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Max The Magnificent
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Max The Magnificent   7/5/2012 4:01:45 PM
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Ha! And everyone laughed at me! They will be laughing on (whatever is left of) the other side of their face when the dread day comes... :-)

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Frank Karkota   7/5/2012 12:43:42 AM
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Actually, the CDC is preparing for a zombie apocalypse in the United States. It is NOT science-fiction! See http://newswithviews.com/L'Hommedieu/stephen102.htm

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Max The Magnificent   4/17/2012 1:30:25 PM
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The only problems are (a) getting there alive and (b) negotiating with everyone else who got there first... not the least that if I was in the military I think I would tend to fall back to a defensible position with lots of supplies like ... Oh, say for example a military base :-)

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mrj   4/17/2012 10:49:39 AM
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One could stop by an abandoned military base for some more effective kit -- grab an armoured personnel carrier or two (take some friends) & some artillery. Take some miniguns, ammo, sniper rifles, assault rifles, grenades, food, fuel, water, med kits, tents, claymores, C4, detonators, timers, a shovel or two etc. etc..

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500CID   4/10/2012 10:45:44 PM
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To melee or not to melee, it really depends on what type they are, "shamblers" VS "rage virus". Unless you know how to use an edged weapon, best to go for blunt trauma or pick. Machete can get stuck, Halligan or Kelly tool found on most if not all fire rescue vehicles seems to be the best choice for melee. Here is a very good diary style fiction series: http://adriansundeaddiary.com/diary-entries.htm

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clay_cowgill   4/6/2012 7:35:46 AM
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Subsonic .22LR would be great for small game (which would probably be the most plentiful-- especially in an urban environment). The efficacy of the rimfire round against the zombified cranium would depend on the engagement distance, available angle (ie, temple vs. forehead) and accuracy of the shooter. Truly, 'YMMV'. (.22's were/are supposedly a favorite of mafia hitmen because the bullet will penetrate the skull at close range-- but not exit-- rather 'bouncing around' inside causing trouble.) On the other hand, the venerable .45ACP is naturally subsonic at standard load pressures and is easily suppressed. The greater stopping power comes at the expense of more expensive (and heavier to carry) ammunition, however.

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Max The Magnificent   4/5/2012 10:30:14 PM
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But will a subsonic .22LR have enough stopping power to bring down a zombie? Plus we have to eat while we're on the run -- so whatever we use has to be capable of bringing down animals for food...

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clay_cowgill   4/5/2012 10:04:45 PM
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Actually, a removable suppressor should not reduce the muzzle velocity at all. (The bullet has already left the barrel when the suppressor starts to "work" by reducing the exit velocity of the gas following the bullet.) Modern suppressors don't really wear much at all (unlike old ones that used fiber and insulation; new ones use metal baffles). For best results, a subsonic ammunition is preferred since you'll still have the 'crack' of a supersonic round breaking the sound barrier. A subsonic .22LR and a good can will make less noise than your average pellet gun...

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mrj   4/5/2012 2:04:48 PM
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Haldor, for sure, hand to hand combat is to be avoided as much as possible but in the long term ammo supplies are finite & occasional hand to hand skirmishes are to be expected. Even if you reload rounds the primers will run short one day. So in the event of being stuck in a zombie crowd, a sword may help one blaze a trail out of the crowd but obviously one must also consider the risk of infection when creating fountains of zombie blood - perhaps blunt instruments would be best in that case. On to crossbows: great for quiet sniping but not the ticket in a melee since they're relatively slow to load. A motorised autoloading crossbow on the other hand may be worth having but might attract attention. Fully auto grenade launchers and flame throwers spring to mind as well. Happy Easter y'all :)

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Max The Magnificent   4/3/2012 2:39:08 PM
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Wow! I just checked this out on Amazon (and other web pages) and it gets amazing reviews. [As an aside, the description of "Reapers" sort of reminds me of "The Passage: A Novel" by Justin Cronin, but "Reapers" gets a much higher score] I just ordered it -- along with "In Pursuit of the Unknown: 17 Equations That Changed the World" -- because that way by going over $25 I can go for the "Free Super Saver" post option (grin) Thanks for the suggestion... Hang on, wasn't I supposed to be cutting back on Zombie Novels?

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