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Padlock Forcible Entry Video


Here is 15 minutes of padlock forcible entry done by the Irons, Saws, The PIG, Bolt cutters, etc. Dozens of locks later, we have a short forcible entry training video. This gives you an idea of what locks can easily be defeated by the Irons, which ones may need saw work, and when bolt cutters can actually beat both of them. We still show a majority of Irons work because you should be carrying them and they always start. However the saw does have great application when it comes to padlocks.

Padlock Examples


I had a conversation a while ago about padlocks and the use of a set of Irons or the Saw to go about defeating them. It came down to me justifying the need to be able to defeat padlocks with a set of Irons or a Power Saw. Bolt cutters are great but cannot be used in all situations and on all locks. There are plenty of readily available locks on the market that will not be defeated by bolt cutters, not to mention put a nice half moon in the cutting tips. This also brings up issues of access to these types of locks and where they are found. They are not just found on the gates or rollup doors on our buildings, padlocks are a very common way that people add extra security to their homes and businesses. When a fire comes in we typically have our irons or possibly a power saw, the bolt cutters are more than likely going to be found back on the Truck, so unless our locks are found on the gated entrance of the fire ground, running back to grab the bolt cutters may not be the fastest, most efficient and professional way to defeat our locks.

This post was not intended to be about defeating these types of locks, but more as an example of numerous ways they can be used to lock up. Most of these pictures were taken within a block or two of walking around in our neighborhood, it is not hard to find. Are you prepared to handle all the types of padlocks that our on the market?



Door Size Up #10


This door is on the backside of a single story “L” shaped strip mall.  The store is used as an army surplus outlet.  Run down the key size up points and see what you think. The double doors are set in masonry construction.  What else do we see?

  1. Metal frame and metal jamb
  2. Outward swinging double metal doors
  3. Primary lock is key in knob
  4. Carriage bolt pattern on both doors indicative of a drop bar
  5. Carriage bolt pattern 18” above the lock suggestive of a hasp or possible slide bolt

The interior view of this door shows us what we are up against.  As we predicted we have a key in knob lock and a drop bar with a hasp that is padlocked.  There are several interesting points about this door.  As we could tell by the exterior picture, the seam where the doors come together has a wide gap (approximately 1/2”).  The occupant has attached a 1/8” piece of steel that runs the length of the doors to prevent anyone from trying to lift the drop bar out of place or manipulate the primary lock. These strips on the back of the door come standard on many double door setups, but many times occupants will fabricate their own to increase the security. This is the main reason you should force the lock side door when doing double doors. You want to force the one that closes last because that metal strip acts as a stop for the main door. If your pry on the secondary door you will be working against that strip.   Secondly, the drop bar is 1/4” steel that rests on two brackets on either door.  The weight and placement of the drop bar will be beneficial to us when we start to force entry.  The weight of this bar could be an advantage as we drive the carriage bolts through because it may cause the brackets to fail even quicker. Another thing to remember on double doors is to force the bolts on the primary door first, don’t waste your time taking all the bolts out across the whole door because it is not needed.  Also, note where the drop bar ends.  It only extends the width of the frame, greatly decreasing the degree of difficulty.  Lastly we have the hasp that is padlocked together.  This may offer a little more resistance because the lock is elevated slightly and will cause us to lose a little leverage when we force the door.  It should not be anything that we can’t overcome using the irons.

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