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Zombie Myth Busters & Weapons That Kill

  • January 12th, 2010
  • BY Petra

This is the 2nd installment in my series of Zombie Survival tactics as learned in Max Brook’s book “The Zombie Survival Guide.”

This 2nd installment focuses on zombie myths and weapon selection. Much of what we see on TV and in movies is grossly (no pun intended) misrepresented. Part of our survival is dependent on having the facts, and not the fallacies. It is my intention to give you the facts on weapon selection.

Myth Busters


Often movies portray zombies as having superhuman strength; that is simply not the case. A zombie’s only strength is that which they possessed in real life as a human, no more and no less. The difference is their tenacity as they do not feel pain or remorse, rather they feel intense desire to feed – yes, on YOU!

Another myth is that zombies cannot discern between a human and another zombie if the human is mimicking the zombie’s same behaviors. Believe it if you want, but expect to be eaten alive as studies have shown that while zombies are dumber than a box of rocks, they CAN tell the difference between the dead and undead. The reasoning lends itself to their heightened sense of smell, which seems to be enhanced as their other senses diminish.

One thing to find comfort in is that a zombie will eventually “rot to death” in the event it is not killed by you or another competent human. Unfortunately the time span can take up to 5 years so stay well armed and alert.

Weapons That Kill Zombies

In order to be well armed, it’s important to know your weapon options and the level of protection they can provide. Too many weapons are never enough in the war against zombies but not knowing how to use your selected weapons would be bad news indeed! Train regularly and maintain your weapons! Rust or nasty misfires caused by poor planning can ruin anyone’s day – that is anyone’s day except a zombie’s!

While close combat with a zombie is not high on anyone’s list of fun things to do, it must be understand that it cannot always be avoided. Yes as a human you can move much quicker than a zombie, but a multiple zombie attack might place you in closer proximity than you would like. For this reason it is important to know a form of karate that would help you to deflect your attacker, as well as have a blunt type weapon ideal for close range. While baseball bats, hammers, rolling pins, and batons, all come to mind as viable choices, their ability to kill the brain of a zombie is not likely and thereby not necessarily a well planned choice.

Your best bet is a crowbar. Both lightweight and durable under heavy and repeated contact, this choice can also be used to pry open doors, as well as provide various other survival needs. Such as piercing the skull of a zombie and impaling it’s brain. Not so easy to do with a bat, don’t you think? I would also not recommend swords or knives unless you have trained extensively in these types of combat, as the close proximity these weapons call for could result in your becoming infected and ultimately converted to zombie-ism.

Power Tools & Their Alternatives


While power tools initially offer an excellent defense, it should be noted that their dependability is limited to their fuel supply, be it either plug in or rechargeable. As well, their excess weight may cause you to tire quickly, which is not advisable due to zombies having no need for sleep or rest, and you as the human needing both.

Slingshots; bows and arrows; cross-bows; throwing knives – all have advantages when sound can bring on an unwanted onslaught of nearby zombies; but unless you are an excellent marksman do not take comfort in having these as your only protection. Aim is key and if your aim is just slightly off, it could be the defining factor in your life or “un”death. I myself would want a little more “life security.”

Shotguns & Machine Guns


While semi automatic rifles and sub machine guns sound really tough, their range is not conducive to killing a zombie. They are mostly effective in delaying the inevitable attack. On humans these weapons are ideal, as precision is not necessitated for the kill. Since zombies do not give up as easily, however, precision in killing the brain is critical. “Scatter guns” and guns that utilize similar ammo (such as buck shot) will not guarantee the brain has been eliminated, and probably are not the best choice of protection either. As well, there are ongoing studies that support contact with infected body parts may result in your “turning.” If this is indeed true, then getting bitten is not our only concern. Coming into contact with flying severed body parts caused from the blast of one of the above weapons, could pose a life ending situation. Definitely not an ending I would like.



In today’s society pistols are without doubt the flavor of choice for all advocates of weaponry. Any die hard Clint fan has a .44; most all cops have Glocks; most chicks have revolvers (not this one – I have a glock) as they seem less intimidating. But what it all boils down to is accuracy and precision in your shot. While pistols are easily carried in bulk along with their ammo, unless you are an excellent marksman I would not recommend using this as your primary source of protection. Hitting a zombie in the chest or shoulder will not stop it. You must hit it in the brain and that requires precision. Practice Practice Practice! Go to your local shooting range regularly. Make your gun an extension of yourself. This could be your only saving grace.

.22 Caliber Rimfire Weapons


Ahhh – the ever dependable rifle. What respectful, zombie hating home would be without one??? Not mine I can assure you! This weapon is light weight, making it easier to tote on long journeys. As well, ammo for this type of weapon is plentiful throughout the country so it is not likely you will run out. While this weapon may unfortunately make it so you have to be somewhat closer to “the enemy” in order to penetrate the skull (since it is a small caliber bullet) the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Stay strong and hold your ground!

Just remember the most important rule in weapon selection as I cannot stress it enough = Practice Practice Practice!!!

What would suck even more than getting undead by a zombie is getting undead by a zombie that uses YOUR weapon on YOU!

  1. denver said on January 19th, 2009 at 9:29 pm

    hi i like this post but it seems that you think that the sniper rifle is the best wepon i disagree although its a great long range wepon it has a slow fireing rate. i herd that the katana was the best wepon

  2. watchin said on February 13th, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    A high capacity, high velocity moderate size caliber is ideal. Nine Millimeter UZIs (not set to full auto) are probably the ideal choice of weaponry. The handgun forces you to be too close as does the .22 ‘sniper rifle’. If you can smell them, you are too close. The UZI is lightweight, has a 32rd. magazine of 9mm and is amazingly accurate.

  3. south said on April 12th, 2009 at 7:26 pm

    a rifle is best. Any small sub machine gun is not good for anything but close combat. You need a light rifle that has the ability to be cleaned very easy cuz you will be on the move. You need a glock 23 40 cal, a ak-47 because it can shoot in any conditions. And a pistol grip sawed off shotgun for if they get too close but if z-day ever does, happen just use what you know how to use.

  4. Banana Phone said on April 14th, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Semi-automatic rifles are you’re best bet for the inevitable zombie outbreak, I like the AR-15 series of weapons as they are extraordinarily accurate, reliable, powerful enough for zombies, and are made in a variety of calibers, especially the widely available 5.56 mm NATO. .22 LRs might not offer the penetration necessary for zombies, as there have been cases where a .22 struck a man in the head, did not penetrate, and merely stunned you. Most can also mount a scope or electronic sight which aids in head shots. They are also effective against soft targets out to and beyond 500 yards for a good marksman. AKs on the other hand are widely known as inaccurate weapons, though are fine for closer range work, however if you’re looking at a longer range shot, the AK will not do the job. If you are convinced a katana is best then you’re an entree.

  5. Die Zombie Die said on May 23rd, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    Sorry, but the Uzi is a piece of garbage prone to jams. You’ll be lucky to get off a few rounds before you’re overcome by the horde. The AR is nice for distance but an M4 carbine would be better for close quarters, and still good to at least 300yd. To stay alive, you’ll need an M4, one or two good quality 9mm with at least 4 mags each, and a snub .357 or .38 revolver as a last ditch weapon if you can’t clear jams in your M4 or 9mm. Keep the katana well.

  6. Die Zombie Die said on May 23rd, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    Hmmmm. 12 ga might be a nice choice too.

  7. See Doin said on September 5th, 2009 at 12:24 am

    I would have to agree with the AR 15 style rifles. An M4 in my mind would be worse due to the smaller barrel significantly reducing accuracy and distance. Something to keep in mind is that a .556 round is only common to the military; not so much with civilians. The .223 round wich can also be fired out of a .556 chambered can be done but with a slight accuracy penalty which can be critical when dealing with panic and shaky hands and when relying on a headshot.

    As for secondary weapons, i would disagree with a .40 S&W caliber pistol. A 9mm would make much more sense with a higher magazine capacity with very similar ballistic testing not to mention less kick and smaller rounds for when on the move.

  8. dylan said on October 1st, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    I accually think a H&K MP5 would be ideal. It is highly accuarte under full auto fire, almost never jams, is durable, has larg clips and fires a fairly large round,

  9. Trevor's thoughts. said on October 12th, 2009 at 11:50 pm

    I agree, I think the m4 would be best for traveling alone.
    but when traveling in groups you will want a wide amount of weapons that have advantages in different situations.
    like mp5, for close quarter battle, or m4/m16 to shoot before they get close to your pack where they could be a threat. but if it does get close enough the shotgunner or sub-machingunner would handle that mother fuckin’ Zombie.
    if the Days of the Undead ever come, I’m gonna invite my gun club to my car repair garage.
    it’s already reinforced with steel covers on windows and doors.
    the windows and doors and bomb proof, so I’m guessing it’s zombie proof.
    I live in the upstairs of the garage and keep a very high amount of guns there.
    I was raised to be paranoid about a ww3 or some other war like that, I have a huge garden on the roof and can have enough food to survive 3 years.
    I’d be a survivor…

    (P.S. When I mean a garage, I mean like the building of that show called The Colony. it is HUGE!)

  10. DC said on October 14th, 2009 at 12:28 am

    I find your conclusions totally off base. Rifles would be totally inadequate in a zombie attack. Handguns, not so much either. First, hitting a slow moving target in the head with a rifle at any sort of a distance is extremely difficult. Almost impossible if you are dealing with nighttime zombies. You would probably have to put in 10 rounds per undead. You will quickly run out of ammo. And remember, you must be mobile during a zombie invasion. That means you need to lug your ammo with you.

    Most handguns just don’t pack enough power. No way a 9 mm round, even to the brain is going to stop a zombie.

    The best choice is the classic. 12G shortbarrel shotgun with buck shot. Yes, you have to be close, but is it the only way for a sure kill. Recommend pump over semi-auto due to its reliability.

  11. Grifter said on October 18th, 2009 at 1:21 pm

    I think everyone in some since is right. To me caliber is not so important as the kind of round you have.( Metal jackets,hallow point, hydra shocks) but these may be hard to find on the run. But still any caliber would due. But only if you are experienced. If you can’t aim I would say shotgun due to the its easier to hit your target. And make sure it takes the 3inch round. Such as the 870 rem magnum. But over all 1 shotgun, 1 rifle (any kind), a melee, and 1 pistol. Know when the time to use each and youshould fair well.

  12. .50 BMG said on October 21st, 2009 at 2:38 am

    a 9mm will do just fine for a pistol, load it with hallowpoint and your in business, and an AR15 would be a fantastic choice, for the poor you may want to consider any millitary surplus rifles and carbines that can range from 75 to 1500 dollars, a semi automatic sks would be a fine choice for someone who wants a rifle that can shoot long range, short range and is easy to keep in good condition with millions and millions of overstocked rounds. Use what you know how to use. And DC, a 9mm has the capability to shred a brain if you know what your doing, and a headshot on a slow moving target is not too hard anywhere from 10-300 yards, even with a heavy milsurp rifle such as a mosin nagant m91/30 or mauser 98k, if you take some time and learn to shoot. its more about the marksman then the rifle. Never leave home without your combat knife/machete or even a baseball bat would do. If your in shape and have the know-how to operate your weapons then you’ll do fine. Use common sense, by the time the zombies are at shotgun range you should be getting out.

  13. Grifter said on October 21st, 2009 at 11:20 am

    Also ideally, you should have about 4 people in your team. And everyone shold know their part. There should be to people who care all the stuff, such as ammo, while they are equiped with lite arms while the other two care your firepower, and they handle MOST not all though of the killing.

  14. Ty said on October 28th, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    how can you tell that an apocalypse of zombies is even possible i mean if some hobo gets their hands on scientific technology but i doubt it. (If it happened) i would use MP5 and sword for long and short range with a chalkfull of explosives carried around by me and move somewhere cold or alone.

  15. Mikey said on November 5th, 2009 at 8:50 am

    .22 caliber is the best weapon to kill zombies!

  16. Lance said on November 16th, 2009 at 2:56 am

    No, most of you guys are way off.

    An M4 would be ideal. The ammunition is common, it has a wide variety of parts available, as well as mission-specific and personal preference attachments. It’s accurate, has great range, and can easily drop a zombie. The M4 Carbine fires in single and burst modes, and the M4A1 can fire in single or automatic. It’s light enough to be carried for quite a while, as our soldiers in Iraq know, and with common sense maintenance, it is the most reliable gun on Earth, more so than the AK-47.

    A sidearm such as a USP chambered in either 9mm or .45 would be superb. It’s reliable, accurate, easy to use. 9mm would be preferred for weight and usability. .45 might be better for up close and personal encounters. If a zombie is within pistol range, it’s too close. A .45 slug has the stopping power to knock back long enough for either a follow-up shot or for you to run.

    Any weapon chambered in a pistol round is near useless for taking out a zombie. A semiautomatic rifle is your best choice. They are designed to be accurate and powerful, and modern ones are lighter than belief.

    I would personally not carry any melee weapon other than a general purpose combat knife such as an M9 Bayonet for the M4, or something along the lines of a SCUBA knife. If you’re trained with a Katana or similar, then have it. But don’t count on it. Indoors a Katana is too large to be reasonably relied upon, and it takes significant training to be able to injure the zombie in anyway that counts. Ideally, you never want to be that close. A zombie is only lethal when it’s close. At all times you want to kill it before it can anywhere near close enough to kill you.

    For that, a shotgun would not be the best choice, especially for someone who is new to firearms. A .12 gauge kicks like a mule. However, if you are capable of carrying a full-sized (read, “not sawed off”) shotgun, in addition to your primary rifle, then by all means do. It can be your best friend when up close or defending a fixed position.

  17. Duffus McGee said on November 19th, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    30-200 yds: AR-15 .223 round is highly available, cheap to practice with, light to carry
    10-30 yds: .380 semi auto (smallest caliber that can penetrate human skull)
    Never let them get closer than 10 yds.
    I gotta agree on the shear versatility of the crowbar. It makes a hell of a mace with a bonus of prying open escape routes.

  18. J-Shellz said on November 22nd, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    i would prolly use a crowbar for cq combat….blunt end,pointed end, flathead end…..three ways to kill a zombie.

  19. ben said on November 23rd, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    a gau-19 perhaps… with someone to reload it.

  20. reaslly said on January 7th, 2010 at 11:44 am

    what about the trench knife it has brass knuckles and a knife that could easily penatrate a zombies skull tht would be my meele

  21. Zant said on January 26th, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    personally i would like something like a crow bar if you were to use a trench knife you would get tired quick and wouldnt have leverage on your side. That would be a really bad pick REASLLY

  22. Mauler 167 said on February 6th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    I think it would all depend on how fast or slow or strong the zombies are.

  23. funny zombie shirt said on March 2nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    This is a very thorough and awesome Zombie myth busting article. You nailed it!
    I like how you set aside a lot of the B.S. that so many seem to think is realistic. I think the main problem stems from the movies in which people are on “Infected” and not actually Undead. The infected may actually have what we would consider super strength, like that of someone on a heavy narcotic like PCP or other drugs that make pain levels dull and adrenaline skyrocket.
    But as gar as the actual undead go, I would tend to think that the power they have would diminish as they slowly rotted.
    great article man!

  24. Relax Max said on March 13th, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    As you know I have my own built in defense. Zombies are mostly after brains and so just push me aside.
    .-= Relax Max´s last blog ..Don’t ask, don’t tell. Ah, just don’t ask… =-.

  25. Spencer said on March 15th, 2010 at 1:20 am

    If you’re going to be a mobile zombie killer (On the Road) this is what I would use :
    Spas-12 or type of Benelli
    Crowbar or Katana
    M16 or FAL, Possibly a Steyr AUG HBAR
    No Joke Stun or Flash Grenades
    M2 Fragmention Grenades
    RU-44 or UMP .45
    Akimbo 9mm Berettas or Desert Eagle, Possibly a USP
    And Last but definetley a must have my brain!
    Hummer H2 or BMW
    Mesh covered windows
    Snow Plow
    A spike on the middle of each rim
    And All-Season All-Terrain tires, who knows where you might go.
    Also buy you’re guns before it happens because if people in you’re town know about it. The local gun store is gonna be a little crowded.
    When it happens, head to the local police station after the zombies have taken over the town because you will and always will find some useful tools in there… Also visit the local car dealer and grab the keys in the office and jack a car…
    Plus if you see military RUN LIKE HELL!!! Because they will shoot you on sight, because they want to get rid of even the undead because if they get infected more work for the President/Government
    By the Way, just cause some of the weapons are unusual civilian weapons doesn’t mean there not for sale on the BLACK MARKET!
    Please, find a few friends that will hold out with you… And sorry to say :( if they get infected… Shoot them… Good Luck to all and do not leave in you’re house the rest of you’re life because there is this out there!
    You CANNOT live in fear you’re whole life… And do not die a virgin LOL!! :)

  26. Mike Richardson said on April 25th, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    two automags, two revolvers for close
    , and a bolt action WW2 Kar 98 with a long eye reflief scope for med-long range
    and yes, finally some smart folks. i’ve been saying crowbar for years only to be laughed at and told machete. HA! as if…

  27. Richard Cranium said on June 5th, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    An AR with one long-range upper (barrel) for sniping and one short-range upper for within 100 yards along with several 30 round magazines would be ideal. A Ruger Mini 14 is a nice weapon as well for the money. Either a revolver or an auto handgun would do as a last ditch weapon as long as you have plenty of backup speedloaders or magazines and are proficient at shooting and quickly reloading. A sawed-off shotgun or legal 18″ barrel would be effective with 00 buck to temporarily knock down the zombies in really desperate situations. And don’t forget the Katana or smaller Wakazashi where stealth is required. Night vision goggles would be handy to have particularly if you have night vision scope. A .22 rifle with a silencer would be a nice addition for reconnaissance.

  28. Jake said on August 5th, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    I kind of did research on this, and i think it would be an AK. It can be fired semi or auto, its fucking indestructible, has a powerful round, and is suprisingly common in america (thank god for rednecks). To the AR15/M16/M4 fanboys who will be seen with a jammed gun in their hands being devoured, not everybody is a gun fanatic, and the AK is extremely easy to figure out. For pistols i’d go with the MK23 pistol. Reliable, and fires the .45 ACP, which is popular and powerful without being wristsnapping. If you wanted a third gun, a sawn-off pistol grip is good. I own and love the machete, so its my melee of choice. Machete FTW!

  29. Adam Bomb said on October 10th, 2010 at 10:05 pm

    Personal Preference:
    9mm Pistol, it doesn’t take a genius to hit something up to 30yds.
    5.56-7.62mm Semi-auto rifle, there is plenty of skull cracking power in these.
    12ga shotgun, go with a pump, easy to use and you get to pick between slug and shot.
    Axe or crowbar, both have great intended purposes too!

    What I Have:
    Taurus PT-92, looks, feels and operates like my handy M9 I shoot expert with in the Army. +Laser sight
    Norinco SKS, Cheap Chinese 7.62×39 semi auto, aftermarket lightweight stock, ammo is so cheap.
    Mosin-Nagant M-44, Old Ruskie Infantry rifle, 7.62x54R (What the Dragonov Sniper Rifle fires) Bolt action, lighter aftermerket stock.
    18″ Machette… Not so big you can’t wield it comfortably.

    For a novice shooter, from experience, i’d reccomend a russian military type rifle, AK47, SKS, M44, 91/30. They are way more simple and easy to care for than the M4 and M16 our military uses. A revolver is easy to clean and hard to jam, as with pump shotguns. I feel like your best bet is to pick something that you are comfortable shooting, cleaning, and, worst of all, carrying. Remember, this gun is what will save you. Make it a part of you. Avoid automatics, i believe Mr. Brooks said that too. Our military trains to shoot semi-auto, you should too.

  30. Face Goblin said on November 2nd, 2010 at 9:37 am

    In my opinion a crowbar is a poor weapon for killing zombies. The standard crowbar is a j shape with a cat’s claw at one end and a wedge on the opposing side. If striking with the crowbar one would tend to use the J side up. Problem is that the J Causes an awkward action when striking and the bar will tend to roll in ones hand, thereby downgrading the weapons forward energy. To compensate for this you would have to swing harder and probably lose balance. If using the Wedge side as the business end, you will find that again the J takes the power out of the swing as, all the weight is at the hands. I would go with a kaiser blade if i’m going with an everyday tool.
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  31. Bubba said on December 3rd, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    22mag. Lightweight. Good for all of the reasons a .22 is and it makes up for all of the .22 downfalls. I would suggest the Mossberg .22mag semiauto as bolt actions are rare. You can easily carry thousands of rounds on you and it can double as ammo for your sideam like the S&W 648 K frame. Then you have your pump 12GA slung across your back and shells in bandoleers and a matchete on your hip, non sidearm side AKA weakside

  32. Mike said on December 5th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Hmm. My choices…

    Well, An M-4 carbine. Good for head shots out to 300 yards (my shooting level. 500 yards possible, but hard) with an Elcan 1X-4X SpecterDR (good up close. good from afar. sturdy as hell). Ammo-plentiful and easy to pack a lot of.

    Glock 9mm with a few 33-round mags in pouches. Ammo-plentiful and easy to pack a lot of. I might go with the Glock 22 .40cal just because I have oodles of ammo for it. Only drawback is slightly less capacity with the new 22-round mags they make. BUT, I can suppress the .40cal and 180gr loads are subsonic in a 4 inch barrel.

    Remington 870 12 gauge. SHTF. Ammo-plentiful, great up close. I might even go with the Saiga 12. Reliable, but not even close to the 870. BUT, you get a much faster reload with a magazine fed shotgun. Either would be fine with me.

    If I wanted to get exotic I might go with a new Kel-Tec PMR-30 .22wmr pistol. 30 round mag. I have a good amount of ammo for it. Otherwise, ammo too scarce. Also exotic? Calico 9mm carbine with 100 round mag. Plenty of head-poppin’ power, high capacity, carry the same ammo for rifle and handgun.

    Last, but not least, aluminum baseball bat.

    Can’t dispute any arguments FOR a 10/22, either. I have faith in the that little guy.

  33. jr bob dobbs said on December 5th, 2010 at 10:11 pm


  34. cob said on December 16th, 2010 at 3:04 am

    I disagree about the crowbar being the most effective melee weapon. While I agree that it is an indispensable tool in the zombie world, I don’t think it is the best killing weapon. The best weapon needs to either completely obliterate the head or go straight through. A crowbar could get stuck and cause problems in a situation when speed is important.

    For verification of this point, try slamming it into a wooden crate, through a plank. See how fast you can pull it out. I recommend a spade, its light but a good 80% of its weight is concentrated in the ball on top, that will crush without too much force. It mostly takes moemntum. Additionally, often you can buy or make a spade with a blade attachment on one end. And once again, hit the plank on that crate with the spade’s hammer and tell me how hard it is to pull out.

  35. Redhead said on December 27th, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    As far as a Melee weapon is concerned I like the idea of the crow bar; but I do not think that swinging and hitting Zombie skulls with something meant to pry tires off rims is sound strategy. It has not grip and solid metal object tend to transfer vibration too well. Carry it if you want but after 3 or 4 blows your arm will be numb up to your elbow. An ax would also be unwieldy. Has anyone swung a hatchet before? It is designed for swinging and striking. It has a sharp side and a blunt side. In a pinch it can be used to pry doors, gates, windows, etc. It is also meant to be swung with one hand, leaving one hand for pistol fire or whatever. It is small and lightweight as well.

  36. LDOG said on January 1st, 2011 at 1:40 am

    I dont care what you guys think there is no “fake stuff” because no one has ever seen or fought a zombie before all we know is from the movies including the supposed “real” movies for all we know they have to be shot in the heart and do need to rest and can talk or the only way to kill them is to shoot them in the right heel we just dont know. and this idiot is full of s*** saying studys have shown what f’in studys like i said no one has seen our fought a zombie before

  37. The Savior said on January 2nd, 2011 at 12:58 am

    A .22 does require you to get somewhat close, but the bullet will most likely only pierce the skull once, and therefore ricochet around the brain. a machete would be nice to have, but their design is not meant for repeated skull bashing. All together, a .22 with another semi-automatic rifle, possibly a pistol, and a machete and/or crowbar.

  38. The Savior said on January 2nd, 2011 at 1:27 am

    Also, if you arent comfortable with getting that close with a .22, a .223 has excellent range and penetration, hardly kicks, (I’m 16 and I can shoot it with ease) and .223 ammo is one of the most abundant in North America. the disadvantage is most of the .223 guns I’ve seen are all single shot, requiring to be loaded after each shot, so you would need another, faster gun with you for closer/larger groups of Zombies.

  39. JBL said on January 24th, 2011 at 1:29 am

    OK how many of you bozo’s have even fired a gun??? Hitting a head size target at 100 yards with a rifle happens every deer season over and over (the chest cavity). I shoot 4″ groups from my 1911 at 25 yards easily on a draw and shoot. On a movingt target walking speed II can keep it at 5″, Running target braced I can probably hit ya head 1 of 2 at 25 yards. Thats iron sights, If I use the laser dot much better. somebody suggested a .380 ARGHHHH yes you can kill somebody with one but it might take a while.

    Auto Handgun calibers 10 mm or .45, the heavier the gub the less kick the more accuracy.

    Rifle I prefer a semi auto in a .30 caliber, probably an AK or mini 30 in 7.62×39

    Shotgun – Biggest you can handle a 12 gage 18″ barrell with buck only spreads about 12″ at 25 yards thats 9 pellets in a 2.75 thats 1 .38 caliber round in every 4″ “Square” there are 2-3 of these for an average sized head, so most likely a headshot would give you a minimum of 3 hits.a 3.5″ shell gives you 18 pellets so 6 hits. to the head.

    Crossbow – if you have one use it, the bolts/arrows are recoverable to some extent.

    Melee weapon – Avoid at all costs!!!!!! But if you have to ave one, train with it. Mine will be my matched set of Kali Machete blades. somewhat heavy but capable of cleaving. and a KBar.

    Also you all that plan on being mobile. Just try hoisting all that on your back and walking all day. Also what happens if you are unpacked and overrun??? there are your precious supplies in zombie town.

    Find a secure building. Concrete steel doors a usable roof. Stock up and sit out the initial problem.

    God help us if they are “Omega Man” or “I am Legion” ty[pe zombies

    If you want to play at this play, bv

  40. Corey Clayton said on January 29th, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I know this may seem stupid, but apparentaly an AK47 is very good for a medium to close range combat.

    However, if you live near or in a airfoce base during Zday, i would reccomentd steal- i mean borrowing a big truck- suv and taking one of the miniguns off of the stationed jets there.
    Also, if you happen to live near a school . i reccomend a middle school that you know well. find a room with no windows and hole up there.

  41. Corey Clayton said on January 29th, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    however, if u live near a foreign or U.S. embassy, find the armory of that buillding and use wat ammo you need.

  42. BamBamm said on February 24th, 2011 at 6:40 am

    Okay guys let me break it down for you. Ok
    1. A Katina is a difficult weapon to use it takes years to become proficient.
    2. A crowbar is NOT A FUCKING WEAPON. Sure you can bash someone in the head with it but you would have to swing it multiple times per zombie. It doesn’t have a counterweight to make it penetrate bone specifically the skull.
    3. If you cant bash a skull in with a bat in 2 swings or less than you wont make it anyway.a bat is a perfectly acceptable melee.
    4. Don’t listen to max brooks in any form as you will die and you will die fast that dude just watched way to many bad cheap zombie flicks or either just trying to get you all to die way fast.

  43. Connor said on March 19th, 2011 at 7:08 pm

    people what bullets you use dosent really matter, there dead and the majority of them will be rotting so their heads will be much easier to blow apart but even so, if you shot them in the chest it would surely destroy there body it wouldnt b =e able to support itself and it would at least force them to stagger

  44. Doug said on March 21st, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Yo Corey – Smoking a bunch of zombies with a minigun would be cool. However, you won’t get one of an USAF jet as they use the M61 Vulcan cannon (250lbs not counting the loader or the ammo). The also fire up to 6,000 round per minute so ammo could be a problem.

  45. Doug said on March 21st, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    Sorry about posting twice . . . but a couple things. When ya buy weapons, IMO, we all should be thinking long term. Like . . . what if the Zombie infection lasts for 10 years. Now if’n any of us lasted that long . . . 1) automatic weapons should be cleaned at least once a day (more if the weather is humid or ya have been slopping around in the mud) if they are to work right, i.e., not jam. Where ya gonna get gun oil 7 years after a zombie outbreak. What about parts. The automatics have more parts that manual action guns. More parts mean more breakage. Where ya gonna get parts for your slick M4 carbine? And 2) no one has mentioned long swords for close in fighting. In the middle ages a long sword was THE weapon of choice for hand to hand combat. A three foot long sword can split a scull, chop off a head, or sever a leg (to stop mobility). I swing . . . one zombie threat eliminated. Some long swords are four feet long. They can be a bit heavier but this makes it a more stand off weapon and ya avoid the possible infection of a blood shower using the longer one. Just build up your endurance by swing the sword. Finally, crossbows were the ultimate middle ages weapon. Easy to aim, powerful . . . one shot to the head. Something to consider when the ammo gets short.

  46. GenTeq Customs said on March 22nd, 2011 at 7:19 am

    (Weapons Of Choice)

    Melee: Machette or Sword

    Firearm: 9mm Pistol, 12 Gauge Pump/Auto Shotgun, AR-15/AK-47 Assualt Rifle.

    (Plans Of Action)
    ? Obtain 1st primary weapon (Melee Type Likely)
    ? Collect Supplies (Food, Clothes, Communications)
    ? Obtain Transport e.i. truck or SUV
    ? Obtain better defence (Body armor, guns, explosives)
    ? RV with other survivors/loved ones after contact
    ? Survive

    Thats about the main points of my plan.

  47. ben ruland said on March 23rd, 2011 at 5:22 pm

    Whoever rote this is crazy, a baseball bat can shatter a skull so think that i’d be able to reach the brain.

  48. zombie killer said on March 24th, 2011 at 11:41 pm

    best gun you could ever use is an aa12. just put deer slugs in the clip and there you go a fully auto killing machine

  49. Dick Butkis said on March 25th, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    If us civilians of course had legal access to any guns and ammunition was plenty, there’d be some better options. I couldn’t agree more with a semi-auto scoped .22. Ammo if plentiful, jamming is easy to fix, and it is extremely light. Not very heavy firepower, but fast and light. To accompany me I’d keep my .45 on my right and my 9mm on my left hip. If I had a car or some sort of vehicle/ good shelter I would keep an AR gun and a 12 Gauge.

  50. I RLY HATE Z0MBIEZ said on March 27th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    I agree with Die Zombie Die because Uzis ar just some pice of garbage wich gets stuck every few rounds i higly recomend a high caliber SPAS in the short quarters because of it’s abilty to take out many zombies or at least make them cripple for an execution. but for mowing them down I recomend a M16 or an ak because of they have a great fire rate

  51. I RLY HATE Z0MBIEZ said on March 27th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    i recomend also a machete as melee weapon because you can split a zombie in half for a hell fun time and about hijacking doors a shot from the SPASwill blow it easily.

  52. keith mooney said on April 29th, 2011 at 4:30 am

    im getting a GSG Ak-47 .22 rimfire rifle 10 to 30 round magazines ahahahaha im just waiting for the day i can use them against one of those ghouls ahahaha

  53. keith mooney said on April 29th, 2011 at 4:31 am

    if anyone wants to hit me up and know my plan email me

  54. Dylan Be Killin It said on May 16th, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    hey good stuff. Gave me quite a bit of advice on what weapons to use and stuff.

  55. rick said on May 20th, 2011 at 9:24 am

    i dont even think this will happen but if it did i would have a shotgun and handgun a flamthrower would be good

  56. brandon said on May 20th, 2011 at 6:38 pm

    I am going to Alaska.

  57. Bear said on May 22nd, 2011 at 9:32 am

    if i were to make a last stand the weapons id like to be at my side is a blade (since im good at it and my skills are more than capable of decapitation) pistol (side weapon for quick kill) a few grenades (simply cuz throwing one at them wont resolt into a kill and probably send them flying over at your position i wont discount this as a weapon for a last stand you know if your over run throw one to the ground and everywhere before you die) and for a main gun id like a semi-auto rifle (carbine or m14)

  58. Spoon Is An Insult said on June 1st, 2011 at 7:16 am

    I got myself a scoped, variable zoom, gas powered air rifle. Dont underestimate it. Ammo comes in boxes of a thousand, at long range it is a beastly accurate, deathly silent, super light weight and supplied with a pump.

    Won’t penetrate a skull? Hear this; Pointed Ammunition. Breaks straight through any wrong doing zombie.

    Yeah, cool, thats what i thought.

  59. zombiebetrayer said on June 4th, 2011 at 9:13 am

    I would use a slingshot to kill the zombies, deathly and silent and stones are everywere.
    A Crossbow would be nice too.

  60. christopher said on June 5th, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    i would choose surpressed dual mini uzi’s. there small caliber so the surpresser would make it more quiet than an m16 or m4 surpressed and since its dual if one breaks or jams then you have another one. Or an mp5. my reasons for suggesting an mp5 is because it shoots pistol ammo.(as it states in its name)(machine pistol 5) and we all know pistol ammo is easy to come by.

  61. z-day captain said on June 8th, 2011 at 10:23 am

    wow i would take everything besides the chainsaw when u can use that fuel for your vehicle

  62. loregan said on June 9th, 2011 at 3:53 pm

    the best way to kill a zombie is go evil dead style and twin barrel shotgun and chainsaw ha ha lets see the f**ker’s get me now and get a rpd and desert eagle for back up not that i would need them

  63. Anon said on June 16th, 2011 at 3:24 am

    The comments are filled with idiots.

    A .22LR Hornet firing rifle is your best bet.

  64. anon bystander said on June 19th, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    hmmm… my list simple
    long ranged stabbing weapon easily achieved by milling a hole through a solid wooden pole e.g oak or pine preferable. then attaching kitchen blade not the whole thing just the blade using a nail and the milled holes to holster the blade fixed. then id seal it with glue that solidifies like poly filler or better (metal putty) once dried nice ranged stabbing weapon quiet and easy to wield, more importantly, a nail gun that uses co2 canisters using a screwdriver to allow more pressure through the valve making an extremely quiet and accurate hand gun, motorbike Kevlar vest, paintball neck guard and kitchen metal mesh gloves. I’m sure I wont be heard or stopped, plan of movement is to keep the upper ground and move possibly building to building via roof / balcony / alleyway. more desperate using manhole covers.

  65. a real adult said on June 20th, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    ok. This is going to sound a little crazy….but hear me out. How about we concern ourselves with the state of our lives now rather than the state of some kinetomortapheilial fantasy realm where we get to kill things for fun…. Here is brass tacks. killing to survive is no fun. you will literally be running and gunning for your life. If this somehow does happen then I am sure that none of you are going to survive….. a co2 nail gun? are you frackin serious?? the skull is a much harder thing to penetrate. by the time you raise that six pound contraption up to get a shot from 8 inches maximum, you are going to be joining the mass of …ZOMBIES!!<,.> go back to enjoying your video games and kill all the nazi zombies your heart desires. and please leave the Real Killing to people who have been trained to do so.

  66. Zedkiller22 said on June 20th, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    i would use a slingshot i have some practice with it , no problem geting ammo;
    my good old thrusty 10 inch metal spick blade;
    and ballbearings as slingshot ammo(besides rocks)

  67. kenanK said on June 22nd, 2011 at 12:46 pm

    Ok what I would do is go to the coast and get into a light house on the winding metal staircases make a draw bridge by using a thermal lance then only go get weapons. But have my trusty katana by my side(I’m a 6 years trained black belt kendo master and I do kendo for my state team. Then I would go to the nearest plant nursery and get all the small vegetables and fruit plants I can get . Then I would raid the trusty hard ware store and get a 100m of razor wire and place it at the perimeter
    Of the light house but put signs up saying beware razor wire streached around perimeter door around back entrance and then place more wire at the back so no1 can get through( I’ve only got enough food for my family and my friends nd all the hot chicks I cn save). Grab a few lengths of rope and some nails so when the zombies get through I can make a trip wire and when they trip they will pierce their skulls and brains on these nails. Go to the army barracks and steal a few claymores so when zombies step into my sandpit of death they will step and die:D and then I would grab a few generators and steal a full fuel truck and create a pump system that delivers it to the top of the lighthouse.

    Now that preparations are done I can find all the beef jerky in the land and take it all.
    Then I would get all the soft drinks and water possible and. Then wait for it all to die down (pun intended) and then. Build a system of rope bridges so create an escape route and then I will get my Barett 50′C nd just snipe to my hearts content:D

    Oh nd guys feel free to use this method

    Kenan karavoussanos awesome tactician of zombie warfare

  68. skirata said on June 27th, 2011 at 11:32 am

    did you really just say semiautomatic rifles are a bad idea? With a good one such as a [roperly made M16A4 you can easily hit out to 800 yeards and carry plenty of ammo. because stopping power would be unnecessary for dealing with zombies the small caliber and high velocity of 5.56 NATO wouldn’t be an issue.

    Also .22 rimfire sounds great but is horrible in practice. the rimfire cartrige the most prone to misfire and malfunction due to inherent low manufacturing standards. you notice it more with a .22 pisto, than a rifle but it’s not uncommon to get a jam at least once every 5 clips.

    .22 is also notorious for not always penetrating the skull, especially if it hits at the brow ridge. the bullet will often deflect and tear the skin around the skull without ever penetrating the brain cavity.

    My reccomended loadout would be a colt AR15 variant either chambered in 5.56 or 7.62 as these are very common rounds, a backup pistol either chambered in 9mm or .45, semiautomatic of course, and a melee weapon you are comfortable with. I would choose a katana as it takes less energy to swing and has had thousands of years of design and innovation to make it better as a killing instrument, mostly against lightly armored or unarmored targets.

  69. master mark said on July 10th, 2011 at 12:06 am

    I have always thought of a zombie invashion even though im only twelve. I would grab a 12 gadge shotgun, machette, and my all time favorite a big friken revolver. Also if you think that just because im twelve that I would die well think again becase I already got these weapons at my house. So when the time comes and you see a amazing twelve year old boy walking in the middle of the street killing evey undead flesh eater in sight then will see. d:/ yea!

  70. master mark said on July 10th, 2011 at 12:12 am

    12 gadge shotgun, machette, and revolver.

  71. master mark said on July 10th, 2011 at 12:13 am

    even though im only twelve i will not die untill ive lived through it all.

  72. Louis said on July 10th, 2011 at 1:12 am

    I don’t get it. The comments clearly show that people are too focused on fire arms, when in their attempts to make a good argument, they show just how unfocused they are.

    First weapon would be a (preferably) multi-purposed utility item; urban/suburban= crowbar/ hammer. Woodlands/Marshes = machete/ entrenching tool. Learn to use them properly= useful for other things then wackin’ Z’s; perfect… A side arm (handgun) shouldn’t even be necessary; (why carry 2 kinds of ammo, let alone another gun?) A rifle is Ideal; either hunting for food (if necessary) or ghoul-shooting. a round that can penetrate the skull is all you need, but hunting for game may require a bit more punch. But weight is an issue that can slow you down and kill you. A .22 would be adequate for just those reasons. semi-auto is acceptable to those who can maintain it and have the discipline to not simply take pot-shots like a moron. Either way, killing the undead is only the second-to last step, and from the looks of it, in the unlikely chance this scenario come to face, most of you (and maybe even I) will never make it past step one. Mostly because I’m ill-prepared, and we’re all too short-sighted to even solve the simplest of problems. Whoever considered travel via car, power tools as weapons, military-grade, full auto weapons, and luxury-class weapons are good as dead.

  73. The Man in Gray said on July 14th, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    I do hope you realize that president Ronald Reagan was once shot in the leg with a .22LR without realizing it until later that day. Just saying, so all of you with air rifles, slingshots, and .22′s won’t be surprised when the adult human skull really is .71 inches of organic calcium deposit. Unless you are really amazing and can hit an eye socket one-for-one, you are all screwed. You might be able to carry more ammo, but even a 9mm Luger classic submachine round takes a couple tries to penetrate the cranuim from a distance of over ten feet in the field. Your best bet will be a 7.62x39mm (Your basic LMG and assault rifle ball round) of some sort, and a reliable model at that. Try to get a couple hi-cap mags while you’re at it. Look this up and get it now; there won’t be time to sit around and chat. “Oh, hey, zombie dude, wasn’t expecting you. Wait here for an hour while I run to the nearest Guns and Ammo so I can kill you when i get back.” Not gonna happen. Also, you won’t be able to carry an effective number of buckshot rounds to last one day on your person. Shotguns = bad idea in the long run, machetes have a nasty habit of getting lodged in bone matter unless you’re a frikkin King Arthur who beheads people with one go. Which you cannot do so give up. Revolvers: let me just point out the twenty precious seconds of time that are lost with every reload on those things. After six shots, you’re basically screwed.

  74. zombiebait said on July 20th, 2011 at 12:37 am

    Hey just wanted to say that all you people using slingshots/.22′s are going to be screwed when your weapon wont even pierce the zombies skull:P you would be better off with a semi-auto carbine like the kel tec sub 2000, which uses the same ammunition as most standard issue pistol caliber’s ie: 9mm lugar and .40cal S&W. Making it really easy to find some extra ammo in the event of a zompocolypse. As for a close range weapon i would have to go with a sturdy, sharp hatchet. It’s great for piercing a zombies skull plus it has many more practical uses for survival as well. and the total weight of these two weapons is way less than 1 shotgun or machine gun while also being more efficient. Hope this helps some people when Z-day is finally here:)

  75. Doom134345 said on July 20th, 2011 at 9:39 am

    The best .22 rimfire is the ISSC MK22 SCAR clone. it looks badass, has a large tactical Weaver rail on the top, of the barrel shroud, and continuous on the reciever cover. and with an optional 30-rnd clip, you will have plenty of bullets to fill the brain of the undead. the MSRP is around $550 and it is an extremely good zombie weapon. Did I mention it is made in austria?

  76. Christian said on July 24th, 2011 at 1:13 am

    Gonna have to go with my Marlin Model 60 Rimfire 22 lr, with subsonic rounds, (for accuracy and lessen sound) It has an aftermarket fold able draganov sniper stalk, and a suppressor. This makes it quieter than a BB gun but accurate out to 175 yards… however need A soft tissue hit, like eye socket or sinus cavity for a zombie kill shot at that distance. Closer for skull penetration.

    Kewl thing is, I can then switch to my side arm, which is a suppressed 22lr pistol. 15 rounds, multiple magazines, and dead silent. Neither of these two weapons would draw any undue attention.

  77. James said on July 28th, 2011 at 12:53 pm

    my plan is truck, shotgun, machette, and canada

  78. Ultimax 03 said on August 5th, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    Hey! guys the best way to do is to turn on your radio and dance like “TRILLER“ from michael jackson ^^ XD: hahaha! definitely they will dance w/you because its there favorite song.

  79. Lance said on August 6th, 2011 at 2:07 am

    i want homemade weapons we dont have a chainsaw :’(

  80. Behind You said on September 1st, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    I’d do with a .308 Winchester with a simple hunting scope, a simple machete, a survival/hunting knife, and a crowbar for long term- survival purposes. The .308 is common cartridge with a lot more punch than the .22, but the rifle itself isn’t much heavier than the .22. The .308 can hunt medium game, the .22 is a varmint gun caliber. The machete is for eliminating troublesome zombies in close range. The crowbar, for that and for breaking into places and things.

    Short term survival-wise, I’d like an M16-family assault rifle with selective fire (semi or fully auto).

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