What we're about

Oak City Locksport is the original Raleigh area lockpicking group, founded in 2010 by Katie (aka "squ33k"), and led today by squ33k and Patrick (aka "unregistered436 (https://twitter.com/unregistered436)"). While we are not a TOOOL (http://toool.us) chapter, we were fostered by the TOOOL US president Deviant Ollam, and we remain friends to this day. We meet once a month to pick locks, share interesting locks or projects, and have a beer with friends.

We're focused on fun and education! We welcome newcomers to this hobby, and are more than willing to teach the basics to get you started. There are no startup costs or membership fees since we have some "community" locks and picks, but most people end up buying their own materials once they're hooked! Most people pick up this hobby because locks are like little metal puzzles. It's useful to learn about the relative security (or insecurity) of the locks we use in everyday life. There are many different variations of the saying, but "Locks are for honest people". A real criminal is more likely to break a window, use bolt cutters, or crash through a door.

Besides our Meetups you might also find us running the Lockpick Village at regional security conferences such as CarolinaCon or BSides Raleigh.


Is learning to pick locks and possessing lock picks legal in the state of North Carolina? You bet! BUT, you've got to make sure to follow a few simple rules:

• Do not pick a lock you rely upon. The lock may be damaged in your practice and stop functioning.
• Do not pick a lock you do not own unless given explicit permission. Always warn the owner that it's possibe damage may occur.
• Do not offer services or receive compensation for picking a lock unless you are licensed as a Locksmith in the state of North Carolina (NC GS 74F).
• Use your powers for good, not evil. Do not share your skills with those you suspect will lockpick to commit a crime. Also note that possession of lock picks with intent to break into a home or business is escalated up to a Class I Felony (NC GS 14-55).

We can also be found on Twitter at @oakcitylocks (https://twitter.com/oakcitylocks).

Note: While this is a public Meetup, we reserve the right to ask participants to leave if they are disrespectful, disruptive, disreputable. Yeah, we'll "dis" you.

Upcoming events (4)

March Meetup

Sammy's Tap & Grill

Participants will start to see the results of our GoFundMe campaign starting at this meeting! We'll have some new progressive locks including several sets with spool pins and some more advanced locks that are just the start of our lock library. I'm willing the slow boat from China to get here in time for the meeting so a couple extra goodies arrive. I also still have the tap kit and set screws if anyone wants to convert their mortise cylinder from a previous meeting to be threaded, and I have two more cylinders left with the repinning kit if anyone wants one!

April Chapter Meeting

Sammy's Tap & Grill

Agenda TBD, but we'll have a bunch of new locks for the lock library to roll out at this meeting! I'm also planning on taking T-shirt pre-orders, to be delivered either at the May meeting or at CackalackyCon!

May Chapter Meeting

Sammy's Tap & Grill

Agenda TBD, but his will be the last meeting before CackalackyCon. I may want to try out our village contests and touch base with anyone who is going to be volunteering in the village.

Lockpick Village at CackalackyCon

Sheraton Chapel Hill Hotel

Oak City Locksport will be running a Lockpick Village at CackalackyCon! Come join us for picking, contests, etc. on Saturday and Sunday June 1st and 2nd. Note: RSVP to the Meetup does not provide admission to CackalackyCon. Tickets available at the door or in advance at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cackalackycon-tickets-56112194083 If you have some time and are willing to volunteer for a bit you can get in free. Send us a message letting us know if you're willing to volunteer to get on the list for future volunteer announcements. Being on the volunteer interest list is not a guarantee that you'll be picked.

Past events (19)

February Chapter Meeting

Sammy's Tap & Grill

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