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(654) Texas Jim’s “Frequent Flier” Challenge


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  1. from a lockpicking 101 post:   Another neat tidbit on this lock: At first attempt the lock appears to not be fully disassemble-able, as it has a locking pin that keeps it from turning more than a quarter-turn or pulling out of the hull. But, if you have nimble picks you can reach in and depress the locking pin enough to rotate the plug counter-clockwise , removing the locking pin from its groove, after which you can pull the plug straight out.

  2. You could put a piece of cotton in your hollow plug follower to keep the pins from falling out the back. Just thinking out loud. Thanks for another great video!

  3. Bill, nice video man! I like how you take the lock appart, but always wonder how you put it back together. Could you make a vid about that sometime? 
    Keep up the good work!

  4. Bill, I would love to know your thoughts on this. It seems to me now from watching so many of your videos, that modifying pins to make locks harder to open may throw a spanner in the works for people like me who are just starting out, but is only going to defeat an experienced picker like yourself on rare occasions. Its chief value seems to lie in delaying the lock picker. My conclusion then, if my analysis, such as it is, is right, is that the answer to making locks more secure is not to continually try to modify the existent mechanisms but to totally rethink the way these locks are made and operate.

  5. Woot! Been missing yer vids.- I notice a direct correlation between new videos posted by you, and how much time I spend practicing… You are an inspiration sir. -You make it look so easy (the hallmark of a master!).

  6. I was offered a "General" brand padlock from the backroom(apparently they're not an off the shelf item) of a lock shop recently.  Know anything about them?  Seemed pretty nice, rekeyable, like American locks before they went to hell (at a 30$ price point).

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