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:
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.