Locksport: A Hacker’s Guide to Lockpicking, Impressioning, and Safe Cracking

Locksport: A Hackers Guide to Lockpicking, Impressioning, and Safe Cracking

eBook Details:

  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: WOW! eBook (March 19, 2024)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1718502249
  • ISBN-13: 978-1718502246

eBook Description:

Locksport: A Hacker’s Guide to Lockpicking, Impressioning, and Safe Cracking: A comprehensive, fully illustrated guide to the fascinating sport of picking locks, Locksport is authored by five of the field’s foremost champions. Together, they’ll show you how to ethically, efficiently, and effectively bypass anything from simple locks and safe dials to deadlocks and vaults.

Locksport: A Hacker’s Guide to Lockpicking, Impressioning, and Safe Cracking is the ultimate guide to lockpicking and the competitive sport of bypassing locking systems. Written by five champion locksporters, this fully illustrated, hands-on introduction to the art of lockpicking will take you from noob to competition-ready. You’ll learn how locks work and what makes them vulnerable, get a guided tour through the tools of the trade, and follow step-by-step instructions and intricate full-color diagrams to learn to rake, pick, and crack. The book covers not just the art of lockpicking, but impressioning and safe manipulation too. You’ll understand the engineering behind various types of locks and the craft of hacking the machinery without damaging it.

You’ll learn:

  • About innovative security techniques for locks, like abnormal pin shapes, magnetic parts, and movable components.
  • The best ways to use your tools: how to hold your tension wrench, what to feel for in a lock, when to bother with a vice or flashlight, and when pen and paper are your strongest weapons.
  • How to source locks, safe mechanisms, and cracking tools.
  • How to find competitions for you and navigate the competition environment

You’ll first learn to pick familiar locks, like padlocks and those on your own front door, using tools like tension wrenches, hooks, and rakes. You’ll then learn about impressioning the art of creating a working key from a blank by reading and recreating the subtle marks the lock leaves in the metal. Finally you’ll crack into safe locks by systematically dialling numbers, recording your observations, and repeating your experiments.

Welcome to the world of locksport, the sport of defeating locks. Whether you’re new to the challenge of lockpicking or aiming for championship gold, this Locksport: A Hacker’s Guide to Lockpicking, Impressioning, and Safe Cracking book serves as your definitive guide, packed with practical advice from a team of experts.


  • How various locks work and how to maintain and disassemble practice locks
  • What makes some locks more secure than others
  • The laws, competitions, and communities that make up the world of locksport


  • How to pick pin tumblers and lever locks, make impressions or craft a working key from a blank, and manipulate open combination safe locks
  • How to work with picks, rakes, tension wrenches, files, magnification tools, safe-lock graphs, and depth-measuring instruments
  • The intricacies of security pins, wards, dimple locks, keyways, and antique locks


  • The ins and outs of competition setup and tools and how to host your own competitions
  • Expert strategies for managing your nerves and gathering lock intel
  • What it’s like to participate in timed head-to-head competitions, PicTacToe™, escape challenges, and other lockpicking contests

When you’re ready, the authors will fully prepare you for competition with thorough guides, expert tips and tricks, and effective preparation methods. From mastering your first padlock to conquering a competition, Locksport: A Hacker’s Guide to Lockpicking, Impressioning, and Safe Cracking will show you how to take your skills to the next level and have endless fun doing it.

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