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.