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!
- PETERSON PRY BAR - 0.050 THICK ($10.00) Top of the key way tension wrench
- PETERSON PRY BAR LITE - 0.040 THICK ($10.00) Top of the key way tension wrench
- Southord Tension Tools TW-01, TW-02, TW-03, TW-04, TW-11, TW-18, TW-22, TW-23 I think these are the cheapest you can get decent bottom of the key way tension wrenches.
- Peterson Diamond EN Plastic ($3.00)
- Peterson Gem EN Plastic ($3.00)
- Peterson Hook 1 EN Plastic ($3.00)
- Peterson Hooked Diamond EN Plastic ($3.00)
The following additional picks are for narrower key ways. They're not a must but you'll find them useful sooner than you think.
- Peterson Hook 1 Stainless 0.015 Slender ($8.00)
- Peterson Hook 1 Euro Slender 0.018 ($8.00)
- Peterson Hook 7 Euro Slender 0.018 ($8.00)
- Peterson Hook 7 Stainless 0.015 Slender ($8.00)
If you want rakes to practice kinetic and raking attacks you will need these as well.
- Peterson Long Ripple EN Plastic ($3.00)
- Peterson Triple Rake EN Plastic ($3.00)
- Peterson Reach EN Plastic ($3.00)
lockpicking subreddit wiki - TONS of good information!!!
Lock LAB - Bosnian Bill's website, weekly giveaways
Lock LAB Youtube Channel - Bosnian Bill's Youtube Channel
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.