How to Dial Open a Combination Safe Lock

Step by step instructions on how to dial open a group 2 mechanical combination safe lock, the easy way. Works on all Group 2 from Sargent & Greenleaf, La Gard, Kaba.

40 years of telling people how to open locks over the phone, I hope it works as well on youtube.

For decades group 2 locks like the S & G and LaGard type were the locks of choice virtually every safe manufacturer in the world, including American Security (Amsec), Cannon, Browning, Fort Knox, Liberty, to name a few.

Hi, my name is John Dean and I'd like to show you an easy way to open up a group two lock whether it's an S&G, Lagard, Kaba, doesn't matter. All the group two locks open up exactly the same way. Now the first thing I want you to do, trick number one is I want you to write down left, right, left, right and then next to that, four, three, two, one, that's the sequence that we are going to be using to dial this safe open, right now.

To follow our sequence first thing you do is, you turn it four times to the left. You sneak up on your first number, in this case it's fifty, and you want to make sure that the crows foot is directly above it, ignore the other mark, this is the one that counts.

Our second number is twenty-four you pass Twenty-four once, going to the right, pass it twice, and we're going to stop at twenty four our third time. Bang there we go. Our last number is sixty-five you pass sixty-five, once, you stop your second time.

We're almost home.

Now you go to the right, and right about, somewhere, between ninety-five and five, it kind of pulls itself in, and you want to pull it a little further, it'll stop somewhere between eighty-five and ninety-five, now that's retracting
the bolts, at this point this safe is unlocked, and you just open it up.

Now one last note in locking the safe, all group two locks, you must turn them to left four or more times, if you don't do that you're safe is a really locked and it can be easily manipulated opened. Now by the way, if you want these instructions in PDF form, I'm going to put in a link over here on the information thing, on the little more info, so you can go directly and print down a PDF.

Watch the video couple of times you'll get the drift of it, it's pretty easy to do.

Thank you very much

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Author Rad Tazz The Bad ( ago)
Thanks now i can rob that old man safe

Author Rick Stracner ( ago)
Dean, thank you for making this video. I had an old group 2 Sears safe and
couldn't open until I watched your video. Found many treasures because of

Author Drifter7a ( ago)
Wait so how do you know the numbers

Author Penn Berdan ( ago)
Thanks! Worked! Next is where to find the key.

Author Keith Clark (Jaws of Life) ( ago)

Author Drew Depray ( ago)
Do you have the PDF

Author Hongi Insisiengmay ( ago)
You are absolutely the best human being on this planet I have been trying
to get my safe open for hours, but thanks to your vid I got it open in a
second liked and favorited!!

Author Cole Docchio ( ago)

Author Chris Rodriguez ( ago)
thank my moms has a MAJOR SAFE no it open do u have an email i can get ask
more ?

Author Curse you slutty Gold Digger ( ago)
thanks you helped me!

Author XpertShockGamer ( ago)
anyone else watching this for mcjuggernuggets

Author William Matthews ( ago)
+DeanSafe I need some help, I have a safe and there is a card that comes
with it but it says right left right left instead of the method you use. I
used both methods but it still won't open

Author nefrojas ( ago)
Thanks, Dean. I got my safe back and it is all thanks to you.

Author Cazauxx ( ago)
In the thumbnail I thought you were Dr Phil.

Author Lacey Cole ( ago)
Will this method work on a 1900's Reliable Safe and Lock inc Covington KY
safe as well?

Author Morbius1963 ( ago)
Very, very grumpy before I watched your upload. Happy as Larry now. Thanks.

Author Playboy 6554 ( ago)
I get stuck on the last part 

Author Kenneth Stevens ( ago)
Will this work on an old "Yale HERRING-HALL-MARVIN SAFE CO". The name in
quotes is what appears on the dial. YALE in the middle and herring hall
marvin safe co circling around yale.

Author G Ledesma ( ago)
Worked like a charm

Author Kathy Faul ( ago)
Thank you!

Author Model Tee. Nash ( ago)
Hey' you know James Cagney ' copper's look out for them copper's " 

Author sara snowwhite ( ago)
Thank you so much! Super helpful - got into the safe!!!

Author John Cassidy ( ago)
I found a safeguard sd105 safe in a storage locker, and tips on opening it,
it has a key and dial

Author Christopher Baker ( ago)
Dude thank you 

Author Tim Lawson (356 years ago)

Author mhadman ( ago)
Hello. Thank you for the free sharing of information. I have a question I
hope you can help me with. I have a Victor Certified safe from around
I was given a set of four numbers for the combination and was told the
sequence was R-L-R-L ,but cannot get the lock to retract. I have tried the
opposite direction and still no result.
I also see you have 3 numbers instead of four. Is my last number just an
approximation,and carry on like your tutorial shows?
Thank you for your time,

Author John Kaiser ( ago)

Author John Kaiser ( ago)
DEAN....Open Safes

Author Frank Poindexter ( ago)
Just received my Liberty safe. I must have fell and hit my head on the
playground.I was shown how to do it , Read the directions would not
open.Watched your video !!!! Opened on the first try.....Thank you for
posting for people like me .....😉

Author Jankunas ( ago)
Thank you so much, I was able to open the safe after endless tries with
just one look at this.

Author Khun Bud (1415 years ago)
Tremendous help. Thank you so much. I'd still be frustrated if it weren't
for this video.

Author A-1 Locksmith - Park Cities ( ago)
This week's video gives a quick and easy tutorial on Group 2 mechanical
dial locks that are the most common on safes. If you've just purchased a
safe and are having difficulty opening it, this video is very helpful. If
you are really not enjoying the dial at all, give us a call and have one of
our technicians install an electronic lock on your safe. You can have it
open in 5 seconds or less:)

Author X ( ago)
+DeanSafe Hey thanks John Dean!

Author Luciano Rescigno ( ago)
Hi, do you know how I can change the combination of a MT PROFESSIONAL TOOLS
safe? Serial SE 130075587... I have the combination that came with it, but
I want to change it... Thanks in advance! 

Author Merina Chase ( ago)
Thanks Dean! Just what I needed.

Author Coyell Witherspoon ( ago)
I want to ask, are the numbers that was used in your demonstration
universal. Because I don't have the numbers for the S&G floor safe the I

Author Paul Browne ( ago)
Great help open now 😃

Author tdplumer ( ago)
EVER! ;-) Thank you!

Author Jessie Chong ( ago)
Can it work on 4 number safe box? I had tried but failed. Pls help.
...Thanks. .

Author luie Rdz ( ago)
Thank You So....Much Sir.
Great Help. Had Trouble Opening my Safe, But When I Saw Your Awesome Vid. I
Finally Opened it.!
You Rock.!

Author Drew Hobbs ( ago)
Thanks for the video. It helped me open a safe that hadn't been open in
several years! Brand was "Major Safe Co". It was a group 2 but I didn't
know that until it was open. 

Author Renee Ramsey ( ago)
Thank you so much for these tips!!!! I have an ancient safe in our office
and have never been able to open it so I use it as shelving. I had the
combination but didn't understand the procedure...til now!!! It was the
exact procedure to follow and just inserted the numbers where appropriate.
Thanks again!!

Author Jrod H ( ago)
Never had to open a safe until this week, tried and then failed. Couldn't
have done it without this video! You tha man John!!

Author SteelBustingBiker ( ago)
Not working. SMH
Dialing feels like it's mushy? 

Author T.J. Kidder ( ago)
Thanks, your directions cleared up the directions I was given by my

Author P Smith ( ago)
Thanks. I had the combo but couldn't remember the correct sequence of
turns. First time after watching this I got it open.

Author riverdeltar ( ago)
thanks a lot!!!!

Author Will Smith ( ago)

Author Will Smith ( ago)

Author Sophia Marroquin ( ago)
i have a liberty safe box, with a key and the dial, but i dont now if i
have to put the key in and turn it and then dial or only put the key and
then dial ... my question is if i have to turn the key

Author John Mc ( ago)
Thanks for the video. Very instructive. Can you recommend a resource for
information on antique safes? A friend has a very old (late 19th C.)
Keystone Lock & Safe Co. safe that was inadvertently closed. He has what
is purported to be the correct three-number combo, but we have been unable
to re-open the safe. Any info would be helpful. Thanks!

Author scott taylor ( ago)
Thank you so much for this video I opened my safe on the first try after
watching you explain it very helpful

Author Jesse Maldonado ( ago)
how do u get these numbers ?

Author Wes Harrington ( ago)
Dean your a life saver! Thank you for this very excellent and helpful
video. After an hour of trying we opened it first try based on this video!

Author Trista Glass ( ago)
I just want to say you are officially my hero for the past week I have not
be able to open my safe at work and this cracked the sucker open on the
first try!! 

Author peter dragon ( ago)
Lifesaver...thank you.

Author Natasha Z ( ago)
Simple, precise and it worked!

Author Sheila Dzimitrowicz ( ago)

Author SHIMMY956 ( ago)
I would like to buy a burglar,fire and water resistant safe for our
home.Who makes the best safe?There are so many to choose from.

Author windy daley ( ago)
This has Helped me SO SO SO MUCH !! iI am wondering the video says there
is a link to a PDF file with the info I cant seem to find that link ???

Author Lee Schlatter ( ago)
Awesome!!!!! For the last few years, I could not open my little safe,
because my husband said I wouldn't be able to remember the number, so it
flew out of my head.Then, when I remembered the numbers, I had the rest
wrong. Well, I had the combo right, but the sequence of turns wrong! THANK

Author simon cohen ( ago)
u can spin my fucking beanbag jagoff

Author simon cohen ( ago)
u crook!

Author Sam P ( ago)
He could pass for Tim Conways brother.

Author Merkova ( ago)
i have an amsec bf6030 bought in 96 with original combo and i cannot seem
to get this thing open. i never get that pull for the last step. even if i
clear it.any advice?

Author DeanSafe ( ago)
You clear the lock by turning the dial 4 or more times to the left. Thanks,

Author A B ( ago)
how do u make sure u have started with a clean slate on the dial? how do u
know ur ready to start with the combo...ive browning safe that ive been
trying to open for almost a month!

Author Nym Rod ( ago)
Thanks, I forgot the last turn.

Author DeanSafe ( ago)
Glad I could help you. John

Author mrsdjquest ( ago)
THANK YOU so much!!! Had to watch your video twice to get it, but I got

Author justin hall ( ago)
Thank You so much being trying to open my Browning safe for 2 days lol

Author Graham Anderson ( ago)
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!

Author Oscar Moreno ( ago)
Thanks a lot DeanSafe, My dad had a Safe and with the combination we didn't
know how to open it. Thanks to your intructions we made it.

Author DeanSafe ( ago)
50/50 right?

Author DeanSafe ( ago)
That's a good safe and it's dial lock is all you really need. I'm just
showing you how to open the safe if you have the correct combination
numbers, So many people forget how to dial it open even if they have the
combo. Thanks, John

Author Carlos Garces Jr. ( ago)
what about the liberty presidentional safe can that one be picked is that a
hard one.

Author antlogalbo ( ago)
Thank goodness I found this. I bought a liberty safe and I haven't been
able to open it

Author ryanmotch2 ( ago)
Thanks for the help

Author Carl Fontanilla ( ago)
what am i missing?I've done this 2 years ago and opened the same safe
twice...but now I'm at my 10th try with no the "pulling in" part
means that i pull the dial out?

Author DeanSafe ( ago)
Sorry to say If I have it my hands I can do it, just know how to explain
it. So many types of lock so little time. John

Author Hayashi Ed ( ago)
I have an old Safe Cabinet, that has a wheel stack combination lock. I have
the safe open but don't know the combination. Would you know and can you
explain how to determine the combination. I have accessed through the back
to the wheels, but don't know how to get the combination. Help!

Author Beckinstein Shinn ( ago)
Thank you so much! I was having trouble getting into an old family safe
that only my dad, who passed a few years ago, could get into. It was that
final little "pulling in" part that I was missing! Thanks!

Author DeanSafe ( ago)
While a Group 2 lock will fit, they're rare Korean safes. Most come with a
low end, unrated E-Lock or a low cost dial lock that works fine, just not
rated. You may want to see if you can find Booil safe email and ask them to
send you the instruction sheet in English, I'll bet they'll do it. Sorry I
couldn't be more help, John

Author DeanSafe ( ago)
Sorry, this ONLY works on group 2 locks, you must have a group 3

Author g.jackson Goad ( ago)
did not work for me, more bull.

Author Royal King ( ago)
it has 1 big wheel and 1 small and a key hole under the 2 wheels

Author Royal King ( ago)
my friend has a safe at home and hes dad died he only knew the combination
it needs 2 combinations and a key how to unlock it

Author Ariella Esther Woolf ( ago)
I can't see it but I need it cuz I have a lock that I cnt open. I have
already had 2 have one lock cut open Cuz I cdnt open it nd I dnt want 2
have another one!!!

Author FCM ( ago)

Author James Beaumont ( ago)

Author dave g ( ago)
thanks man i have to watch this time to time ,

Author Noku Dzu ( ago)
Thanks for the great video. What do you do with the center "toggle" or
"handle" in a Steelcase combination lock file cabinet?

Author Fucknuts ( ago)
Don't learn how to speak and write properly and also not accuse
others' of wrong doing when they post a video on Youtube, and maybe I'll
give some respect. In the meantime, shut your fucking cunt face!

Author T Brown ( ago)
Whatever rocks your boat dude.

Author T Brown ( ago)
This is not a video about breaking into safes Elio. Perhaps if you watched
the entire video, you would have realized this and not have posted such an
absurd comment.

Author T Brown ( ago)
Hi there Mr. Dean. Thank you so much for your video. My husband and I just
purchased a used combo safe, and for the life of us, we could not open it.
The combination instructions given to us read like Greek. After about 50
attempts to open the safe, I had an epiphany. I went to YOUTUBE and
searched for " how to open a safe." Thank goodness your video came up.
After watching your video only 1 time, my husband opened our safe right up.
Once again, thank you.

Author DeanSafe ( ago)
The simple answer is, on most locks you can ONLY find out the combo if you
don't take the lock apart. Just remove the back of the lock, turn the dial
and be a keen observer. Some old lock (with number printed on the wheels
need to be taking apart but this is not for the faint of hart. I would not
think less of you if you called a pro, as long as the door is open a good
safe guy should noodle it out and service the safe in short order. Hope
this helps, John

Author Hatem Abdel-Monem ( ago)
Thanksssss :) I was not able to open my old safe and finally i opened it
... thanks for help :)

Author Fucknuts ( ago)
Shut your fucking piehole you stupid motherfucker, he's teaching the
procedure to dial in the combination numbers...not how to defeat the lock!
You're fucking vulgar, shithead. If you don't understand the language then
shut your cunt!

Author Bbarfo ( ago)
Thanks for posting this, it is helpful.

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