like a spool of thread, mushroom pins look like mushroom with the stalk in the pin-hole. These have a tendency to falsely set, they fall into the shaft and get caught. The good thing is these are easy to identify, the plug will rotate much more than if you had simply set a pin, the other pins won't set, and the security pin will usually feel stiff, won't lose its spring-ness completely (but in this case I mean that it will not budge, not that it moves freely without resistance). When this happens, loosen up the tension very slowly while pushing on the security pin very strongly. When the pin has all but realigned with the shaft, pushing it up with enough force should cause the pin to set properly. The security pins should be the last ones you pick after you have set the other pins. See my videos page to see how to pick a Master lock No. 140 which has a spool pin.
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