I note with mild interest the intrigue with all-things zombie now running on the verge of rampant. Even the Department of Homeland Security talks about a Zombie Apocalypse. If that isn’t enough, we have zombie targeting, and major manufacturers are producing zombie ammo and anti-zombie equipment. I only hope this is a bit of tongue-in-cheek, yet I’ve been around long enough to know marketing people will come up with anything to sell a product. About the time one thinks of this as a joke, then some buck-naked guy is shot repeatedly while chewing the face off another naked guy in Miami. What a zoo.
Doing research, I watched the zombie movie thing, and interestingly enough, through the fog of bull, there are in fact a couple of points that caught my interest. So, let’s try to address some of the salient points of “the rules for fighting zombies.” Frankly, some of the ideas are not bad ones.
Cardio: Physical fitness is a point of interest to me and I’m always pointing out to my students physical conditioning is not a bad idea. If you’re overweight or somehow otherwise impaired, you can anticipate the zombies — as well as other types of bad guys — would take advantage of you. Remember, prime animals in a herd are not generally the ones the wolves or zombies attack. The old, weak, young, infirmed or injured are primary targets. In warfare, even damaged bombers over Germany that fell from formation were pounced on by swarms of fighters. Easy marks are eaten.
Double tapping: Conceptually I get it; make sure the threat is down in a fight. The only problem with this is what if two rounds are not enough? I say, shoot the threat until the fight is over. If it’s one round, so be it. If it’s two, three or five, stay behind the gun and sights and shoot until the problem is solved. You brought the ammo, use it.
Kick-ass partner: Always have friends who have guns, always travel with friends who have guns. If I could go to dinner with Robbie Leatham I would. If you have friends who don’t have or carry guns get rid of them. If you have friends who know you carry a gun and they don’t, trust me — some day in a public place they’ll volunteer you for a fight you don’t want to be in. Get a good partner, practice and train. Make sure your friends have guns, and they know how to use them.
By Clint Smith
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