I'm still not sure how I'm going to be dealing with this. Right now I'm crying around my Ruger SR9c 9mm in a SafePacker. When I start wearing real clothes again, I'll be using one of the Blocker 24XD cross draws, which seems like the best holster option at this point.
I haven't started working with long guns yet, so I've decided to haul out one of my "survivalist" set-ups, an S&W 629 in a custom Survival Sheath System shoulder holster set-up. It's actually an experimental system that owner Robert Humelbaugh invented, then didn't (to my knowledge) go forward with. On the off side of the holster there are roll up elastic bands for ammunition, I think 12-15, per roll up, I also have 2 speed loaders racked up as well. The function of this set-up is if I hear things go bump in the night I have a piece and lots of spare ammo that I can put on and have with me. My concept was that it's a LOT of firepower that conceals under a light jacket. The overall original idea was the the .44 shoulder system would combine with a traditionally belt mounted polymer striker-fired semi auto. The 9mm, let's say Glock to make it easy, would provide the immediate gunfight response; the advantage of the .44 Magnum would be its ammo versatility from self-defense to big game. An example would be to keep the .44 loaded with hot load FMJ reloads, which will penetrate like crazy. I once loaded up some penetrators for a friend of mine…we were both awed at the results. I make a joke about shooting through a train, but these would come pretty close.
To me the idea still has some validity. If I couldn't G.O.O.D with a handgun and a rifle, I'd rather have 2 handguns than a handgun and a garden rake. If one of those handguns was, in effect, a short rifle, so much the better. My fighting would be done with the primary, but if I needed to take a long shot, a shot against a pretty hefty animal or an attempt to punch through cover, I'd go to the secondary. A scoped Ruger .44 Magnum Blackhawk certainly wouldn't be my first choice for self-defense, but it would be a handy thing to have around for other duties. A shoulder rig would make the weight palatable.
Tomorrow I'll get out a 9mm AR pistol, a single point sling and a bunch of spare magazines. This might be a good time to get the back-of-the-passenger seat carrier designed and made up! Plus I gotta get ready to redirect my inner energies toward harmony, peace and understanding as tomorrow's lunar red moon eclipse begins. If that doesn't work, I'm going to sacrifice a bunny and send the entire world into a pre-Apocraphal tailspin. I guess either kinda works,