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Post Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:23 pm

Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

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Jon King and I host a monthly lockpicking meeting at Null Space Labs in Los Angeles, CA on the third friday of each month. Started in May 2010, our group has slowly grown for 4-5 members to meetings as big as 50 people! We average 25-30 people per meeting lately. Our group is filled with dedicated people from a variety of backgrounds including locksmiths, security researchers, physical penetration testers, forensic locksmiths, software developers, and hobbyists. Beginners are always welcome!

Meetup page (Sponsored by L.I.): http://www.meetup.com/li-losangeles
NSL Wiki page: http://wiki.032.la/nsl/NSL_lockpicking

We are a joint TOOOL/Locksport International chapter. There are no membership requirements in either organization or at NSL itself to attend meetings, though NSL membership is encouraged to make sure that we can meet every month and have nice things. If you can't afford NSL membership (40$ a month) there's always a donation jar at every meeting you can toss a few bucks in. All the money we get goes to buying more locks and tools for the group.

Each month we have a different topic that ranges from beginner to advanced. Some examples of past topics: basic lockpicking, handcuffs, impressioning, safecracking, picking high security locks, lock disassembly, high security lock research, making your own picks, making your own locks(!), automotive locksmithing, and more! Everyone in the group is encouraged to come up with something they want to talk about.

We also have competitions, both ongoing and one-offs. The 2011 competition was a points comp where you had to pick locks to get points. The 2012 competition is a safecracking competition featuring a dozen Group 2 rotary combination safe locks from various manufacturers! The 2013 competition was an impressioning competition featuring two dozen SC1 keyway cylinders.

Hope to see you there,
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Post Mon Jan 06, 2014 5:23 pm

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

Next meeting is on January 17th, topic is FORENSIC LOCKSMITHING! This will be a hands-on workshop involving microscopy, photography, forensics-safe lock disassembly, and inspection. Don't miss it! More details at: http://www.meetup.com/li-losangeles/events/157237262/

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Post Mon Jan 06, 2014 10:59 pm

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

Sounds excellent! It's nice to see your group is thriving.

Almost makes me wish I lived near LA.

Almost.
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Post Tue Jan 07, 2014 4:45 am

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

Ditto. If only Los Angeles was not in southern California. :?

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Post Wed Feb 05, 2014 2:04 am

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

The Feburary meeting is CANCELLED as we're in the process of moving NSL to a new location.

There will be a special Impressioning Workshop w/ Jos Weyers on February 28th @ 20:00. Location for this workshop is the 23b Hackerspace in Fullerton, CA. More details at: http://www.meetup.com/li-losangeles/events/159679042/

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Post Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:49 am

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

Who won the 2013 impressioning contest?
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Post Thu Feb 06, 2014 7:42 pm

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

Kezo wrote:Who won the 2013 impressioning contest?


You and Holly tied. I've been waiting for you two to be in the same room for a Showcase Showdown.

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Post Mon Apr 21, 2014 3:56 pm

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

NSL now has a new home! We'll be re-opening for public meetings and lockpicking in June. Stay tuned for updates!

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Post Mon Jul 14, 2014 6:25 pm

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

NSL Lockpicking returns! Next meeting is on Friday, July 18th @ 1900, topic is BEGINNER'S NIGHT! We'll cover the basics of standard locks, lockpicking, and an overview of some advanced techniques that you can expect to learn more about in the next few months. Check out the new location and more details at: http://www.meetup.com/li-losangeles/events/191587442/

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Post Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:20 am

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

I'm in! Already RSVP'd. Hoping to learn something.
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datagram wrote:
Kezo wrote:Who won the 2013 impressioning contest?


You and Holly tied. I've been waiting for you two to be in the same room for a Showcase Showdown.

dg



What's impressioning?
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Post Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:18 pm

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

Next meeting is on August 15th, topic is IMPRESSIONING! Come learn an alternative form of opening locks using nothing more than a blank key and some old fashioned know-how. More details at http://www.meetup.com/li-losangeles/events/196441032/

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Post Wed Oct 08, 2014 7:54 pm

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

Next meeting is on October 17th, topic is FORENSIC LOCKSMITHING! Special guest speaker Tom Seroogy (Former President of the International Association of Investigative Locksmiths (IAIL)) will teach about the forensic locksmithing discipline, including a hands-on workshop! More details at http://www.meetup.com/li-losangeles/events/207377722/

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Lolz.
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Post Fri Nov 14, 2014 11:11 pm

Re: Los Angeles/SoCal Monthly Meeting

Next meeting is on November 21st, topic is LOCK DISASSEMBLY & BEGINNERS NIGHT! Come learn how to disasemble and re-assemble a lock cylinder. There will be a short presentation for beginner lockpickers, as well! More details at http://www.meetup.com/li-losangeles/events/214360142/

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