As retired military....I've had the good fortune to have had the opportunity to "play" with a lot of really cool toys in both peace and war time. Being an avid shooter I've managed to collect a fair number of tools that feed on the following calibers: .22lr to .38spl, 9mm, .357, .45acp, 5.56mm (.223), 30-30, 7.62x39mm, 7.62x51mm (.308), 7.62x54R, 7.62x63mm (30-06), 8x57mm (8mm), 12 gauge, 20 gauge, .50BMG, and .50 caliber black powder-flintlock.
In addition I have a Bear Compound Bow, a Crossbow, and a 1200fps pellet/bb rifle. As a result of my past SCA experience I also have a fully functional 9th Century Viking Broadsword (by Hanwei Tinker) and a Katana. Yes I actually did study Kendo during my wholly misspent youth. I also have several axes, hatchets, machetes, bush knives, crowbars, pry bars, a chainsaw, along with numerous hammers ranging from fender and tack hammers up to blacksmithing hammers and a 25 lb sledge. All of the above tools I am more than comfortable and proficient with should the need arise. Oh...I forgot to mention the fireplace poker, yeah - I suppose I could smack a few heads with that.
As to which one I'd use.....hmmmmm whatever was the proper tool for the immediate need. Push come to shove I'd probably grab my G-19 with several "happy sticks", the AK-47 side folder - both are absolutely reliable! Not sure which sword I'd grab they are both wicked. For sure a machete as it's a very handy tool and also my Sig Mosquito....it has a threaded barrel and could very quickly be a very quiet tool in the PAW.
On a bit of a more serious note.
Concerning the bow, I can see both sides of the use if this the earliest form of homicidal projectiles in the dark days to come but truly don't the cons out weight the pros lets break it down.
The Pros: I can see the helpful quality's of the bow quick,quiet,and easy to retrieve or in so cases create or improvise ammo, Light weight, accurate in the hands of someone who can use it, axes the fear of using it to hunt in fear of wasting ammo (given proper sanitizing of the arrows.) with a list like this It's hard to say no to the bow. now before we move to the cons lets take a look at the average zombie (Zed).
The Zombie(Zed): What is the best way to kill one?.....Thats right sour punch straw..oh sorry I mean destroy the brain.
Beyond this nothing truly works and not just hitting the brain no complete destruction. Even a human can survive if a part of the brain is removed in the posses of a lobotomy so to truly kill a zed you must eradicate the majority brain. With that in mind we move on the the cons.
The Cons: In the hands of a pro some of these might not count but I'm talking a true pro not a person who has bow hunted a few dozen times.Firstly think how small the human head is now cut off everything below the part the houses the brain a small target given its what you must hit to kill a zed. In inexperienced hands to hit a moving target that small wont above and beyond difficult and minds you you must destroy the brain hit them in the chest, the leg,the mouth wont matter they'll keep coming. Secondly lets look at the arrow a small shaft of wood made to hit major organs heart, stomach, head(not an organ I know) but anyway the arrow is truly accurate projectile but it's to a fault making a clean hole much different then the one left by a ballistic round. You hit a non-vital part of the brain a zed will not go down.
In conclusion: The bow in my respect is only a good weapon to prey that can feel but for a beast that only has one way to kill it I would explore different avenues of defense......Like the feared sour punch straw...or a duck.
well i have a compound bow that a shoot in the backyard everyday, plus i have this bad boy, the judge, which i have practiced on the closet analogue i could find to a human skull, a coconut.
That is in dead island!
I carried a m4 in the army for 4 years. I was briefly(7 months) saddled with carrying a M249. The name lite machine gun is not the words I would use to describe that bastard, especially when your carrying a 80-120lbs ruck on your back. I personally own two AR15's, one AK47, multiple hunting rifles, and over 20 pistols some given to me, others bought. My favorite of choice to carry would be my Sig P226 in .40 caliber or my 9mm. I have a glock, but I really like the way the p226 performs. In our platoon the commanding officer wanted every man to be able to operate the M2 Browning .50 caliber.
If it is being used by the US military currently, I have shot it, or seen it operate enough to fire it myself. Also, on a personal note. If you have firearms training, and experience there shouldnt be many firearms you cant figure out. Most firearm function is simple, by choice so almost anyone with some knowledge can figure it out.
katana, bacause don´t have to reload... no bullet!!