Tactical Lock Picking, it is what you make of it. An easy way to either start building your knowledge and experience base, or to keep that sharp edge once you have it is to do some Tactical Lock Pick Training on the go. ***Any time I stay at a hotel, or a friends house, and any time I have a rental car, or when I have access to someone’s vehicle WITH EXPLICIT PERMISSION it is a great freebie for some quick training.
One of the pillars of Tactical Lock Picking is pattern recognition, or lock familiarity. It helps a thousand times over if you are presented with an obstacle and instead of saying “Yeah… that looks like a lock I may be able to open” you can shoot right to “I have opened that identical lock before, lets do it”.
Case Study/ Jiggler Update:
So I rented a new Ford Explorer* today, taking it on a road trip out to TX to do some survival training. And taking advantage of being allowed to access this vehicle I always like to start with a quick jiggle of the key way, I put a pack of SparrowsLockPicks.com ‘s Rockout Keys on my keychain as part of my Every Day Carry. They don’t work on all vehicle locks, and even on the ones they may work on, sometimes it is extremely touchy. Today though is another story.
In an earlier article on here, our first auto jiggler review, we talked about how the shape of the car key will tell you whether jiggling is a viable option or not. Roughly you’re out of luck if the car key looks like this: (rectangular, below)
But if you have that good old classic key shape like a squiggly hour glass below, you might want to give jiggling a try for a few mins:
Another tip from accessing locks on the go, most modern cars that have key fobs will also have a key inside the key fob that you have to release with a button or lever. Along with modernization of vehicles many vehicles no longer have a key way for each door and a key way for the trunk. Many modern vehicles now only have one keyway and it’s on the driver door. Another reason jigglers aren’t the “Master Key” that some times they are made out to be, but I still believe that the light weight, small profile, and price make them worth adding even a small percentage of “openability” to your EDC and your entry tool kit.
So take advantage, even if only for a couple minutes, to try accessing different locks or even if it’s just a mental exercise of examining different locks to make mental notes.
And like www.Toool.us says (a few different ways on their web sites, so not an exact quote, but the one I live by) “Only pick those locks which you own and/or have explicit permission to pick”.