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(692) Texas Jim’s DEVIOUS Dorma


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  1. That is one heck of a lock +Texas Jim , I'm learning a lot about how to make a lock mean!  Fine picking Bill, I think I'm going to need to get myself some peterson gems, they look very nice compared to the sparrows medium hook that's my current go-to.

  2. so I've had this ruger lock that I've been working at forever. I was just messing around with it the other day and tried to rock it with my hook upside down, when I realized is was unshielded! I can open it in seconds now! The only thing is that this lock came free when my brother bought a ruger rifle. is that really the security that ruger wants their consumers to trust?

  3. General question for you Bill, after a pin has been set, can it continue to feel "springy"?
    What I mean is, if the spring is above the pin and the pin is set at the shear line, do you continue getting a spring back as you push it with the pick?

  4. your videos have got me interested in lock picking. so i ordered some lock picks, they arrived today to have a go. turns out you can fart on the padlocks in my house and they open.

  5. On this lock it would be quite easy to reassemble, you can put in the follower at the back, assemble the last bible-hole (coil, waver, spool), then press the stack down and move the follower over it etcpp

    But what about a european-style door lock with two keyholes on either side? you can't use a follower in there, can you? How to do it?

  6. I see milled, i see threaded, but, considering it would not affect the use of the lock with a key (at least i think so by my understanding),… why not ovalized?

  7. Another amazing pick and, sorry Bill, a more impressive lock, wow! I want to see you try a Union dtech euro, I've not been able to find a video with one picked! I do have a couple btw!

  8. if we could trouble u a little could u make a board up where u place the locks in so simulate a real pick your hands a in a real spot due to the vice lets u get ll comfortable

  9. im going to start stocking up on locks.  it will take a few weeks (or months depending on cost) but as soon as i have enough i will be happy to send them out to others who are willing to trade.  im planning on having a variety (dimple locks, cross locks, disc detainers,anything with security pins, and anything strange) to share with anyone here looking for access to many types of locks without spending a ton of money.  im thinking of sending out 5 locks to each person.  would anyone here be interested in trading when i have a solid supply?  i figured this would be a good way to lower the cost of getting practice on different styles of locks.

  10. Bill, I never cease to be amazed at the skill of both yourself and those who put these locks together. You mention in most of your videos the phenomenon of "counter rotation." Am I right in assuming this means that the barrel attempts to turn against the direction of pressure? If so, what causes that to happen at a mechanical level? Is it caused by a slim portion of a pin that tilts over and presses against the chamber it is riding in?

  11. Hey Bill. What about a video describing how to counter mill cylinders and thread chambers?

    It might make for some more challenging locks being produced if the info is more readily available.

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