Tactical Locksmithing

Tactical Locksmithing

Class Time: 9am to 5pm
Course Length: 5 TO 10 Days
Course Fees: Call for Quote

NOTE: The following class can be scheduled for your group at a time that is best for you. Contact us with your schedule and the number of students. We can work with you to provide your group with the training you need at a time that works for you.

Limited to active Law Enforcement Personnel

Types of locks dealt with:
Common door locks, padlocks, utility locks, file cabinet locks, and desk locks.

Class Description:
This course is designed to train tactical personnel in the skills needed for covert lock entry. Core locksmithing skills are taught, with an emphasis on how these skills can be used to gain damage-free access. By the end of the course the student should have a solid understanding of the tools and techniques required for accessing a wide variety of typical locking devices. In order to gain proficiency, it is extremely important that the student develop a thorough understanding of lock design and operation. We begin with an overview of the four basic varieties of mechanical locks and how they differ. We progress to key blank design and the methods of matching blanks to locks. Basic key machine operation is explored next, followed by an in-depth look at lock cylinder design and function. Key codes and cutting keys by dimension is covered in detail. Basic masterkeying methods are explored, followed by an exercise in reverse-engineering a lock to obtain the masterkey. Lock picking and lock bypass techniques are covered in detail, followed by advanced key impressioning methods.

NOTE: A kit containing many of the tools used in this class is available for an additional charge.

The following is covered in detail:
  • Lock cylinder terminology, design and function
  • Duplicating keys
  • Creating keys by code
  • Measuring pin length to produce a key
  • Decoding keys using dial calipers
  • Determining the keyway
  • Masterkeying - how it works and how to use it to your advantage
  • How to pick locks
  • Bypassing padlocks and other common locks
  • How to create keys by the impression method
  • Advanced impressioning techniques