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Suggested starter kit

Knowing what I know now, this is what I wished I would have started out with. Whatever you buy make sure you hit it with some 1000 grit sand paper and polish it nicely before you start attacking locks. Not only does it make them look better, but it will make them glide along instead of catching on the various faces in the lock. This will make it easier to learn as your picks won't be introducing their own feedback into the equation.

Most of the links I include are to the older Peterson nickle plated picks as they're $5 cheaper each. I've saved you $35 already!

The following additional picks are for narrower key ways. They're not a must but you'll find them useful sooner than you think.

If you want rakes to practice kinetic and raking attacks you will need these as well.

Information resources

lockpicking subreddit wiki - TONS of good information!!!

Lock LAB - Bosnian Bill's website, weekly giveaways

Lock LAB Youtube Channel - Bosnian Bill's Youtube Channel

Locks picked

6/2016 - Unknown brand dead bolt by request. This was my first time actually picking a "real" lock. It was raked open eventually. I then shimmed the lower door knob open as I couldn't get it rake in a timely manner. Later that week I was able to rake open the bottom lock.

6/2016 - Someone purposefully locked their office door to see if I could get it open with my pick gun. Three pulls of the trigger and it was open. This my first time actually using the pick gun. It was eye opening for everyone.

7/23/2016 - Master lock out lock with security pins.

7/27/2016 - American A1105 padlock purchased same day. Didn't realize the dang thing would be full of security pins!

7/28/2016 - Master Magnum No 240 - No key - Some unknown number of spool pins

7/30/2016 - Filed KW1 and SC1 bump keys. Was able to bump open my cheap Defiant core that I bought at Home Depot. Need more rubber for better recoil.