What Gun for Zombies?
Not to get into a huge discussion, of which I'm sure there is plenty on places like THR, TFL, and arf.com, but just some commentary on a couple of recent postings I've read.
First of all, I'll agree with this author that a shotgun is not the best weapon for dealing with zeds in the wild, I'd posit that using a Saiga-12 would greatly reduce the problem of slow reloading.
And second, a post full of good advice from the inestimable Chuck Z. I will take issue, however, with his choice of the .22 LR for dealing with zeds. Firstly, because I have doubts about the ability of the .22 to penetrate a human skull reliably, especially when striking at an angle of significantly less than 90 degrees. Secondly, not every shot is going to be a head shot, especially when dealing with zeds in large numbers. A .22 which doesn't kill instantly isn't going to do much at all. But larger calibers at least have the capability to shred muscle and break bones. And shredded muscles and broken bones reduce the mobility and/or grabbing abilities of zombies just like regular people. Personally, I'd recomend something in 5.56 or 7.62x39.
...to complete and total wussies. (HT: Uncle)
So these people are getting worked up at the thought of a few folks using bows in their backyards? How do these people get out of bed in the morning without their shadows scaring them back under the covers?
the chief expressed concerns after a resident recently asked whether he could use a compound bow in the village. It is the third or fourth such request since March 2007, Dahlberg's memo stats.[sic]
First of all, to whomever called the police to find out if they could shoot their bow: this is America. If the law doesn't say you can't, just do it.
And second, 3 or 4 questions in almost 4 years? I can see this is a raging epidemic of dangerousness. I don't think I'd trust the village police chiefs to hose out the cages at the dog pound.
Village code currently does not prohibit the use of compound bows on private property, unless the arrow is propelled onto or across public property.
And this is exactly how it should be: as long as what I'm doing stays on my own property, it's nobody else's business. If I'm negligent and my activity strays off my lot and does damage, then the law can intervene.
This last on needed to be pointed out:
Trustee John Korn said the matter is not a simple one and pointed out that confining the activity to an enclosed area does not necessarily make it safe. He said he once set up a range in his in-laws' home in Wheeling and was surprised to find bullet holes through the side of their house.
This clown set up a range inside a house...and then was surprised to find bullet holes through the exterior wall? Unless you've got solid masonry construction, even a .22 LR will punch holes in the wall more often than not. The fact that someone that deficient in judgment and common sense could get elected to public office says a lot about the judgment of the voters of the village.