Can your Padlock Take a Bullet

If you use padlocks to secure your property, you might want to check out the abuse tests that Popular Mechanics conducted on several locks from different manufactures. They subjected locks from Master, Franklin, OnGuard and Medeco to Shock, Tensile, Salt-Fog, Gunshots and Bolt-cutter tests. Go read the full report to see which lock stood up the best.

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4 comments… add one
  • _Mark_ August 22, 2010, 1:51 pm

    Of course, you can get most of them open in seconds with some filed-down bits of spring steel, and still be able to re-lock them…

  • Sandee Cohen August 22, 2010, 8:46 pm


    The bullet at the padlock was a very old commercial back in the sixties/seventies.

    But then everyone realized that the padlock was rarely the strongest part of locking something. The coupler that held the padlock was usually much more flimsy.

  • Lex1 August 23, 2010, 6:30 am

    I’d just unscrew the eyebolt the lock is hanging from. Bullets are expensive ! 🙂

  • Andrew Baker August 24, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Picking most of these locks is much quieter then a bullet. Also a dewalt drill down the tumbler is often faster.

    The Truth is no lock will stop those that want in bad enought. Locks keep the honest people honest.

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