Hey all - a while ago I bought the lockpickshop.com three-cylinder practice stand, and I got it back out again today when I realized that it's much harder to pick a lock when it's not right there in your hand. The few mounted locks I have that are suitable for practice give me a much harder time than the same lock in my hand. This makes sense; I can hold the lock exactly how I want it and get great feedback. When it's mounted, the whole thing turns to slush. Thus, I hoped this stand would replicate mounting.
Well, I got a cylinder in there and it ain't that great. It's really lightweight, so I'm going to try to find something to weight it down with since I don't want to drill holes into my desk. Right now I'm having to hold down the stand, and my tension wrench keeps falling out of the cylinder - it's pretty impossible. How do you all make these work?
Finally, is there a good thread somewhere about preferred hand positions? My favorite on a freestanding lock is sort of upside-down - I hold the pick like a pen and pull it downwards, like writing the number 1. This gives me great control and feedback, but I haven't been able to get anywhere close when mounted.