1st victim was my transparent Chinese lock (I don't count that as a victory)
2nd victim was an old 4 pin bicycle lock I had sitting around and man that was awesome.
3rd victim was a FAB padlock, no security pins that I could tell
4th victim was a Richter Euro Zero door lock (which I ripped apart and found only standard pins in, I guess the "Zero" was the security rating)
Then I ran into a bit of a wall. To replace the "Zero" lock I bought a FAB Assa/Abloy Cylinder, the lowest security rated one on the shelf. I have just spent the last two days trying to get this guy open and I finally succeeded! Unknown to me this little guy is loaded with spools and, since this was the first time trying to open a lock like this, it caused me hours of frustration.
For you experienced Pickers out there
You have all been through this, I'm not talking to you. Just please try to remember that moment when you "leveled up".
For all of you beginners, like me, get a lock and keep at it!
I started with a crappy Chinese set of picks and I strongly recommend that you do the same. Sand the (very) rough edges off of them and practice on something simple, maybe a bike lock like I did. They will break, not just because they suck, but because we don't really know what we are doing.
After you break your first pick you should get a better set, it makes a ton of difference. Southord is a good place to start (from what I heard on the internet) but since I live in Europe I went with a set of these:
They are a world apart from the cheap Chinese trash that I started with. When you finally get to the point of taking on a lock with spool pins in it you should watch this video:
It really helped me get over the hump. Good luck and happy picking!