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(748) Review: Sparrows’ Clear Lock


Sparrows' Clear Lock


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  1. I just bought them and noticed they look alot similar to the Southord training locks just with the sparrows box on it. But still neat item when switching out pins for t pins etc.

  2. +bosnianbill
    I'd seen all these types on the internet; I Thought that it was like cheating.
    But after your description of the training lock; I'm gonna get one, it may save my picks?

  3. Thanks so much for this recommendation, Bill! I just received these and it's incredible the feedback, touch and feel one can get from "seeing" the entire process. I could pick serrated and spools before, but not consistently and this I am sure will help out a great deal. One of your best endorsements I believe that will help with my skills quite a lot.

  4. Hi, Bill. have you ever considered developing and selling your own training locks? With your obviously hands on experience, I am sure you would be able to put some really cool little lock picking practice sets, which would help others and put a few more pennies in your own pocket to boot. Just a thought. Thanks for all that you currently do anyway, Kind Regards, Julian

  5. Maybe there's hope for me… as you were describing the configurations, I noticed the number of pins and the empty space and "hmm… I wonder if I could drill it and add a sixth pin…"

    Thanks! I will consider these. Now, back to the naughty box! 8^)

  6. 25 bucks is a bit steep. I think the one with spools or serated would be cool to learn security pins, but 25 bucks for a 5 pin/tumbler lock…eh..? You can get clean learner locks on amazon with a set of junk picks for like 10 bucks. Just sayin

  7. thanks for the video I'm a beginner I'm picking up on spool and serrated but for some reason I can't get the feel of standard pins it's driving me nuts gonna check into this lock

  8. Nice rundown on the clear practice locks, Bill! What are your thoughts on the difference of "feeling" between the plastic lock versus metal with regard to pin movement and behavior?

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