Topic: Cap Howdy's Big British Zombie Survival Shopping List

As mentioned in a previous thread we Brits are limited in our weapon choices if the dead rise.
So here's my pick of easily available and, best of all, legal weapons.
By easily available I mean they can be bought without a license and not that you can pick them up in Asda.

Section 1: Melee Weapons
Most of these have been chosen with an eye to dual purpose. They're not just for taking out Z-Heads they can also be used when foraging for supplies ie. gaining entry to cars or buildings.

The trusty Pickaxe Handle.
Decent range and plenty of heft. Made of fibreglass for ease of cleaning.
http://s7g3.scene7.com/is/image/ae235?$p$&layer=0&size=281,281&layer=1&size=281,281&src=ae235/82365_P

The ever reliable Wrecking Bar
3 feet of solid steel. Heavy but powerful. Handy for opening skulls and doors.
http://s7g3.scene7.com/is/image/ae235?$p$&layer=0&size=281,281&layer=1&size=281,281&src=ae235/74752_P

Short Utility Bar
Lightweight but effective. Strong enough to crack a cranium.
http://s7g3.scene7.com/is/image/ae235?$p$&layer=0&size=281,281&layer=1&size=281,281&src=ae235/58202_P

8" Prybar
Only really useful as a last ditch defense but still a handy backup.
http://s7g3.scene7.com/is/image/ae235?$p$&layer=0&size=281,281&layer=1&size=281,281&src=ae235/37748_P

3 1/2lb Axe
It's a frikkin big axe. You can figure it out.
http://s7g3.scene7.com/is/image/ae235?$p$&layer=0&size=281,281&layer=1&size=281,281&src=ae235/58707_P

Short Axe
Small and lightweight if you practice you can learn to throw it.
http://s7g3.scene7.com/is/image/ae235?$p$&layer=0&size=281,281&layer=1&size=281,281&src=ae235/74918_P

And last but not least the classic 3lb Lumphammer.
Heavy enough to crush a skull but light enough to swing all day. Powerful enough to smash through a brick wall.
http://s7g3.scene7.com/is/image/ae235?$p$&layer=0&size=281,281&layer=1&size=281,281&src=ae235/35739_P


Section 2: Ranged Weapons

Yes here's the bit you didn't expect, killing zombies at a distance.
Our options are limited but not non-existent.

Pistol Crossbows
Legal but low powered these little beauties can still penetrate from medium range.
http://www.pellpax.co.uk/acatalog/Standard80.jpg

Full sized Crossbows
Yes you too can emulate Darryl.
http://www.pellpax.co.uk/acatalog/Armex_Jaguar_150Kit1.jpg

And don't forget you'll need LOT'S of ammo.
http://www.pellpax.co.uk/acatalog/Armex_20_CB_Alloy.jpg
http://www.pellpax.co.uk/acatalog/Armex_ABS_PCB_Bolts.jpg

So there you have it, we're not totally boned after all.

Re: Cap Howdy's Big British Zombie Survival Shopping List

Not bad, my best weapon I actually own is a machete and a pair of hedge shears. I have a couple hammers, kitchen knives and other various tools also.

Fun list, what about chainsaws? They pretty scarce on your side of the pond?

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Not scarce at all but there's a reason lumberjacks wear special protective clothing. Those things are just as dangerous to the user. One slip and you're pre-sliced zombie chow.

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I have one similar to this.  Multipurpose tool, dangerous to use as a weapon.
http://www.outinstyle.com/Merchant2/graphics/products/detail/RCO-3253_d.jpg

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Chainsaws are unpredictable when hitting hard stuff, my dad hit a metal staple in a tree, chainsaw kicked back and cut his nose more of less off. Tough man walked back a mile and changes clothes and drove himself to the hospital. In a zombie apocalypse, that may be a bit harder though. Chainsaw would be a last resort in my eyes, to many pins and other medical implants these days.

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^^^^ Yeah, that. wink

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Cap Howdy wrote:

Not scarce at all but there's a reason lumberjacks wear special protective clothing. Those things are just as dangerous to the user. One slip and you're pre-sliced zombie chow.

<< country boy here, I was about 14 when I learned to use a chainsaw, of-course that was to cut fire wood...you make a good point. Wielding a chainsaw during a zombie attack could be quite dangerous to the user as well I suppose.

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How to make Dinner with your chainsaw...


http://i854.photobucket.com/albums/ab101/DirtyGirlMovies/chainsaw-1.jpg

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^^
Never saw that trick before.  Impressive, DG!

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During world war 2 the Home Guard were issued various pieces of advice for what to do in case of invasion. Some of the ideas were patently ridiculous but some had merit.
One particular idea stuck in my mind and I think it could turn out to be useful for dealing with zombies.
They were advised to string taut piano wire at roughly head height for a motorcyclist to decapitate them.
So what if, you did the same thing but at head height for a walker? They're not renowned for their thinking abilities so they'd hit the wire and keep pushing. If a crowd developed the force would keep decapitating the front row.
It's not a perfect idea but it would certainly thin the herd.

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I think you try that with razor wire and you'd be good to go.  The only problem with piano wire is that it would take a LOT of pressure to work.  You'd have to build up a big crowd.  You'd need to use something sharp enough that it would slice right through while walking.  But, I think that's a great idea for perimeter protection.  smile

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Add to grocery list:
Monomolecular wire

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add to the list:
Love swing and shackles.

What? no one else see Dead Girl?

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^The Stink of Flesh.  wink

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^ http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2e/Febreze.jpg

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Fuck it. I'm done. You guys are on your own.

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At least mine would be effective (if it could be handled).

Though the piano wire did give me a similar idea- wire it low with a bunch of spikes on the other side.  The spikes might miss the brain, but the sucker is going to have a tough time getting up.  And as try to climb over, it could set up a temporary barrier wall.  If you could, put up a mid-level wire where the bodies would pile up to create a higher wall (not a lot of traction on piled dead bodies).

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swollenguy wrote:

^ http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/2/2e/Febreze.jpg

I was referring to the movie.  LOL

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I think I would go with a Katana like Michonne in Walking Dead.  Slice and Dice baby!

http://i854.photobucket.com/albums/ab101/DirtyGirlMovies/katana-japanese-sword.jpg

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For someone of my size, the short utility bar would be perfect.

I'd love to get my hands on a cross-bow, but it would probably end in tears.....i should just leave that to people with more experience. lol

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Interesting list, Cap.  You can see you've put some thought into it.  My picks would be something like this:

MELEE WEAPONS:

Aluminum baseball bat: lighter than a wooden bat and more durable.  Swinging a bat repeatedly takes a toll; the lighter the bat you use, the better off you'll be.  This is my problem with the katana; it may be devastating but those things are heavy (I know, I own two) and while an authentic katana is sharp as hell, it still requires a degree of strength to use well and accurately.  If you're going to be using a blade, I would go with a...

Machete:  Light, razor sharp, versatile.  Good for hacking off zombie limbs, splitting zombie skulls -- and chopping timber for a campfire.  Keep a sharpening slate with you and you've got yourself one of the most versatile and deady bladed weapons around.

LAST RESORT MELEE WEAPON: Brass knuckles.  One solid shot with a pair of these infamously brutal bad boys will break bone; put some real effort into it and you can take a jaw off at the hinge.  A bit heavy for their size but if you know how to fight, they're invaluable for dishing out devastating damage.

RANGED WEAPONS:

I thought about the crossbow but realistically, there's no guarantee you'd be able to retrieve every bolt you shot.  So I went with...

Sawed-off shotgun.  You can get a shotgun in just about any Wal-Mart of K-Mart you find.  Hack a few inches off the end of the barrel to widen the shot range and while the further away your enemy is the less damage it'll do, you can still blow in half any man (or zombie) within twenty or so feet of you.  Shoot a zombie in the head with it and it's instant red mist.

Glock pistol:  Light in weight with a short recoil and accurate.  Used mostly by law enforcement but in a zombie apocalypse, I doubt you'd have any trouble acquiring one from one of the many dead cops sure to be lying around. lol

LAST RESORT MID-RANGE WEAPON: Derringer pistol.  If you're in a tough spot that you're just not going to get out of and are a defeatist who doesn't want to go down swinging, this very small and compact but powerful enough pistol will let you put one through your own brain so you don't have to feel the pain of hungry teeth tearing into your skin.  Personally I'm the "go down fighting" type but hey, you never know.

And that's it.  I wouldn't bother with any long range weapons like rifles; it's about survival, not picking off as many zombies as you can.  The stuff I listed would, I think, be enough to get me out of any sticky situations and give me enough room to make a hasty retreat.

One thing you didn't specify, though, would be a method of transportation.  I'd go with either an SUV or a panel van: something with a strong engine but which supplies quick entry and enough room to load your gear and supplies.

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^That's hot.  I particularly love the bit about brass knuckles.  tongue

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I keep it real, yo.  At least, as real as it can be kept when talking about a zombie apocalypse. lol

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Lon,  you sound like a Zombie killing machine...  Definitely Hot!  smile

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^^^ Of course I can go on all day about being brutally efficienct but we'll never know unless there's an actual apocalypse.  There's just as big a chance I could freeze up in cowardice and be the first zombie meal. lol