I'm traveling with my wife this week. We had reservations at a well known motel chain. It happened that our first floor room was "around back". Driving into our parking spot in front of the room I saw a group of young and middle aged men all gathered next to my room smoking and joking. Several of the guys looked "hard", if you know what I mean. All eyes were on our car when we pulled in. My wife is also quite attractive (strictly objective observation). On a quick command decision I raised my shirt just enough to expose the grip and hammer. I looked one in the eye and gave a polite "hello". He greeted me back. Conversation had ceased when we got out. We got in and locked up for the night. No problems all night. Thoughts? I don' know if that was wise or not. Part of me says I'd rather let them know that there is a firearm in the room if any had alternative ideas. The beer was flowing pretty well when we got there.