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Special ammunition optimised for fighting zombies is selling like hot cakes in the USA, according to reports, following sensational media coverage of incidents involving flesh-eating and similar undead-esque behaviour. In particular, fears of an imminent zombie plague were stoked by the recent case of Rudy Eugene. The 31-year- …

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Mushroom

The dead have risen, and are voting Republican.

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That explains why zombies don't attack each other, Republican voters have no brains.

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I'd have pegged them as Democrats, because they have to live off the brains of others.

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Pint

But they are PROGRESSIVE zombies. Which is, not the REGRESSIVE zombie kind from Haiti.

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Americans are like they are..... Brain dead and gullible.

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Not in Philadelphia, they're not!

The Democratic Machine in Philly always manages to find just enough superseded voters to tip the balance in their favor - no matter who is running.

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unlike Brits, who are often drunk and usually chavy.

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It is well documented that the dead vote mostly in Chicago and NYC

which makes them Democrats.

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Mmmm, Hollow Point Zombie Bullets..... The cure to "Bath Salt" zombies everywhere.

I for one, welcome our Zombie Threat Destroying Ammunition Overlords. Thankfully, here in the good old USA, we can still legally own enough semi-automatic firepower to take down a small local Zombie outbreak.

BTW, Shotguns can fire "Slugs" as well as "Shot". For Zombie headshots, I suggest slugs as they are larger in diameter than any regular rifle bullet . Should take the head clean off. You know what they say... One Shot, One Kill.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: One shot, one kill

You are dead come Z-Day

Double-tap always

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Re: Mmmm, Hollow Point Zombie Bullets..... The cure to "Bath Salt" zombies everywhere.

Rule #2: Double-tap

www.zombielandrules.com/

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Re: One shot, one kill

While I would agree, double tap is the rule for normal bullets and weapons.

However, as the previous poster pointed out, a 12 gauge sized slug will leave NO head left to speak off....

No need to double tap... a headless zombie is a dead zombie.

As Shotgun slugs are extremely large and heavy, if you go wasting your ammo shooting a second empty bullet into the space where they head used to be, you will much quicker run out of ammo, and that much quicker join the zombie horde. Waste your ammo if you want to, but If you do it right the first time no need to double-tap.

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Re: Mmmm, Hollow Point Zombie Bullets..... The cure to "Bath Salt" zombies everywhere.

Even with slugs shotguns aren't exactly accurate in my experience. That may just be the shotgun I had, but I still had a fairly unimpressive grouping with them when I shot targets. I am a pretty decent shot with both pistols and rifles, but shotguns are built on the 'fill the area with lead' mentality with slugs as an afterthought. I certainly wouldn't trust my life to my ability to reliably hit headshots with a shotgun slug. Better to get a 9mm: better accuracy, similar range, easier to handle (for unexperienced shooters at least) and much lighter, more compact ammo.

Not that it really matters since the zombie apocolypse is at best a thought exercise and at worst a case of mass hysteria.

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Re: Mmmm, Hollow Point Zombie Bullets..... The cure to "Bath Salt" zombies everywhere.

Surely if you want accuracy with slugs you'd want a rifled barrel in the shotgun? I don't know if they make them, or if it helps with slugs, but as a thought experiement (as you nicely put it).

All the shotguns I've used are smoothbore, but I'm sure someone somewhere tried to rifle one (CBA to google it now, on way back from work).

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Re: Mmmm, Hollow Point Zombie Bullets..... The cure to "Bath Salt" zombies everywhere.

Heh, looks like it has been done: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paradox_gun

(I'm stuck on the tube, at least there is signal...)

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Re: One shot, one kill - or double tap as the case may warrant. (It's quality not quantity)

Okay, I saw the movie and I have the book (Zombie Survival Guide) BUT in lieu of a fully automatic .223, a decent shotgun is really effective. I was thinking of you Brits anyway since you'll have to nip down to the "Club" to steal some bluebloods shotgun since you don't have easy access to any firearms. Either that or you need axes and swords.

Oh and yes, slugs are for rifled barrels though ALL shot gun shells use a sabot or "shoe" to hold the slug or the shot until it leaves the barrel.

A 12 gauge .50 caliber slug (12.7 mm) that weighs an ounce or more WILL TAKE YOUR FRIKKIN HEAD CLEAN OFF from 50 yards. The federal gubermint says anything larger that shoots a single "bullet" is a "destructive device" making it illegal in most states.

Double tap with an itty bitty 9mm and YOU are dead on Z Day. Cardio and Shotguns are best for immediate survivability.

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Anonymous Coward

Re: One shot, one kill - or double tap as the case may warrant. (It's quality not quantity)

Look at the responses and then you wonder why Americans are not known for their sense of humour.

We brits just look at the double tap response and laugh if we get the reference.

You yanks just start with 'actually what you need is a x gauge x calibre etc etc because yyyyyy'

We know it would take the head off, we don't need it explaining and we know what a joke is.

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Re: One shot, one kill - or double tap as the case may warrant. (It's quality not quantity)

Guys,

It seems a sense of humor would be required by BOTH parties. Didn't you see my first icon was the Troll?????? I'm sitting here laughing my cohjones off, looking at all the responses from the first post, let alone the second.

I got the reference before I even posted, I knew the Seal Sniper motto "One Shot, One Kill" would immediately draw the Double Tap rule from Zombieland.

Since Brit's are not educated in the ways of armaments (or humor apparently), describing the size and weight of a shotgun slug for comparisons sake seems de rigeuer. I was waiting for the sterotypical penile size comparisons to begin.

You must remember Lewis (Page), "This is a Rifle, this is a Gun, this is for fighting, this is for fun."

Really A.C. your knickers are really in a bunch, get some baby powder.

To El Reg, can we PLEASE have a "Sarcastic Bastard" icon now???? I feel I have to give some kind of early warning now.

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RE: rifled barrel in the shotgun

Some slug guns have rifled barrels, but that's generally not necessary. Use rifled slugs, instead.

From my old Beretta 1200FP, I could place five-for-five in a patch the size of palm of my hand at 100 yards - Not precisely tack-driving, but more than sufficient to the need.

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Re: One shot, one kill - or double tap as the case may warrant. (It's quality not quantity)

You seem to have forgotten that one of the primary drivers to move to 5.56 mm ammo, as opposed to 7.62 mm, was to reduce ammo weight.

Come Z day, I'd trade a light 9 mm way over a, what, 50 cal HMG, sorry sniper rifle round. Of which you will only be able to carry so much, in the midst of the endless zombie hordes. & like you're really gonna be aiming for 800+ yds killshots on zombies through a 20x scope lens, with perhaps some bolt action to spice things up.

Then again, I unfortunately live in a country with limited gun access.

Guess you're right, I am dead on Z day. Until then, I tend to worry a whole less about carjackings than your countrymen seem to ;-)

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Re: One shot, one kill - or double tap as the case may warrant. (It's quality not quantity)

Strange comment, considering that the double tap joke was from Zombieland, a US film.... and most of us get the joke without getting all geek on ammo. :)

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Re: One shot, one kill - or double tap as the case may warrant. (It's quality not quantity)

"I was thinking of you Brits anyway since you'll have to nip down to the "Club" to steal some bluebloods shotgun since you don't have easy access to any firearms. Either that or you need axes and swords."

As a brit come z day I'll be kitted out with a full suit of plate armour and a chainsaw. Petrol is a lot easier to get over here than gun ammo.

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Gimp

Re: One shot, one kill - or double tap as the case may warrant. (It's quality not quantity)

Not sure about the plate-mail, but a chainsaw ftw!

Plus home made flamethrower for the side-kick

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Re: Mmmm, Hollow Point Zombie Bullets..... The cure to "Bath Salt" zombies everywhere.

>>You know what they say... One Shot, One Kill.

Well, they might say that, but they've moved over to semi automatics and like when they took out the pirates, there were more shots than kills. Besides, slugs? nahhh... i'd want frag12's :-)

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Re: Mmmm, Hollow Point Zombie Bullets..... The cure to "Bath Salt" zombies everywhere.

Yea, they make 'em and use sabots as well (a kind of slug) and they're far more accurate, that said, a bit of tumble on a larger slug will make a larger hole (if you hit).

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@Dan

Some of us Brits are well aware of the way of armaments, be it firearms, archaic weaponry or improvised weapons.

You talk of using a shotgun. Here, that's a maximum of two shots before you have to reload, so you'd best hope you are not facing a hoard of Zombies. Me, I'd opt for... combination harvester, road roller, JCB or some other form of large, heavy, mobile plant (no, not a triffid, I'm talking construction vehicles, agricultural vehicles, military vehicles or other rugged transport. Heck a bus is just as good so long as you don't stop to let the zombies on!). Good for alien invaders, good for Zombies. Only limitation is fuel, which should last longer than ammo supplies, plus you gain the benefit of being able to escape the scene for a breather.

On the other hand, I do like that people are buying the ammunition just because of the packaging and not because they have a gun: It explains where you'll get more ammo while you're fighting your way through office blocks to face the end of level mega-zombie! (See, even an IT reference :p )

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Re: One shot, one kill - or double tap as the case may warrant. (It's quality not quantity)

You are aware of the existence of semiautomatic shotguns, aren't you?

Such arms can hold up to 7 shells. It would be intelligent to include a sidearm so you can defend yourself while you flee to a secure location to reload.

If Resident Evil has taught me anything, its that mobility is your best defense. Keep moving at all times, don't try to fight more than 5 zombies at the same time, and if an attractive lady with a miniskirt shows up, carrying a grenade launcher, follow her.

Mine's the one with the Umbrella logo in the back.

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Mushroom

Re: Mmmm, Hollow Point Zombie Bullets..... The cure to "Bath Salt" zombies everywhere.

While you are all being eaten after your weapons jam / cricket bats split, I will be riding around in my Zombine Harvester.

http://checkmyinevitable.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/zombine%20harvester

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Re: Mmmm, Hollow Point Zombie Bullets..... The cure to "Bath Salt" zombies everywhere.

Sorry, I don't understand this business about "slugs" =\- do you mean a single bulet fired from a 12-bore? I thought shotguns were choked, so how does the bullet get out?

Where's the "naive idiot" icon?

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Re: One shot, one kill - or double tap as the case may warrant. (It's quality not quantity)

@Fred Mbogo

I am well aware of the various forms of shotgun, and in the array of strange and unusual weapons being produced each year along with normal firearm development.

However, here in the UK, we have some rather strict gun laws. A shotgun license allows a shotgun with a maximum of three rounds (single barreled, one round loaded, two in a magazine, pump or semi-automatic only, not automatic loading), but most common shotguns sport two barrels, each individually loaded. Ownership of shotgun cartridges also requires a shotgun license - you can't just buy ammunition if you feel like it.

Yes, it is possible to obtain a shotgun that holds more rounds, but this requires a firearms license instead, and is much harder to obtain.

So, in practical terms, in the UK we're limited to the twin barreled shotgun, hence we are limited to two shots. I hope that clears things up for you.

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Re: You are dead come Z-Day

Hornady Zombie Max Ammo, Double tapping with a single shot to increase your defensive rate of fire!

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Re: Americans are not known for their sense of humour.

I disagree. We can just keep it up longer than you do. And it frustrates the hell out of you that we can.

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Happy

Re: You talk of using a shotgun.

So sorry, we keep forgetting you Brits had your gun rights castrated so long ago.

This side of the pond unless you are using a double-barrel you pretty much have to ADD a plug to meet the shot limit for duck season. And banana clip and drums are available if you want to avail yourself of the appropriate Zombie fighting armaments.

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A-Max

A-Max ammunition is actually for competition target shooting, not for people.

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Why would you want hollowpoints for target shooting?

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The USP is probably that being essential hollow points they mushroom on hitting the target; so making a bigger hole; so being more likely to "clip the line" if one's aim is slightly off. Good luck with that. Pity there is no ASA in the US of A to say: "prove they work". I suspect that NRA would ban them if they did.

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Re: A-Max

Because weight distribution.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollow-point_bullet#Accuracy

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"hollow points they mushroom on hitting the target"

Hopefully not; surely? Aren't targets made of paper? Even a GSS won't break up on going through that!

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Re: A-Max

As a non-gun-nut I'd rather assumed the reason for hollow-points for target shooting was that they had less ricochet potential.

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"Varmints"

Look at their website - especially the promo video and accompanying blurb - and you'll notice that they carefully avoid mention of zombified people. Instead they show CGI zombie creatures of some kind and talk about 'Zombie Varmints'.

There's a minor possibility that it's for some minor legal reason, but I think it's because these bullets are of NO USE in a real zombie outbreak, and they're covering themselves. Back to the drawing board.

The current zombie-fighting instrument of choice appears to be the crossbow. Silent (to avoid attracting further zombies), deadly accurate and recoverable (ideal for a low-ammo situation). See Dead Rising for reference.

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To be fair, if there is a mass zombie outbreak, then facing legal action because their zombie bullets don't halt zombies would be the least of everybody's problems!!!

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Re: "Varmints"

Crossbows suffer from slow reload and limited ammo capacity though - no use against a horde. For this sort of situation, the preferred weapon of choice is the lawnmower (cf. Brain Dead)

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Re: "Varmints"

No...No...NO...... a canoe paddle with two chainsaw's on the ends.

I tell you when the dead rise I wont be left for dead....

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I think it is probably something to do with not being allowed to advertise things that are intended to kill people.

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jai
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LPs make good ranged weaponry, although aiming can be an issue. (Dire Straits and the Batman Soundtrack, not Purple Rain or the Stone Roses)

Also, the humble Swingball set can be put to great use - assuming you utilise the correct end.

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Alternate Article Title...

Dum-dums buying dum-dums...

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@NoneSuch

Dum-Dums have a problem: They stop and ask for directions...

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Go backwards

Use of personal arms should only be limited to targetting individual zombies. A heavy, short range slug is far more useful than a long ranged streamlined one in the hands of a panicky human! Blatting away at a horde is not the best of ideas...

Typical Americans, always thinking the hi-tech solution is the answer. Just have a 12 pounder cannon, double shot it with a cannon ball and grapeshot combination and let loose at the horde at very close range. No aiming required apart from a pistol round to the head for the survivors. Sometimes the old ways are the best!

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Re: Go backwards

chains would work well here

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