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How To use Electric pick guns

Picked all the easy locks and want to step up your game? Further your lock picking techniques, exchange pro tips, videos, lessons, and develop your skills here.

How To use Electric pick guns

Postby GrodyCody » Mon Jan 19, 2004 11:51 pm

Hola,
I know some of you are against electric pick guns but i bought one to try it out. I got the SotuhOrd electric pick gun that takes 3 C batteries. Unfortunatly the directions suck and i can't seem to pick any lock (ones that I can manually.) Any guides or tips/directions would be much appreciated.
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Postby Varjeal » Tue Jan 20, 2004 12:17 am

The "trick" with using an electric pick gun is the the vibration setting. (and, of course proper tension.) The best place to start is with the setting it was on when shipped to you. Try using short "bursts" rather than pressing long and hard on the button, and vary tension as you do so. If you've adjusted it already, start your picking with the quietest or "least" amount of vibration possible, and slowly work your way up. This is basically the same method for a manual pick gun as well.

Hope that helps.
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Postby Chucklz » Tue Jan 20, 2004 1:16 am

Also, be caerful that you are not inserting the pick too far into the lock, so as to be smacking something in the back, and not actually the pins. Never use a pick gun on wafer locks, either.
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Postby Varjeal » Tue Jan 20, 2004 1:35 am

Good call on the depth thing. I'ved used a manual pickgun on wafer locks before...I haven't in quite awhile, too easy to damage the thinner wafers.
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Postby Mark » Tue Jan 20, 2004 2:14 am

In addition to the other tips, you need to have the pick needle high enough in the keyway to hit all the pins, but if the lock has some long pins and you have the pick needle too high in the keyway, the needle could be keeping the long pins above the shear line. Basically, you have to find the best location in the keyway for a particular lock.

Also, some people like to lube a lock first when using a pick gun. If that is helpful depends on the condition of the lock and whatever happens to work best for you.
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Postby Chucklz » Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:19 am

Varjeal-- good call. Id probably just not use the gun on any wafers, especially considering how easy most are to pick. Why damage something thats going to be easy anyway?
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Postby Varjeal » Tue Jan 20, 2004 4:24 am

Precisely. :)
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Postby Dark Angel » Fri Jan 23, 2004 12:01 am

Stupid as this may sound,make sure that you are holding the pick the right way up,the southord electric picks need to be inserted into the lock with the button facing downwards,when you first try to use the pick most people hold it with the button at the top as this seems the most comfortable way of using it.

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Postby Zelgadis » Fri Jan 23, 2004 3:04 am

You are right about the way to use it, Dark Angel.

I had to discover that myself with the practice because in the instructions
is not told you must hold the pick gun with the button downwards.

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