Thursday, March 31, 2011

101 Posts!

That's right, folks. This is the 101st post this month! Can we keep pace in April?

Forgotten History: Nazi Dinosaurs

A sadly forgotten chapter of history -- much like the 1939 incident at Grover's Mill, New Jersey -- was the Nazi plan to unleash living dinosaurs on the Allies in the waning days of World War II. Abwehr operatives smuggled dinosaur blood out of insect amber samples from Scandinavia and SS scientists immediately started work on reconstructing the thunder lizards. Fortunately, their work was hindered by the fact DNA was not understood at the time. There were other efforts to procure a living dinosaur from the jungles of Africa, but the small units of soldiers sent into the Congo were never heard from again. Whether that was due to the harsh environment, Allied forces, or the dinosaurs themselves is unknown. Allied intelligence caught wind of these unusual activities, and efforts were made to stop the threat. A small sampling of morale-boosting posters was made in conjunction with military contractors. Fortunately, they were never needed and most were destroyed following the war. Above is the image of one of these rare artifacts.

Gear Pr0n: Suite Success

Mini Chest rig to carry your primary's spare mags, blowout kit, quick access secondary spare mags and a dumpbag. The war belt carries more secondary mags, another dump bag, a sturdy knife (looks like an Ontario Knives RAT to me), and a drop holster for the Glock -- note the lanyard attaching the pistol to the belt. It looks like a flashlight or magazine is in a pouch attached to the holster. As you can probably tell by now, there are certain constants in the rigs. But the execution still varies pretty widely. Recently I heard an excellent argument for moving the holster up onto the hip: less weight on your legs means you can run and jump more easily. Holsters started dropping onto the thigh again back in the 80's to help them clear body armor. Now we have chest rigs even in the absence of body armor. Rigs are a constant trade-off of requirements. You need to think about your needs. Which is why we have the Gear Pr0n feature in the first place -- to present you with other people's solutions to help you consider your own.

Mysterious Planet: Lake Monsters!


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Strange sightings are reported in lakes throughout the Northern Hemisphere. What are these creatures? Are they flesh and blood, or phantasms? Are they mutant eels or prehistoric survivors? And most importantly, do they taste good with tartar sauce?

Lost Tapes Werewolf Part 2


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FMA Week: Human Weapon part 4


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Jason Chambers and Bill Duff are finding out why the Japanese soldiers feared the Filipinos in jungle warfare -- and so will zombies!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Lost Tapes Werewolf


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A police case takes an unexpected twist...

Found Footage: Trapped with a Revenant


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Smuggled to me out of Spain. There was no word about the fate of couple in the film.

FMA Week: Human Weapon Part 3

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Gear Pr0n: Silent but Deadly


Camo-scheme M4 with a tactical light and suppressor. Backed-up with a Glock pistol featuring an extended magazine and a light, and also a silenced Walther P99. It's hard to tell from the picture, but this might be a .22 clone rather than the original in 9mm. That's a fine piece for quietly clearing out a dwelling. Finally, there's a demo tool that combines a prybar, hammer, wrench, and spike. Perfect for opening locked areas. (Be careful with that though! There might be a good reason it was locked.) Or even for caving in skulls.

Mothman short


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Freaky. Some say the mothman is an omen of doom. Others say he is a warning.

Man-Sized Firepower


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John Browning was the engineering genius behind several of the greatest guns of the 20th Century. His M1911 is one hundred years old this year and still soldiering on in Afghanistan -- maybe even in Libya. The same goes for his M2 .50 Machine Gun. His other classics, such as the .30 Browning Automatic Rifle and the 9mm Browning Hi-Power pistol have been pulled from front-line inventories after decades of service. Though those who handle the weapons still grow fond of them.


One such weapon in this last category is the M1919 .30 machine gun. This machine gun is a classic that served the United States on nearly every battlefield of WWII and on into the Korean Conflict. It even made appearances in Vietnam in the hands of the South Vietnamese army and mounted on various trucks and jeeps of the US forces.


This thing is a real beast, and just because it's old doesn't mean it isn't up for anti-zombie duty today. Especially if you have no respect for venerable history like that and have it chopped down into a shoulder fired variant. Watch out, Undead; John Browning was ready for you a century ago!


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FMA Week: Human Weapon Escrima Part 2

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Monday, March 28, 2011

The Zombie Autopsies


Published as a work of fiction to scoot under the radar of the authorities, this book reveals much about the "biological" functions of zombies. It's important to have a detailed understanding of your adversary in order to exploit weaknesses. The author firmly believes that it is possible to beat a zombie outbreak if we use our brains for something other than food for the Zeds.


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Filipino Martial Arts Week!


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As I explained previously, the best martial art for zombiggeddon is a weapon-based art. Forget going hand-to-hand with the walking dead, you need a keen blade or stout stick. Filipino Martial Arts (FMA) are awesome for this role.


Here's part of the Human Weapon episode on covering "escrima" which is used as a catch-all term for FMA. Don't think training with sticks is second best; those sticks stand-in for machetes, bolos, and other large jungle knives. So this episode will provide an overview on why FMA are tailor-made for zombie eradication.


Choppy-choppy!


In Search Of... Voodoo Part 3


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Concluding the investigation into Voodoo and the link to zombies.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Gear Pr0n: A-TACS

This gentleman is outfitted in the latest camouflage sensation to hit the market: A-TACS pattern.

In Search Of... Voodoo Part 2

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Scientific Basis for the Zombie Apocalypse


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These scientists explain in excruciating detail how the zombie apocalypse will happen!

Musical Interlude: Everybody (Backstreet's Back!)


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The Backstreet Boys provided this homage to classic monsters.


Sorry. But at least the backup dancers are nice to look at.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Trophy!


Flint just got back from the taxidermist with this: a genuine werewolf head mounted on a plaque. This is going up in his man-cave tomorrow!


Flint and I managed to catch this beastie during the last full moon. Given the unusual nature of the Perigean Full Moon last weekend, we went out packing a little more firepower than usual. We carried .50 Beowulf rifles.


That's right: Beowulf. Tell me that isn't badass sounding? Guaranteed to bring down something like a werewolf.


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Here's a video of a guy using his Beowulf on some leftover plumbing fixtures:

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That's right folks; the .50 Beowulf assault rifle.

Solomon Kane Preview


Solomon Kane was a Puritan who lived during the Elizabethan Era and was renowned for pitting his Faith and swordarm against various monsters. A bio-pic starring James Purefoy was recently released in England and the continent about this legendary defender against the dark. But was it released here in the States? No.


But the DVD has become available here. It's an awesome look back at one of the greatest monster hunters who ever lived.
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Zombie Hunter Babe


I don't normally recommend short-shorts for zombie hunting. But then most zombie hunters don't have a body like this one.
Still, she needs a proper holster for that Glock. It's just going to fall out and get lost.

In Search Of... Voodoo Part 1

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In Search Of... looks into the mysteries and legends surrounding Voodoo.

Mad Minute

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The so-called "Mythbusters" and I don't always see eye-to-eye. But they sure are fun. They blow stuff up, shoot things, and sometimes even get stabby-stabby. Take this video in which they try various machine guns to chop down a tree. It's good to know if these things can work in my line of work. They weren't able to make it work until they turned to the GE 7.62mm Minigun. Imagine, if you can, spitting 50 rounds per second at an on-coming horde of zombies. Something like this can put the hurt on creatures that otherwise are unaffected by mundane weapons; 50 rounds per second dumps tremendous energy into a body and can overtax even a healing factor.

True Horror Werewolves Part 6


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That should finish the English, French, and Swedish.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Quarantine!

I occasionally get reports about buildings that have been quarantined by the government for short periods of time. No two stories are the same so it's hard to tell what might be happening. For all I know it could be an especially nasty infestation of mutant bed bugs:


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But I suspect something more is happening. Anyway, one of my sources sent me this previously confiscated and embargoed footage which was somehow liberated from a government records warehouse:

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Gear Pr0n: Dark Earth

Eagle Low-Vis Plate Carrier paired with a chest rig (TAG, maybe?). M4 with PMAGs, a Strider knife, and the gunfighter's favorite: an M1911A1.

Note the infrared (IR) reflective patches on the chest: a patriotic American flag, blood type, and NKDA, or "No Known Drug Allegies."

Chainsaw Week: "That's Gotta Hurt."

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Not for the squeamish or those with weak stomachs.

True Horror Werewolves Part 5

In glorious Received Pronunciation sprinkled with French and Swedish.

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Signs! Signs! Everywhere is Signs!







True Horror Werewolves Part 4

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With even more French and Swedish thrown in with the English accent goodness!

Chainsaw Week: Twofer

You're getting two today because I've got an extra one and it's... well, pretty special.

Plus, this first one fits our theme, but is all about the tease...
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Whereas this one is all about the payoff...

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And sets up tomorrow's installment wonderfully.

** Special Note: I would not let my six-year-old watch the second one of these. In other words -- viewer discretion is advised.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Gear Pr0n: Daily Dose

Nothing fancy here... Just your standard M4 in beautiful Magpul furniture, with a full-sized Glock pistol with light. The load carrying equipment is understated in OD or Ranger Green (it's hard to tell the difference here). This guy (or gal) has his bases covered.

.45 KRISS Sub Machine Gun

This is the Kriss, a cutting edge sub machine gun design perfect for close quarters combat. It is small and lightweight. It packs a mean, mean punch being chambered in .45 ACP, and it's unique design controls recoil and muzzle jump. And it takes all the popular attachements -- especially the holographic -- or red dot -- sights and flashlights Flint and I like to use.

.45 ACP packs a wallop. Get hit by one round and you know you've been in a gunfight. Get hit by several in quick succession -- and you're in a world of hurt. I've seen a Thompson submachine gun nearly pulp a zombie... But I don't like to talk about that.

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Chainsaw Week: Steampunk Chainsaw

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I didn't think I'd see anything less useful than the chainsaw bayonet, but then I found this.

True Horror Werewolves Part 3

Still requires French or Swedish to understand every word -- but nevertheless, it's wonderfully done.

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Russians Found Institute to Study the Siberian Yeti


I did not know this, but apparently Russia has about 30 scientists devoted to the study of the Yeti. And their working theory is that the Yeti is a Neanderthal survivor. They are establishing a university institute to study the creature.

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This is the infamous "Snow Walker" film reportedly caught by two hikers in 1992 in Nepal.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Gear Pr0n: Night Stand

Night prowlers beware! This nightstand quickly converts into a shield and bludgeon. It's not a perfect solution, but it should do the job against a straggler or two. Against more than a handful of shamblers I would recommend going for a firearm.

This looks like it might benefit from some padding on the shield component.


Reported Infestation: Austin, Texas

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Lots of garbled reports still coming in about this case... But apparently it was a hoax. Damn 4chan script kiddies.

Chainsaw Week! Ash

From the Ash Williams bio-pic, Evil Dead 2.

Ash is so damn badass.

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True Horror Werewolves Part 2

Still with some French narration and Swedish subtitles...

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Something for a Little Inspiration

"Nuke 'em from orbit. It's the only way to be sure."

Gear Pr0n: Sidearms for Friends and Family

There are enough pistols, knives, multitools, and flashlights to outfit an entire family of survivors. While I am a big fan of standardizing calibers in teams, there's something to be said for having a .22 target pistol handy. Maybe your Grandma or Kindergartner can't handle the kick of those Desert Eagles, but could easily place shots from the .22 pistol.

Chainsaw Week: Chainsaw Bayonet!

This week we celebrate the chainsaw!

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I'm not sold on this particular tacticool attachment for my M4.

True Horror! Werewolves 1

Some French (and/or Swedish) may be necessary to fully appreciate this clip.

Part One of a British documentary on the history of the Werewolf.


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Outbreak: Salt Lake City

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This man -- nay, this hero -- stood up before the Salt Lake City council and outlined in no uncertain terms the need for zombie outbreak preparedness.

Did they listen? No.

And shortly thereafter...

(Hint: Watch behind the talking head newscasters through the studio windows.)

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Fortunately this outbreak was contained and terminated.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Gear Pr0n: Antique Werewolf Hunting Kit 2

Oh, sure, Zombie Hunting is the mainline modern profession. But that wasn't the case in centuries past. Vampires and werewolves were the main business for Hunters and zombies and other revenants were the sideline. You'll note that both the werewolf kits I've shown are heavy on forensic equipment and academic study materials and light on weapons. That's because hunting an apex predator such as a werewolf took serious preparation. The weapons themselves were usually just modified standard firearms loaded with silver or other specialized ammunition.
What's been preserved are the unique tools of the trade.

The Secret Life of Werewolves

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The BBC is awesome for serious documentaries on topics of interest to us.

Werewolf Transmogrification

No one -- to the best of my knowledge -- has yet captured an actual werewolf transmogrification on video. In that absence, we are left only with fictional representations.

I am presenting here two transmogrification that professional Lycanthropy experts have reviewed and deemed to be reasonably accurate:

The classic transmogrification from the movie, An American Werewolf in London.

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And here is a newer version from the BBC series Being Human. This is an especially interesting one as it includes a blow-by-blow description of the progress of the transmogrification.

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