I think you handled it really well. I've always thought to give the courtesy to tell them that you have your weapon on them. Trying to give them the courtesy since their safety is your safety. Couldn't imagine walking up to a car like that knowing anyone could be armed.Military surplus 6" barrel 1911 (.45)... middle back inside belt holster. In GA, you MUST have the firearm in a holster when you CC... to carry without a holster is illegal. So go to the gun show and get one of those molded thin snap-in holsters... just enough to keep the steel away from your skin. Also... one may NOT place their handgun under the seat of their vehicle... does not matter where else one puts it... just NOT under the seat. I was told it has something to do with cops and fear of CCW folks... not sure if that is true.
Most of my customers are in good neighborhoods... piece stays in the van a lot.
Now I have another question for fellow CCW folks:
Scenario: You are pulled over by a cop for whatever reason (license check, speeding, etc), you are carrying... how do you handle it?
GA: First, I put my hands on the upper part of the steering wheel (if it is night turn on the interior lights). Then when the officer arrives; I explain I am a legal CCW permit holder and I do have a firearm in the vehicle... and ask him what he wants me to do... then be quiet and look at him with a non-threatening look...
The last time I did this... he looked at me for a few seconds (I think he was profiling)... and said: I knew from the computer you have the permit, THX for your honesty. Where is it? I answered below this item (named the item) beside me. Officer asked me if I would stand outside the vehicle, I said sure. I locked the door when I got out.
Officer did the usual license, registration, insurance thing... and some small conversation... (again, I think he was profiling me).
Officer explained he was looking for a vehicle same description as mine... and asked me where I was at such/such time. I replied on a service call... said I had a signed ticket from the call... and the GPS program in the phone can verify time and location all day... nice gadget... (chuckle). Showed him my Galaxy Note 2 (BIG phone).
I asked the officer what was going on... he said he was not supposed to talk about on-going investigations... I said I understood. He seemed to loose some tension... so I volunteered conversation.
I asked why officers carry 40 cal now... He said clip capacity. I said I carry a military 1911. We talked about ballistics and training, I mentioned I spend a lot of time shooting and reviewing situational awareness. He said he wished more CCW holders would take situational awareness classes.
Officer said THX and sent me on my way.
Turns out someone driving a van the same color committed a crime a few hours previous... heard that on the news later.