If your going to add that weapons show on our characters, please give us the option of right clicking on our equip weapons and hitting disable visuals like with certain ship pieces. Its definitely not cannon that everyone running around a space station has a rifle strapped to their back or a sword at their belt...
Also speaking of swords why not add a nice Officers Sword to the veteran rewards list. A shiny clean blade with gold hilt, added at a lower vet bonus stage will encourage more vip members. Just a thought.
It doesn't seem to be entirely working for me. I can hide my weapons, sure, but when I switch weapons, it goes back to showing it holstered, even though it's technically 'disabled'. I have to re-enable it and then click it again to hide.
As mentioned, it's easy to hide. I'd like to add my $0.02.
I thought I would like this, but all it does is emphasize how absurdly oversized the phaser rifles are. There are tons of clipping issues- the stock of the rifle is in my character's head, their arms go through the weapons in the "thoughtful" stance. The slung rifles disappear when an engineer bends over to summon a turret.
Worst of all, I had one Boff fail to un-holster her weapon at all- she was fighting hand-to-hand with a rifle on her back. Holstering and then unholstering my weapon fixed that, and I haven't been able to reproduce it. But with many players, it's bound to happen again.
Look at the federation phasers...they are nearly 40% bigger than their tv show counterparts. In the TV show its barely the size of a person's wrist-to-tip-of-middle-finger size. In STO their length is the same as the elbow to the wrist.