I would say the best weapon at least for me any way would be a sig 2022 9mm pistol with an MP5 with a collapsible stock, that way i would have interchangeable ammo between my primary and secondary weapons. but its funny how people are always saying AK47 and 50 cals and huge caliber weapons because i don't know how many actually shoot guns but a 22 caliber will break the human skull there is no need to use a .357 or a 50 cal i mean its just over kill plus they are a lot slower to shoot
I agree, but the idea is to have weapons that capture all ranges. If you have a rifle such as the M16 or M4, both excellent weapons in short and long range, there are additions to those rifles that include things such as scopes and 40mm grenade launchers. something like that would come in very handy.
I believe a great secondary handgun would be one of the versions of the mini desert eagle, if not a desert eagle itself. The weapon has such power and you won't have to worry about whether you were close enough for that .22 to actually penetrate the skull. All those stories you hear about people being shot in the head have one thing in common. They were shot with a .22 from a distance.
Your melee weapons need to include a short and long range attack as well. You want to do your best at keeping Zs as far away as possible, so I'd recommend nothing short of an 18" machete. Modern swords can be great too, especially with the newer chemicals that bond with the metal making it easier to maintain its sharpness longer without having to take a grindstone everywhere with you....
In all honesty a good Semi Auto .22 Rifle you get a pretty good distance on that thing, Its light, easy to use, and Pretty common ammo, That with a 410 shotgun for the close range and maybe a 9mm for close quarters in buildings a shotgun is good for close range sure....but you try clearing a corner with it without keeping yourself open
If your going to use a shotgun, .410 would most definitely be the worst choice. You'd be much better served with a 20 or 12 gauge, because buckshot and slugs are often readily available at most stores that stock ammunition. .410 slugs and buckshot are a rarity mainly because there isn't a huge use for it. I knew a guy who took a few pellets to the chest of .410 birdshot and went home to take care of it himself. Probably not the best idea on his part, but this just shows how lethal it is.
Well really, there are four things to consider when chossing a weapon:
1.it depends on how you define zombies. Max Brooks, one source, actually stated that zombies take one akward step every 1.5 seconds. That's slow, easy to headshot. If they run, or whatever, then that's a lot harder to deal with. Also, depending on how clumsy they are, you might literally grab a pencil and shove it up a zombie's eye socket with your palm (a tactic I've practiced before), or just knock it over with a shove.
2. Zombie killing. How well does it kill a zombie? Classic definition of Zack is that you need to damage the brain. Any well-aimed firearm or a powerful melee weapon can do that.
3. People killing. In disasters, people become greedy, selfish, and only look out for themselves. You may need to kill a person sometime. In this case, most melee weapons become more viable, while only some firearms are perfectly reliable. 9mm, 5.56 or birdshot will be substandard compared to so-called 'less effective' zombacolypse cartridges.
4.Practical application. Is it portable, easy to find, won't jam/break, easy to use (or learn to use)? Does it have any other use? (crowbar being the most obvious example, while high-powered rifle and shotgun cartridges can be used for hunting, and farming tools and shovels also obvious.)
Me? Any handgun in .40 S&W. .45 ACP is the most deadly handgun cartridge in the world, but has obvious drawbacks when used in any non-human-combat role, so .40 is my next choice. I live near Mexico, however, so maybe I could get an FN Five-seveN. That'd be my first choice.
Having the best weapon in the world does absolutely no good without the proper training. Sure, an M-4 with every tactical mod you can find looks cool, but can you actually use it? What happens when the batteries on your optical sight die? M-4s, or anything based off of the AR-15 platform are prone to jam. Do you know how to clear it? Do you know how to clean it in such a manner that would make a jam less likely? Knowing where to find ammo for it helps things out as well.
People like to talk about the reliability of the AK-47, but how many actually plan on making a headshot with one? It's a notoriously difficult weapon to maintain accurate, rapid fire with.
Shotguns are very effective for killing things, but there in itself is a whole new world of confusion for the uninitiated. Birdshot is easy to find in large quantities, but probably won't punch through a skull. Buckshot is general sold in smaller quantities, but will without a doubt put down a zombie at close range. It also comes with a fair bit of recoil. You also have to take into things like ammo capacity, choke tubes, shell length (certain gas powered weapons are not fond of 2 and 3/4 inch shells, but the action will break if you try and use a 3 and 1/2 inch magnum rounds) into account.
Bottom line, whatever weapon you use, make sure you know it. It'd be a damn shame to have to kill you because you didn't know what you were doing.
MR. WIIIIIIIIILLLLLLLLSOOOOOOON! Alright, sorry, I couldn't resist. I agree with your statement. A lot of people talk about having the most up to date weaponry (Or more modern firearms if you wish) loaded down with large amounts of tech. The truth is, that such people are making a grievous thinking error. On Z-Day, you've got what you've got and that's it. Survivors may wander around enough to find supplies here and there, but the only thing you can COUNT on finding is what is in your bug-out-bag. That said, folks can talk all they want about having the most up-to-date Tech laden weaoponry that money can buy but I'll be taking my trusty lever action 30-30 and a revolver. Not even some high end revolver, a Ruger GP-100. Why? Because replacement parts for each weapon are easier to find than those for a semi-auto and I expect to find precious few replacement parts for such firearms in any case. Both weapons are dependable and easier to maintain on the fly than many other types of firearms.
In a nutshell, forget all the high Tech, polymer injected, super-tech firearms and go with something readily available, dependable, easy to maintain, lower tech and realistic. If you give most people a Bushmaster AR-15 they will be able to fire it until it's first jam and then it's primary use will be as a club...and even that won't be that great a club since modern firearms are composed of many plastic peices so the majority of the weight is in the upper reciever where the metal parts are ensconced.
that's why I like my good old .357 Colt Python and .308 Parker Hale, they haven't jammed yet, lots of parts for them and their not as complicated as some semi-automatic. and the Colts so heavy I could use it as a club if I some how run out of bullets.