Key in Knob Through-the-Lock

By Kyle Stephens

This drill focuses on a particular skill that involves gaining entry into an area by attacking the locking mechanism directly. Pulling cylinders and activating the internal locking mechanism with a modified key tool/pliers mimics the action of the key itself. Key-in-knob locks are extremely popular and are seen in a variety of different application of doors.

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This forced entry option can be used in many different situations, but mainly through-the-lock skills are usually performed when time is not critical to gain entry. The step-by-step procedures for this skill are outlined in this drill.


Kyle Stephens is an emergency vehicle driver for the Baltimore City (MD) Fire Department and an instructor with Traditions Training, LLC.

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