What would you use in a Zombie outbreak? Be aware that guns make noise and melee can bring you too close to the zombies.
I would use a bow and arrow like Rambo. Its like a stealthy gun (or a Silenced MP5 SMG)
Any zombie is subject to decay, and in more humid, warmer climes that process will be faster. Because of this all you need to do is to stay alive three to four days until the quickest ones start to slow down.
Guns do make far too much noise, and will attract the zombie hordes. If a gun must be used, get one that has a silencer if possible.
A machete has little to no real heat tempering, and lacks a “spine” – the thicker area of the blade when viewed in cross-section. When used against thick bone structures it will tend to dull or bend.
Axes have a relatively small area of useful blade, and are incredibly tip-heavy, throwing their wielder off-balance. The same goes for baseball bats, crowbars, pickaxes, mattocks, etc. They also stand a high risk of becoming lodged in bone.
Knives and cleavers require you to close and sever the neck/spinal cord. Too close.
Flame attacks are bad news, and may or may not work – the body is 90%water, and even a zombie will exude moisture as its tissues continue to necrose. Unless you can boil its brain, all you’re doing is charring the body.
The Japanese katana is the best weapon against zombies, as it is light, well-balanced, strong, and sharp enough to slice open a throat and continue on to sever the spinal column, possibly even decapitating the zombie.
An even greater weapon may be the climate itself. If the zombies are following you outdoors, and the temperature drops below freezing, then the zombies freeze solid. As I said, the body is 90% water, and water freezes, turning the undead into a zombiesicle. Most importantly, it freezes brain fluid and intercellular water – as fluid freezes, it expands and crystallizes. Inside the tight confines of the skull this freezing fluid will cause severe trauma to the brain, destroying the zombie.
by: Lord Bearclaw of Gryphon Woods
on: 20th April 09