The Ultimate Practice Lock

The Easiest to Re-Key Lock Picking Practice Lock

You can learn lock pickingUltimate Practice Lock - Lock Picking Practice Lock with the one lock picking practice lock that evolves as your lock picking skills evolve. Quickly change from easy-to-pick novice lock to high security challenge.  Available in two versions:   The original Ultimate Practice Lock or its bigger brother the Ultimate Challenge Lock.

The Ultimate Practice Lock is the lock picking practice lock that grows as your skills grow.

Pin stack retainer screws make it easy re-key this lock cylinder to thousands of different key combinations.  An assortment of extra bottom pins, top pins, master pins, and springs is included. This is the easiest way to learn lock picking.

About Cut Away Locks

Cut away locks are great if you’re having trouble understanding what happens inside a lock.  Once you understand what all the parts of a lock do, it’s time to move up to the Ultimate Practice Lock. Unlike cutaway cylinders, this practice cylinder can be picked in both directions and pins don’t fall out of the plug. You can develop the skills that work in the real world by picking locks using your sense of touch instead of by sight.

For The Novice Picker

For those who are new to the hobby practice lock novice pin arrangementof lock picking, this practice lock cylinder can be pinned with only one or two pin stacks leaving the remaining pin stacks empty so the beginner can learn the feel of a pin stack reaching the shear line.
If you have never picked a lock before, we offer a free downloadable how-to-pick guide to get you started.  We also carry a practice lock and lock pick combo that we call the Ultimate Challenge Combo Kit that includes everything the beginner needs to get started in this unique hobby.

For The Advanced Lock Picker

As your skills increase, you can add pin stacks up to a total of five.  An assortment of pins are included to allow you to create practice lock difficult to pick pin arrangementdifferent challenges such as a difficult to reach around long first pin or a difficult to pick hi-lo-hi-lo-hi-lo pin arrangement.  The pin assortment also includes master pins to let you create multiple shear lines like those found in many commercial and institutional locks.  This flexibility makes this the perfect training tool for lock sport competitions or picking hobbyists.

Upgrade To The Ultimate Challenge Lock

If you’ve mastered The Ultimate Practice Lock, you can move up to it’s big brother – the Ultimate Challenge Lock.  In additionbinding spool pin in a practice lock to all of the features of the Ultimate Practice Lock, the Ultimate Challenge Lock is one pin stack longer with 6 stacks instead of 5.  The Challenge version of our practice lock also includes an assortment of spool pins so you can learn to overcome pick resistant cylinders.  Special security pins are becoming more common every year.  A decade ago, security pins were rare.  Today, even some of the cheapest hardware store brands include security pins to make them pick resistant.  Most locksmiths never develop the skills to consistently open these locks. With practice, you can learn to consistently open even pick resistant locks.

Learn to recognize the feeling of a “false set” spool pin security pinswhen a spool pin binds the cylinder and how to reduce tension and rotate the lock back toward the locked position to release the trapped spool pin.

The best way to develop this skill is to start with a security pin in only one pin stack until you have developed the necessary sensitive touch.  With the Ultimate Challenge Lock and lots of practice, you can gradually master opening locks with spool pins in all 6 pin stacks.

The Assortment of Pins

  • The Ultimate Practice Lock comes pinned with 5 loaded pin stacks. That’s 5 bottom pins of different lengths, 5 top pins, and 5 springs – all retained by the easy to re-key retaining screws.
  • The Ultimate Challenge Lock comes pinned with 6 loaded cylinders. That’s 6 bottom pins of different lengths, 6 top pins, and 6 springs.
  • Also included are approximately 100 additional top and bottom pins of varying lengths.  This is enough pins for nearly 50,000 possible combinations.
  • Additional springs are included in two different lengths. Short springs are to be used with tall pin stacks and long springs are to be used with short pin stacks.
  • An assortment of master pins are also included to allow multiple master pins in each stack so you can learn to pick institutional key systems.  This brings the possible combinations to just over half a million.
  • If you choose the Ultimate Challenge Lock, we include at least enough spool pins to allow a spool pin to be added to each pin stack for the Ultimate Challenge.  With the addition of spool pins, the possible combinations are well over 1 million.

Instructions for re-pining the cylinder and training tips are included.

The Easiest to Re-Keying Practice Lock

The Ultimate Practice Lock and Ultimate Challenge Locks don’t require the usual disassembly, plug followers, tweezers, or difficult access to pins and springs that other lock cylinders require. This lock cylinder has been modified so that each pin stack can be accessed from the top by removing a retaining screw. A hex wrench for removing these screws is included. Changing a pin stack is as easy as removing the screw and dumping the existing pin stack into your hand. A new pin stack is dropped in pin by pin. Bottom pin first, master pins if desired, a top pin or spool pin, and the spring. Finally the retainer screw is replaced. Extra retainer screws are included.

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Purchase The Ultimate Challenge Lock
The original easy-to-rekey lock picking practice lock with 6 pin stacks and an assortment of pins. Includes a random assortment of approximately 100 top pins, bottom pins, master pins, assorted springs, spring retaining screws, a screw wrench, and an assortment of spool pins.
PRICE: $44.50 each
Purchase The Ultimate Practice Lock
The original easy-to-rekey lock picking practice lock with 5 pin stacks and an assortment of pins. Includes a random assortment of approximately 100 top pins, bottom pins, master pins, assorted springs, spring retaining screws, and a screw wrench.
PRICE: $39.50 each