Start With The Lock
Before anything, a good jumping point is to learn about locks and their mechanisms in order to fully understand how they work. There are a variety of different types of locks, however, a pin tumbler lock is the most basic kind of lock.
There are 6 basic parts to a pin tumbler lock:
1. Housing - outer shell of the lock
2. Plug or cylinder - where the key is inserted and rotated
3. Shear Line - gap between the plug and housing (this plays the most important role in lockpicking
4. Driver pins - top set of pins between the housing and plug. This restricts the plug from rotating. It is essentially what keeps a lock, locked.
5. Key pins - bottom set of pins that make contact with the key
6. Springs - forces the driver pins into the plug, keeping it from rotating freely
Get The Right Tools
After you’ve learned about lock mechanisms, it’s time to buy the proper set of tools. There are a variety you can get, but one of the most important tool to get is a tension wrench. There are other picks you can get, each with different uses. Do a bit of research to see what types of pins there are to see which one you’ll need.
After, you should buy a practice lock. It isn’t recommended to try picking locks that work at home because you may end up destroying the lock. You can find practice locks at affordable prices then you will be well on your way to learning how to pick a lock.