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Another newbie

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 7:22 am
by Randalph
Hi there,

I've been reading the forums for some time now and figured it'd be a great time to drop a few lines to say hello to you all. I'm fairly new to the exciting world of locksport.

I got started by watching a bunch (a LOT) of videos from LockpickingLawyer and as opening locks seemed easy enough, ordered my own set of picks to try it out. The acrylic practice lock and some cheapo 4 pin chinese locks did open just like that but after getting some more locks to practice on I realised it's not quite as easy as it looks. I've been working on some better quality locks from Schlage and Kwikset and Arrow and while I seem to "learn" one type of lock it seems that at the same time I "forget" the other. Actually repinned a schlage for myself as a challenge lock (6 pins, all security pins, nasty bitting), opened it many times no problems, but after about a week's break and working on different keyways am having serious troubles getting it to open again.

So there we go, it seems that there's much more involved than just poking around the lock and getting them all open in short order.


Re: Another newbie

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:31 am
by TonyS
Hi !

Make sure you ask all the questions you have, post photos of your conquests and take part in discussions/competitions, etc !

Have Fun !

Re: Another newbie

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 12:34 pm
by Gazz
Hi :welc:

Have a read of the rules and a good look around. welc :06: welc

You've come to the right place for all things Locksport. :08:

Lots of friendly folk to help you along your journey. :88:

Ask loads of questions and post loads of pics. welc

Re: Another newbie

Posted: Thu Mar 14, 2019 5:45 pm
by PacMandalore
Howdy Randalph =)

Re: Another newbie

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:28 pm
by Pickbeard 7721
^-^ and welc welc welc @ Randalph,

Have a quick read of the rules and etiquette section (should stop any confusion later down the line).

Next it's up to you really.

I would suggest taking a good read of Solomons guide as this is the best guide on the web (imo) :read2: :08: :
No matter what your skill set it's always a good piece of reference material to keep going back to.

Yes,yes I know you have already, but it's part of my patter and tbh it looks good to the other mods that I'm bothering with this stuff :hee20hee20hee: :hee20hee20hee:

Then mooch around the site at your leasure :72:

There is plenty to see do and get involved in so don't be shy :08:

Take a look at Meme's thread on pick making,I'm sure you will enjoy this great read :88:
viewtopic ... 61&t=12345

Also keep an eye out for the meet ups , as there maybe a few folk round your way :72: :08:

Lastly Have Fun,ask loads of questions as everyday is a school day here. :icon_study: :08: :clap:

This page may help some of the questions you may have... viewforum.php?f=63

:GL: and :welc:

Re: Another newbie

Posted: Sat Mar 16, 2019 9:19 pm
by Lulybelle
Hi there and welcome,

Yeah you’re right about getting the hang of one lock and then not being able to pick the one you opened last week. This happened to me and kept happening for ages. A couple of things that made it much easier for me - and I’d still class myself as a beginner after a couple of years picking intermittently

First polish your picks - it makes a tremendous difference to what you can feel inside the lock if the pick is smooth.

Secondly - I joined the January challenge this year which is to pick a different lock every day of January, I had plenty of failures along the way but persistence paid off and by the end I was opening locks I couldn’t before and could constitanly open those I’d opened before.

Good luck and ask the knowledgeable folk here loads of questions - they all know more than me


Re: Another newbie

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2019 10:38 am
by xbmods
Welcome aboard! As the wise lady says, polish your picks.

This guy will show you how and why it helps so much.

I should be on commission @MHM the amount of times I post this vid.

Re: Another newbie

Posted: Tue May 07, 2019 7:34 pm
by Randalph

thanks so much for all the welcomes and replies. Real life got in the way of locksport but I'm back, at least for a while again :-) Will definitely look into pick polishing and also keep trying some new locks!

What a great resource this forum is!