Can You Really Open A Padlock With A Bullet?

There's something thrilling about the movie scenes in which the hero is forced to shoot open a lock in order to rescue his leading lady, but how realistic is that whole gag? The answer may surprise you.

Popular Mechanics decided to put four different padlocks to the test by shooting them with a rifle from 80 feet away and—as you can see in the video—only one lock survived. [Popular Mechanics via CrunchGear]

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Most people don't carry it around, but thermite does a good job.

Of course you could always McGyver some on the spot.