- Shotgun. Unless you are a marksman, then a shotgun is the firearm for exploding zombie skulls. The stress of close quarters combat necessitates a shotgun to allow for the enormous margin of error required to actually hit your target. No matter if you choose a pump or semi-automatic action on your shotgun, be sure to include a side saddle for reloading. Shotguns have a notoriously low ammo capacity.
- Edged Weapons. The perennial favorite is the machete, which comes in a variety of flavors and sizes. Pick one that is easy to carry and easy to access in an emergency, since the machete should not be your primary defense. Even quality made Gerber knives make great secondary weapons in your fight for survival; well-placed steel is the perfect, silent kill when zombies are hunting you. An uncommon, but useful edged weapon is the axe. A large axe is a formidable weapon, but think about a small combat axe that is easy to keep within reach.
- Crossbow. For the first week of the zombie apocalypse, a crossbow may seem a strange choice for defending against the walking dead. Wait until you run out of shotgun shells. The crossbow is an accurate weapon and is the perfect option when silent kills are required. It is far easier to master than the traditional bow and is a sustainable option for the zombie apocalypse. If anyone watches The Walking Dead you have seen Daryl use this and he has killed a lot of Zombies.
- Other Firearms. While a shotgun is the preferred choice, there are endless options in firearms for defense against zombies. Assault rifles come to mind, and they are quite powerful and can be effectively used at long ranges. For close quarters, pistols may be a better option. Whatever the choice, be sure to select firearms with large capacity magazines and easily obtained ammunition. Stopping power is a further consideration; think Dirty Harry and large caliber handguns.
- Blunt Weapons. For the final line of defense, nothing beats a solid wood bat in your hands. Bats are cheap, easy to carry and quick to grab and start swinging. Wood or aluminum is the enduring argument. Wood may be the better choice in the long term, but aluminum does have a nice ring against the desiccated skull of a zombie. These are backup weapons only, though they certainly have a place in any armory for the zombie apocalypse.
By Guest Poster: Annabelle Smyth