We all know that when the SHTF the zombies are going to come out in full force and being a prepper the idea is to be ready for anything right? (I’m posting this because I just watched Dawn of the Dead again. :-)
So I’m watching the movie on my laptop because my wife has no interest in seeing zombie skulls split by high velocity projectiles and meanwhile I’m thinking, “Man, if I was in that situation what would I want to use for a zombie slayer?” They had everything in there from high powered rifles to golf clubs.
Now, I’d want something a little more substantial than a baseball bat, but also a little less impressive than a Barrett .50 BMG. Here’s a nice list of zombie slayers Ranger Man kindly put together for us. On it he has listed as the number one gun the AR-15 and I gotta tell you that the AR is one mighty fine weapon. When I was in the Corps I could consistently hit a man-sized target at 500 yards on the KD range. A man-sized target at that distance looks like an ant on a coffee cup when you’re looking through peep sites, but with an excellent weapon like the M-16 and the training provided by the USMC it was easy to hit.
But here’s the thing. A lot of the fighting they were doing was up close and personal and if you get a bunch of people on you at close range a rifle can be a detriment. So I got thinking about hand-guns. I have a .44 Smith and Wesson hand cannon that will definitely do the job, but using a six shooter in a crowd of zombies would be suicide and I don’t care how fast you are with a speed loader. Except for Dirty Harry of course.
So that led me down the path of semi-automatic pistols for the medium range to in-close work. A 9mm is a good handgun and is used by a lot of police, but I wonder if it would have the knockdown power needed for something of this nature. After all, when you shoot a zombie in the head you want that sucker to go down and stay down.
The .45 Colt is also a mighty weapon, but it just doesn’t have the round carrying capacity of the smaller caliber pistols. That got me thinking about the .40 Smith and Wesson. This is a nice little handgun. It has the knockdown power needed and it holds up to 15 rounds and with enough magazines you could hold off a pile of zombies long enough to make your getaway… you hope.
I had to carry one of these heavy bastards my first year in the Corps and I actually got pretty good with it. If you start laying some 40 mike mike HE downrange you’re gonna mess some stuff up and when they get a little closer there’s the APERS round. (That’s anti personnel for you civilian types.) Think of it as a 40 mm shotgun shell. Can you give me a hell yeah? (Of course you only get one shot with it before having to reload, but man, what a shot it is!) Why the M-16? For the simple reason that it’s what I know best.
For in close shooting I’d take a .40 Smith & Wesson or a Glock, and for the up close and personal work I’d take a short sword like the Roman or Spartan soldiers used. (I was a huge fan of Sparta even before the movie 300.) Hell, I don’t know if I’d be able to use it effectively, but I’d feel cool as hell carrying it around!
What would be your weapon(s) of choice for killing zombies?