Es­cap­ing Hand­cuffs

RECOIL OFFGRID - - Vanishing Act -

Many peo­ple as­sume hand­cuffs are only used by law en­force­ment of­fi­cers on crim­i­nals — or per­haps used in the bed­room if you’re feel­ing ad­ven­tur­ous. Un­for­tu­nately, crim­i­nals have first­hand ex­pe­ri­ence with the ef­fec­tive­ness of these de­vices, and will have no qualms about us­ing them to il­le­gally re­strain their cap­tives. Know­ing how to break free from a pair of hand­cuffs is a valu­able skill, since do­ing so may be the last thing your cap­tors ex­pect.

A cuff key (left) and shim (right) from SerePick pro­vide two ef­fec­tive means of es­cap­ing most stan­dard hand­cuffs. Calderon rec­om­mends a metal key, since plas­tic keys are easy to snap and may gen­er­ate the wrong nar­ra­tive if found by au­thor­i­ties.

While ap­ply­ing down­ward and in­ward pres­sure to the shim, the cuffs are tight­ened by at least two clicks to force the shim deeper into the mech­a­nism.

The open cuff can now be used as an im­pro­vised im­pact weapon.

The shim is in­serted into the lock­ing mech­a­nism atop the ratch­et­ing teeth.

Once the shim is fully in­serted, hold­ing it in place while rolling the wrist will cause the cuff to slide open.

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