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WooHoo! First lock open, Castle 400/40

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WooHoo! First lock open, Castle 400/40

Postby LinZex » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:13 am

I just opened my first lock (with picks, did have success with another lock and two bobby pins last week) It was a "Castle" lock N. 400/40, and the binding order seemed to convieniently be 1-2-3-4

http://i.imgur.com/zNu5vOp.jpg

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Re: WooHoo! First lock open, Castle 400/40

Postby LinZex » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:16 am

And the second one of the same model picked in about 2 min. :D
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Re: WooHoo! First lock open, Castle 400/40

Postby cheerIO » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:16 am

Congrats!!!

Welcome to the hobby.
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Re: WooHoo! First lock open, Castle 400/40

Postby LinZex » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:19 am

Now i need more locks. My wallet is already hurting :(
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Re: WooHoo! First lock open, Castle 400/40

Postby Squelchtone » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:19 am

Nice job man.

Observations: I like the hook pick in your set, that little cradle in it helps align directly under a pin a scoop it up. That half diamond seems really too low to work every time you choose to use it, and I'm not a fan of that style of tension wrench that a lot of these import kits include.

Search the forum for making tension wrenches out of windshield wiper inserts, or read this Locksport International Guide to Lockpicking, it has some nice comic book style visuals: http://www.lockpickguide.com/support-files/lsiguide.pdf

Happy reading,
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Re: WooHoo! First lock open, Castle 400/40

Postby LinZex » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:33 am

Thank you very much, I will definetly look into that.
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Re: WooHoo! First lock open, Castle 400/40

Postby Mitchell S » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:47 am

Congrats on the first pick! It's quite a crystallizing moment when you realize that such a thing is not only possible but in some instances easy. Hollywood wasn't totally lying! If you are anything like me after a few months your locks will be approaching triple digits...
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Re: WooHoo! First lock open, Castle 400/40

Postby LinZex » Tue Mar 24, 2015 5:57 am

Yea I did have some false sets, but had to reset it because I overset something (I think), and that moment when you're just about to put it down and the wrench turn to unlock, let me tell you, my heart skipped a beat :shock:
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Re: WooHoo! First lock open, Castle 400/40

Postby nick08037 » Tue Mar 24, 2015 12:14 pm

LinZex wrote:Yea I did have some false sets, but had to reset it because I overset something (I think), and that moment when you're just about to put it down and the wrench turn to unlock, let me tell you, my heart skipped a beat :shock:



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