Spy School: How to Pick a Lock with Hairpins [Video]

Get a jump on your CIA training with this easy to follow video. Pick up a clear lock picking set to practice on Amazon. Ready to advance your skills in espionage? Check out the rest of Primer's Spy School series.

Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • bucajack

    An essential skill for the modern man!

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Is that sarcasm I’m detecting?

      • bucajack

        Ha! Not at all. In fact I think this taps into every guy’s secret desire to be James Bond!

        • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

          Haha! Agreed!

          • Rt1583

            A new avenue for you to explore.
            You’ve already given quite a lot of advice for being as stylish as Bond.
            Along with some advice for being as fit as Bond.
            Now it’s time for the practical skill set of Bond.

  • Marshall Lilly

    Sorry, but even though stuff like this can be found readily online, I think it’s kind of a bummer to see something that teaches skills with potential adverse legal consequences posted on Primer. This goes beyond the standard content matter of the rest of the Spy School Series.

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Hey Marshall, Appreciate the comment. That could be said about a ton of Primer’s content, including things like Vehicle Ambush Counterattacks . Nothing in the video promotes illegal behavior and is most interesting because it easily outlines how a common lock works. The same could be said about libraries and I wouldn’t want them to censor the kinds of content they allow.

      • Marshall Lilly

        Of course, and like I said, this type of information can be readily found in a lot of different places. I’m not saying the info should be censored altogether, just not sure what place it has on this type of website. But in any case, I really appreciate what you guys are doing, and I’m a big fan of Primer in general!