End of the World Scenario #1: Zombie ApocalypseComing up on December 21st, 2012, the Mayan calendar will have finished its great 5,125-year-long cycle. The Zombie ApocalypseWhen the freaking CDC makes a zombie preparedness page on their site, you know the threat is real, even if it was originally supposed to cover the zombie uprising of May 21st, 2011.Hollywood is even releasing the movie adaptation of the World War Z novel by Max Brooks, which details the coming zombie invasion on Earth. Millions of people all over the world have gone through the scenario at one point or another—what would they would do if zombies overtook the world?
Step 1: Getting Your SuppliesThe first thing you'll want to do is rummage through your house for tools and supplies. Step 2: Don't Go to WalmartI don't know how many times I can say this, but—DON'T GO TO WALMART.Do you understand that if you go to Walmart to loot, you'll run into every other idiot who thought looting Walmart was a good idea?
Step 3: Defending Your HomeOnce you've gathered all the supplies and weapons needed to protect yourself and your loved ones, head back home. Step 4: Surviving an Attack on Your HomeOnce your house is secured, you'll want to prepare for the zombies that will begin to pile up.
Image via wikimedia.org This may also mean that you'll be freezing, so make sure to find a nice home or cabin to live in. Almost every legal jurisdiction considers striking a downed person with shod-feet potentially deadly or crippling force.
After QUICKLY maneuvering to the zombie's side, fully draw up (chamber) your striking leg and thrust diagonally into the knee joint--the movie Roadhouse nicely demonstrates the technique (against a zombie, leave out the punch-to-groin setup Sam Elliot uses). To knock down a zombie, use the same technique police officers and first responders use to knock in residential doors--a thrusting front kick. To parry a flail is about the hardest thing you can do, even shields offer little protection against them, as flails are known for simply going over or around the shield, possibly hitting the opponent or even digging into the shield and ripping it from the user's hands. A dangerous weapon from Japan, the Kanabo is a heavy, 3–5 foot long club A Kanabo.
An impact weapon invented by Native Americans, especially associated with Iroquois and Algonquin warriors. Even after the introduction of steel-headed tomahawks, ball-headed war clubs remained popular for Indian warriors as they never needed to be sharpened, did not rust or have their heads come loose, and could be carried slung through a belt with no fear of cutting the user.
While wood replicas of the ball-headed war club are available, a more affordable and durable polypropylene model is available through Cold Steel (pictured). Traditionally used by the East Woodland Indians such as the Iroquois and Huron-Wyandot, gunstock war clubs resemble gunstocks, but are not made from actual gunstocks. Popularized by martial arts and screen legend Bruce Lee, nunchaku (or in common English, "nunchuks")  were famous martial arts weapons.
A police officer's nightstick, also known as a Baton or Tonfa is specifically designed so that it doesn't kill people, An outdated Police baton (Nightstick). Made to be sturdy due to their purpose of prying things open, this is an incredibly useful weapon, and extremely versatile tool as well.
Spiking a bat is not recommended, as the nails may bend and it may weaken the structure of the bat.
A spatula is "a small implement with a broad, flat, flexible blade used to mix, spread and lift material" including foods, drugs, plaster and paints. On Zombie, Don’t underestimate this diminutive weapon – a hard chop against a zombie neck and you’ve got a dead zombie. The only problem about killing a zombie with a rolling pin is that you can’t use it for baking afterward. Not any better in terms of accuracy or damage than a length of pipe or crowbar, and also harder to find and just as heavy.a ski pole would bend pretty easily, rendering it all but useless. A typical two-piece cue for pocket billiards is usually made mostly of hard rock maple, with a fiberglass or phenolic resin ferrule, usually 0.75 to 1 inch (19 to 25 mm) long, and steel joint collars and pin.
A hockey stick is a piece of equipment used in field hockey, ice hockey , roller hockey or underwater hockey to move the ball or puck. Although a hockey stick offers 2% less encumbrance than the fire axe, the accuracy cannot be improved as much as the axe.
Although it is known to injure many people in fights, a hockey stick sadly lacks the durability and strength to smash a skull.
However, a vintage (or antique) golf club of extremely high quality would be surprisingly effective, assuming the head, and not the shaft, is what hits the zombie.
One handed hammers, however, require the survivor to be perilously close to the zombie, and require several swings from even the strongest wielders before the brain is destroyed. One should not underestimate the value of good tools in a Zombie Apocalypse however, especially in building or maintaining a base.
Tennis rackets lack the strength to break the skull no matter what, and they should never be used for a weapon. In this ongoing five-part series, we examine what would happen if zombies, nuclear weapons, cyber wars, earthquakes, or aliens actually destroyed our planet—and how you might survive.
This has fueled worldwide speculation as to what will happen on that fateful day, the most popular outcome obviously being death to us all. They concluded that there's nothing out of the ordinary, except for the normal December solstice. And no matter who you talk to, the answer will always be the same—they will survive.In all actuality, some will survive, but for the most part, they'll end up like the dudes below.
In a mere minutes, I was able to find a machete, ax, baseball bat, chainsaw, and several types of hammers.
Instead of finding the tools you'll need, you'll find yourself fighting off people that are desperate for supplies. All you need to do is turn on your TV, get a nice glass of whiskey and press "close" on your home remote control. We recently saw Hurricane Sandy leave millions without electricity, running water and transportation. Smaller cars struggle through tough and steep terrain, and their smaller tires are also more immune to popping than bigger ones.
The zombie apocalypse will probably wipe out the majority of people you know and love, so it's up to you to survive and keep the human population from becoming extinct. Not only are high-topped and thick-soled military, hiking, or work boots essential survival wear, under the right circumstances they are highly effective impact weapons. The first priority target is the skull, using the floor or ground to brace the target so none of the kinetic impact is dissipated by the "shock-absorber" of the zombie's neck .
With either of these goals accomplished, the choice is then to flee or to finish off the zombie with boot stomps. Avoid steel-toed work boots--not only can they cause foot problems (especially bunions) they can suck heat out of an already frostbite-prone region of your anatomy. Typically, they are heavy weapons used by various nations across the globe during the Middle Ages. It was commonly used by infantry to knock horsemen off the horse, and could penetrate the plate armor with a well-struck hit.
Basically an Asian staff, mastery of these weapons began millenniums ago in the Shaolin Temple, in what is now Henan Province, China. It is a tree branch cut into a club or whatever shape you want it, and with rows of metal bolts protruding from the sides for bashing zombies heads in. They are Victorian exercise equipment (borrowed from Asian-Indian Athletes), and fell out of use in the 1930s but have recently regained a retro-comeback among some fitness enthusiasts. This pre-contact weapon was traditionally carved from a single piece of hardwood (usually hornbeam, a variant of ironwood) and was much more durable in close-quarter combat than the indigenous stone-headed tomahawks. The Cold Steel offering also features a steel-post set into the striking head to concentrate the bone-crushing impact.

Gunstock War Clubs regained weapon-fan popularity after the 1992 remake of The Last of the Mohicans, where one was carried and used by the character Chingakook (Russell Means) Cold Steel currently offers a polypropylene model (pictured).
Most nunchuks were comprised of two identical wooden sticks connected by rope or small linked chain. Not only can you bash zombies with it, but, with a good swing, the claw end can puncture the skull and rip through the brain with minimal splatter (be careful not to get it stuck). They are also quite durable, and are readily available from any hardware store.
Polypropylene is the most recommended out of the three, due to the fact that it has more durability, wood is the second most recommended, although it can break with use, and aluminum can depend if it's hollow or not, however it's not recommended due to the fact that it can get dented and even when hit, it can cause an uncomfortable vibration. Also, using a spiked bat may completely shatter the skull, sending blood and brain matter everywhere, raising the chances of infection. It derives from the Latin word for a flat piece of wood or splint (a diminutive form of the Latin spatha, meaning broadsword), and hence can also refer to a tongue depressor.
Make sure you’re using a metal spatula, as zombie killing results with a plastic spatula may vary. Modern ski poles are most commonly made from aluminum and carbon fiber, though materials such as bamboo are still used. However, a hockey stick can be used to gain the upper hand against poorly armed or unarmed human adversaries. So if your lucky 9-iron was passed on to you by your father, who may or may not have received it from your grandpa, maybe.
If nothing else in the general area would be useful, tennis rackets may serve a purpose for simply knocking zombies aside.
There is no scientific evidence to support any claims of an impending apocalypse, so where does that leave us?Well, as everyone knows, science can't explain everything. If your only option is a small car, try and find tools and accessories to add to the car to make up for its size.
Zombies can attack more easily in cities, where there isn't much room to run.Cities are crowded, noisy, and compact.
One such proponent is Max Brooks (author of The Zombie Survival Guide), who has written in his book, with outstanding clarity, "Blades don't need reloading." This ignores, however, that blades do require reloading in a very real sense, as they rely entirely on the user for the energy needed to kill something, and melee combat, even with an edged weapon, is extremely tiring and wear on the body.
Weapons marked with a *^ are weapons that could either be made or be improvised with another item to produce the same effect, but besides this, they are still pretty common. Finding one that can take repeated punishment of smashing zombie skulls is a bit trickier, but things made from aluminum are both lightweight and durable. Limbs are secondary targets only so far as to cripple the zombie enough to then be able to attack the skull. Not only is the knee joint more susceptible to damage from side-impact, it means a collapsing zombie will not be falling literally into your lap, which can very well result if you attack from the front.
Avoid any "urban combat" footwear that may look threateningly cool but are often shoddy-quality, ankle-turning, and fatigue-inducing monstrosities. The only problem with this tactic is that the flail is more likely to wrap around the weapon, effectively making both weapons useless, which can put either user at a great advantage or a disadvantage depending on the strength of the fighters and whether or not they have another weapon. The slightly inverse-curved weapon typically ranged from 18" to 25" in length and was highly regarded by both Indian and Euro-Americans for its capacity to smash a human skull with a single full-arm awing.
While potentially devastating to a human opponent (who reacts to both pain and visual misdirection) nunchuks are ill advised to dispatch a zombie. Finally, the crowbar has a key advantage over other melee weapons—it can be used for its original purpose of prying open boxes, doors, windows, and what have you. Plus there would be no way to holster a spiked bat therefore making it your primary weapon. They have a long reach and can be found anywhere baseball is played (which is to say, anywhere in the United States), and most importantly, they have enough power to crack a skull open in one blow or if you need to cripple it, a good hit in the spine will do.
Roller types consists of a thick cylindrical roller with small handles at each end; rod type rolling pins are usually thin tapered batons. Poles are used in alpine skiing, freestyle skiing (with the exception of aerials), and cross-country skiing. While there are many custom cuemakers, a very large number of quality pool cues are manufactured in bulk.
If someone in your group is breaking order, you can use this to restore order, although it isn’t recommended. If the club head says stuff like "1926" "Hand-Forged" "Made In Edinburgh, Scotland" or anything like that, if the head has a good heft to it and if the shaft is varnished wood, chances are a direct hit (or two) would kill a zombie. However, in isolated cases, an old tennis racket can be used to restrain a single zombie until dealt with by removing enough netting until the racket can be easily placed around the neck of a zombie. So why think it can explain doomsday?Worldwide, people have begun to build bunkers, filling them with cans of Spam and Mountain Dew. If you can't find anything, or are simply not there, you can search through any neighboring houses that are unoccupied (or occupied with the living dead). With the weapons you have, prepare to fight the zombies in your home and bash their skulls in.
Blades also require extreme care in their use and constant, regular maintenance anytime they are employed; a blade that sees regular use can require as much or more maintenance and care than a firearm. Targeting the torso should only be done to knock back down a zombie attempting to get back up. Finally, avoid "speed-zippers"--these accessories will break under severe or sustained wear. The flanged mace favored by the Mongolians was so effective that it could literally disintegrate a human skull in a single strike. Because Asian history is devoid of armies or cavalries donning heavy armor, bashing weapons were reserved for unarmored combat, and piercing and slashing weapons for light armor.
The main problems with the Kanabo are that it is heavy (over 8 pounds), hard to find, and has little to no secondary purpose (unless you are hunting and need a secondary method of putting prey down, which would need to be around the size of a elephant to not be overkill). Some look like short, thick turned-wood chair legs with an adjustable-length metal shaft and a D handle. They can be made of wood or polypropylene, and are effective in bashing skulls and bones of both the living and undead.. One has to get within grabbing distance to connect a blow with them, and unless the entire structure is made of a sturdy metal or studded, the impact on a skull will, at best, cause a small crack. However, actually doing so takes a great deal of upper body strength, as their light weight actually worked against them in this way.
Rolling pins of different styles and materials offer advantages over another, as they are used for different tasks in cooking and baking. In recent years, more technological materials such as fiberglass, carbon fiber, aluminum, etc., have been increasingly used for shafts and butts, and there has been a trend toward experimentation with rubber, memory foam and other soft wraps.
Don't plan on using your lucky 9-iron on an attacking ghoul, unless you plan to make him look funny with that 9-iron wrapped around his neck as he starts biting your face off. This can be useful for keeping a zombie at bay and creating a target when said zombie is attacking a survivor.
This may not be the easiest thing to do, but if you have material laying around, build a fence. During the winter and fall, the cold slows down the zombies a considerable amount, if not completely freeze them immobile. Always remember while active a zombie is ALWAYS attempting to grab and bite any human within contact range. Even if they were wearing a helmet, the flail would deliver some serious blunt force trauma, and the helmet could become so distorted that should the intended victim somehow survive the battle, they'd require a blacksmith to help pry the helmet off his head. It is most effective when you know how to handle it as it is quite heavy, but it can penetrate or crush the zombie skull.
Even in feudal Japan, the weapon was rarely used by soldiers, instead being more of a weapon for those with major strength who could swing and recover fast if they missed their target.

The gunstock warclub is also good for knocking zombies out of your way and its not only lethal but also looks nicely nasty. Even then, the chain cannot be too thick, which means it will quickly wear thin, rust, or outright snap like a bicycle chain. A chain-link fence might bode well against a few zombies, but they'll eventually knock it down with numbers. Since ammunition will become increasingly difficult to come by, it is important to keep a quality close-quarters weapon handy. Simply take a flat shovel, preferable no larger than two feet long, and weld two axe blades on either sides.
For this reason, avoid the jumping two-legged stomp ("Bronco Kick") against any zombie who is lying face upward.
And being the heavy weapons they are, your speed is greatly reduced while wielding them and much skill and strength are required to use and carry them. An even more insidious weapon was the morning star, which had numerous spikes on the ball itself, and when used on an unarmored human head, could cause such damage that most of the brain itself could be flung out of the shattered skull. Sturdy equivalences or replicas are easily improvised from simple wooden dowels at your local hardware store. In addition, the kanabo may smash a zombie's head a little too well, splattering infected brain matter all over you like watermelons at a Gallagher show.
Some can take the shape of a glass bottle (pretty much any glass vessel with a narrow neck) and some look like giant, over sized bowling pins with faded circus paint and fading fancy letters that say stuff like "100-pound Herculean". The speed nunchuks generate is substantial, and can cause substantial bruising, pain, bleeding, and hairline fractures in smaller bones. Best to ignore these, unless the situation dictates that you get out of an area as quickly as possible, leaving you little time to kill each and every zombie, in which case these would be useful in shoving aside ghouls in your way. Titanium crowbars recently have become available in North America and are lighter than their steel counterparts, yet more than twice as strong. For most people, taking a ghoul down should be easy, assuming the person is not suffering from intense strain in a muscle.
I mean, hell, people in the movies end up surviving somehow and movies are just like real life, so you'll be fine. However, using melee weapons causes you to run the risk of exposing yourself to infection, either through a zombie bite or blood splatter (although Solanum infected blood congeals, partially minimizing this concern. Alternatively, sharpen the edges of a flat-bladed shovel until it is suitable for zombie-killing.
However, if you can find one and have the considerable strength and fitness required to effectively wield it, you have yourself a great close-range zombie-smasher.
Over time and repeated usage, the spikes wear down and become nubs, but this does not significantly diminish the damage rendered.
Also, the studs can come off with enough force, making the weapon less useful after every fight.
It's worth noting that the vast majority of ones that say they're 100 pounds or more rarely approach that weight. It can also generate concussive force, which is irrelevant to a zombie.  It was never designed to penetrate armor, or the thick human skull.
On the other hand, a steel tonfa (while rare) could provide the weight and therefore generate enough force to take out a zombie in only a few, well aimed strikes.
Because it is so light and cracking the skull takes a powerful swing, it's advised that you only use it if you're fighting a few zombies at a time, or if you're trying to quickly get through a crowd of zombies and don't have the time to kill them.
Use a manual-powered generator (which you should've have looted from Big 5) whenever needed.
Safety goggles and a closed mouth while attacking should protect most melee weapon wielders), especially if you are tired or injured. It can be used for piercing, smashing, and slashing, though the latter works somewhat ineffectively.
However, don't even think of using this against the undead unless you have lots of practice, or no alternative. An ordinary, one-handed Indian Club offer a slight increase in range over a knife, but multiple strikes may be needed to smash the brain. Also, if you find yourself an antique police nightstick then by all means use it, those things are made of solid hardwood and a direct hit would be surprisingly effective. Baseball bats are most commonly found in sporting goods stores and at baseball fields, though they can also be found in homes, often as ad-hoc home defense weapons.
In addition, while a katana or a scimitar might be great to have during a zombie apocalypse, they're about as useful as bare hands if you don't know how to use them. Train your technique using a store-bought coconut lying on the ground--you will get valuable feedback in the necessary technique and commitment. It would be possible to make a makeshift mace by attaching something somewhat heavy (like a rock) to a thick stick or a metal bar. When using a flail, having a slightly longer handle and using two hands can improve one's control over the weapon. However, the majority of Indian Clubs that still survive are extremely well-made out of the most durable hardwoods, or occasionally metal.
The PR-24 (short for "prosecutor"), as pictured on the side, can be used to kill zombies by holding the short handle and spinning the baton, connecting to the head. One should be careful not to underestimate the effects of fatigue while using melee weapons. Even fully trained modern experts wear reinforced helmets when demonstrating these weapons, because the whirling ball is so unpredictable that the user has a very good chance of smashing his own brain in with the thing. The design maximizes centrifugal force by maximizing speed of the spin (force= mass x acceleration).
Bats are very easily found, require no prior experience to become effective, and are very durable and light weight.
Big 5 not only carries all of the camping necessities you'll need, but also any weapon you'll want: baseball bats, crossbows, handguns, rifles, and shotguns. While adrenaline will endow extra strength and energy, this chemical reaction is an emergency fight or flight response, and will not last long.
It is advisable to practice sufficiently before the zombie apocalypse in order to attain the necessary level of competence with the nunchuaku, as they are also functional against multiple zombies. However, this does require practiced skill and to be most effective, spikes should be added to the end of the PR-24. Only the highly fit should engage in melee battle for more than a few minutes without having an escape plan. Another useful quick modification would be to sharpen all ends so they may be used in a stabbing manner to penetrate the skull, though this would require good aim and massive force to successfully execute. Flailing zombie arms and hands will effectively defeat this weapon (unaltered) as they stop the momentum required to deliver a zombie-stopping blow.
Have a few backpacks ready with essentials and a way to escape your home if it's overrun by zombies.

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