Home Lock Picking for Beginners (36) Master Model 911 SPP’d (and Tension Tool Info)

(36) Master Model 911 SPP’d (and Tension Tool Info)


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  1. I use the 6121 (the one that has a keyway that looks like an american keyway) with 6 pins in it. VERY tough to turn, even with the key in it (i'm afraid of torquing the key). For a Master, it's quite good.

  2. I have one of these on my rear gate that the previous owner left for me(no key).  I heard master locks are easy to pick, so I'm like wooo  I can do this(beginner).  Then i find this video…..

  3. Hey I was wondering if you could help…..mive just started this hobby but sometimes i duno if its luck or me getting better but, sometimes I dont understand how to single pick…. im applying the tension and picking then hear a click I think, but it doesnt turn… im using a masters brand lock from my shed door, i can rake it easy its just single pinning I have trouble with 

  4. This video helped me a great deal on a brinks commercial lock I had yet to pick open. What helped me was when you said you have had it picked and not known it because of the spring tension. So I pulled my brinks commercial out and picked it to what I thought was only a deep false set but I pushed just a little harder on my tension wrench and click it opened best feeling I have had all day. Thanks for the great video and awesome knowledge you pass along.

  5. Hi Bill,
    I make bottom-of-the-keyway tension wrenches for the pro series and other locks that require a long reach. I make them out of music wire. I'd like to send you one unless you don't like to use bottom-of-the-keyway tension.
    Thanks for the video.

  6. Alex, you can either make TOK tools from windshield wiper inserts or buy them from Sparrows. The one I used in this video was a Peterson "pry bar" from Peterson International. I simply put a slight bend in it to make it more comfortable for me to use.

  7. Bill,
    Many of these locks contain all spool pins which causes it to false set right away. Master lock added a non security pin in position 5 for the 6000 Pro series back in 2001. For these type of locks I have had good luck with filed down 3mm or 7/64 allen wrenches bottom of the keyway.
    In fact, I have you to thank for teaching me the importance of using the correct tension wrench. Once I stopped binding the wrench my picking improved drastically.
    Thanks again for the videos.

  8. Thanks again for your comments! No, we don't have Squire locks here in the U.S. and I've only ever seen them in the UK. Next trip over I'll plan to pick a few up. Magnetic pin! Man, that's going to be a lot of "fun" – and here I was thinking Mul-t-lock MT5s were "fun"… Be sure though, we can put our heads together and figure out a way to defeat it. If man designs it,…

  9. Damn it great video mate! And quality information about picking too! Nice to see that picking is not that easy sometimes even for the professionals. Have you ever tried picking a Squire Stronghold padlock? I heard they can be quite the challenge I got myself one CEN Grade 6 with the Q.C.K system and recently took the core apart. I got interrupted by the telephone and suddenly all the pins were flying around.

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