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Shooting locks

2008-02-19 15:40:08.853496+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

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#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-19 15:59:25.148392+00 by: ziffle

or if you don;t want violence:


#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-19 23:02:37.224158+00 by: meuon

While visiting the in-laws in Anchorage, I picked Nancy's brothers safe with nothing more than a couple of sewing needles. While I was helpful (they had not seen/found the keys in years), it did not make a positive impression on the father-in-law.

Locks help keep honest people honest.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-19 23:21:11.067857+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, we have a tool shed, and predictably we misplaced the keys that we were given when we moved in, so yesterday I went out to cut it, Charlene came out to watch, and was rather disappointed when I went through the clasp loop in about 8 strokes of the saw rather than trying to cut the hardened lock.

Rule #2: The lock is rarely the weak point. Those cheap-ass "luggage locks" are more than sufficient for most applications.

I was impressed, however, with the amount of damage the locks shown in the article above would take before they yielded, although I would have been more impressed had they been up against something rather than hanging free.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-20 04:44:51.600193+00 by: pknox

Having seen a DI take out several Master locks in a few minutes by just hitting them with a crowbar, I've never really had much faith in them.

As far as the demo goes, I wouldn't really think it valid when the lock isn't positioned against a solid backing, because much of the bullet's momentum would go into making it swing.

#Comment Re: made: 2008-02-20 16:50:04.641999+00 by: other_todd

Ah, the Box O' Truth! Been a while since I've been to those pages. I like some of his other tests - especially the ones he started out with, which are about shooting through wall materials - but I agree that the lock tests would be different if they were unable to swing.

Anyway, I can only see a point to the test if you're going after a lock *with a gun*. I mean, if you have a gun and only a gun, shooting the lock body is your best bet, not the lock hasp or any other hardware. But ideally you won't go after a lock with a gun, you'll go after it with a hacksaw or some high-leverage loppers. And as Dan says, the lock is seldom the weakest link.