Lock Pick Guns Improvised

The emphasis of all of my books is to do it yourself. Why pay someone else to build a device when you can build it easily on your own? I am really going out on a limb by showing you how to construct this pick gun. The locksmith trade did everything within its power to try to get me not to publish these plans. But this is America, and I shall do as I damn well please.

These two pick guns were developed by the Central Intelligence Agency to teach its field operatives how to pick a lock with the minimum of materials available to them. Both of these guns work extremely well.

As of this writing, a commercial lock pick gun costs about $100 to $150. The two improvised pick guns here cost about $.50 to build and do exactly the same thing as the commercial guns do. I have tested both of the improvised guns against the commercial guns and have achieved the same success with all of them: I have always gotten the locks open.

Most escape artists are familiar with the methods of picking locks, so I will be brief about explaining how to use these two devices.

To use the first gun, insert the end of the wire into the lock along with the tension wrench.

Lightly turn the tension wrench and, at the same time, flick the end of the wire pick gun upward against the pins repeatedly. This will throw all the pins up at once. It will take several flicks to cause all the pins to pass the shear points and open the lock. You must learn the proper pressure to use on the tension wrench. This comes with practice and depends on how tight the pins fit in that particular tumbler.

The second pick gun utilizing a clothespin works basically the same way. You flick the clothespin repeatedly while keeping the tension wrench lightly torqued.

With practice you will be amazed at how well these improvised pick guns work. With this knowledge of how to construct these lock picks, you will seldom run across a lock you cannot pick. This gives a real sense of power and self-confidence. Just remember: practice, practice, practice. Don't get discouraged. You will learn the art.

CAUTION: Lock pick guns are illegal to possess in most states, so check your local and state laws before constructing them. You usually must have a locksmith's license to have these tools on your person.

HOMEMADE PICK GUN I

Wire Coat Hanger Bent into Shape Shown Here

Improvised Tension Wrench (made from 1/8" spring steel strip)

Hammer the end flat and file into shape.

Improvised Tension Wrench (made from 1/8" spring steel strip)

Hammer the end flat and file into shape.

HOMEMADE PICK GUN II

1 /8" Spring Steel Strip File End Into Shape •

HOMEMADE PICK GUN II

1 /8" Spring Steel Strip File End Into Shape •

Clothespin tested both of these devices to determine their ability to pick standard locks. Both worked as well as commercial pick guns. IMPORTANT: Possession ofthe above devices is illegal in most states. Check laws before constructing.

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