All you need to know about locks and picking them

Yale 500 Series

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Recently a I got a pin tumbler Yale lock which is from a new series “500”. Yale locks, though sometimes can be a pig to pick but most of the time will pick relatively easy

Or so I thought.

The key didn’t seems to have a very special bitting so I started picking and after 15 mints moved to the HPG and bumping and since that didn’t work either and I decided to see what’s inside.

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They were 4 nasty mushroom pins and an anti drill one. Those pins are very similar to the Corbin ones.

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The inside pins holes have carves insdie.

The pins will drop very low into the plug which is unusal as they don’t normaly do that.

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All in all it looks like a very good lock and it is very hard to pick.

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3 responses

  1. Dawson Novak

    Excellent material! I’m curious what skill set you finally used on the Yale? Thank You again for sharing🙂 -Dawson

    March 20, 2013 at 1:03 pm

  2. The counter milling inside of the pin chambers is what makes them such a difficult pick. Sometimes they may just pop open, others are a nightmare.
    The new yale BS antisnap is also a very tough pick

    April 20, 2013 at 4:19 pm

  3. Yales have become particularly difficult to pick since they introduced the counter-milling inside the bores.
    SPPing is much harder however the EPG still manages to open them reasonably well.

    June 2, 2013 at 4:24 pm

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