Home Lock Picking for Beginners (849) How to Pick 5-Digit Combo Locks

(849) How to Pick 5-Digit Combo Locks


I’m always amazed at how easy it is to open up some combination locks, and this one is no exception.  Several people commented about how difficult this lock would be when I received it about a month ago, but after playing with it for a few minute I found it has the same weakness as many combo locks. The biggest challenge was figuring out how to change the combination!

After making this video I found an IDENTICAL lock in Home Depot with the Master Lock name emblazoned onto it.  Aside from the name and color, the Master Lock model has a slightly different combo changing method (it actually requires some disassembly), but it is a bit more flexible in terms of combination configuration because it allows both letters and numbers.  Besides that, the mechanisms are identical and the picking technique identical.

For the price (around $8) though, it really isn’t too bad of a lock for a school or gym locker – as long as you don’t keep anything of value in the locker. It’ll keep out a casual thief and resist picking for about 3 minutes, hopefully enough time for the thief to be detected and dealt with.





  1. Really reminds me of one of those Fire Safe’s with the last gate just used to open the lock. Too easy to get into. Master lock is embarrassing in its advertising.

  2. I have a lock that looks like the one in this video. It is a Staples Wordlock. My problem is that it is open, but the letters are not set in the open position and I do not know the combination. So I can’t lock it. The shackle will not go fully down and relock. In the video you create tension by pulling on the shackle. Can you do the reverse, push on the shackle to create tension?

  3. i do love this trick as a party trick, get someone to set the code, t shirt, no tools and throw a open lock back at em 2 mins later and never say, ive had em spend all avo at a bbq tryin to work that one!

  4. Was waiting for the "safe"😆😆😉
    Is this classed as picking or de-coding??
    Thanks again for another nice vid Bill👍👍😘🍻🔓

  5. Dear Bosnian Bill/ Have you encountered a digit lock that would not provide any feedback until the right combination is used?

  6. I learned something new today! Thanks Bill.  I am going to try it out on my lock that I used to use on a gym locker. I forgot my combination.

  7. I can honestly say, I've never had a single thought about a lock, ever. Not until someone mentioned you on another totally unrelated channel. Now….I'm hooked. I love mechanical things and now I want a bunch of locks for no reason..thanks for that;-)

  8. Wow. Just used this method on a pair of gym-locks I have (which are branded with the gym's logos and I bought directly from them).

    I was into the locks within a couple of minutes every time. Even got so confident with the method I was blind-setting the code and not actually caring if I didn't know what it was.

    I don't think I'm going to use a code-based number rotational lock again.

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