How to Pick a Tubular Lock (Basics)

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  • Published: 05 August 2017
  • I show how tubular pin tumbler locks work and how they can be opened using tubular lock picks and single pin picking. A tubular pin tumbler lock, also known as an ace lock, circle pin tumbler lock, or radial lock, is a variety of pin tumbler lock in which six to eight pins are arranged in a circular pattern, and the corresponding key is tubular or cylindrical in shape.

    What I used:
    - Tubular Lock with 3pcs Huk Tools: banggood.com/custlink/mvG3tIHNZE

    Other Lockpicking gear: (USA)
    - Tubular Practice Lock: amzn.to/2LSEYAP
    - Clear Lock: amzn.to/31gCaF8
    - Practice Lock Set: amzn.to/31jesrG
    - Lockpick set 1: amzn.to/2IoP5My
    - Lockpick set 2: amzn.to/2WpyYDo
    - Lockpick Gun: amzn.to/31e63pH

    Lockpick Tools: (Canada)
    - Tubular Lock: amzn.to/2FcIbKk
    - Practice Tubular Lock: amzn.to/2SEMbat
    - Clear Lock and Lockpicks: amzn.to/2EUFdcj
    - Lockpick Kit: amzn.to/2Wn8EKi

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    Tubular locks are commonly seen on bicycle locks, computer locks, elevators, and a variety of coin-operated devices such as vending machines. Tubular pin tumbler locks are generally considered by the general public to be safer and more resistant to picking than standard locks. This is primarily because they are often seen on coin boxes for vending machines and coin-operated machines. However, the primary reason the locks are used in these applications is their lack of the depth requirement that most other locks require.

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    This is an updated version of an older video with better audio, mistakes fixed and more information added.
    The Original Video: securitysafespot.info/video/YyPiYC1QsjY/video.html

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    🔓How to Pick a Lock (Basics) 🔓: securitysafespot.info/video/mO3mMYwKkKs/video.html

    How to make a Lock Pick: securitysafespot.info/video/SQKwoGbV3F4/video.html

    🔫How to Open Locks with a Lockpick Gun🔫: securitysafespot.info/video/mWErjXO3SYg/video.html

    How to Make a Simple Lock Shim: securitysafespot.info/video/GBOvt2VH5B0/video.html

    💼How to Open Locked Suitcases/Baggage without a Key💼: securitysafespot.info/video/LJvFqEuK8RI/video.html

    Lock Picking a Master Lock No.3 and No.21: securitysafespot.info/video/i6W9c8AxEtQ/video.html

    Such locks can be picked by a special tubular lock pick with a minimum of effort in very little time; it is also possible to defeat them by drilling with a hole-saw drill bit. Standard tubular-lock drill bit diameters are 0.375 in (9.5 mm) and 0.394 in (10.0 mm). To prevent drilling, many tubular locks have a middle pin made from hardened steel or contain a ball bearing in the middle pin.

    While the process is simple and can be mastered with practice, lockpicking requires a great deal of patience. It can be a hobby as well as a practical skill. Locksmiths define lock-picking as the manipulation of a lock's components to open a lock without a key. To understand lock picking you first have to know how locks and keys work. Most locks are based on fairly similar concepts but they do come in all shapes and sizes, with many design variations. This is for educational purposes only.

    Lockpicking is the art of unlocking a lock by analyzing and manipulating the components of the lock device without the original key. In addition, ideal lock picking should not damage the lock itself, allowing it to be rekeyed for later use, which is especially important with antique locks that would be impossible to replace if destructive entry methods were used. Although lock picking can be associated with criminal intent, it is an essential skill for a locksmith and is often pursued by law-abiding citizens as a useful skill to learn or simply a hobby. The move towards combination locks for high-security items such as safes was intended to remove the weakest part of the lock: its keyhole.

    The diagrams and information on tubular locks: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tubular_pin_tumbler_lock

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Comments • 49

  • Xcelor8
    Xcelor8  1 weeks back

    At first it didn't seem like it was going to go, and the heckling from the wife wasn't going to be worth it, but then it just went, pretty easily too. Neat! Thanks for the video it helped me get into my safe where the batteries faded and the code wouldn't work anymore, nor the default code from factory...

    • Leoliy Xolsun
      Leoliy Xolsun  2 weeks back

      this is very interesting and all but can we all agree that those are vape pens

      • johnny the biff
        johnny the biff  4 weeks back

        This is so fucking hard. I bought one of those picks and the lock but i can't seem to open it. It feels like atleast on of the 7 picks is getting stuck under the key pins and others wont push down the key pins so some of the picks gets pushed out.

        • ricky bozayy
          ricky bozayy  1 months back

          Has anyone tried this with a dryer or washer coin box

          • Mike Bevins
            Mike Bevins  1 months back

            Thanks buddy!!!Someone left me a note on my driveway door thanking you for allowing them to steal my sons bike.Great job!

            • working2Bselfsufficient
              working2Bselfsufficient  2 months back

              Thanks for the help off to knock off some vending machines lol

            • Userjason iPad’schucks
              Userjason iPad’schucks  2 months back

              the 7.8 mm pick is the only one you should need in the usa i got all three and most american tubular locks are 7 pin ans 7.8 mm key youll never use ther other 2 picks

              • Userjason iPad’schucks
                Userjason iPad’schucks  2 months back

                Also these picks work perfecrly and is seconds on tubular locks that have a small bump on there face these were made for that brand lock

              • Max Harkins
                Max Harkins  2 months back

                Thanks bro

            • richardnail Historical
              richardnail Historical  3 months back

              Well if this can be done then why can't 4 locksmiths I have taken my tubular lock to pick the lock? Over last 2 years I have delivered my lock to at least 4 qualified locksmiths and left if with them for months on end yet they have not opened the lock. It is a cobra motorcycle lock, cobra is out of business now so I can't get a replacement key. The last locksmith assured me he could do it but after 6 months I am going to pick up the lock unpicked? I've just about given up on this project.

              • M TheWolf
                M TheWolf  3 months back

                download the WISH or GEEK app and look up lock pick kit. You can buy the same pick he was using in the video. You can also just go to those apps website.

            • 《THUMPER》 Lock Picking

              Great video brother

              • whotusay750
                whotusay750  4 months back

                Spot on 👍

                • Frank
                  Frank  5 months back

                  The new patented "spiral snail core" is the new deal.

                  • Br. Mark
                    Br. Mark  5 months back

                    Excellent video and explanation👍🏽 The porn music was not really necessary. Lol

                    • Von Malegowski
                      Von Malegowski   4 months back

                      Thanks! Unfortunately is hard to find good royalty free music

                  • B20C0
                    B20C0  5 months back

                    Thank you so much for this!
                    The guy who rented my apartment before me left a cheap wall mounted safe with an electronic lock and a backup tubular lock and I wanted to remove it because I needed the space. And I wasn't very keen on ripping the whole wall out.
                    Got the exact same pick as you and thanks to your tutorial it worked!

                    • Brandon Maertz
                      Brandon Maertz  5 months back

                      do these work on kensington locks? i tried for an hour with no success

                      • paheli arudil
                        paheli arudil  6 months back

                        how do you calibrate a lock pick?

                        • Azimuth Images
                          Azimuth Images  6 months back

                          Just a thought - but if you have to single pick a tubular lock how about doing the first fraction of a turn once you've achieved the first pick then inserting the tool. I've not tried it as I haven't a lock to practice on right now - but in theory I'd suggest the tool will take the correct pattern and if you lock the tool's pins in place you'd avoid having to re-pick those extra times?

                          • whitey george
                            whitey george  7 months back

                            You fkn lock picking thieves SHOULD BE IN JAIL . Or shot dead. I prefer DEAD.

                            • D Toy
                              D Toy  6 months back

                              Come at me bro. I'll pick you clean. Lmao

                            • Jfake Hname
                              Jfake Hname  6 months back

                              what about lock smiths? thieves dont pick too much time/skill.

                          • Horse Bisquit
                            Horse Bisquit  7 months back

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                            • Syrus54
                              Syrus54  7 months back

                              What about 6pin vending machine locks???

                              • LTA PRODUCTIONS
                                LTA PRODUCTIONS  7 months back

                                You can't pick that, It's a tubular lo.... oh, damn....

                                • Swankytpt
                                  Swankytpt  5 months back

                                  No such thing as an unpickable lock

                              • Garth Goldberg
                                Garth Goldberg  8 months back

                                Very good explanation of general lock picking techniques.

                                • Rock Clingman
                                  Rock Clingman  10 months back

                                  I watched the video four tried this on 4 different locks using tthat kit. Not one even budged. total wasre time and money

                                  • dan flores
                                    dan flores  9 months back

                                    Try a wrapping a shoelace around it. Changes the tension.

                                • ofek pearl
                                  ofek pearl  12 months back

                                  Please do one for sliders and another for disc detainer locks!

                                  • Tony Manns
                                    Tony Manns  1 years back

                                    To be fair your still retarded.. why even bother with music..

                                    • Peter McConnell
                                      Peter McConnell  1 years back

                                      Once it begins to move roll up a piece of paper to fit in the key way push in and turn and you will not have to repick lock

                                    • FaZe Chicken
                                      FaZe Chicken  1 years back

                                      its not on amazon

                                      • Dani The man
                                        Dani The man  1 years back

                                        The link you had for the tubule lock picker doesn’t work

                                      • JAMIE STROUD
                                        JAMIE STROUD  1 years back

                                        0:36 "horizontally" 0:52 "to the front (coronally)"
                                        :-P

                                        • Rick Higson
                                          Rick Higson  2 years back

                                          Thank you!

                                          • Justin Brewer
                                            Justin Brewer  2 years back

                                            maybe add a link where we can get those type of picks..

                                          • Jonathan
                                            Jonathan  2 years back

                                            Never knew you could pick tubular locks nor did I knew how they worked THANKS!

                                            • Swankytpt
                                              Swankytpt  5 months back

                                              No such thing as an unpickable lock

                                          • Drew Colyer
                                            Drew Colyer  2 years back

                                            Is it even possible to pick an Ace II since the pins require different amounts of tension? Another issue with this particular safe of mine... is that I had to apply some force even when I still had the key, pushing in on the door and almost lifting upward.. so frustrating. Yes, I've attempted single pin picking and am simply having the same problem, and I cannot find the right tension wrench to use... please help.

                                            • VorpalFoe
                                              VorpalFoe  2 years back

                                              great video

                                              • Jarod Davis
                                                Jarod Davis  2 years back

                                                first