Popular Mechanics puts padlocks to the test

In all sorts of Hollywood movies you see action heroes shooting padlocks off of chain link fences (usually leading to some place sinister like a scrap metal wrecking yard).  In a recent article, Popular Mechanics put a few different padlocks to the test by shooting them with a series of different rifles from 100 feet away:

The complete article details the rest of the tests and how each brand fared.


Mattel’s Tommy Burst detective set

They just don’t make commercials (or toy guns) like they used to.  Have a look at the TV commercial for Mattel’s Tommy Burst detective set from the 1960s.  One thing I know for sure, for $7.00 it sure is swell: