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I know a locksmith and he says exactly the same thing. If he has to open someone's front door he starts out with the lockpick keys and just fiddles around with them in the door for a while. Then he goes out to his van and brings in some other tools or cleaners and plays around for a while some more. Finally, he goes out to his van and gets the jiggler gun thingo and opens the door in 10 seconds.

The customer feels less ripped off, and the door is open. Win win.

Once when I locked myself out and needed a locksmith he went to do the same - started with the picks and I said "just use the gun, I don't mind" and the door was opened within the minute! They all do it I tells ya!

The gun does the exact same thing the picks do, only with less flexibility and more easily. I don't see why a locksmith who had picks handy already would have to run out to get the gun when you told him you didn't need the show. He should be able to scrape it with the proper pick regardless...

Although, I realise I'm probably just nitpicking.

As opposed to lockpicking, but they both involve putting on a show...


If someone is a skilled locksmith, it doesn't take much longer to do it by hand. Most doors and locks don't take much more than 30s to rake, and maybe a minute or two to pick. The pick gun is conceptually/mechanically the same as raking a lock, with the same limitations, but it requires no skill or practice in comparison (it's really a rake gun, not a pick gun, and can't defeat higher quality locks).

So as someone with some knowledge of the profession, I would tip a locksmith far more if they picked it by hand in display of skill and dedication than if they resorted to no-skill tools, especially since it will probably take the same amount of my time.

Most doors and locks don't take much more than 30s to rake, and maybe a minute or two to pick.

This is true of the pin-tumbler and wafer-tumbler locks that are common in the US, and for that matter there are plenty of "locked" US doors that can be opened with a credit card; but in places that have crime, pin-tumbler locks are fairly unusual, at least for the doors of houses and businesses.

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