Amost drew my pistol, several people around me saw it.
I'm a younger guy, 26, and I hang out with the younger crowd. I am into cars so we meet up at places like the car wash or drive in and hang out, talk about cars, detail them, ect. Last night we were all at the car wash, about 6 of us, we decided to go to the local Taco Bell for a snack and to get out of the wind. The group of guys I hang out with are very mature and down to earth, over this summer that I've known them there has never been any problems, none of them know I carry, that is until last night.
We were out in the TB parking lot just talking, minding our own business 4 of us guys and a girl. I notice a few hundred yards away was a guy that had walked up and down the street several times, looking over at us, others had their back to him and did not notice. He started walking over towards us at a brisk pace, but I was still thinking he must know someone in the small group of us. He got about 50 feet from us, me facing him, two of the three guys with there back towards him, and one on my right side when he reached behind him like he was drawing a pistol off his right hip, he looked pissed. He pulls out what looked like a 1 foot chrome pipe and I put my hand on my pistol with my shirt over it. He then grabs the other end of this pipe looking object and pulls and it comes apart "like a baton" into what looked like 3 pieces with a short section of chain or something joining them. I reach over with my left hand and pull my shirt off my gun as he gets closer swinging this thing around. He quickly turns away at about 30 feet from us and walks towards the TB backwards, still facing us, not saying anything, but making hand jesters attempting to get a reaction out of someone so that he can use this thing on them. He continues to swing it in the air and put his hands out to the sides as if hes inviting confrontation. I don't think he seen me reach for my gun because one of the guys with us was blocking his view, but everyone in the group saw me reach back and grab it, and got quiet really fast! They soon realized what I was doing and why.
He ended up leaving, and we decided it was best just to leave as well. Some things that stood out after the fact are these: I've been in similar situations, but unarmed, and unlike those cases, I didn't feel nervous, scared, or get that pit of the stomach feeling, I felt very confident almost to the point of cocky, and I am a very humble and down to earth person. I actually blurted out "I would have shot that :censored:" or something to that effect, and felt bad about it afterwards, it made me really mad that this guy had done this for no reason, and had made me show my pistol. Even though that was a mistake on my part, part of me is glad this happened for this reason, I had always wondered how I would react to a threat, and if I would be scared or shaking or freeze....none of these things happened and now I know that if I had to I could squeeze off a round without any concerns clouding my decision to protect my self or my family.
The guys I was with were really cool about the situation, they stayed calm and didn't make eye contact with the guy, I just watched him out of the corner of my eye to make sure he wasn't coming back. One guy broke the silence and asked what kind of gun I carried, another asked if I was a cop or security or something, I explained to him I had a CC license. The other said don't worry about it man, lets just take off and go somewhere else, which we did about 5 minutes after this happened. I'm glad they were all cool and mature about it, it made me feel better. Thanks for listening to my story, had to get it off my back and this is the right place to do it.