In defeating Zombie hordes, as with any other predator, training, mindset, and skill with all weapons is crucial to your survival. In this article, I want to discuss my top five weapons choices and their respective combat ranges for use during the Zombie Apocalypse. Some of these will be familiar to you, and some may become your new favorites.
Long range is the most advantageous fighting range to vanquish a Zombie horde, and an AR-15/M4 carbine is the best tool for the job. It is easy to fire and highly accurate. The only major drawbacks are noise, and ammunition is expensive unless you have reloading supplies or an unlimited ammunition cache. Keep in mind it provides a finite form of protection.
An excerpt from Roger Ma’s awesome book, The Zombie Combat Manual: “Weapons with the melee class are typically between two and three feet long and are used to engage undead attackers at a distance of approximately four feet between opponents.” Melee range is a dangerous close-proximity range. If you are not quick and deadly, you could be infected, or become zombie food. I recommend three weapons for this range: the Kukri, the Tomahawk or Axe, and the Baseball Bat.
The Kukri is a traditional Nepalese or Indian knife, and the battle knife of the famous Gurkha fighting force. It is approximately 17 inches in length, and because of its distinctive forward dropping blade, it allows for a very forceful swing and destructive hit.
The Tomahawk, or Axe, is one of the oldest man-made weapons, and modern versions have steel heads and wooden handles. Both were designed for utilitarian use and as weaponry. The Tomahawk is easier to swing and manipulate, but requires closer proximity to the adversary. The axe has the longer handle; however, if you over-commit and lose control, you could be left defenseless.
The Baseball Bat is chosen for ease of accessibility. It is easy to swing and can cause major brain trauma to a zombie. Aluminum is preferable to wood, but in a zombie attack, I will take whatever I can get. Be mindful that wooden bats can break and aluminum bats can warp.
At this range, you need a knife that is long enough to thrust deeply inside the bottom of the neck and straight up into the brain. I recommend the Mark I World War I Trench Knife. It was also designed to pommel the head and crush the skull: it has a double-edged blade with a hilt incorporating a guard shaped as brass knuckles. This is a last-resort weapon.
Well, there you have it–my top five weapons choices for the Zombie Apocalypse. Whatever your personal preferences, skill and proficiency with those weapons are critical for survival and victory in an encounter with a Zombie. Training is crucial! My blueprint for success is this: follow the Warrior Lifestyle. Develop the proper mindset, study tactics, be fit, sharpen your skills, and train with your equipment. With this preparation, you will be ready for any Zombie encounter!