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AlphaPapaGolf
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Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:18 pm

Hello all
I’m really new to lock sport, like three weeks in. First of I really enjoy watching various youtube channels, it’s slowly becoming a must watch every day for me. I’ve always been fond of puzzles and the challenge of mastery has always been present and something that drives me so I suppose it was inevitable that I would be drawn to the ultimate puzzle of locks. I had the classic failed front door lock, in my case it was the actual mechanism but the challenge of opening a locked door with a failed mechanism was too much. Two days and a dremel and hey presto, I was fitting my first lock. It made me realise i’ve always loved mechanical things and puzzles so here I am.

I made the fatal mistake of getting an amazon picking set that was terrible quality. I also got one of the plastic locks that opened just by putting a pick in so it wasn't very challenging. After watching BosnianBIll and LockNoob channels I got myself the Southord C2010 set and a Masterlock number 1. After a week of struggling I pinged Locknoob and after some advice I had my first open! What a buzz lol. Anyway, after a few days I was opening that without issue so I got the Masterlock M1 and bingo, I had that rush of excitement as I picked that open.

Anyway, still very new and trying not to buy too much, just focus on technique.

Adie
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Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:34 pm

How do :welc:

Have a read of the rules and Solomon's guide and check out lots of videos and pictures

Ask lots of questions and enjoy
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Wed Nov 14, 2018 9:33 pm

welc

Nice to see you here, as these bunch of guys are the friendliest and most helpful people I’ve ever met.

Take some pictures of your kit, locks, etc as we all love pictures and have a good read of the newbies section as it’s ful of nuggets, but don’t be afraid to ask - the only stupid question is the one you don’t ask :welc:
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Wed Nov 14, 2018 11:52 pm

Sounds like you're off to a good start mate, you won't go wrong with the Southord 2010 set, although I'd steer clear of that Lock_Noob chap.

As John above says - post pics of your picks, we all like lock porn.
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 10:58 am

Thanks for the comments folks.

I forgot to mention, I read the rules of the forum, as instructed and i've also read a plethora of documents about locksport "Lockpickting: Detailed Overkill" being my main source.

I had naively assumed you'd all seen the same locks and picks hundreds of times but here you go you purvey lot! :wh:

Southord C2010 set
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Got myself some additional top of key way wrenches.
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My ever growing padlock collection. Ive got as far as the M1 opening consititantly. Ive not tried the Abus yet.
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Got myself a generic vice
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..and got a euro cutaway and pins. I must say it's very tight in the keyway and it's a struggle to get to pin 6.
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Here are the first Amazon special picks.
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You can see the metal is tarnished already. Didn't like them and the Southords are night and day apart.
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and finally my printed out manual.
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:18 am

You've started off with almost exactly the same selection as me - a C2010 kit plus TOK wrenches (from UK Bumpkeys by any chance?)

I already have some other Panavise kit, so that was the obvious choice for a picking vise for me. I have the same cutaway lock as you too, and I agree, getting to the back pin is tricky. I re-pinned mine with 5 spools just for a giggle; can't say it really makes much difference to how it picks.
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:17 pm

Hi APG. :welc:

Looks like you're off to a flying start. :08: welc
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Thu Nov 15, 2018 5:32 pm

:s_hi: and welc

Great to have you here, you’ve come to the right place to continue your Lockpicking journey. So many knowledgable and generous people on here. Post lots of pictures, ask lots of questions and get involved.

See you around,

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Thu Nov 15, 2018 11:50 pm

welc

Hey good to see you here!

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Thu Nov 22, 2018 11:05 am

Quick update - It's a strange thing, I don't feel like i'm progressing but i'm now able to open the Number 3 simply by looking at it with a pick and I can open the M1 more often then not. I've tried the Abus a few times but i'm getting nowhere with it. Practice practice practice.
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Thu Nov 22, 2018 4:14 pm

Hi @AlphaPapaGolf belated welcome to the forum! The Abus will have mostly spool pins in, if you lighten up on your tension and very gently give each pin a tiny nudge one by one you should be able to feel some counter rotation. Then repeat as needed, eventually you will get the feel for them. Also look at the bitting on the key, this will tell you which pins need an extra nudge.
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Mon Dec 31, 2018 7:46 pm

Another quick update.

I’m going back through the number 3 and M1 locks with various picks as I’d inadvertently become obsessed with the short hook. I think I even bent it a little.

Still practicing and swearing every day and have recently purchased the Peterson euro hook #1 and also. ML 410 yellow lockout padlock.

I’m getting close on the Abus but I’ve still not cracked it. It’s strange how some days locks open with no thought and other days they just won’t open.

Anyway, still learning..

Adie
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 3:03 pm

A warm welcome to you @AlphaPapaGolf !
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Tue Jan 01, 2019 6:01 pm

Welcome aboard !

Sounds like you are doing really well already.
A word of advice on the Abus padlock - the pins probably need VERY little movement to set, and if you are not succeeding I would say it is probably because you are oversetting pins. I would increase tension and decrease picking pressure, so you gently ease the pin into place. The higher tension should help you avoid the pin slipping too far and oversetting.
Just my 2 cents, of course, and not necessarily the answer, but worth trying out !!
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Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:23 pm

Welcome to the forum mate. You’ve got a great set in the Southords. I have the same set alongside various other picks..
Drop me a message with your address and you can test those picks on some euro cylinders..
12 months in and still learning every day.
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