Texas Jim

“Sleeper” Pin-in-Pin Lock

Texas Jim has a reputation of putting together “sleeper locks”, looking really innocent from the outside but having some really devilish technology packed inside.

#1: This was a recent “challenge lock” that Texas Jim put together for giggles.  Every time I start a video with one of his locks in my vise I picture him sitting back and giggling uncontrollably as I struggle to figure out what the heck he’s done.

 #2: Here’s a closeup of the pin-in-pin evilness that was inside.  Notice that the inner pin is slightly longer than the outer pin.  Jim did that so that even after picking the outer pin, the spring would push the inner pin back down into shear line, meaning you have to pick them again…
#3: Here’s another one of Texas Jim’s pinnings.  Not only does he come up with some total freaked-out pinnings, but he threads many of the core and bible chambers – giving the sharp edges on the pins something to grab on to.
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