When all hell breaks loose, when the widespread pandemic of flesh-eating zombies is at your doorstep, clawing and possibly gnawing on remnants of the hottie next door, you will not have time to pick and choose what weapons you deem to be the most efficient zombie killing tools.
Ideally, you have already prepared, having trained your mind and body (see Conditioning), and assembled your bug out bag and survival gear in a position of easy access.
1. Stealth Capabilities
Large caliber weapons may give you the confidence and reassurance in your firepower that you’re looking for, but consider the advantage of a weapon that will not give away your position to other zombies. Loud noises attract zombies. The louder the gunfire, the larger the radius is of incoming zombies. When choosing a gun, consider silencing capabilities.
2. Availability of Ammunition & Magazine Size
Your ultimate goal is to put down/ kill zombies by way of decapitation (separating the head from the body) or otherwise destroying the zombie brain or brain stem (where the infection or control center of the zombie is housed). Choosing the right weapons is not necessarily about choosing the ones that will inflict the most damage.
A crossbow or bow and arrow may be ideal for the first variable, but what about the availability of arrows in the zombie apocalypse. If you have made friends with your inner caveman, no problem…just make your own, but if you’re like most of us you may need to simply focus on magazine size and the popularity/availability of the rounds for that gun.
Also, how many rounds can your magazine hold?
A shotgun, though it may sound like a zombie-devastation-machine, requires consistent reloading…and reloading in the middle of a high-threat zombie strike could make the difference between life and unlife.
3. Ease of Carry
Consider the weight and barrel length of the weapon and whether or not it would be ideal for traveling. A 5 lb. weapon will feel like 30 lbs. after a day’s travel on foot, whereas a 2 lb. weapon may only feel like 10 lbs. The weight of your weapon will affect the efficiency of your travels and your stamina.
4. Variety of Long Range, Short Range and Melee Weapons
Always be ready to handle all attack scenarios, from short range to long range and even melee attacks. Carefully consider at least one weapon to combat each range.
5. Skill & Strength Requirements it.
TOP 5 L0NG RANGE WEAPONS FOR KILLING ZOMBIES
The information below has been collected by Zombie Slayer Special Forces and hardcore zombie survivalists from across the world.
To identify and familiarize yourself with a variety of long range weapons and more specifically, rifles, one must also become familiar with that weapon’s inherant traits. These traits include weapon characteristics, availability, versatility, ergonomics, and ammunition availability.
Now imagine the zombie apocalypse is upon us, and consider these variables:
Survivalists, arm yourselves with thoughtful consideration. Familiarize yourself with versatile weapons that have more than one use…and when that moment of action strikes, don’t be scared to pull the trigger!
Below are the top 5 best long range weapons for killing zombies and surviving the zombie apocalypse :
#1 M-16/M-4 Carbine Service Rifle / AR-15 (civilian)
#2 Remington 597 – .22 Long Rifle/ .22-270
#3 Remington M700 – .30-06 x 150gr./7.62x57mm
#4 Dragunov Sniper Rifle
OTHER RIFLES WORTH MENTIONING:
SKS – 7.62 x 39mm
Barrett M82 50 Cal Sniper Rifle
Remington M24 Sniper Rifle Weapon System
MOST COMMON RIFLE ROUNDS:
THE AK-47: A BRIEF HISTORY & EVOLUTION OF THE AK VARIANTS
The AK-47, arguably the most iconic assault rifle, with its characteristic curve of the Kalashnikov magazine, made its first appearance as far back as World War II. The 47 in its name indicates the year of its invention. The A stands for the Russian avtomat or automatic, and the K represents the last name of the inventor.
Lieutenant General Mikhail Kalashnikov (Kalishnikov was only 22 years old when he and his team invented the AK-47).
Invented with the honorable intention of protecting his country and removing one of the biggest threats the world has ever known, the AK-47 has since been taken by the hands of rebels and terrorists for slaughter and abuse.
AKM | AK-74
In the initial stages of production by the Soviets, they encountered difficulties manufacturing the stamped sheet metal receiver and substituted it for a heavier machined receiver. In 1959, the AKM (or modernized) AK began production.
Modernized in three ways, the actual AKM featured the originally intended sheet metal receiver, an angled muzzle brake on the end of the rifle barrel to compensate for muzzle rise under recoil, and a hammer retarder to prevent the weapon from firing out of without the bolt being completely closed, through rapid or automatic fire.
AK-101 | AK-102
Additional variants followed — the AK-101, which is an AK-74M style engineered to be used with the 5.56×45 cartridge. The AK-101 has a 16-inch barrel with an AK-74 style muzzle brake attached to the barrel to control muzzle rise.
The AK-102 would be a far more modernized version of the AK-101 with a shortened carbine and a foldable stock, which is hollow, allowing a field kit to be stored inside. The magazines are made out of plastic, and it fires 5.56x45mm ammunition. It can also fit a GP-25 grenade launcher.
The AK-102, AK-104 and AK-105 are the designations given to the more compact carbine variants of the AK-10X rifle series, firing the 5.56 x 45 mm NATO, 7.62 x 39 mm M43 and 5.45 x 39 mm M74 rifle rounds respectively. These carbines differentiate themselves from the normal rifles of the series in that they have much shorter barrels, only 314mm in length.
The AK-103, a variant of the AK-101 firing 7.62x39mm M43 rounds, is in limited service with selected units in the Russian army – the AK-74M still held as the main Russian assault rifle of the Russian Federation.
It is for this reason that we expect the AK-47’s next chapter in human history to be one not of human conflict or terrorism, but as a driving force behind mankind’s victory over the zombie war to come.
More AK-type rifles have been produced than all other assault rifles combined (the type 4A/B Stamped AKM receiver being the most-used design in the construction of the AK-series rifles).