Picking Your Combo Lock
No, this will not get you into the safe at your local bank, but it may save you from the aggravation of ruining a perfectly good case because you had a few too many and can't remember the combination of your JEM1000 or UV1000 case lock.
We've all seen so many of these cases with buggered locks ripped open with screwdrivers, missing tongues, or any myriad of lock "disease". These could be forgotten combination or they could be combo's that through sloppy use have been changed in the process of incorrect opening [opening in the way you would reset the combination]. If you have a combo lock case and can't get in it, don't destroy the case. PICK the lock.
This is a very simple procedure. I use a .1mm hut shim but I have used a simple piece of paper and it works just fine [paper used here as the brass shim doesn't show well against the brass lock]. Slip the corner of whatever you are using into the slim gap between the first [or last, order does not matter] combo wheel and the tongue. It must be in the gap between the wheel and the tongue. It will slide in until it hits the barrel which is smooth [when on the wrong number]. When the wheel is on the "set" number you will feel a definite notch in the barrel. This is the notch the pin lines up with to free the latch and open the tongue. Turn each wheel until the notch is on the set number and the latch will open. When finished use the instruction here to RESET the combination to one you will remember [or, just pick it again when needed! LOL]
Right Latch - use the gap on the right side of the wheel.
Left Latch - use the gap on the left side of the wheel.
Unfortunately both of these case locks have been ruined, their tongues ripped off the latch with a screwdriver, and then removed and thrown away. But they are both working perfectly and set to 000 now, just for demonstration purposes obviously LOL