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Top 10 guns against ZOMBIES

10. Springfield XD
Caliber:
9mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, .45 ACP
Capacity: 9-19
Trigger:
Striker

A Croatian design known as the HS2000, Springfield Armory licensed the design for their own manufacture and renamed it the XD (Xtreme-Duty), creating a number of sizes, finishes and calibers, for a service sidearm directly competing with the Glock. The XD was labeled “gun of the year” by multiple publications after its release, and it’s performance has been repeatedly stated as excellent.

The XD has been praised for being ergonomically superior, with a decent trigger, applied safeties (which the Glock has been both criticized and lauded for lacking) along with similar caliber and capacity.

It’s a perfect design for those looking for polymer, who just don’t like the Glock. It’s large caliber versions tend to be less a handful than Glock variants, as well.

9. Smith & Wesson M&P
Caliber:
9mm Parabellum, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, .45 ACP
Capacity: 8-17
Trigger:
Striker

Smith & Wesson had experimented with polymer pistols several times. Their Sigma became widely known as a sub-par pistol with a terrible pull and poor accuracy. Their next plastic pistol would be a significant success, competing with the Glock’s dominance, much like the Springfield XD. Distinguishing itself internally and ergonomically from the rest, the M&P series was met with immediate adoption by many within the United States, as well as a number of international communities.

The pistol introduced a number of useful features, such as exchangeable backstraps, like the Springfield XD and Walther P99, self-cleaning frame rails, and a striker that does not require dry firing for dissembly. All packaged into a frame that is fairly comfortable to shoot. Night sights are standard, and the gun lacks sharp edges.

The M&P series redeems the failings of the Sigma, as a very underrated service and carry pistol that’s steadily gaining in popularity.* While not as flashly, or used in movies as often, the M&P is a good shooter, not only for the buck, but well worth carrying in a duty holster or in the bedstand.

8. Ruger Double Action Revolver Series
Caliber:
.38 Special / .357 Mag / .44 Mag / .454 Cassul
Capacity: 5 or 6
Trigger:
Double w/exposed hammer

Ruger is known as the company that innovated the field of affordable, mass produced revolvers. Their Service Six was a staple of police and private citizen armories for many years, as was the GP100 after. With solid construction that stands up well to full power ammunition and a cylinder release not displaced by recoil, Ruger has been directly compared to designs by S&W and Colt. Ruger seems to produce a revolver for every possible use:

The GP100 series, full sized revolvers still strong from the days where every patrolman packed a .357 Magnum revolver with a four-inch barrel and speedloaders. The SP100, all-stainless wheelguns with an exterior as smooth as a cue ball, and made small enough to be carried comfortably in a purse or belt holster, but with the weight to control recoil. For sheer power, the Redhawk and Super Redhawk, with extended barrels and scope mounts, have been steady favorites of big-bore hunters, packing the formidable .44 Magnum and .454 Cassul chamberings. Such firepower is available even crammed into a snub-nose, like the Alaskan in .44 Magnum.

Their selection even extends the Blackhawk series of modernized Single Action Army revolvers, and the classic New Vacquero, designed with cowboy action shooters in mind. In a market where the giants like S&W and Colt have all but thrown away their revolver designs, Ruger remains a favorite for many.

7. Ruger .22 LR Series
Caliber:
.22 Long Rifle
Capacity: 10
Trigger:
Single

The Ruger Standard was an instant success when Bill Ruger introduced it in 1949, as an utterly reliable .22 LR that delivered for the price.

From the picture to the left, it makes sense why people tend to attribute the Luger to the design of the Ruger. However, most of the shape and internal build came from the Nambu pistols used by the Japanese in World War Two. Ruger had examined and reproduced captured pistols, and used the cocking system and grip in his design, the first of Ruger and Sturm Co.

The first model lacked even a serial number, simply being called the “Standard.” It was produced for thirty years before the Mk1 Target and Mk2, the variant which most will recognize, were produced. The current model being the Mk3, each version added improvements, like a better magazine release, added safeties that were easier to manipulate. Ruger, a pioneer in investment castings, managed to keep the price down, and over three million units have been sold. For a single model from a single company, that is quite the achievement. Ruger Mk2’s are quite often found suppressed or accurized for target shooting as well.

With continual improvements from over forty years of use, the Ruger is still a classic that is widely held as a necessity in any collection. It’s a good gun to gift onto children as a starter gun, or to friends to just plink with. Cheap ammo, lots of ammo available, and also cheap ammo. Like all .22s, the Ruger needs good high velocity ammunition and regular cleaning (.22 LRs are even dirtier than most rounds) to keep functioning.

While it won’t ricochet inside a skull as much as we’d hope, .22 LR is far from harmless, and they make good survival guns.

6. Taurus Judge
Caliber:
.45 Long Colt / .410 Shotshell
Capacity: 5
Trigger:
Double w/exposed hammer

Called Taurus’s craziest success, it is a wonder if the Judge deserves to actually belong on this list. It’s name allegedly came from Miami Judges purchasing the Taurus 4410s for self defense. It is definitely a bit of a unique piece, firing the .410 shot shell as well as the .45 Long Colt. Though pretty damned intimidating, it should be noted that these chamberings are rather expensive for the ultimately mediocre stopping power they offer. The big gun is awkward to load or reload with shotshells due to length, and few holsters are made to fit the gigantic cylinder.

.410 is normally used for plinking or shooting snakes. However, the Judge is not completely a one trick pony. It has been cited as being intended for very close range defense, as a bedside gun or car gun, where the somewhat erratic spread pattern ensures hits, and the lack of penetration prevents breaking through interior walls. With a version capable of accepting 3 inch shells instead of the previous 2 1/2 inch version, the Judge may be a decent point blank defense.*

*The difference is that a 2 1/2 shell only holds three pellets, while a 3 inch packs five, with more power behind them, too.

5. Sig Sauer P220 series
Caliber:
9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, .45 ACP
Capacity: 8-20
Trigger:
Double / Single

The Sig P220 was the result of trying to cheapen the excellent Sig P210 handgun. The result was one of the most successful and highly regarded pistol designs, one that expanded into an entire family of automatics. The P226, while failing to win over the US military for general issue, became adopted by the Navy SEALs, the Army CID (as the P228 compact variant), as well as numerous law enforcement agencies. Variants such as the P239 have gone so far as being adopted by the elite United States Secret Service, and a cartridge introduced by the P220 series, the .357 Sig, has become one of the major success in the firearms industry.

Outside of the US, the Sig P226 is popular in British law enforcement and military, notably being a favorite sidearm of the Special Air Service. Sig P225s are available quite commonly on the used gun markets, being extremely common before the Glock became more popular.

The company itself however, has been a bit less stable. Swiss being unable to easily export firearms, Sig collaborated with Sauer, a German firearms manufacture, to market their products around the globe. Eventually, a separate SigArms USA branch was established, before the company went back to Sig, then Sig Sauer. Over the years, they, like H&K and other competing firms, have run numerous training courses centered around their products. However, unlike H&K, Sig offers nearly all of it’s products to the civilian market.

The Sig is known for being supremely accurate and reliable, due to both excellent ergonomics and well thought out mechanical design. The slide rides within the frame rails for less play, the trigger is slick and the grip well-shaped. The original double action with decocker mechanism has expanded into such variants as the Sig 250, with a swappable firing mechanism, the Sig 226 X-5 with 1911-style controls for competition use, and Sig has recently produced it’s own 1911s. For many, Sig means quality.

4. Beretta 92F (M9)
Caliber:
9mm
Capacity: 15 / 18
Trigger:
Double / Single

The Beretta has a reputation outside of the firearms community for being underpowered, unreliable, and cool looking. But the pistol that won over the US military is not without it’s strong points. It is reliable, accurate, and durable enough for most work. A rocky initial service have not stopped Beretta from continually improving it’s most famous design.

The design has a history deeper than may be apparent. It’s overall appearance was taken from the Beretta 1934, a straight-blowback sidearm popular in WW2. Gradually improvements were made to the design, the first design to be imported into the US being the 951, a single-stack 9mm. When Beretta opted to follow the market trend of “wonder nines,” they made the 92, following the same classic lines of their previous models, the same European heel-magazine catch, thumb safety (which was arguably better than the current one), along with the locking block mechanism from the Walther P38.

When the US Army conducted in the XM9 trials, Beretta submitted the 92SB, which relocated the magazine release to a conventional push-button design behind the trigger, and added a safety-decocker on the slide. With an aluminum frame and an open action that assisted function, the Beretta edged out most of it’s competitors, losing to the Sig P226 in terms of performance, but ultimately winning the contract as the 92F, or M9.

Early combat trials in the Gulf War and South America proved the 92 an effective design. However, in the second Gulf War, the Beretta started to run into serious issues. The most well known is slides breaking in half. The problem was sourced down to over-powered ammunition, and Beretta confusing materials for contracts. (With the US military? Quite a feat!) The redesigned 92FS had a reinforced locking block that did not allow the slide to leave the frame if it broke. Other problems continued when the US military issued lowest-bidder magazines with improper lubricants. Complaints about the Beretta and a call for the old .45s continued. The situation is the same today, though with marginally better magazines. It has been speculated that the open slide has been a cause of many problems, as there is a clear shot to the locking block during operation.

In civilian use, the 92 has had no such problems, being steadily popular for every year of it’s production. Even with the modernized 90-Two and the Px4, the 92 has been as prolific as always. Parts and accessories are widely available. Notably, the 92 has been used to great effect in the USPSA Production category, and is also a common choice in IDPA Stock Service Pistol.

One area the Beretta has been constantly criticized in was ergonomics, with a big grip, long trigger and an overall size that simply seems too big for the tame round it fires. This can make it difficult to shoot for those with small hands. However, the slide stop is extended and the magazine release is quite large, assisting manipulation.

The 92 series is ideal for duty work, competition and home defense, although somewhat large for concealed carry. It’s elegant lines have given the Beretta a huge pop culture reputation, and the chances of finding one during an apocalypse are pretty good.

3. FNH Five-seveN
Caliber:
5.7x28mm
Capacity: 20 / 30
Trigger:
Striker

When the requirement was set out for a PDW (Personal Defense Weapon), a compact firearm granting better firepower than a pistol without the training requirements and size of a rifle (much like the M1 Carbine of WW2), Fabrique Nationale designed a totally unique sub machine gun firing a new pistol round, the P90 (named so for the fact the bullets rotated ninety degrees before feeding). With it, came a new pistol, named after the cartridge. The Five-seveN packs a significant amount of firepower into a pistol of it’s size and weight, without the terrible ergonomics similar concepts had been prone to.

What truly distinguishes the design, of course, is the unique caliber. This chambering generates even less recoil than a 9mm Parabellum, so little that the gun utilizes a delayed blowback mechanism to operate properly – the bullet rubbing against the barrel on it’s way out is literally the operating system in itself. Despite this, the gun is very simple to break down and maintain.

This is also the primary weakness of the gun. With a caliber that’s been round for well over a decade by now, 5.7mm is not especially common, still far behind peciuliar-but-common rounds like the .357 Sig. On top of this, the round is a royal pain in the ass to load, because the cramped cartridge leaves next to no margin for error. However, it’s lack of total popularity have made is significantly easier to find and purchase than many popular chamberings. Regardless, if the 5.7mm plays any central role in apocalypse armories, it requires a good stock of ammunition and components.

There is good reason to own a Five-seveN, however. 5.7x28mm is essentially a miniature rifle round, designed specifically to defeat the Warsaw Pact CRISAT body armor, twenty layers kevlar with a tough titanium plate. It is a round that will casually punch through the heaviest of soft body armor at any range up to nearly a hundred meters. Even for civilians who do not have access to armor-piercing ammunition, the Five-seveN has staggering ballistic capabilities and retains it’s accuracy at far past the range of other handguns. With a magazine that holds twenty rounds without modification, the Five-seveN is truly a rifle stuck into a pistol, with the capacity and firepower to match.

2. Glock
Caliber:
.380 ACP, 9mm, .40 S&W, .357 Sig, 10mm, .45 GAP, .45 ACP
Capacity: 8-32, or 100 round drum
Trigger:
Striker

The Austrian army for the longest time had stuck with the Walther P38, a reliable and workable design. However, the Walther couldn’t keep up with the times completely, and the politics called for a new service pistol. Contracting a man who had absolutely no experience with firearms, they got a lot more than they expected. Gaston Glock, following rigid requirements set by the Austrians, produced arguably one of the finest pistols ever made. The first successful polymer framed pistol, (the first polymer pistol being the short lived H&K VP70) the Glock 17 was slow at first, but took it’s hold within the decade. Today, it commands a staggering 65% share of the Law Enforcement handgun market in the US.

However, as huge a following the Glock has, there are reasons people dislike it. As a no frills military pistol, it held a lot of rounds, was simple to maintain, and fed ball ammunition without a hitch. Everything else was secondary. The original design lacked a drop-free magazine and any type of grip checking. Though most things have changed with the years and thousands of Glocks sold, there are a few things that hold true. For all the applauding and citation of safety the Glock gets, even to the extent of being called a “safe-action” pistol, it has absolutely no applied safeties. Unlike a thumb, slide, or even grip safety, someone does not need the slightest knowledge of the Glock to make it fire.

An oversized chamber tends to beat up brass, and the barrel is not suited to lead bullets, both of which are issues with reloading ammunition. While not everybody reloads their rounds today, during a time where resources are short, reloading could very well be the only option. There have been some rather extreme examples of accidents (right) but fortunately they’re extremely rare. Some cases have indeed been attributed to the oversized chamber, but there are still some that happened seemingly for no reason at all.

However, a good number of manufactures produce match-grade barrels that alleviate both of these problems. Rule of thumb, stick to factory ammunition, or buy a new barrel if you plan to reload a lot, especially with .40 S&W.

In terms of ergonomics, there are few glaring issues with the Glock series, with a trigger lighter than most and a fairly slip frame, although large-caliber variants have suffered from an excessively wide grip. Modification is also a bit tricky on the Glock. The Tenifer finish is nearly impervious, so milling and cutting is generally out of the question. Another curious aspect is although a multitude of manufactures produce magazines for the Sig or Beretta, no decent manufacture produces Glock magazines. Extensions are widely available, however, and they add two rounds to the capacity.

All Glocks past the second generation come with standard accessory rails for a illumination or a laser sight, and crimson trace also produces a laser grip that mounts onto the right side of the pistol. Skyline industries produce a “carry clip” that allows the Glock to be more easily carried in a waistband.

Above all, the Glock is the paradigm of reliability in a combat pistol, not perfect by any means, but damned good enough to exist for probably as long as gunpowder and cartridge weapons are going to. It’s trouble free design makes truly a gun for any user.

1. 1911
Caliber:
.45 ACP (original)
Capacity: 7 / 8 / 10 / 15 (original)
Trigger:
Single

*Much of the research for this comes from the Gun’s Digest book of the 1911 Volumes One and Two, by Patrick Sweeney. It’s well worth your time, for not only the history of the 1911, but almost every aspect of shooting it, maintaining it, even competing and reloading ammunition specifically for a 1911.

The 1911 is a pistol whose history is more complex than it’s design. It has served for one year short of a century, as easily the longest lived pistol still in common use. Towards the end of the nineteeth century, the US Army was switching from big-big revolvers like the Single Action Army, to lighter, higher velocity designs of the thirty-eight caliber. However, early experience, including a number of alleged conflicts with drugged-up natives, lead the Army to set out requirements for a new service pistol, an autoloader. The Thompson-LeGarde tests, conducted against animals set for the slaughter, lead them to the conclusion that the .45 was the ideal caliber.

 

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10 rifles against ZOMBIES

 

Number 10: Marlin Model 336

The Marlin Model 336 was designed in 1948 for hunters to effectively take down targets in wooded areas at ranges up to 300 yards. The rifle was a staple for the Marlin company because it introduced a few features that most Marlin firearms did not have; the semi pistol grip wooden stock, side ejection, and a solid top receiver. Chambered commonly in .30-30 Winchester and .35 Remington, the 336 was heavier than most lever action hunting rifles of the time, a total of 7lbs, which gave a steadier base for accurate shooting. It’s one of the reasons Marlin is only second to Winchester for reputation amongst lever actions.
Number 9: Kel-Tec SUB-2000

The Kel-Tec SUB-2000 is an affordable, blow-back operated, magazine fed, semi-automatic carbine. It is chambered in the 9mm Luger, .40 S&W and .45 ACP pistol rounds, and a swappable frame allows shooters to not only exchange ammunition between their carbine and pistol, but entire magazines. Unloaded, the mainly synthetic polymer rifle weights four pounds, almost half that of most rifles. With it’s ability to fold in half for easy storage and share ammo with a pistol, the Kel-Tec has become a very popular option for Law Enforcement, offering quick firepower in a handy package. It’s a great carbine to extend existing firepower granted by a pistol, and a perfect low-profile bugout gun.

Number 8: Mosin-Nagant

Designed in 1891, the Mosin-Nagant was the answer for the Soviet Union’s struggle to find a repeating rifle to replace their single shot infantry weapons that had proved grossly outdated during the Russo-Turkish war of 1877. The historic value of the Nagant is virtually endless. The Mosin-Nagnt was the Soviet Union’s first reliable repeating rifle, and it was produced in large enough numbers to still be found on battlegrounds over a century later. Even in the civilian market, sealed rifles can be bought for less than $100 at most places.
Though far from comfortable out of the box, the Mosin is one of the more customizable surplus firearms on the market, and it’s upgrades can be just as cheap as the base rifle. Weighing in at roughly 9lbs, the Mosin-Nagant still kicks hard with it’s powerful 7.62x54r chambering. It’s a rugged rifle that takes a tough shooter to utilize well, but it’s reliability and low cost have made the Mosin a hot seller.
Number 7: Ruger Mini-14

The Ruger Mini-14, often called the “Ranch Rifle”, was introduced in 1974 and designed to simply be a miniature version of the US military’s M14, hence Mini-14. With the ease of use and reliable action, the Ranch Rifle quickly became a popular choice of small-game hunters, ranchers, law enforcement, security personnel and target shooters. However, the design is not without flaws: the magazines are completely proprietary, the light barrel leads to a wandering zero, and the sights are not especially rugged.

Despite this, it’s inexpensive design has easily become one of the easiest to modify and accessorize, with a multitude of first and third party modifications available. The original rifle was made in .223/5.56mm, with variants as diverse as the AC-556 fully automatic assault rifle, or the Mini-30, chambered in the Russian 7.62x39mm.

Number 6: M1 Garand

The M1 Garand was the first semi-automatic rifle to become military general issue in any nation in the world. The Garand proved to be a highly efficient killer compared to the prior US service rifle, the M1903 Springfield, as well as other rifles of the era, such as the Karabiner 98 Kurz and the Enfield SMLE No. 4 (Short Magazine, Lee Enfield), it’s autoloading action giving a decisive edge in firefights. The internal magazine was loaded by means of an en bloc clip containing 8 rounds of .30-06 Springfield ammunition. By proving itself through World War II, the Korean War, and some of Vietnam, the M1 Garand earned its reputation as “the greatest battle implement ever devised”, as quoted by General George Patton.

Today, though more expensive than before, Garands are not horribly uncommon. Compared to other designs, the En-Bloc feeding system is pretty cumbersome, but one would be hard pressed to find a rifle that would hit as hard, or as accurately in a reasonble package.
Number 5: AR-15/M16

The modern AR-15 is the civilian legal version of the ever popular US military M16A2, M16A4, and M4 Carbine service rifles. Being the first rifle to use modern polymers to reduce weight, the AR-15 has an incredibly easy method for field stripping and cleaning, requiring only the user’s fingers to disassemble. Firing the 5.56x45mm NATO round, the effective range of the AR-15 is 600 yards, and speaking from personal experience, hitting a torso sized target at 500 yards is rather easy. With numerous accessories, receivers, and models available, the AR-15 is probably the most prolific rifle of the civilian market, and a dominant force in the field of law enforcement. It’s controls are also suited to many kinds of shooters, being easy to manipulate in all types of conditions.
One would be hard pressed to find, an if not more perfect rifle, then most definitely a more flexible one.

Number 4: Heckler & Koch G3

The H&K G3 was born out of the combined ideas of 3 foreign weapons manufacturers towards the end of World War II. The German company Heckler & Koch borrowed ideas from CETME of Spain and Fabrique Nationale de’Herstal of Belgium to create the first long lasting battle rifle of Germany’s history. Technologically, the G3 introduced firearms enthusiasts to safety features that modern militaries consider standard, such as a select fire mechanism (safe, semi, and fully automatic) and a spring system that prevented the bolt from bouncing off of the breech while a new round was being chambered. Chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO, the H&K G3’s roller delayed blowback created a reliable, accurate action, though one with a tendency to destroy brass. (not a concern for the military, bad for those on a budget!)

It’s variants span weapons like the famous MP-5 series of sub machine guns, the H&K 21 belt fed machine gun, the H&K 33 5.56mm assault rifle, and the MSG90 and PSG1 precision sniper variant. As sign of effective design, the G3 still serves as a front-line infantry rifle in 56 countries.
Number 3: Remington 700

The first true “sniper rifle” on the list, the Remington 700 has more variations than any other firearm listed here, including the AR-15. First produced in 1962, the 700 was intended to be mass produced in many different platforms to fill the needs of varmint hunters all the way up to anti-light armor applications in wartime. Chambered in 28 different calibers ranging between .17 Remington through the colossal .338 Lapua Magnum and .458 Winchester Magnum, with a staggering variety of stocks, barrels, and accessories, the average shooter is hard pressed to find a Remington 700 that doesn’t fit their shooting needs. Currently, 90% of the United States’ law enforcement agency’s sharpshooters use a Remington 700 or a similar rifle based on the original Remington 700 design, earning it the title of the most widely used modern tactical bolt-action rifle.

Number 2: AK-47

You’re now looking at the one gun that has killed more human beings than any other in the history of existence. With the Soviet Union facing the brutality of Nazi Germany’s weapon technology, namely the StG-44 assault rifle, the Red Army began designing a weapon with that would bridge the gap between sub machine gun and rifle. It’s sheer effectiveness was demonstrated in the Korean War against crack American G.I.s in the hands of Chinese troops, and the Russians were saddled with a rifle not only iconic of their own nation, but of war itself. Through seventy years of use as the most widely used assault rifle in the world, the AK-47 has become a symbol of terror and oppression, as well as that of revolution and change. It is one of the strongest symbols that humans can conjure.

While the “true” AK-47 is chambered in 7.62x39mm, the sheer number of countries that have recreated this weapon have opened the shooting world to a wide variety of calibers and accessories for the AK-47 while still making it affordable enough for the average civilian to own more than one. Aside from the ingenious design, the AK-47 is extremely cheap and easy to manufacture, is incredibly durable, and is almost childishly easy to use. It is commonly criticized for low accuracy at range, but an AK-47 is a rifle that will fight just as well or better as a comparable design at anything up to three hundred yards.

Number 1: M1 Carbine

Often said to be a miniature M1 Garand, the Carbine was actually build from scratch by the Winchester Gun Company during World War Two. However, the relation wasn’t totally unfounded, as the M1 Carbine maintained a very similar outward appearance, and even bore size. The M1 Carbine was never designed to be a general issue infantry rifle, but a weapon easier to handle than a rifle, but granting longer range than a pistol or sub machine gun. That’s right – the M1 Carbine is the same class of weapon as the P90 or the MP7. At the time of it’s implementation, the Carbine replaced the M1911A1 pistol as the defense weapon of cooks, drivers, and non combat personnel. However, it’s ideal handling characteristics and increased range made it a favorite for high-mobility troops such as paratroopers. Nearly thirty years later, the Carbine was still being used in the Vietnam war, with a thirty-round “banana magazine” and fully automatic fire, as the M2 and M3 Carbine.

Being the first weapon to use non corrosive primer ammunition, the M1 Carbine was a godsend to the Marines in the Pacific campaign where barrel and chamber corrosion was a major factor in weapon efficiency, effectively ushering in the age of modern non-corrosive ammunition. The M1 Carbine was also highly praised by paratroopers over France due to the mobility offered by an optional folding stock which at the time was an original idea for a rifle. The mix of high mobility, mid range accuracy, and ease of use made the M1 Carbine a very popular choice for soldier and civilian alike – not bad for a design that hasn’t changed in over seventy years.

 

Number 10: Marlin Model 336

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The Marlin Model 336 was designed in 1948 for hunters to effectively take down targets in wooded areas at ranges up to 300 yards. The rifle was a staple for the Marlin company because it introduced a few features that most Marlin firearms did not have; the semi pistol grip wooden stock, side ejection, and a solid top receiver. Chambered commonly in .30-30 Winchester and .35 Remington, the 336 was heavier than most lever action hunting rifles of the time, a total of 7lbs, which gave a steadier base for accurate shooting. It’s one of the reasons Marlin is only second to Winchester for reputation amongst lever actions.


Number 9: Kel-Tec SUB-2000
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The Kel-Tec SUB-2000 is an affordable, blow-back operated, magazine fed, semi-automatic carbine. It is chambered in the 9mm Luger, .40 S&W and .45 ACP pistol rounds, and a swappable frame allows shooters to not only exchange ammunition between their carbine and pistol, but entire magazines. Unloaded, the mainly synthetic polymer rifle weights four pounds, almost half that of most rifles. With it’s ability to fold in half for easy storage and share ammo with a pistol, the Kel-Tec has become a very popular option for Law Enforcement, offering quick firepower in a handy package. It’s a great carbine to extend existing firepower granted by a pistol, and a perfect low-profile bugout gun.


Number 8: Mosin-Nagant
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Designed in 1891, the Mosin-Nagant was the answer for the Soviet Union’s struggle to find a repeating rifle to replace their single shot infantry weapons that had proved grossly outdated during the Russo-Turkish war of 1877. The historic value of the Nagant is virtually endless. The Mosin-Nagnt was the Soviet Union’s first reliable repeating rifle, and it was produced in large enough numbers to still be found on battlegrounds over a century later. Even in the civilian market, sealed rifles can be bought for less than $100 at most places.


Though far from comfortable out of the box, the Mosin is one of the more customizable surplus firearms on the market, and it’s upgrades can be just as cheap as the base rifle. Weighing in at roughly 9lbs, the Mosin-Nagant still kicks hard with it’s powerful 7.62x54r chambering. It’s a rugged rifle that takes a tough shooter to utilize well, but it’s reliability and low cost have made the Mosin a hot seller.


Number 7: Ruger Mini-14
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The Ruger Mini-14, often called the “Ranch Rifle”, was introduced in 1974 and designed to simply be a miniature version of the US military’s M14, hence Mini-14. With the ease of use and reliable action, the Ranch Rifle quickly became a popular choice of small-game hunters, ranchers, law enforcement, security personnel and target shooters. However, the design is not without flaws: the magazines are completely proprietary, the light barrel leads to a wandering zero, and the sights are not especially rugged.

Despite this, it’s inexpensive design has easily become one of the easiest to modify and accessorize, with a multitude of first and third party modifications available. The original rifle was made in .223/5.56mm, with variants as diverse as the AC-556 fully automatic assault rifle, or the Mini-30, chambered in the Russian 7.62x39mm.


Number 6: M1 Garand
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The M1 Garand was the first semi-automatic rifle to become military general issue in any nation in the world. The Garand proved to be a highly efficient killer compared to the prior US service rifle, the M1903 Springfield, as well as other rifles of the era, such as the Karabiner 98 Kurz and the Enfield SMLE No. 4 (Short Magazine, Lee Enfield), it’s autoloading action giving a decisive edge in firefights. The internal magazine was loaded by means of an en bloc clip containing 8 rounds of .30-06 Springfield ammunition. By proving itself through World War II, the Korean War, and some of Vietnam, the M1 Garand earned its reputation as “the greatest battle implement ever devised”, as quoted by General George Patton.

Today, though more expensive than before, Garands are not horribly uncommon. Compared to other designs, the En-Bloc feeding system is pretty cumbersome, but one would be hard pressed to find a rifle that would hit as hard, or as accurately in a reasonble package.


Number 5: AR-15/M16
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The modern AR-15 is the civilian legal version of the ever popular US military M16A2, M16A4, and M4 Carbine service rifles. Being the first rifle to use modern polymers to reduce weight, the AR-15 has an incredibly easy method for field stripping and cleaning, requiring only the user’s fingers to disassemble. Firing the 5.56x45mm NATO round, the effective range of the AR-15 is 600 yards, and speaking from personal experience, hitting a torso sized target at 500 yards is rather easy. With numerous accessories, receivers, and models available, the AR-15 is probably the most prolific rifle of the civilian market, and a dominant force in the field of law enforcement. It’s controls are also suited to many kinds of shooters, being easy to manipulate in all types of conditions.


One would be hard pressed to find, an if not more perfect rifle, then most definitely a more flexible one.


Number 4: Heckler & Koch G3
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The H&K G3 was born out of the combined ideas of 3 foreign weapons manufacturers towards the end of World War II. The German company Heckler & Koch borrowed ideas from CETME of Spain and Fabrique Nationale de’Herstal of Belgium to create the first long lasting battle rifle of Germany’s history. Technologically, the G3 introduced firearms enthusiasts to safety features that modern militaries consider standard, such as a select fire mechanism (safe, semi, and fully automatic) and a spring system that prevented the bolt from bouncing off of the breech while a new round was being chambered. Chambered in 7.62x51mm NATO, the H&K G3’s roller delayed blowback created a reliable, accurate action, though one with a tendency to destroy brass. (not a concern for the military, bad for those on a budget!)

It’s variants span weapons like the famous MP-5 series of sub machine guns, the H&K 21 belt fed machine gun, the H&K 33 5.56mm assault rifle, and the MSG90 and PSG1 precision sniper variant. As sign of effective design, the G3 still serves as a front-line infantry rifle in 56 countries.


Number 3: Remington 700
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The first true “sniper rifle” on the list, the Remington 700 has more variations than any other firearm listed here, including the AR-15. First produced in 1962, the 700 was intended to be mass produced in many different platforms to fill the needs of varmint hunters all the way up to anti-light armor applications in wartime. Chambered in 28 different calibers ranging between .17 Remington through the colossal .338 Lapua Magnum and .458 Winchester Magnum, with a staggering variety of stocks, barrels, and accessories, the average shooter is hard pressed to find a Remington 700 that doesn’t fit their shooting needs. Currently, 90% of the United States’ law enforcement agency’s sharpshooters use a Remington 700 or a similar rifle based on the original Remington 700 design, earning it the title of the most widely used modern tactical bolt-action rifle.


Number 2: AK-47
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You’re now looking at the one gun that has killed more human beings than any other in the history of existence. With the Soviet Union facing the brutality of Nazi Germany’s weapon technology, namely the StG-44 assault rifle, the Red Army began designing a weapon with that would bridge the gap between sub machine gun and rifle. It’s sheer effectiveness was demonstrated in the Korean War against crack American G.I.s in the hands of Chinese troops, and the Russians were saddled with a rifle not only iconic of their own nation, but of war itself. Through seventy years of use as the most widely used assault rifle in the world, the AK-47 has become a symbol of terror and oppression, as well as that of revolution and change. It is one of the strongest symbols that humans can conjure.

While the “true” AK-47 is chambered in 7.62x39mm, the sheer number of countries that have recreated this weapon have opened the shooting world to a wide variety of calibers and accessories for the AK-47 while still making it affordable enough for the average civilian to own more than one. Aside from the ingenious design, the AK-47 is extremely cheap and easy to manufacture, is incredibly durable, and is almost childishly easy to use. It is commonly criticized for low accuracy at range, but an AK-47 is a rifle that will fight just as well or better as a comparable design at anything up to three hundred yards.


Number 1: M1 Carbine
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Often said to be a miniature M1 Garand, the Carbine was actually build from scratch by the Winchester Gun Company during World War Two. However, the relation wasn’t totally unfounded, as the M1 Carbine maintained a very similar outward appearance, and even bore size. The M1 Carbine was never designed to be a general issue infantry rifle, but a weapon easier to handle than a rifle, but granting longer range than a pistol or sub machine gun. That’s right – the M1 Carbine is the same class of weapon as the P90 or the MP7. At the time of it’s implementation, the Carbine replaced the M1911A1 pistol as the defense weapon of cooks, drivers, and non combat personnel. However, it’s ideal handling characteristics and increased range made it a favorite for high-mobility troops such as paratroopers. Nearly thirty years later, the Carbine was still being used in the Vietnam war, with a thirty-round “banana magazine” and fully automatic fire, as the M2 and M3 Carbine.

Being the first weapon to use non corrosive primer ammunition, the M1 Carbine was a godsend to the Marines in the Pacific campaign where barrel and chamber corrosion was a major factor in weapon efficiency, effectively ushering in the age of modern non-corrosive ammunition. The M1 Carbine was also highly praised by paratroopers over France due to the mobility offered by an optional folding stock which at the time was an original idea for a rifle. The mix of high mobility, mid range accuracy, and ease of use made the M1 Carbine a very popular choice for soldier and civilian alike – not bad for a design that hasn’t changed in over seventy years.

Smith & Wesson SD9

Smith & Wesson Corp., the legendary 158-year old firearms maker, announced that the company has unveiled a new line of firearms designed to assist with personal and home protection needs – the Smith & Wesson Self Defense (SD) Series. Chambered in 9mm and .40 S&W, the Smith & Wesson SD9 and SD40 semi-automatic pistols offer a variety of features requested by individuals for use at home and for personal defense applications.

“The new SD9 and SD40 pistols combine the best of both price and functionality in a reliable, ergonomic firearm engineered with one specific goal in mind – self defense,” said Tom Kelly Vice President of Marketing for Smith & Wesson.

More information later on.

Desert Eagle Baby

Magnum Research of Minneapolis, Minnesota, is well-known by anyone who has ever touched off a round from a handgun. Big semi autos in Desert Eagle .50 , .44 Magnum and .357 Magnum quickly captured the imagination of recreational hand gunners, handgun hunters and silhouette shooters around the country.
But even Arnold Schwarzenegger would have trouble toting a Desert Eagle all day, so Magnum Research offers a line of more normal-size pistols. These include the Baby Eagle and subcompact Micro Desert Eagle–and now a new polymer-frame pistol called the Baby Desert Eagle Fast Action.

The Baby Desert Eagle Fast Action is a polymer-frame, striker-fired pistol with a unique “fast-action” trigger mechanism. When you chamber a round, the striker is held in the cocked position and the first shot can be fired with a long but very light stroke. After firing a shot, the trigger moves a short distance forward to reset, allowing subsequent shots to be fired with a single-action-like stroke.

When you are done firing, you depress the decocker, an oval-shaped button at the left rear of the slide. This allows the striker to move forward, where it is held in place. Firing the pistol in normal double-action mode now requires a significantly heavier trigger stroke.

Magnum Research Baby Desert Eagle Fast Action
Type: locked breech semiauto
Caliber: 9mm Luger (tested), .40 S&W
Capacity: 10, 15-round (tested) magazines (9mm); 10, 11-round magazines (.40)
Weight: 24.8 oz.
Price: $699.

Fire Weapons

Firearms
The modern ranged weapons are probably the best thing to have in zombie combat. Using an explosive power the gun projects an object with remarkable precision and accuracy. These weapons do have complicated parts and need to be continuously cleaned and maintained.

The Handgun
The handgun or pistol is a small compact handheld firearm. From the old six shot Ruger revolver to the quick customized full automatic Glock 9mm. The handgun is light, easy to carry and a good short to mid-range weapon. On the down side it usually has a small ammunition capacity and is not as accurate as the rifle. The handgun is a great secondary weapon to use as a back-up if using other firearms.

The Rifle
The rifle is a larger, accurate, two handed gun. Types of rifles range from the midrange quick action assault rifle to the extremely long range bolt action sniper rifle. The rifle is the most dependable and accurate type of firearm. These weapons are good and picking off zombies from a distance and conserving ammo. With proper training this type of gun is probably the most effective weapon in long range zombie combat.

The Machine Gun
The machine gun unleashes rounds of ammunition very rapidly, these guns rip and shred everything in their path. These guns have no problem blowing organisms to peaces unfortunately when talking about zombies sometimes those pieces might still be coming to get you. The gun is good but expends ammo very fast and most of the time supplies are limited which might make these gun only useful for a short about of time.

The Shotgun
The shotgun delivers a powerful short range blast of spreading pellets. These guns are undeniably the best short range firearm. The shotgun is king of close quarter combat inside windy building hallways. The problem is that it is not very effective at much longer ranges, ammo capacity is limited and reload time is time consuming. Great for blowing zombie heads off at close range but not so in

 

other situations.

Melee Weapons 2

Sledgehammer:
Much like the axe in terms of dynamics, many of the same tactics used for the axe can be applied here. The biggest difference is that an axe cleaves things, anda hammer smashes things. Any zombie body part you hit with it, might possibly cease to be a solid, singular object. However, it is a very heavy weapon, with most examples weighing in at between ten and twenty pounds. Unless you are built like an ’80s action star, you will probably be tired out by carrying this weapon. It can easily keep a zombie at bay, as even a blow that doesn’t have the power to smash bones would still knock the zombie back or on to it’s ass.

hovel/Spade/ETool:
The shovel is definitely a weapon of opportunity, probably more useful for burying stiffs than killing them. However, in the hands of a good user, it could serve some purpose. Shovels with longer shafts can be swung, much like a dull axe. However, shovels are heavy, and over-swing is an issue. The blade could be used as a small, improvised shield, useful when your opponent swings back. The blade is not sharp, but getting whacked with it would stall a zombie for sure. Use it until you find something more suitable. There are smaller shovels that can be used in much the same way as a hatchet, to the point where the US Army trains its troops in its combat use. Military spades are known as entrenching tools, or E-tools. Still, use it until you find something better.

Pickaxe:
There isn’t much to be said about the pick-axe that hasn’t already been mentioned. Similar to an ax in design, with the exception of a spiked head on one side, and a flat chisel on the other. It would be used for impaling an opponent. As a plus however, the elongated head could be use to block and counter enemy swings. Obvious drawbacks are over-swing, and getting the pick stuck into objects. Also fairly unwieldy for tight places. Overall, not a bad weapon of choice, that would be fairly common in garden supply shops, tool retailers, etc.

 

Pipe/Monkey Wrench:
The pipe/monkey wrench may not be your first choice for a weapon, but this hunk of steel is quite effective in close-quarters combat. If used correctly, it has the capability to break bone and crush skull with generally less effort, making it an effective bludgeon. Its variety in sizes ranging from smaller single-hand versions, to larger sledge-hammer sized versions make it one of the more difficult tools to judge. Its uses as a weapon vary as much as it does in size.

As good a weapon as the pipe/monkey wrench is, its practical applications must not be overlooked. It can be used in the place of any of a large collection of wrenches, loosening nuts, bolts, and pipes of a wide variety. This makes it an ideal tool when salvaging parts from machinery and certain kinds of constructions.
Overall, the pipe wrench is very useful, and you might want to hold onto it even if you don’t plan to use it for zombie killing.