Well, I am a coward and would probably run away. If forced to fight do not give me an automatic weapon, as I would most certanly have emptied within five minutes of receiving it. What you should give me is either a pistol or a sword.
Simply put. The easiest way possible. That also means the cheapest. Avoidance is the best answer but not always conceivable. Some one said a sniper rifle (Dakota prout at the very top). That is a common miss conception. Sniping is great but it is extremely hard. I think Dakota is kinda speaking out of ignorance. "Just put the cross hairs on 'em and then pull the trigger". WRONG! "Shoot 'em in the head!" WRONG!!! (unless of course this is the ONLY I MEAN ONLY way they will go down.) A head shot at 200 yards is hard enough. Then ad in wind, temp, elevation, bullet drop factor, the fact that your zombie is not stable and unpredictable.... etc. etc. Unless this person is an avid hunter and knows his/her shit then I say use something else. Shot gun is the best all around weapon.
Unlike a 'SNIPER RIFLE' (YUCK) where you only get 4 maybe 5 shots plus you have to carry around all that heavy ammo and hope that your zombie doesn't surprise you close up i say get yourself a nice automatic shotgun with illuminated sight posts and speed re-loaders in the but stock. The ammo is cheap the weapon is cheap and easy to maintain and if a zombie sneaks up just point and shoot. You dont have to be accurate. If the zombie is far away then LEAVE IT ALONE!!!
I have one of my own sniper rifle. I have a Hawa 300 win mag. with a scope. This think will drop a bear, moose and a zack (Zombie). Dont get me wrong sniper rifles have their place, but not in the streets going door to door looking for supplies. It is in defense of your fortified position. Then the distance is known (You can mark it out and set up range indicators), you can figure out the wind and the bullet drop, and elevation are always the same also the angle of the shot is always the same. THAT is where you want and need your sniper rifles not out on the streets thinking its easy. You'll end up one of them due to running out of ammo, in the middle of a re-load or you'll just miss all the time and get frustrated. Plus you'll be a burden and an embarrassment to your 'squad'. IF YOUR SQUAD IS SURROUNDED YOU BETTER GET IN THERE AND FIGHT! Not prancing off in the distance with your ill-equipped sniper rifle wetting yourself being glad that it isn't you thats surrounded. btw who's going to get your back if YOU get surrounded. Think about that Dakota prout. Again i speak out of ignorance this Dakota prout could know their shit....but i'm guessing he/she does not.
Handguns are a great last resort. I prefer a .40 cal hollow point since it has amazing stopping power and holds more rounds than a .45 and the stopping power difference is minimal but you get another 4 or 5 shots wit a .40 cal. make sure they are hollow points. They do more damage to the brain and other body tissue.
But if and WHEN the zack attack happens a baseball bat is easiest then just use that.
Kyle, you didn't explore the plusses and minusses of bombs. Why don't you go into how to use various types of incendiaries for those of us who prefer more bang for our buck. Rifles, shotguns, and hand guns are great, but let's deal with groups. Please and thank you :)
when the occasional zack group comes though, usually they are taken with a .237 from the AR if at a distance or the double barrel if they get in close in the evenings.
Arrows with field points are used often for the slower, singular zacks to save ammo, and reuse arrows.
Up here in the woods, my group (4 total, brother, wife, friend.). has a small garden and employ canning for most supplies, so going door to door is not something that we do.
How would I kill a zombie would have to depend on the situation and what type of weapons I have, obviously. I will list:
CQC: Katana (Perferably) or a machete
CQB: Shotgun, hands down, I don't care what type; point and shoot. Probably 00 buck or better yet, Deer slugs or might even use my trusty .45 caliber handgun.
Medium-range: Would probably use a P90 for its incredible 5.7 rounds because from this range you'd have to take the slow down of a bullet in account; .45 bullets would lose most of their stopping power from this range.
Long-range: I know someone might say sniper, but no, much too hard for anyone like me, who hasn't used a sniper to do any good with. So, in a long-range scenario if running or finding an alternate route wasn't an option I'd probably go with an even smaller round like the 5.56 from an M-16/Ar-15 variant.