Government’s Gaping Hole – Tactical Lock Picking Case Study

A Secure Gaping Hole – Tactical Lock Picking Case Study

Even bureaucracies that manage secure facilities are still … bureaucracies. Join us as we talk about things going into holes. Big holes.


Very Short Field Entry

Please view this short video below and then check out our photos below that give you insight as to why this works as well as Deviant Ollam’s video below that will explain even more.

This is a bypass method using a “Shim” tool to force the latch back into the door.


Ok. This is the front, locked side of the door we are going to enter.

This is the backside of the door we made entry into.

This obviously is the bottom of the door, shown to give an example of keeping your eyes open for the use of a UDT.

In a recent “Hollotech Lock Picking Course” I attended there was a list of several high security pin-tumbler locks that were basically going to serve as a waste of time to try to pick open. “BEST” is one of those. Soooo does that mean we can’t make entry into this door besides that?

The inside handle of the door, along with the visible latch and dead latch mechanism above it.

Dead Latch Mechanism is VERY evident in this photo.

Annnnnnd this is what we exploit.


More Info

At the 9:45 mark in this video Deviant Ollam (video above) talks about this “phenomenon” where the people who either install or maintain the physical security, doors, of a secure facility will often use the biggest [latch plate] that they can in a door frame so that no matter which door latch they choose it will always fit within the frame. The contractors or maintenance crew don’t have to keep installing new latch plates and it saves the organization money in doing so. Etc. (Also a really good video besides that)

In my case study above you can see that there isn’t even a latch strike plate, just a hole in the frame!

Have fun, be curious, be legal.


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