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(587) Overlifting (Reverse Picking) Pin Tumbler Locks


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  1. funny that as a noob it was the very first technique i learnd to do, even before spp (cause come on, once you have the idea it's easyer to do on non-security pins lock :p)

  2. Hey Bill where can I message you about a few questions I have?

    Here is a sad story about my awful lock picking ability.
    I have been interested in lock sport for a while now, well since I subbed to your channel (8 months or so), but haven't every picked a lock because I don't have any picks. I spent the last 3 days making picks, or at least attempting to. Then oddly enough today I managed to lock my keys in workshop… with my picks… I was able to find an old hacksaw blade and had fortunately just bought a grinder that was in my garage so I made some picks and went to town trying to pick this crappy "Defiant" brand bedroom lock. I spent a good 2 hours making picks and trying to open the lock but couldn't I then did something I should have done in the first place and walked around the back of my house to see if the other door was unlocked to the room and sure enough the only thing locked was the top latch thing that wasn't too hard to open. 

  3. Just wanted to say thank you for sparking my interest in lock picking. I work for AAA and get a kick out of doing vehicle unlocks. Then browsing YouTube I stumbled across your channel and became fascinated by what you do. I just wanted you know I just bought my first lock pick set from Sparrow. Now comes the wonderful wait for USPS to my package. While I'm waiting for that I'm already planning the locks I intend on trying to pick first. Maybe I will start with the old Kwikset I had on my front door… maybe if I'm lucky it will set quick. I'd start with a Master lock but I don't want to cheat and scare it open. 

  4. Hey Bill – I do something similar to this with serrated pins – I don't try to get just one click out of each pin – I TRY to set them completely. However, this often ends in overset pins – which I almost do intentionally. Then I basically do exactly what you just did. Sometimes the lock opens, and sometimes it gets me into a false set. Either way, it leads to open locks!

  5. Great trick, dosen't always work…

    Overlifting is usually done with comb picks though. Lifting both pins above the shearline? This is sorta like that I guess but done with more finesse. It can prove to be quite difficult on locks with heavy pin springs. I find this most useful on locks with little, to no feedback…

    In some cases it can take almost no time, kinda like bumping, all in the technique…

    Now I've gotta go find Jims video…thanks Bill ;-)

  6. Nice! I've sorta been employing a version of this (mostly unsuccessfully)… mainly because I suck! Thanks for the lesson-

  7. I think overlifting is when you push the pins so far up that the bottom of the key pins are in the bible- possibly popping a cap. I could be wrong.

    I think this is still called reverse picking in the world beyond the sea.

  8. I've seen this been done on wafer locks. On them it's quite common to use a key blank for both overvintring, and tensioning.
    But I've never seen it done on pin tumbler locks before. Cool attack. I got to try this some time. 

  9. This is a great trick, and can be done when single pin picking if you over set that one pin, drop the pin down by releasing tension, and apply it again to set it before it falls all the way down. Great video bill :)

  10. I used a similar technique to pick a Brinks R70. It seemed the natural way to pick it given the spring loaded core. I doubt this would be so easy to pull off with decent security pins.

  11. Love your videos now im addicted to picking locks. Anyone know of a good starter set, i have a few homemade picks but am looking for something a little better

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