So I've been away from the UCC forum for several years, due to massive busy times drawing me away from my daily reads and then just falling out of the habit. Recently, my wife told me that one of her co-workers was a mod here, and I remembered how much I've enjoyed reading so many of the posts on this forum and figured I'd come back and see what it was I've been missing. Imagine my surprise when I look back at an older article and find out it's about me... Yes, I believe I am the shoulder holstered villain in this tale. Honestly, I spent all last night freaking out about how I'm now being discussed far and wide, and debating on if I should identify myself at all. I couldn't make it through the first couple pages of comments on the Tribune's site... My wife ended up reading them all, and helping me calm down by reminding me that general internet posters are idiots... especially after some comment comparing carrying a gun and abortion! So then I thought about my history reading this forum, and how it is generally a safe place of discussion and decided to identify myself, and continue the discussion with information from both sides.
The story from my side:
I was running late to the show, and so while getting to my seat I took my overcoat off more quickly than I normally do in an attempt to not be in peoples way more than I needed to. Unfortunately, this also removed my suit coat, which I always keep on to conceal my firearm. I didn't realize my suit was half off till I sat down, and as quickly as possible put it back on. I was worried that someone saw and would be upset. Seems my worry was founded. I feel horrible that I caused someone to be uncomfortable at the show, and intend on contacting him and sending a personal apology as well.
There have been several comments about pointed a loaded gun at people, so I must say the gun was not loaded. Full magazine, nothing chambered. I actually made the choice to not have a round chambered for this very reason, I was not comfortable sitting in a crowd with a fully loaded gun pointing at the people behind me, I decided that it would be better to take the extra second to chamber a round if needed than have that risk of a loaded gun. That being said, the holster was a Serpa full kydex holster, which I've tested quite a bit to make sure is safe, and always make sure the firearm is properly seated. The cant on it cannot be adjusted to point directly down, but I do try to make sure it's pointing as far down as possible. I have been looking into a new shoulder holster, and will keep the other options in mind as well.
Since I know it will be asked, the gun was a Sig P226 Equinox, in .40. I'm impressed that Mr. Wagnon was correct with the caliber! I will be willing to answer any questions you may have at this point as well. I appreciate the positive comments I've seen on this thread. And for those who feel I was in the wrong, I understand your view point, but do feel there was no real risk in my actions, other than people being upset and uncomfortable because I took off my jacket. I have been extra careful since to make sure the suit jacket stays on, and will make sure to learn as much as possible from this incident. Thanks everyone!