Welcome back prospective zombie warriors! Now that you’ve selected your attire/body armor, its time for you to contemplate how you will go about the business of zombie smashing! And what better place to start than with the category of Melee Weapons and hand guns! They are your first and last line of defense, easily procured, easy to use (for the most part), and a the wisest choice when it comes to discreetly dispatching denizens known as the undead.
But alas, the choices are even more numerous and varied than clothing and armor. Consider the following two categories and make your choice! You only get one each, so choose wisely…
When facing the hordes of the undead, one of the most important weapons to have is your sidearm. Though noisy and likely to draw more zombies to your position, there’s nothing better for quick, effective kills. Just aim between the eyes and pull. One shot, one kill. Just remember to consider the interplay of weight, killing power and ammo capacity when making your selection. Heavier weapons have larger calibers, but lighter weapons are easier to use. Ammo capacity has much to do with this, and the number of bullets you have may determine how long you live!
Pros: A time-honored classic, the .38 Special has a very long history of service with police and security forces the world over. Famous for its light weight, accuracy and simplicity, it is perhaps the most stable pistol around.
Cons: The downside to this weapon is the ammo capacity and the time it takes to reload. Speed loaders have cut this down considerably, but it is still not nearly as quick as your average automatic.
Pros: The Cadillac of automatics, the M9 Beretta is not only a law-enforcement favorite, but is standard issue for US armed forces personnel. It’s size and caliber give it a good weight to power ration, but it’s biggest advantage comes in its ammo capacity (16 bullets).
Cons: Despite its advantages, the weapon is somewhat inaccurate compared to the steadier revolver. This balances out the high ammo capacity somewhat, and makes one-handed firing a bit tricky, especially if your shots need to be in the brain pan.
Pros: Another classic, and a weapon which was the mainstay of the US Army, Navy and USMC for many generations. Combining a large caliber slug with a very simple design, it is easily maintained, light-weight, and quite powerful. What’s more, it can fired thousands of times without mechanical problems, and can be stripped and rebuilt with ease. This comes in handy in a post-apocalyptic environment.
Cons: However, accuracy is again a bit of an issue compared to revolvers, and at nine rounds per magazine, it’s ammo capacity is a bit low for an automatic. Be sure to make your bullets count!
Pros: If you’re looking for raw power, look no further! The Desert Eagle has a reputation the world over for being a true ass-kicker, boasting a .50 caliber bullet and a serious kick. A single shot of this pistol is capable of taking a zombie head clean off, and can knock one clean down, giving the shooter a chance to administer a head blow.
Cons: However, that power comes at the cost of accuracy and ammo capacity. With only seven bullets, and packing some serious kick-back, a user might be hard pressed to get off enough head shots before they run out of bullets.
Pros: Speaking of firepower, the .357 Magnum also has a reputation that precedes it. Based on the trusty, reliable revolver framework, the .357 packs some additional muzzle velocity that gives it some seri0us punch!
Cons: However, it still only packs six bullets, which can be a real problem when the heat is on. What’s more, that added punch comes at the cost of some accuracy
Pros: Combining 9mm rounds with a 50 round helical magazine and a small, lightweight frame, the Calico is man’s best friend when it comes to close quarters zombie killing. Only slightly larger and heavier than a hand gun, it multiplies the zombie hunters killing power and effective range exponentially.
Cons: However, accuracy is a bit of an issue, as this gun is a little front end heavy and required two hands to use effectively. And since it is heavier and larger, portability can be a bit of an issue. Simply whipping it out and taking on the zombie hordes when your primary runs out of ammo is not easy when it requires two hands.
Pros: Submachine guns that are compact and can be fired in both the full auto and semi-auto modes are quite the boon in a zombie fight. And given its compact size, light weight, and good capacity, the P90 is a good candidate for killing the undead.
Cons: However, there are downsides to this weapon as well, such as its limited range, accuracy, and the fact that two hands are needed to wield it effectively. What’s more, its a complex design which makes it harder to maintain.
Pros: The compact version of the MP5, this submachine gun is a favorite amongst military personnel and mercenaries alike, due largely to its light weight, two handed grip, and full auto capabilities. And with a 30 round magazine, it has longevity when set to semi-automatic fire.
Cons: In a zombie battle, the full auto mode is a drawback. Ultimately, it’s best to set this baby on semi-auto and take advantage of the stock grip to get a better shot. Otherwise, your ammo goes quick and will spray wild.
Pros: Basically, this weapons is a handgun-submachinegun hybrid, with many of the benefits of both in one package. Boasting a 9mm slug, a small lightweight frame and a respectable 20 round clip, this weapon is very portable and easily drawn in a hurry.
Cons: As usual, accuracy is an issue for this weapon. At close range, it is effective, but beyond a few dozen meters, its effectively useless for head shots. What’s more, the auto fire is pretty irrelevant since it only has a 20 round clip. Best thing to do is set it to semi-auto and restrict yourself to close range fights.
All set! Choose your final weapon, and let’s get this apocalypse started! Please don’t pretend like you’re not excited…