Sunday, July 28, 2019

Guns versus Knives during a Zombie Apocalypse

In a Zombie Apocalypse scenario, do you choose a gun or a knife for your primary weapon?  It's a big decision and it's a topic for vigorous debate.

The Knife Argument


If you use a knife, hatchet or tomahawk for a primary weapon during a zombie apocalypse, you are choosing to fight zombies on an up close and personal basis.  But, you'll never run out of ammunition, you'll never experience a failure-to-fire (or jam), and you'll be fighting far more quietly than someone armed with a firearm.  When you fight, you won't be alerting and attracting zombies for miles around.  These are powerful advantages.


Bowie Knife by Tim Lively - photo by Tim Lively [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)]

However, the knife has some disadvantages.  If you are fighting zombies up close and personal, you are going to get zombie blood on your hands and in your face.  In the movies and lore, it's the bite of the zombie that turns you into a zombie.  But, if there were ever a real life zombie apocalypse, the germs, viruses, or bacteria that turn people into zombies would likely get all over you if you were fighting zombies with a knife, bat, or hatchet.  Plus, zombies don't get tired and living people do.  That leads us to the gun argument.

The Gun Argument

If you want to fight zombies from a distance, you'll need something that can reach out and touch them at range.  In modern times, ranged weapons include bows, crossbows, slingshots, and firearms.  Bows and crossbows offer the opportunity to engage zombies from a distance and make less noise. However, they are limited in range, slow to reload, and to some extent depend on human strength.  Firearms come in a variety of styles, calibers, and ammunition capacities.  However, most modern semiautomatic rifles can be reloaded quickly when compared to a bow or crossbow.

A lever-action Henry .22 caliber rifle

The drawbacks to firearms are that they make noise and require expensive ammunition.  Some people believe that gunshots would attract the attention of zombies and draw them towards the shooters.  Others believe that the threat of attracting zombies is overstated and that the sounds of shots will echo off of buildings and confuse listeners.  Sounds suppressors are also an option for firearms, but they require special background checks and tax stamps for use.  Personally, I like the firearm option and would love to have a stockpile of reloading supplies so that I could reload ammunition.

Friday, August 31, 2018

Where to Go In A Zombie Apocalypse

I recently came across an interesting article by Xavier Remington of Paranormal Investigators about where to go during a Zombie Apocalypse.  While I don't agree with every point, it definitely addresses some of the key considerations about assessing your situation, getting ready, and getting to a safer location.  Here is the article for your enjoyment:


If you read between the lines of this article, one thing becomes clear:  you have to be prepared! You have to have stockpiles of supplies, you have to be ready to shelter in place, you have to be ready to move when it's time to go, you have to be ready to scavenge supplies (particularly food, fuel, and water).

Friday, April 13, 2018

SEIZE the Zombies!

When Zombies are around, you have to be quiet.  To have any chance of avoiding zombies, you have to be very quiet.  Just remember SEIZE:


Silence 
Evades
Inquisitive 
Zombies 
Everywhere

It's just a simple mnemonic device. But, it is a device that may work for eluding home invaders and other threats. 

Photo by By Jeremy Keith from Brighton & Hove, United Kingdom (After  Uploaded by Fæ) [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


When it's time to be quiet, it's time to be quiet.  There is no whispering.  There is no time for conversation.  Zombies are drawn to noise.  It's not a coincidence that zombies in The Walking Dead always show up when the characters are busy with other conversations.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

How to Fight Zombies when You Hate Guns

You don't have to believe in guns to fight zombies.  You just have to improvise and be inventive.  This video shows how the Native Americans once made spears.



For example, you can use a baseball bats, you can use the big ass knife from your butcher block, or you can make a spear with a knife and duct tape.


There are all kinds of ways to improvise weapons.  However, testing improvised weapons can be a bitch.  If an improvised weapon fails, you need to have a secondary weapon and a backup plan.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Prepper Product Review: Cerbior DC 12V Portable Tire Inflator / Air Compressor Pump for Car

A package from Amazon recently arrived for me.  I got a Cerbior DC 12V Portable Tire Inflator.  It's a small Air Compressor for the car that costs less than $30. It allows me to inflate my car tires without relying on air from the gas station.  Since a Zombie Apocalypse might be rough on tires, I figure it is a good thing to have for the bug out vehicle.

Tire Inflator Description and Accessories

The compressor itself is very small and light weight.  It is probably less than a foot long.  The air hose and the power cord are both generously long.  This makes it easy to reach each car tire easily.  The air hose has a bronze fitting that screws onto the valve stem of your tire.  

The Cerbior Portable Air Compressor comes in a small black bag which makes it easy to store in the trunk of your car.  The bag has the look of a black canvas tactical pouch.  The little compressor also comes with attachments for inflating things like air mattresses and footballs.  


Tire Inflator Operation

The air compressor has a long rubber hose that attaches to the valve stem of your tire via a bronze fitting that screws right onto your tire.  It makes for a secure attachment, but it takes a little effort to line it up and screw it down onto your tire.  It also means that you can't instantly remove the hose when you have reached the appropriate tire pressure.  However, you quickly gain a sense for how to attach and when to remove the hose.



The tire inflator has an air pressure gauge on the top.  The gauge provides a good sense of how much air is in your tire.  However, I found that it was not a precise measurement.  Instead, I used a digital tire gauge to determine my tire pressures.  The manufacturer estimates that it may take 5 minutes to inflate an empty tire using this little compressor.  Making adjustments to tires that are already inflated is a little quicker.


Once you are done inflating your tires, they recommend that you allow a few minutes for the unit to cool down before you pack it back up for storage. 

This little unit is not rated for inflating truck and SUV tires.  Cerbior sells a larger unit for that task.  This Portable Tire Inflator is only for regular passenger car tires and smaller tires.

Overall, I thought the Cerbior Portable Tire Inflator did a great job.  I was really happy to have the Tire Pressure Sensors (TPS) stop fussing at me for underinflated tires.  I was also happy that I didn't have to make a trip to the gas station to adjust my tire pressures appropriately.  This little kit is the perfect addition for a passenger car that will serve as your bug-out vehicle.


Friday, December 15, 2017

Do Zombies Remember Their Lives?

One of the most interesting questions in the field of Zombie research is - Do Zombies Remember Their Lives?  Since Zombies can only be killed by destroying their brains, it stands to reason that zombies do have brain function.

Photo by http://www.cgpgrey.com [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

What do Zombie Brains Do?

 Zombies have very busy brains.  Zombie brain functions are used to handle involuntary tasks like breathing, circulation, and processing sensations from nerves.  The Zombie brain handles the five senses:  sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell.  The Zombie brain must also propel Zombies towards satisfying their hunger by eating humans.

Do Zombies have Conscious Thoughts? 


When observing television and movie depictions of Zombies, it is easy to come across hints that Zombies might have some residual memories.  According to Yahoo Answers respondents, in The Walking Dead, there are small hints like a young child Zombie clutching her doll or Morgan's wife trying to return to her home as a Zombie.


Do Zombies have Conscious Thoughts? 



To me it seems like Zombies have flashes of recognition or sadness when they look into the faces of the living.  In his short story, Dog Walk of the Apocalypse, author Alexander Z Pain actually has newly re-animated Zombies say a word or two.  Of course, these aren't complex expressions.  It seems like zombies may have some fleeting moments of conscious thought, but their brains have been so scattered by death and reanimation that they cannot act on these thoughts.  Over a period of time, a zombies conscious thoughts are diminished more and more.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Stopping Zombies with a Gate

If you are going to stop Zombies from entering your community or your property, you are going to need walls, fences, and gates.  However, too many gated communities lack full fencing around the property, lack proper walls, and even lack a sufficiently strong gate.




A gate does no good if Zombies can push it down or walk right around it.  If you are going to buy a house or rent an apartment, make sure that the gate is strong enough to be worthwhile obstacle.  If it isn't going to stop intruders or stop zombie hordes, why pay for it?