Popular Mechanics Guy Test Padlocks

Submitted by: Matwix_2004 6 years ago in Entertainment

Can padlocks really be shot off? Can you really trust the reliability of your lock?
There are 41 comments:
Male 417
Didn`t Mythbusters already do this? Get with the times, PM.

Besides ... just use bolt cutters. It`s a lot more quiet.
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Male 1,002
Has this guy really never heard of bolt cutters?!
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Male 6,694
I someone really wants your stuff they are going to get it and thats just that.
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Male 4,290
[quote]On post apocalypse earth, make body armor out of master locks.[/quote]
The most secure armour around! Let`s see some scavenging cyclops try to steal THAT.
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Female 404
aw he has a lisp
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Male 373
the first 10 seconds were uncomfortable.
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Male 2,160
also, breaking off padlocks, few people below mentioned easy ways to get them off, though alot of times, a screwdriver is all you need. just unscrew the silly metal thing that the lock is through and done, no need to even toy with the lock.
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Male 2,160
always found it a bit commedy that in movies a 9mm can break off one of those overreinforced locks but cant punch through a coffee table from 3m away
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Male 2,424
What was learned:

On post apocalypse earth, make body armor out of master locks.
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Male 601
0:53

I imagine the laugh in the background was at how inferior that lock was.
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Male 2,419
why would you shoot at the heavily reinforced lock when you could just shoot the flimsy piece of metal it goes through
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Male 12,365
[quote]Didn`t Mythbusters already cover this?[/quote]

Mythbusters did actual tests with actual results. This is just a video of someone shooting some padlocks, which only tells us that some padlocks are easier to shoot open than others. Like we didn`t know that already.
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Male 40
"Today we ask, will something break if we shoot it?"

Answer - Of course it does you prized prat.

I`d have been more shocked if the padlocks were strong enough to not be damaged by being shot, and who the hell is going to break into someone`s shed with a bastard gun in the first place? Nobodies going to notice someone shooting something are they?
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Male 104
Here`s what I learned about padlocks:

1. Burglars don`t shoot locks.

2. Set a spike on the top of the body of the lock, hit the spike with a hammer. Pops right open.
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Male 5,413
God dammit I finally broke into prison!
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Female 347
What`s the point? Shoot lock; shoot another lock; every so often show one of the shot locks from a different angle. The results are useless if you keep them a secret.

It`s not like I care if someone steals a bag of mulch from my shed any way.
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Male 88
his voicee!!! D:
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Male 25,416
IF someone is firing at your padlock i would not think id want to stay around anyway!
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Male 703
Given the relatively low rate of gun ownership in Australia, I question this video`s applicability to any lock I own. That said, from the vid, it is a pretty lucky shot that takes the lock off first go, so yeah, I`d trust them.
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Male 2
but will it blend?
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Male 217
Slow motion please.
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Male 418
once theres a hole in it, will it open?
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Female 418
or you can just bring a pair of good pliers
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Male 7,123
Have I learned something from that?
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Female 2,764
Gunfire hurting steel??? I DON`T BELIEVE IT!!! THEY ARE LYING TO US!
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Male 602
What people see used are shotguns with special ammunition and breaching barrels, not pistols or rifles. Locks are just like any security system, it is a deterrence. Anyone determined enough to get passed it will.
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Male 2,402
Yes every thief on the planet is going to pull out his semi-automatic rifle/pistol. Informing the local neighbors that he`s breaking in. (face palm)
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Male 755
The point is?
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Male 123
@tommy2x4 Easier than that.. liquid nitrogen and a hammer..
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Male 1,598
It works all the time in action movies, simply because it`s cool.

What`s the chance of the bullet ricocheting and hitting someone, though?
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Male 456
Seeing how when my lockpick kit came in the mail and after an hour fooling around with it inside, I was able to pick the lock on the shed within 2 minutes. So no, I don`t trust my locks.
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Male 339
@patchouly: uh-huh so you can pick a lock with two bobby pins and no tension wrench? ill bet you can even just stare really hard to unlock them too right?
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Male 3,475
Four words; Oxy-acetylene & bolt cutter.
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Male 3,059
Didn`t Mythbusters already cover this?
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Male 130
Pat, It`s a lot faster and if you`re looking for a grab and go sort of thing and had a noise suppression system on your gun it might be preferable to simply shoot it off rather than waste all of the time required. And before you tell me that it takes no time at all, which I realize, you might run into one of these Security pins
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Male 997
Just need right leverage to break a lock, Or could try shooting the bar which is the weakest bit not the base.
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Female 535
Good thing no one had guns in high school!
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Male 4,746
Reliability? You know that, with two bobby pins, pretty much ANY lock can be opened. I`ve even opened most bolt locks this way.
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Male 5,194
So he`s shooting it, but he`s not trying it afterwards to see if it opens. Means nothing.
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Male 4,547
... this can`t be right, in like every movie and videogame I see they just shoot right off.

FAAAAKE.
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Male 2,551
Link: Popular Mechanics Guy Test Padlocks [Rate Link] - Can padlocks really be shot off? Can you really trust the reliability of your lock?
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