Master Lock, master innovators

Master Lock has been making locks since 1921 and their signature padlock has remained the same for decades, a staple of high- and middle-schools across the U.S.  Earlier this year they announced the first major innovation on this platform in memory – the Speed Dial.  Clearly they are marketing this new advancement to the adolescent user, but I have to say that it looks pretty cool to me:


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.