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Surviving the Undead: Zombie Guns

Surviving the Undead: Zombie Guns

Shooting Editor John Snow showcases his choices of guns for surviving the zombie apocalypse.
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from Barry Easter 10/19/2012 at 11:06am

In order to survive you would have to break into a Costco or Sam’s Club. You could stay there for years and never need anything. In my town Costco is across the street from Sportsman’s Warehouse…All the Guns, Ammo and Knives you could ever need!

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from Danthaman31 2/27/2012 at 08:04pm

Ruger 10/22 22lr 45 round mags whatever attachments you want , Walther p-22 22lr with the 45 round drum mags and regular mags whatever attachments, another 22 revolver. Anyone can carry and shoot a 22 it WILL go right through the skull disabling the Zombie just as well as any other round PLUS you can carry literally thousands of rounds. :)

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from ihunt4ever 2/16/2012 at 08:47pm

well if only headshots are whats gonna kill them, why not use the mighty .22?

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from Lake 7/29/2011 at 12:50pm

See everyone is naming about fifty different guns with hundred of optics and extras. Im simple: 1 good ol' American made gun and a few NUKES!!! See only 2 things!

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from jonwayne75 7/8/2011 at 01:12pm

Crowd pleaser -SAGIA automatic 12 gauge with 20 round drum

Brain tickler -DPMS Panther (EOtech scope, Midwest rail system w/front grip and sure fire light, tipman 3 pound trigger) with a 6 inch barrel and 100 round drum

Show stopper -Kimber 3 inch 45 (Extended clip)
Last stand – Tomahawk and Kbar

Semper Fidelis

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from racooncitysurvivor12 7/5/2011 at 04:00pm

If there were to be a zombie outbreak, my options for guns when i leave my home for any reason, would be a Mossberg 500,12 gauge shotgun, a charter arms .38 special. 75 shells for the shotgun and 50 rounds of .38 special, and for melee weapons I'd have a machete and a buck knife. plus I'll have a flashlight attached to the shotgun, Mainly because that's all i got so far.

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from Josh Knobel 5/6/2011 at 03:09am

We recommend the Mini-14 as a rifle for cheap, obviously there are better out there. The Beretta 92fs for the pistol, ammo is easy to find and so are replacement parts. The Mossberg 500 security for a shotgun, large ammo capacity but we want to test the Kel-Tec KSG.
www.zombieinformer.com/pages/firearms.html if you want to check out or weapons

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from Damon Schwarz 5/17/2010 at 01:27pm

belt fed 50. cal loaded with the R211 exploding round, then an M4 with a M203 40MM grenade launcher and an acog trijicon scope, with tac light. sawed off 870 express magnum with 3 1/2 in. 00 buck, and a taurus model 1911

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from McQuain 3/15/2010 at 03:31pm

LOL!! Great comments. ive had this and that in the zombie gun catagory. AR15 variants will eventually get tempermental and misfeed/jam on you without a "cleaning timeout". The dude that said a 9mm carbine is spot on, but im the guy with the AK47. Cheap ammo, ample range for an undead hobbling at me...classic thread though.

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from patrick88 3/13/2010 at 03:54pm

you guys have to stop being so serious its entertainment!the economy sucks,the news is depressing,we all need a little laugh thats what this post is.you guys need to get over it!

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from MO Outdoorsman 3/13/2010 at 03:03pm

If this is Outdoor Life's attempt to attract new readers, I believe it's going to backfire. An article like this doesn't belong in a respectable magazine like Outdoor Life. It's nonsense like this that made me drop Field and Stream. Read the line right below the title on every magazine cover: "The source for hunting and fishing adventure". Anything that doesn't follow that theme shouldn't even be considered.

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from hosemule 3/10/2010 at 09:01am

Ok, it's bad enough I can perdict the monthly cover layout and articles I will see in your magizine. Now, we get this? What's next? Tips on the latest version of Halo? Come on, guys! Seriously.

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from Jerod Henderson 3/9/2010 at 08:25pm

id have a shotgun of sorts for close range aa 12 should do it, the .50 cal barrents for long range, and an m60 for inbetween, also, vehicle wise id put a plow and spikes on a hummer with a.50 cal belt fed machine gun. and land mines grenades and razor wire that should keep me safe

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from CavScout41 3/7/2010 at 05:13pm

The right tool for the right job. Different circumstances call for different weapons, but do not forget about the need for defence; because invariablly you will have a flesh-eater suprise you at some time and try to gnaw on you neck or arm. Remember, it only takes one bite. Think a modecum of metal mesh on certain areas, and you won't become the next head-shot.

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from hucksflashlite 3/5/2010 at 10:44pm

I would take a Stryker from the army: can get around on the road, uses diesel fuel if it has to, and can push through all the abondoned cars, plus the best part is the remote control M2 .50cal. It's controlled by a joy stick inside the truck.

Because you can't stay in a truck forever I would take the M1A for long range shots and SR-556 for pee breaks. The fact that both of these use NATO rounds means that ammo would be plentiful in the post-apocalyptic world. Don't forget the .45ACP for close range combat/ weapon malfunctions.

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from thorschariot 3/5/2010 at 07:25pm

c'mon folks. any real zombie killer knows you don't need the most powerful weapons. only headshots work, and you want as much ammo as possible. calico carbine 9mm with a 100-round helical feed magazine. add a tactical light and laser sight.

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from patrick88 3/5/2010 at 04:43pm

rackm its a joke its sci fi its funny cant be serious all of the time!

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from rackM 3/5/2010 at 04:36pm

BULL! This what's wrong with OL and FS. Articles like this are are a disgrace. Get to the basic's.If they would have asked Carmicheal to an article of this nature, I'm sure he would have told them where to kiss dixie. Hopefully Petzal is keeping his boots polished in case they ask him.

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from patrick88 3/5/2010 at 03:32pm

ok guys how about an a10 warthog with its gatling gun a few hell fire missles and well send them to hell and let satan sort them out.

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from jburgman 3/5/2010 at 02:04pm

As a conservationist, I’d like to think that there’s some way that we could coexist with the breed of zombies, even if they were be out to kill and torture us. The questions we should be asking are: What makes these things tick? How can we effectively gentrify a zombie neighborhoods? Heck, what’s the best place to take a zombie on a date?

Haha…just kidding. Bust out the big guns and blow these suckers back to the underworld!

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from I Will Take the... 3/5/2010 at 12:10pm

Your all thinking to small. My primary would be a Abrahms tank, if I'm in there even if I happen to miss the zed's still can't get me, and if I need to take a pit stop I might grab either my springfeild M1A scout squad, or a Ruger sr-556, and of course my favorite handgun of all time my S&W MP40. A couple frags would be nice to have to. And if you want to go a little sifi, a cylon centurion as a body guard would be cool to.

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from Glorifiedmidget 3/5/2010 at 01:43am

I'll take the 577 T-Rex

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from NonConformist 3/5/2010 at 12:07am

You dont need 'knock down power' for zombies

Any round that will punch through a skull will suffice, a 9mm is probably the perfect zombie gun caliber

Low recoil, easy handling, highest capacity

Ill take a SIG P226 and a MP5 or 9mm AR type for my anti zombie arsenal

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from mtiselin 3/5/2010 at 12:02am

USAS-12 20 rd drums, full auto fires 2 3/4 12 ga shells so you can alternate what type of load you want and was used by U.S. Military. Made by Daewoo(couldn't build a good car, but made a really nice shotgun). kinda heavy, but little recoil and very accurate(for a shotgun). Otherwise a good lever gun in a large caliber... ie .444 marlin

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from Kody 3/4/2010 at 10:47pm

I know my Zombie lore and I know you do not want those creatures getting close enough to bite you. Those African hunters going after wounded leopards and the like favor a shotgun with 00 buckshot because an 1 3/8 ounces of lead shot in a fist size pattern at close range is true stopping power. The Remington is alright but better to have a Ithaca or older Winchester that will fire on each pump if you keep the trigger depressed. Any of the above with an extended magazine would work well.

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from klures99 3/4/2010 at 09:19pm

I like the way you think rickjr. I got your back!

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from Elliott 3/4/2010 at 07:01pm

I think I would prefer an Atomic Annie to start with and then AA12 to clean up any Zeds while I tow my Annie to the next spot.

Nuke'em till they glow and shoot them in the dark.

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from rickjr 3/4/2010 at 06:23pm

Call me crazy but my I like the saying "happiness is a belt-fed weapon" So I'm gonna have to go with one of my all time favorites and say the M2 BMG with armor piercing incendiary rounds to start. and a MK19 40mm automatic grenade launcher. then if they get close enough, a 1911, and an AR firing the bushmaster 450 with a beta mag and probably a saiga auto 12 GA with slug and 00buck alternating

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from Viking 3/4/2010 at 05:04pm

AR or AK variant, most likely an AR (it doesn't take a lot of "punch" to destroy a Zed's cranium), but the AK if cleaning supplies are not available and a Glock 9mm. These choices give more than adequate "stopping power" while allowing you to carry plenty of ammunition in a high magazine capacity weapon (high capacity in their normal configuration not neutered as some States require).

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from jburgman 3/4/2010 at 03:43pm

What a great gallery!--lot's of fun to read through that. Not sure what my own picks would be. I sure do like the sound of a special Zombie .45-70 though!

Thought I saw a zombie this morning, but it was just my own reflection in the mirror! hahaha...anybody who has had a rough morning at hunting camp knows the feeling, hehe.

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from Browning_300 3/4/2010 at 03:41pm

Find a good high advantage spot with a 360 degree view and knock them down with a Barrett 82A1 before they even know where you are

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from turkey777 3/4/2010 at 02:36pm

Those guns are awesome.

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from The Captain 3/4/2010 at 02:14pm

My picks for zombie slayin' would be as follows:
primary: AR chambered in 6.8, ACOG optic, surefire and good expanding bullets.
back-up: 12-gauge pump gun with 00-buck or AK-47 (both ALWAYS seem to function).
sidearm: Let's face it... if I put anything here other than a 1911 I would question my own manhood :)

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from Snakebite 3/4/2010 at 01:49pm

I'm with Big Lou on this one! 870 with 00buckshot and a desert eagle on my side!

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from FrankofLonoke 3/4/2010 at 01:42pm

lever .45/70 buffalo gun with new l-evelution bullets could knock 3 or 4 lined-up

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from Viking 3/4/2010 at 01:13pm

Ya gotta love a magazine with a sense of humor...

Great spoof article. Too many people take everything too seriously these days. It is refreshing to see some humor.

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from coltmarkiv 3/4/2010 at 12:47pm

.50 Beowulf ar-15 platform

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from Moishe 3/4/2010 at 12:41pm

M24 Barrett!

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from Big Lou 3/4/2010 at 12:11pm

Love it! When the zombies come knocking I'll take the 870 anyday with a Desert Eagle on my hip. You forgot about the AA-12. We're going to need the max firepower!

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from The Captain 3/4/2010 at 02:14pm

My picks for zombie slayin' would be as follows:
primary: AR chambered in 6.8, ACOG optic, surefire and good expanding bullets.
back-up: 12-gauge pump gun with 00-buck or AK-47 (both ALWAYS seem to function).
sidearm: Let's face it... if I put anything here other than a 1911 I would question my own manhood :)

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from coltmarkiv 3/4/2010 at 12:47pm

.50 Beowulf ar-15 platform

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from jburgman 3/5/2010 at 02:04pm

As a conservationist, I’d like to think that there’s some way that we could coexist with the breed of zombies, even if they were be out to kill and torture us. The questions we should be asking are: What makes these things tick? How can we effectively gentrify a zombie neighborhoods? Heck, what’s the best place to take a zombie on a date?

Haha…just kidding. Bust out the big guns and blow these suckers back to the underworld!

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from hucksflashlite 3/5/2010 at 10:44pm

I would take a Stryker from the army: can get around on the road, uses diesel fuel if it has to, and can push through all the abondoned cars, plus the best part is the remote control M2 .50cal. It's controlled by a joy stick inside the truck.

Because you can't stay in a truck forever I would take the M1A for long range shots and SR-556 for pee breaks. The fact that both of these use NATO rounds means that ammo would be plentiful in the post-apocalyptic world. Don't forget the .45ACP for close range combat/ weapon malfunctions.

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from jburgman 3/4/2010 at 03:43pm

What a great gallery!--lot's of fun to read through that. Not sure what my own picks would be. I sure do like the sound of a special Zombie .45-70 though!

Thought I saw a zombie this morning, but it was just my own reflection in the mirror! hahaha...anybody who has had a rough morning at hunting camp knows the feeling, hehe.

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from patrick88 3/13/2010 at 03:54pm

you guys have to stop being so serious its entertainment!the economy sucks,the news is depressing,we all need a little laugh thats what this post is.you guys need to get over it!

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from McQuain 3/15/2010 at 03:31pm

LOL!! Great comments. ive had this and that in the zombie gun catagory. AR15 variants will eventually get tempermental and misfeed/jam on you without a "cleaning timeout". The dude that said a 9mm carbine is spot on, but im the guy with the AK47. Cheap ammo, ample range for an undead hobbling at me...classic thread though.

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from Damon Schwarz 5/17/2010 at 01:27pm

belt fed 50. cal loaded with the R211 exploding round, then an M4 with a M203 40MM grenade launcher and an acog trijicon scope, with tac light. sawed off 870 express magnum with 3 1/2 in. 00 buck, and a taurus model 1911

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from Big Lou 3/4/2010 at 12:11pm

Love it! When the zombies come knocking I'll take the 870 anyday with a Desert Eagle on my hip. You forgot about the AA-12. We're going to need the max firepower!

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from Moishe 3/4/2010 at 12:41pm

M24 Barrett!

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from Viking 3/4/2010 at 01:13pm

Ya gotta love a magazine with a sense of humor...

Great spoof article. Too many people take everything too seriously these days. It is refreshing to see some humor.

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from FrankofLonoke 3/4/2010 at 01:42pm

lever .45/70 buffalo gun with new l-evelution bullets could knock 3 or 4 lined-up

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from Snakebite 3/4/2010 at 01:49pm

I'm with Big Lou on this one! 870 with 00buckshot and a desert eagle on my side!

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from turkey777 3/4/2010 at 02:36pm

Those guns are awesome.

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from Browning_300 3/4/2010 at 03:41pm

Find a good high advantage spot with a 360 degree view and knock them down with a Barrett 82A1 before they even know where you are

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from Viking 3/4/2010 at 05:04pm

AR or AK variant, most likely an AR (it doesn't take a lot of "punch" to destroy a Zed's cranium), but the AK if cleaning supplies are not available and a Glock 9mm. These choices give more than adequate "stopping power" while allowing you to carry plenty of ammunition in a high magazine capacity weapon (high capacity in their normal configuration not neutered as some States require).

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from rickjr 3/4/2010 at 06:23pm

Call me crazy but my I like the saying "happiness is a belt-fed weapon" So I'm gonna have to go with one of my all time favorites and say the M2 BMG with armor piercing incendiary rounds to start. and a MK19 40mm automatic grenade launcher. then if they get close enough, a 1911, and an AR firing the bushmaster 450 with a beta mag and probably a saiga auto 12 GA with slug and 00buck alternating

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from Elliott 3/4/2010 at 07:01pm

I think I would prefer an Atomic Annie to start with and then AA12 to clean up any Zeds while I tow my Annie to the next spot.

Nuke'em till they glow and shoot them in the dark.

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from klures99 3/4/2010 at 09:19pm

I like the way you think rickjr. I got your back!

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from Kody 3/4/2010 at 10:47pm

I know my Zombie lore and I know you do not want those creatures getting close enough to bite you. Those African hunters going after wounded leopards and the like favor a shotgun with 00 buckshot because an 1 3/8 ounces of lead shot in a fist size pattern at close range is true stopping power. The Remington is alright but better to have a Ithaca or older Winchester that will fire on each pump if you keep the trigger depressed. Any of the above with an extended magazine would work well.

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from mtiselin 3/5/2010 at 12:02am

USAS-12 20 rd drums, full auto fires 2 3/4 12 ga shells so you can alternate what type of load you want and was used by U.S. Military. Made by Daewoo(couldn't build a good car, but made a really nice shotgun). kinda heavy, but little recoil and very accurate(for a shotgun). Otherwise a good lever gun in a large caliber... ie .444 marlin

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from NonConformist 3/5/2010 at 12:07am

You dont need 'knock down power' for zombies

Any round that will punch through a skull will suffice, a 9mm is probably the perfect zombie gun caliber

Low recoil, easy handling, highest capacity

Ill take a SIG P226 and a MP5 or 9mm AR type for my anti zombie arsenal

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from Glorifiedmidget 3/5/2010 at 01:43am

I'll take the 577 T-Rex

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from I Will Take the... 3/5/2010 at 12:10pm

Your all thinking to small. My primary would be a Abrahms tank, if I'm in there even if I happen to miss the zed's still can't get me, and if I need to take a pit stop I might grab either my springfeild M1A scout squad, or a Ruger sr-556, and of course my favorite handgun of all time my S&W MP40. A couple frags would be nice to have to. And if you want to go a little sifi, a cylon centurion as a body guard would be cool to.

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from thorschariot 3/5/2010 at 07:25pm

c'mon folks. any real zombie killer knows you don't need the most powerful weapons. only headshots work, and you want as much ammo as possible. calico carbine 9mm with a 100-round helical feed magazine. add a tactical light and laser sight.

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from CavScout41 3/7/2010 at 05:13pm

The right tool for the right job. Different circumstances call for different weapons, but do not forget about the need for defence; because invariablly you will have a flesh-eater suprise you at some time and try to gnaw on you neck or arm. Remember, it only takes one bite. Think a modecum of metal mesh on certain areas, and you won't become the next head-shot.

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from Jerod Henderson 3/9/2010 at 08:25pm

id have a shotgun of sorts for close range aa 12 should do it, the .50 cal barrents for long range, and an m60 for inbetween, also, vehicle wise id put a plow and spikes on a hummer with a.50 cal belt fed machine gun. and land mines grenades and razor wire that should keep me safe

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from ihunt4ever 2/16/2012 at 08:47pm

well if only headshots are whats gonna kill them, why not use the mighty .22?

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from patrick88 3/5/2010 at 03:32pm

ok guys how about an a10 warthog with its gatling gun a few hell fire missles and well send them to hell and let satan sort them out.

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from patrick88 3/5/2010 at 04:43pm

rackm its a joke its sci fi its funny cant be serious all of the time!

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from hosemule 3/10/2010 at 09:01am

Ok, it's bad enough I can perdict the monthly cover layout and articles I will see in your magizine. Now, we get this? What's next? Tips on the latest version of Halo? Come on, guys! Seriously.

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from Josh Knobel 5/6/2011 at 03:09am

We recommend the Mini-14 as a rifle for cheap, obviously there are better out there. The Beretta 92fs for the pistol, ammo is easy to find and so are replacement parts. The Mossberg 500 security for a shotgun, large ammo capacity but we want to test the Kel-Tec KSG.
www.zombieinformer.com/pages/firearms.html if you want to check out or weapons

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from racooncitysurvivor12 7/5/2011 at 04:00pm

If there were to be a zombie outbreak, my options for guns when i leave my home for any reason, would be a Mossberg 500,12 gauge shotgun, a charter arms .38 special. 75 shells for the shotgun and 50 rounds of .38 special, and for melee weapons I'd have a machete and a buck knife. plus I'll have a flashlight attached to the shotgun, Mainly because that's all i got so far.

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from jonwayne75 7/8/2011 at 01:12pm

Crowd pleaser -SAGIA automatic 12 gauge with 20 round drum

Brain tickler -DPMS Panther (EOtech scope, Midwest rail system w/front grip and sure fire light, tipman 3 pound trigger) with a 6 inch barrel and 100 round drum

Show stopper -Kimber 3 inch 45 (Extended clip)
Last stand – Tomahawk and Kbar

Semper Fidelis

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from Lake 7/29/2011 at 12:50pm

See everyone is naming about fifty different guns with hundred of optics and extras. Im simple: 1 good ol' American made gun and a few NUKES!!! See only 2 things!

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from Danthaman31 2/27/2012 at 08:04pm

Ruger 10/22 22lr 45 round mags whatever attachments you want , Walther p-22 22lr with the 45 round drum mags and regular mags whatever attachments, another 22 revolver. Anyone can carry and shoot a 22 it WILL go right through the skull disabling the Zombie just as well as any other round PLUS you can carry literally thousands of rounds. :)

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from Barry Easter 10/19/2012 at 11:06am

In order to survive you would have to break into a Costco or Sam’s Club. You could stay there for years and never need anything. In my town Costco is across the street from Sportsman’s Warehouse…All the Guns, Ammo and Knives you could ever need!

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from MO Outdoorsman 3/13/2010 at 03:03pm

If this is Outdoor Life's attempt to attract new readers, I believe it's going to backfire. An article like this doesn't belong in a respectable magazine like Outdoor Life. It's nonsense like this that made me drop Field and Stream. Read the line right below the title on every magazine cover: "The source for hunting and fishing adventure". Anything that doesn't follow that theme shouldn't even be considered.

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from rackM 3/5/2010 at 04:36pm

BULL! This what's wrong with OL and FS. Articles like this are are a disgrace. Get to the basic's.If they would have asked Carmicheal to an article of this nature, I'm sure he would have told them where to kiss dixie. Hopefully Petzal is keeping his boots polished in case they ask him.

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