The progressive locks are great, we really like these as a base to start. The progressive locks give you less pins so you can start to feel your way around a lock and slowly move up to more pins. The clear locks are great and are slightly better quality which is reflected in the price. Some beginners use a combination of progressives and clear to get them started. Either lock will keep you busy for a long time.
Well picked up, these sets are very similar. The difference in the 9 pce set is the thickness of the Picks. They are able to get into narrower keyways and have thicker metal handles which provide great feedback. The intro set is a PickPals exclusive set put together by us and has everything you need to get started at a great price. We offer the intro as a great entry point with the option to expand later. Both the nine pce set and our intro set are top sellers, made in the us by Southord.  
Firstly, remember the rules! Only pick what you own. Car locks can be a bit different, it really depends on the model of vehicle. For older vehicles normal picks will work, for anything a bit newer they use high security locks which need specially made tools for that make of car.
People often ask what set to go for when starting out with Lock Picking. I'd suggest going for the intro set if you're just getting into it. It is a bit easier to use the individual picks and the choice of tension wrenches should help greatly. The pocket set is excellent for portability or just throwing in a bag for use whenever its needed, but it doesn't offer the same level of "feel" as the individual picks. It is pretty fun hobby and can be a good thing to impress your mates.    
They do allow very quick entry without "getting to know" the lock like you would with standard picks. You do however need to get used to the tool with lots of practice, particularly if you're not familiar with lock picking. It still requires some skill. With experience Lock Pickers open most standard door locks with it in about 5-10 seconds however that was after an hour or two of practice. The best technique is to line the needle so that it is touching all the pins in the lock then rapidly pull the trigger while providing a small amount of tension. It works like one of those newton's cradle desk toys, bouncing the top part of pins up in unison, then you catch them on the way down through the application of tension. For anyone concerned about these being used to break into buildings with a minimum of skill, don't be. Pick guns are quite loud (not stealthy) and still take time to learn.
Like any good product there are clones on the market. We strictly stick to products we believe are good quality and fit for purpose. Our Lock Pick sets are genuine from reputable US manufacturers, of course a clone doesn't mean it is bad quality, we can't really comment on the clones as we don't use them ourselves. We can however say there is a lot of engineering, trail and error that goes into any good quality picks. Found a cheaper price? We definitely don't want to discourage people from finding other deals, so its always appreciated when this other stuff is pointed out!
  • Don't get frustrated
  • Make sure you don’t apply to much pressure with the tension bar that is the key! (No pun intended).
  • Reset the lock with the key every now and again in case you have the pins stuck.
Need a little help from a friend? PickPals -- PickPals Australian Lock Sport Guild -- Australia LockSport Guild Those guys are always talking about their locks and projects.
I'm looking to get some basic picks. I'm looking for a set suitable for opening all pin and tumbler locks, through raking or SPP. I'll mostly be doing padlocks and door locks. Can you recommend a product at or under $50? That’s an easy one, if you're not sure where to start the PickPals Intro Set is a great set without outlaying too much money. Very popular and a great start to your set, you can expand from here. However, if you want a great set, the Southord Nine Piece Slim Line Lockpick Set is my pick. I have the 22 Piece Slim Line of this set. These are great picks with metal handles and provide great feedback. Whether you’re a newbie hoping to pop your first lock or an experienced lock picker not quite sure how to build on the skills you already know, download our ebook: Knowledge is Key: Everything You Need to Know About Choosing Lock Picks this eBook contains a lot of valuable information to help you understand what you need and it's FREE. Not all lock picks are made equal, and not all pickers will enjoy or benefit from the use of certain picks! This eBook aims to provide you with the knowledge to help you understand what makes picks different, and how you can dial into a pick set with qualities that will satisfy your preferences.
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