Introduction: How to Survive a Minor to Moderate Zombie Outbreak.

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Oh sh**t!! You have a man covered in blood with a chuck missing from his neck banging on your window, looks like you may have zombies! (Note: If the attacker is short wearing all green he is likely Irish and just drunk no need to shoot him in the head just call the cops.)

Step 1: Supplies! (you Wont Find These at Staples)

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These are the basic things you will need

1. Non-perishable food.
2. Weapons.
3. Survival kit
4. Odds and Ends

Step 2: Non-perishable Food.

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"In the event of emergency, it's important to have food supplies that don't need refrigeration and can be prepared with ease. " - some site

There are different kinds of food that's good in a "zombie situation"

1.MRE: Meal Ready to Eat, (aka meal refusing to exit)
The Meal, Ready-to-Eat  commonly known as the MRE  is a self-contained, individual field ration in lightweight packaging bought by the United States military for its service-members for use in combat or other field conditions where organized food facilities are not available. The MRE replaced the canned MCI or Meal, Combat, Individual rations in 1981 and is the intended successor to the lighter LRP ration developed by the U.S. Army for Special Forces and U.S. Army Ranger patrol units in Vietnam. (hard to find)

2. Canned Goods: Canning is a method of preserving food in which the food is processed and sealed in an airtight container. The process was first developed as a French military discovery by Nicolas Appert. The packaging prevents microorganisms from entering and proliferating inside.

3. Freeze dried food: In planning for the long-duration Apollo missions, NASA conducted extensive research into space food. One of the techniques developed was freeze drying. Action Products commercialized this technique, concentrating on snack food. The foods are cooked, quickly frozen, and then slowly heated in a vacuum chamber to remove the ice crystals formed by the freezing process. The final product retains 98% of its nutrition and weighs only 20% of its original weight. Today, one of the benefits of this advancement in food preparation includes simple nutritious meals available to handicapped and otherwise homebound senior adults unable to take advantage of existing meal programs (best of them all)

Step 3: Weapons!!

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Okay Rambo, you wanna survive the end of the world guns a' blazin?
Heres a guide for you.

You can use what ever kinda gun you want here but just remember how much ammo you have.

1. primary weapon (shot guns or submachine guns are good here)
Why?: A shot gun is a very well rounded gun for fighting all kinds of zombies, one draw back is long loading time and small ammo capacity but is better suited to those who wish to avoid zombies and just wanna get away. An mp5 or other sub machine guns are better suited to those who are looting or battling for control of the city, advantages of this gun are large clips, versatility and light ammo and common ammo if you find the right kind.

2. secondary weapon (rifle)

A rifle is well suited to those holding up some where or as a hunting weapon for those who fled to a wilderness location (a marine is nothing without his rifle, a rifle is nothing without its marine

3. side arm (pistol (.45s are good)

A pistol. Is there any other weapon more loved by Americans? Maybe but it is one reliable weapon. When your $56,000 FN P90 jams up it's your hand gun that's gonna bail you out with its quick load and time ease of repair.
4. melee

Oh boy the katana a amine fans wet dream, and a zombies hot lunch. While running through a mob of the rotting dead may seem cool in reality light bladed weapons are very hard to control, while a machete or hachet heavy bladed weapons will smash the skull of any zombie.

Step 4: Survival Kit.

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Things you will need.
1. basic med kit (at the very least)
2 good lighter + fuel and flints (Zippo)
3. Camp mirror.
4. Every episode of Survivor man. (or you can just watch them now)
5. Smoke bombs (if they cant see you they cant get you)
6. Long rope.
7. hand axe (can be used as a weapon in a pinch)
8. Knowlage of the area you're going to. (what plants/bugs/animals you can eat what animals are deadly, terrain etc)
9. secondary fire starting tool (magnesium flint stick)
10. Hunting knife and multi-tool
11. Folding camp shovel
12. Saw

Step 5: Odds and Ends

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Thank you for reading my first guide i hope you liked it.

This is still a work in progress.

Step 6: Types of Zombies. (and How to Deal With Them)

Reanimated (slow):Classic Gorge A Ramero zombie
Reanimated (fast):


jtmcdole (author)2014-08-31

Slow: Walk, don't run.

All cases: elevation

jtmcdole (author)2014-08-31

I follow Alton Brown's advice in the kitchen for melee weapons: no unitaskers. Enter the Halligan Bar. For extra coin, you can get this in titanium for a great weight reduction.

djunk1541 (author)2012-08-05

I would sacrifice a bus load of nuns to the dark lord for a single pouch of the cheese tortellini from the MRE meals. It is freakin' delicious!

djunk1541 (author)2012-08-05

I love the .45 & I have carried one every day on duty for the past 21 years. With that said, during the impending zombie apocalypse it would be best to have a Glock .40 and a Beretta 92. The sole reason being that most police holsters (in the US at any rate) are filled with Glock handguns and the Beretta is the standard issue sidearm of the National Guard. There will be plenty of magazines and ammo to be had when the apocalypse arrives. In a pinch, you can pick up the weapons themselves; however, you want to know that your weapon is reliable and where those pointy things go when they come out of he business end. A lot of police and military issued weapons are not lovingly maintained and you don't want to have to pull maintenance on them, much less check the zero, when Zack is on the loose. Even though headshots look easy in the documentary series "The Walking Dead" , you probably won't have time for target practice, nor is it a good idea as it will draw Zack into the area before you may be ready. Once properly zeroed, it would be valuable to take inexperienced members of your group out for some live fire stress inoculation in lightly infested Z territory. The same reasons can be used for the Remington 870 and the M4/16 platforms. You can find them in almost any cruiser in the country. You can also use 00 buck to breach doors in a pinch and the 870 will fire everything from birdshot to slugs. You simply can't beat it for a scattergun. Sorry for droning on but a hit team from the CDC Special Investigations Unit poisoned me with some Bombay Sapphire (in the spirit of the Olympic host country) in yet another attempt to silence me and my warning song.

bugzapper1995 (author)2009-08-05

(a marine is nothing without his rifle, a rifle is nothing without its marine none of that is right. marines are trained in hand to hand combat, so thats the first part thats proved wrong, and the second part, you dont have to be a marine to be able to load and fire military weaponry. for the shotgun i would suggest the AA12 auto shotgun my self. heres a point to ask yourself, why have a .45, when you can have a desert eagle .50, or, refereing to your point about smg's why not have a micro uzi or uzi pistol? (they are actually different weapons, contrary to popular belief, look it up for more info.) my personal weapons of choice below: AA12 auto shotgun Panther LR308T IMI desert eagle .50

wolfy_9005 (author)bugzapper19952009-09-18

My personal weapons of choice;
Dragunov SVD. Light weight, decent calibre.

MP5 or something similar with a good rate of fire, lightness, and available ammo. 9mm is common enough.

Glock 19/20/etc x2. 9mm as well, so i only need 2 types of ammo, 1 for pistol/mp5 and dragunov. Drag ammo might be hard to find though, isnt standard NATO 7.62 i think.....

For close quarters i'd have some form of jacket with plastic(polycarbonate aka bulletproof glass) in a sort of armor shape in the arms and across the chest. A helmet wouldnt hurt, but it would get in the way.

Best advice is get on a boat, with food, and stay in the middle of a deep river.....zombies cant swim right?

AF_Caveman (author)wolfy_90052012-06-15

Good call on the rifle. For me: Rifle would be Remington 700 with bipod and decent scope. 9mm for pistol, but not a glock. I don't trust a hammer-less pistol; especially on the run.
The MP5 is good, or any other sub machine gun for that matter, but not for the zombies. That's for the other non-zombified crazies. But I think I'd rather have an M4 or a similar assault rifle with ACOG, flashlight, silencer, and a couple other goodies. (Maybe an M203 for kicks and giggles) >:D
As for your jacket, got with one of the several armored motorcycle jackets. Leather would provide a little defense in itself. Add the kevlar or polycarbonite armor with the mobility they provide and you're golden.
Up close, a quality tactical hatchet or spiked bludgeon.

Oh and zombies can't swim, but theoretically, they can climb anchor ropes. Unless you anchored to a couple of trees. Probably wouldn't have the instinct to pull you in by the rope.

Good post though. I'd keep you in the group. :P

JV3 (author)wolfy_90052011-09-18

decent choices with the dragonov, because i think any fight with a thing that fels no pain is going to turn bad (i am uncordanated with fights but i am a decent shot) and any bloodsplats at close range could turn you into one of them.
look into the MP5k, best compact zombie gun. can be used one handed, you can get 100rd drums, 9mm can break skulls and mush brain easily, verry manureable, and only around 1.5 kg i think it was.

Ben-buddy (author)wolfy_90052010-02-21

Drug is a 7.62 Russian not 7.62 NATO, but awesome gun choice (I want one).
Zombies can run underwater because they don't breathe, haha

wolfy_9005 (author)Ben-buddy2010-02-24

Yeh i said it isnt 7.62nato but im sure there are some gunsmiths who could rechamber it for the nato.

Zombies cant fly....right?

JamesRPatrick (author)wolfy_90052010-01-04
I'd go with an SVU(bullpup) if you can find one.
Colonel88 (author)wolfy_90052009-09-30

ZOmbies donth ave to breathe. so theyll just go and walk down the river :D

wolfy_9005 (author)wolfy_90052009-09-18

Scrub that, m4 without the butt stock.(instead of mp5) M203 would be a nice option but not exactly easy to obtain for a civilian(or ammo). lol

Desert Eagle .50s are also somewhat unwieldy compared to the majority of .45 pistols. I'd bypass an SMG and go straight for something like M4 or some other compact rifle. Little bigger but has a punch to it and would give you better range. My choices would be: M4 or G36 (small enough for somewhat close quarters and mid-range) M39 (long range) MEU .45 pistol and if I was strong enough or had enough room, I'd haul around a Mossberg 500 too.

JV3 (author)VoodooGypsy2011-11-02

smart comment. thought about it though, and having one pistol of each common calibre would be far more usefull. .357 DESERT EAGLE isen't to practical, but as far as i'm aware, it is pretty reliable, and the ammunition capasity is better than a revolver. if you have decent holsters, drawing another pistol is way faster than reloading. also a .38 snubnose, colt M1911 .45, .40 S&W USP with a suppressor, glock 9mm sub compact with 33rd mags, ruger MK3 assasin, and a Raging Taurus Judge Magnum .45LC & .410.
asside from the supressors, all of those are readily avalible in america.

also, think about doble layer motor cycle leathers. how hard is it to bite through two layers of leather? nothing normal can.

(seabear) (author)VoodooGypsy2009-09-07

get a Barrett .50 cal and go on top of a apartment block and snipe zombies have a mp5 if they find you :)

AtIas (author)(seabear)2009-09-09

This is a survival guide not a combat guide.

JV3 (author)bugzapper19952011-09-18

.50 is a bit overkill. two much kick, if fired indoors everyone is deaf, and low ammo capacity (7 shots.) also AA12 is ausome but the amunition capacity is way to low for an automatic. i say this because with every zombie game i play, when you need to reload, you are dead. for that reason, the best firearms would be a USP .45 with extended mag and surpressor,
AK47with surpressor, no stock/folding stock, bipod, barrel mounted bayonet and torch, two 75rd drum mags and 4 sets of 45rd flip mags. 7.62X39 will drop most things in one shot, AK's are arguably the most reliable gun in the world, and with everything noise surpressed the zombies will hopefully be less suspicious and wouldent run for miles to ruin your day.

garrett10 (author)bugzapper19952009-11-12

I agree

AtIas (author)bugzapper19952009-08-22

A: .50 cal is a rare ammo. B: never said you need to be in the marines to load a gun C: UZI is a waste of ammo you wanna go with short three round bursts. (if you had ever served you'd know that) D: good luck running outta ammo.

jonno488 (author)2012-06-06

um... i disagree with almost everything here... getting a assualt rifle or anything like that... have fun finding ammo. pistols your better off with a 9mm and really you have a reliable gun with ready to find ammo and never use the thing, one shot fired will bring everything and assault rifles are bad because unless your trained to not spray the damn thing youll freak and hold the trigger and the only way you are gunnu affect the zombie is if you hit it in the head, silencers are going to do jack because in the end if you play your cards right you wont need to use a gun and in the instance you need to use a gun.. they already know your there....

airsoft master 25 (author)2011-10-24

mres are so gross i call them meals refusing to eat

Fred the evil puppet (author)2011-09-05

What in the name of flatscreen tv's and waffles is tobacco doing there?!

The ironman (author)2011-08-20

two words duct tape

master_paradox (author)2011-08-12

FM 21-76, that's the USA's survival manual. Free as PDF, very informative, cant go wrong.

Viva Humanity.

mickydeezers (author)2011-07-01

no one ever thinks of this but try to get some chickens cows or other animals that could get u food like milks cheeses eggs and then when theyre good an old u get steak no one could argue that

Great Wight Ninja (author)2011-06-19

This is a good start, but it if good to note that the idea of surviving a zombie apocalypse is highly situational, depending on where you start, what kind of zombies it turns out they are in the horde and how the situation started, among other conditions. XKCD makes a good point and has a good example to follow here: .

TheShadwofChaos (author)2011-04-22

For an emergency fire starting tool you may want to consider Swedish FireSteel.

Oberoten (author)2011-04-03

I think I saw a mint on the survival kit... is it for the zombies or... i dont get it. maybe is a lifesaver, but i think the name doesnt implies it will literally save your life.... or your wiener and beans

wolfy_9005 (author)2009-09-18

Ditch the smoke bombs, their useless. Zombies will see it and move to it, and they can move through it.....

Benb998765 (author)wolfy_90052011-03-27

like you said, they will move to it. just give it a good throw.

CyclonicNinja (author)wolfy_90052011-01-14

Smoke Bombs wouldn't be useless at all, there will most likely be other survivors who would have banded up and are more than willing to "happily take the extra weight of you and take your cothes" (Raiders, looters escaped criminals etc.) and the smoke bombs would help you escape as normal humans won't be able too see through the smoke without difficulty.

AtIas (author)wolfy_90052009-09-18

Yeah, I'm not taking advice from a guy named wolfy who cant tell the difference from they're and their.

wolfy_9005 (author)AtIas2010-02-04

Just realised you are the author. Lol. No wonder you are too thick to see that smoke bombs will never work when you are on foot running from an enemy which can still sense and smell you. Smoke bombs = weight. And you want to travel as light as possible. So no smoke bombs, and you can include another 2-3 magazines for your rifle.

Hades di Angelo (author)AtIas2010-02-02

that is not a bad idea, sorry about these people bugging you

wolfy_9005 (author)AtIas2009-09-19

Haha ok. It's common sense. Smoke bombs arent impenetrable.

chrizw123 (author)2011-02-09

I am Irish and I find the drunk joke offensive... xD

AllenInks (author)2011-01-28

I'm thinking "leatherneck". See

Helpful for protecting jugular from zombie bites. Vampire bites too!

arb1ter (author)2010-05-19

HAHAHA XD... The box says weiners.

zascecs (author)arb1ter2010-05-20

Don't worry, I think they mean hot dogs...

chewtoy1 (author)zascecs2010-10-28

no its a weiner

zascecs (author)2010-10-15

lol ok thats a very weird gift...

zascecs (author)2010-10-15


Neovenetar (author)2010-10-06

oh, the fan tanto sounds cool, but are you saying the work for handgaurd, and the word for hilt are the same? I study ninjutsu rather than aikido so I only really know the tanto shuriken and ninjato/shinobigatana/ninjaken.

Neovenetar (author)Neovenetar2010-10-06

also, it's not got a traditional blade profile, the blade is folded into a ( shape so the blade bends making a diagonal cut, this was actually an accident when I forged it, but then I couldn't be bothered to get rid of it because I had only noticed after I had tempered the blade. It made a strange noise like a gunshot and made I diagonal cut even though I cut straight horizontally when I tested it on it's first target ( a piece of bamboo) I'm sorry I forgot to say this earlier, but I didn't think it would be important.

Neovenetar (author)2010-10-05

OK, it doesn't cut the thing in half, but it does go a good third of the way through, also is a dagger not just a very small sword? I mean, it has a sword hilt and tsuba. But how does one apologise to myself? I am not hitting myself with my clan badge again!

Neovenetar (author)2010-07-15

actually, i have a tanto (very short katana) and its very easy to control, not to mention it can slice through an engine block.

chubby8 (author)Neovenetar2010-07-16

tantos are like big knifes, right? how sharp is it?

Neovenetar (author)chubby82010-07-18

yea, but their more like shortswords, it's not all that sharp because i built it myself

XWXAXDXEX (author)2010-01-21

Well, atleast you have real gun not bb or is it? I've never seen clipe fed gun W/ birdshot?

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