Oh no! It's FRIDAY THE 13TH and a FULL MOON WEEKEND!
The zombies may be out in full force, so you'd better read up on all the latest gunny goodness RIGHT NOW! After reading this week's Carnival of Cordite, be sure to follow up with all the other great gun blogs.
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Avoid New York City, where Mayor Bloomberg's brain has apparently already been eaten by zombies! More here. Yet more here. Someone needs to remind Mayor Bloomberg, or what is left of him now the zombies have got him, that gun ownership is a fundamental right, like voting. Or maybe, just maybe, Bloomberg is actually playing a clever game of chicken? Nah...
And zombies appear to have eaten the brain of at least one Boston city councilor.
Where zombies may swarm you in an open area, rapid and controlled shooting is essential. Don't overlook the value of a good .22 LR, as you can fire many rounds quickly and accurately, and a head shot is a head shot. Countertop tests some good .22 ammo:
With zombies, a head shot is a head shot, but even multiple shots to the torso often have little stopping power. But then, if you practice as much as this guy, even a long range head shot should be no problem. Speaking of practice, one of the best drills for hitting many small targets quickly is pin shooting:
Pretend that's five zombies coming towards you: how fast can you hit all five "heads"? Click here for information on setting up a pin table.
A .22 will suffice for zombies. However, if you want more stopping power, consider a .45 ACP as your sidearm. You may even want two:
If the .45 is hard for you to handle, consider a nice .40 S&W:
Another great idea is a .22 conversion, so you can alternate between cheap-and-light and the less practical high-power ammo.
But even though a head shot is a head shot with zombies, there are some guns that just don't have the power. Avoid them.
If you have a rifle and pistol that both shoot the same ammo, it is easier to stock up for zombie defense. With the popularity of 9mm, a rifle like a 9mm AR sounds like a good idea.
If you made a New Year's resolution to purchase new firearms in 2006, DO NOT WAIT! Zombies could be bursting through your walls tonight! Ronocracy lists several firearms he plans to obtain. And in case of outerspace zombie attack, you may want to stock up on some weapons from Battlestar Galactica.
Have you noticed that you never hear about zombie attacks in Poland? Maybe it's because their fine vodka, known for its brain-numbing tendancies, acts as a natural zombie repellant. Or maybe it's because they make a good AK-47...
Also, when zombies swarm, you need to focus on hitting your target instead of wasting rounds just shooting into the air! Especially since stray rounds might kill someone unintentionally, thus making one more corpse to animate and come after your brain!
It is vital that our youth are properly trained. There is nothing better than a youth hunt to teach proper marksmanship and hunting skills! And I can think of no better family project than the construction of an elevated and fortified zombie stand:
When the zombies come, crowds of panicking people will be hitting the major sporting goods stores. If you need to grab a new gun without risking the angry mob, take Xavier's advice and try a pawn shop! As this photograph illustrates, an out of the way pawn shop might not have the same level of activity as a typical megamart:
You should also consider arming yourself with curios and relics. Less paperwork! And when the zombies come, time is of the essence! Speaking of... perhaps someone will answer, is this classified as a curio-relic?
In order to prepare for the worst, it is important to have a network of allies. Well... coming this Fall, assuming you survive this weekend, you can meet up with other gun bloggers in Reno!
It is also a good idea to donate blood. Zombies, unlike vampires, are not blood suckers. However, in the event of a zombie bite, only an immediate whole blood transfusion can stop you from becoming one of the walking dead. Donate blood today. If you are sqeamish about needles, just whip out a big knife:
Remember also, it's not just zombies! Disasters always bring out the worst in people. Be prepared to have to defend yourself against the living when thugs roam the streets, especially if you are a merchant.
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I hope all this zombie survival talk keeps you alive this weekend. If you need more information, please consult The Zombie Survival Guide:
And if all this zombie talk scares you... just be like Kit:
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Finally... not only is it a high-zombie-probability weekend, but it is also Martin Luther King Day weekend. So it is fitting to note that MLK appreciated the right to bear arms for defense!
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That's all for this week. I'm heading for high ground away from civilization RIGHT NOW. Have a safe and happy weekend, and (especially for you PNW readers) keep your powder dry!