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Locksport is the practice of studying and learning to defeat locking systems, primarily mechanical locks such as pin and tumbler locks. As I understand it, it is driven by curiosity and the desire to understand how things work, rather than any desire to circumvent real-world locks. Practitioners are people who puzzle their way to inside information about an industry that tends to be close-knit and secretive, not unlike the people who watch classified satellite launches in the U.S. and track the orbits of mysterious secret satellites.

The Dutch blog blackbag is a good source of information on locksport, including picking, bump keys, and impressioning. The Open Organization Of Lockpickers is a group for locksport affectionados. Theoretically, they have a chapter in Ottawa, but it doesn’t seem to be active.

I think it’s worth trying one’s hand at picking locks, if only to get a sense of how secure they really are. I found that with a few minutes of work and no professional instruction, I could open the locks and deadbolts in my old apartment using a tension wrench and simple pick. The same goes for padlocks – both the omnipresent cheap Master Lock variety and higher security versions with security pins.

The legality of tools for manipulating locks varies by jurisdiction. In the United States, it varies from state to state. In Canada, lock picking tools (except for key duplication tools) are legal and treated just like any other tool.

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Anon April 11, 2011 at 6:39 pm

“I think it’s worth trying one’s hand at picking locks, if only to get a sense of how secure they really are.”

Where can one get suitable tools?

Milan April 11, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Southord ships to Canada. They sell picks, pick guns, and specialized tools for bicycle-style locks.

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. August 5, 2011 at 1:32 pm
Will S. February 1, 2013 at 12:00 am

“Locksport” is just fucking burglary, you thief bastards!

anon May 18, 2016 at 7:23 pm

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