At the bottom is the shopping list for the items I purchased to build my first AR-15. For the Upper and Lower Components, and for a 20″ Barreled AR-15, it cost about $700.00. Building your own, even if it’s just purchasing pre-assembled uppers and lowers, is the most cost effective method. I probably would had gone with the pre-assembled route, but Palmetto State Armory had Black Friday deals that were so good it was more cost effective for me to build it from scratch.
I ended up purchasing the Stack-On PDS-500 Drawer Safe with Electronic Lock and picked up at Walmart (ship to store for free to also maintain warranty and return it easier if necessary). I have it propped upside down, on the side next to my bed, so that when I put the combo in, the lid will be able to fall down easier with gravity.
The buttons do feel a little “mushy” and it’s hard to tell if they pressed correctly or not with the audible beeps turned off. A yellow light blinks every time you push the button down, but with it upside down and on the ground, it’s very hard to see.
I’d say, I’m very happy for the $40 I spent on it as a starter safe. I’ll know more as time goes on.
Just mount it vertical, upside down, and the door should plop open with gravity. The batteries won’t be an issue since I ultimately plan on opening it daily so I’ll be able to tell the battery life that way.
It’s my first starter gun and the price is so minimal, even if I don’t use it for a gun, I’m sure I could think of other uses as my 3 babies grow and I need to secure additional items away from their curious hands.
Thanks everyone for your links on other manufacturer’s and options. It really gave me multiple things to think about. Perhaps in the future, I’ll find it prudent to invest in something more expensive.
ORIGINAL MESSAGE (10-30-2013)
I have small children in the house, and I want to have a handgun CONTAINER within arms reach of my bedside that can also be opened easily should I need to retrieve it quickly. I’m guessing biometric, or a quick punch code combo. Theft is not the concern. Just keeping my kids from touching the gun and sending me to jail.
I was looking at the Gunvault SpeedVault SV500 as an option, but I don’t know if it’s DOJ CA compliant [EDIT: It IS DOJ Compliant: http://www.gunvault.com/sv500.html. Any other popular options out there?
I know there’s the option of taking it out of one of my other gun safes and putting it bedside, but that’ll also require me to remember 100% to put it back every morning, which I don’t want to rely on.
For a suburban dweller that rarely frequents the hectic urban areas of downtown Los Angeles, I was surprised to get a ticket in the mail “because the officer was unable to physically attach the citation to your vehicle at the time the citation was issued.” I had wrongly assumed that as long as you’re inside the vehicle, you’re somehow immune from receiving a parking violation, no matter where you wait.
My mother and I had stopped behind a semi truck unloading, while I unloaded some audio equipment in front of the Biltmore hotel. I can’t remember if we were physically in a white or red zone since we were in such a hurry. I had simply assumed that if we stopped only a couple minutes, there wouldn’t had been an issue since we were standing next to the car.
Live and learn.
PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU
P.O. BOX 30420
LOS ANGELES, CA 90030
PARKING VIOLATIONS BUREAU
P.O. BOX 30247
LOS ANGELES, CA 90030
The enclosed parking citation has been issued to your vehicle. Because the traffic officer was unable to physically attach the citation to your vehicle at the time the citation was issued, this copy is being forwarded to you in accordance with California Vehicle Code section 40202(d). Please note these
important payment options and citation contesting instructions
ONLINE: www.lacity-parking.org (Mastercard or Visa)
PHONE: (866) 561-9742 (Mastercard or Visa)
MAIL: City of Los Angeles, PO Box 30968, Los Angeles, CA 90030-0968
Please make your check or money order payable to the City of Los Angeles. Write the citation number on the check/money order.
Must be in U.S. FUNDS.
IN-PERSON: Monday-Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00 PM
312 W. 2nd Street, LA 90014
3333 Wilshire Blvd., Ste. 3337, LA 90010
9911 W. Pico Blvd., Ste. B-201, West LA 90035
6309 Van Nuys Blvd., Rm. 103, Van Nuys 91401
Citation must be contested within 21 calendar days of violation
or 14 calendar days from mailing of Notice of Delinquent Parking
Violation (CVC 40215). To contest your citation:
PHONE: (866) 561-9742
TTY for Hearing Impaired only: (213) 623-704 6
MAIL: Parking Violations Bureau, PO Box 30247, Los Angeles, CA 90030
If you fail to contact the Parking Violations Bureau within the
specified time, you may forfeit your right to contest the
citation and incur additional penalties to the original parking
Right click the four selected files in the designated folder in STEP 2 and select “Properties”. Then make sure the “Read-Only” option is checked, and you should be good to go!
Many of my banking institutions don’t have QuickBooks files (.QBO) to use Quick Connect with and only offer the Quicken files (.QFX). I’ll cover how to convert QFX files to QBO files in a different post.