Shooting Editor John Snow showcases his choices of guns for surviving the zombie apocalypse.
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Forget the hoary arguments about the .270 versus the .30/06. If you want to get some heat going among gun owners, ask what makes for the best zombie gun.
As with nearly every other subject of interest to shooters, it turns out the opinions are deeply held—even if the speaker’s personal experience with zombies is somewhat thin. However, the issue isn’t nearly as academic as you might think. In various “practical” shooting competitions—such as the fast-paced game of 3-gun, and even in cowboy action—it is not uncommon to see zombie stages where the shooter must face down a horde of targets. Typically these require precise shot placement and lots and lots of shooting.
On this much we can agree: High-capacity guns chambered in cartridges noted for their knockdown power are preferable. Target sights for accurate shooting and accessories, such as lights and lasers to aid in low-light situations, are a good thing too. My three zombie-fighters are listed on the opposite page. If all of this sounds like a barely veiled excuse to spend more money on yet another gun with all kinds of goodies hanging off it, well, who am I to argue?
Editor's Note: With Halloween coming up, we felt like you all could use a nice refresher. You never know when you'll need to defend against the hordes of undead.