Friday, April 29, 2011
Pump-action shotguns are great in most situations. On human opponents, that clickety-clack working of the action gives you a huge psychological edge through sheer intimidation. They are easy to maintain and super reliable -- which makes them preferred weapons against slow moving zombies. And they are very versatile because they consume a variety of ammunition types.
But sometimes you need all the knockdown firepower of the shotgun with the rapid fire and easy reloading associated with an assault weapon. For those situations, you need the AA12 Automatic shotgun.
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Here are the latest in energy boosting aids from a subsidiary of the fine folks at Umbrella Corporation.
Saturday, April 23, 2011
The movie First Blood introduced us to John Rambo, a Special Forces vet suffering from extreme Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, and some form of dissociative disorder. Pushed too far, the rugged individualist Rambo struck back with his survivalist skills. And he used his trusty Bowie knife to help him out.
The first two movies set the pattern for the pop-culture phenomena of the Rambo Knife. He used large Bowie knives with sawbacks and hollow handles. An assortment of survival goodies were stored in the hollow, including a compass under the cap.
The third movie broke the pattern by using a knife without the survival kit handle. But the knife was still over-sized and created as an artfully-shaped Bowie.
The recent sequel went further. The knife was the biggest yet, but the shape had changed completely into a Jungle machete or parang type blade. Also, while the other knives had been handcrafted by artisan bladesmiths, the fourth knife was intentionally left more crude and primitive to reflect the storyline of the movie. (The knife itself, of course was still handmade by a bladesmith.)
Above are replicas of these iconic knives. And while the Rambo knife has had critics over the years, any of them will serve you well in the inevitable zombiggeddon. Just make sure you're buying a quality survival knife and not a $15 Taiwanese import.
Friday, April 22, 2011
There's a lot of nay saying about first aid in the zombie preparation world. I don't know why. Sure, if one of those rotting shamblers bites you, you're done for. Do us all a favor and put the bullet in your own head.
But all kinds of things can go wrong in the zombie apocalypse. And chances are good there will be shortage of trained doctors. (I suspect many of them will be compromised in the opening stages as they are called to treat the infected.) So you need a basic knowledge of first aid.
Here we look at using the tourniquet. It's useful for many combat-type injuries. While I advocate cooperation among survivors for the long term benefit of all, I am not naive. Others will not take the long view, and chances are good you will encounter hostile human survivors.
Keep in mind the tourniquet is not a long term solution. It is intended to treat you immediately until someone can get you safe for better treatment.
Thursday, April 21, 2011
Everyone loves the machete because it's cheap, sword length, handy, and choppy-choppy.
And everyone loves swords because they tend to add a bit more control in anti-personnel situation.
So here's a machete that also a sword! It's the Cold Steel Gladius. The Gladius was the standard sword of the Roman Legions. It was originally used by some of their opponents, but the Romans found the shape incredibly useful for their way of way.
The Roman Legions were trained to fight in formation from behind shields. The sword would chops and stab, chop and stab, chop and stab, creating an action along the front of the formation like an enormous chainsaw ripping into the enemies. The short length of the sword encouraged the Legionnaires to close with the targets, and also brought them within the business end of their enemies' spears.
Most of us won't fight with shields, and while we don't really want to get too close to our zombie foes, we do appreciate the handiness of the shorter length. It's a good size for a one handed sword. And Cold Steel makes it cheap! AND they offer a polypropylene training version, so you can actually learn to handle the sword properly without risking your blade.
You know, usually I'll take a Red Devil vacuum and suck up spiders around my house and then bring them outside. Do you think the giant spiders will consider this behavior helpful and benevolent and leave me alone? Or do you think it will be viewed as a terrible torture for which I must be punished?
Maybe I should stock up on ammo belts for the SAW (those suckers are fast!) and invest in some Raid-filled gas grenades for the M32 launcher...
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
I found this at one of my local outfitter's place and bought a package.
Bullet #2 says it's "beef jerky" but the product name is "zombie jerky." So I'm a little nervous.
Am I getting jerky made out of zombies, or maybe zombie cows? Sure, the package promises that its "for eating" and "delicious" but I caught a Charlton Heston marathon one Sunday and after Omega Man they showed Soylent Green, so now I'm leery.
I sent the package for testing to a buddy with a laboratory. I'm hoping it comes back okay to eat.
But in the meantime, I think I'll just stick with plain beef jerky I get at the local supermarket.
This guy seems to be sponsored by Oakley. Now, Oakley makes some good stuff, including some awesome boots I should review some day, and the assault gloves featured in this video (approved by both Batman and Delta Force). And I should note, you get what you pay for in terms of quality. But Oakley stuff is expensive, and most of it isn't designed for combat. His vest and his leg pouch are for adventure seekers. They aren't designed or constructed for hauling military gear or taking the abuse that's associated with combat.
His leg pouch can carry magazines, but they're just tossed into the top pouch. He's going to be fumbling around looking for one when his back is against the wall and zombies are closing in. A dedicated pistol mag pouch will hold the magazines sure and true and he'll be able to lay his hands on one quickly and reliably.
And it looks like he's soaked all his money into the Oakley gear and cheated himself on the giant bowie knife. His SOG tomahawk is a good choice, but that bowie looks like a flea market special. Maybe if he'd spent less money on his video collection, he could've purchased a San Mai steel Kukri from Cold Steel. That's a worthwhile investment.
There is something alien about spiders already: the eight legs, multiple eyes, venomous bite...
But the idea of enlarging them to the size of dogs -- or even bigger -- makes them even more frightening. Now you can see their chittering mandibles, the chitonous shell studded with coarse hair... You'll have to excuse me. I need to go make sure my .50 Beowulf rifle is cleaned and lubricated.
Tuesday, April 19, 2011
Those trees are shrouded in spider silk... There are reports out of Africa indicating that giant spiders are growing in number.
These creepy crawlers have lurked in the jungles and stalked the savannahs for centuries, little changed since prehistoric times. They are the size of large dogs, and pack enough venom to knock out a hippopotamus.
Hmmm... This man has obviously placed a lot of thought into his zombie survival kit. Unfortunately, his kit has a high degree of Fail associated with it.
He does okay in his choice of firearms (the ever popular M4 and Glock) and knives (a Kukri and a RAT). He's pretty smart to include binoculars. And, of course, he has water.
But he's critically short of vital supplies such as ammo and water. Now, you could argue that he's only showing a representative selection, but it doesn't appear he has provision for carrying much more ammo and water.
What about food? Why does he waste space with a Rubik's Cube? And an iPod??? Seriously? Oh, yeah, I'll be sure to plug into earbuds and waste one of my most important senses for situational awareness.
Still, he has some nice equipment, and we can learn a lot from looking at shortcomings.
Monday, April 18, 2011
More on the Haitian variety of zombies. If these are a serious problem in your neighborhood, the best course of action is to deal with the Voodoo practitioner who is the source of the problem. Of course, I only recommend notifying the law enforcement authorities to the problem.
Sunday, April 17, 2011
Ash displays his raw animal magnetism while crooning his favorite Duran Duran song.
Hail to the king, baby!
Here's the original by Duran Duran.
It's all about werewolves, right?
Saturday, April 16, 2011
Friday, April 15, 2011
You know what really sucks?
Dragons are the main event for monster hunting professionals. They're the real deal. You don't start out with dragons, you have to build up to them. Dragons are smart, powerful, and deadly. It's hard to sneak up on them and it's even harder to kill them. Stuff just tends to bounce off their scaly hides.
Of course, slaying a dragon means you've hit the major leagues of monster killing. Over the years they've been hunted nearly to extinction, despite the immense danger involved. And when I say "nearly" I mean it's possible there are none left already. No one on the job has heard even a rumor of a dragon in over a decade. The last confirmed killing was in 1883 in Indonesia. Let's just say it went poorly because the hunter wasn't really up to the task and got "lucky."
These are excerpts from a National Geographic special recreating the lives of different dragon species.
We can't be certain they're gone because dragon metabolisms haven't been studied closely. It's believed they can live for centuries and can hibernate for decades at a time. Also, we can't be certain that some percentage of the lake monster and sea serpent sightings aren't, in fact, dragons.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Generally, I don't find fictional stories about zombies entertaining.
Nor do I understand why anyone would kick back to relax by watching something about zombies.
The zombie threat is real and it is serious. For me, it is literally serious business.
But AMC recently completed a fine series entitled, The Walking Dead about a full-scale zombiggeddon. I'd recommend it, but I didn't see much of it. I got to the opening credits and started having flashbacks involving teddy bears. I turned the boob-tube off and went to practice my speed reloads. Never turned it on again.
I probably wouldn't even mention it except for this odd juxtaposition in a photograph that appeared in my in-box.
Some genius in the United Kingdom rented advertising space for The Walking Dead on a billboard adjacent to a funeral home. Brilliant advertising... But for whom?
Tuesday, April 12, 2011
One of my first posts included photographs of the Knight's Armament Company's concept gun, a light machine gun mounted "chainsaw"-style.
Here are some videos in which the creators explain and demonstrate the purpose of the design and the use of it.
Aside from briefly mentioning Dr. Herbert West's experiments and their 1940's offshoots, we haven't really covered the various origins of zombies. There are several. Being raised as a mindless slave by a voodoo practitioner is well-documented and even examined in mainstream academic literature.
Fortunately, these zombies tend not to be as hungry or as contagious as some of the other varieties. They can still be dangerous, so it's good to learn more about them and how to identify them.
Monday, April 11, 2011
This is pro-zombie propaganda. Don't believe it. Zombies are highly contagious and extremely dangerous. They are no longer human and, despite what some quislings would have you believe, they have no claim on human rights. They must be exterminated!
Burn and purge; purge and burn.
What hairy beast is stalking Middle America?
BTW, I feel I should comment that the "paramilitary" boneheads in this video exhibit horrible weapons discipline and tactics. No wonder they were eaten.
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Sorry; I've been collecting and posting so many FMA vids over the last two weeks that I've lost track. I don't think I've posted this.
If I have, let me excuse it by saying that drills are important to any martial art. You need to drill your melee weapon skills, and you should carry over to drilling your firearms skills. Drill, drill, drill. It's the heart of preparation.
Saturday, April 9, 2011
Out now for your perusal is the heretofore unknown sequel to Jane Austen's classic tale of love and the undead, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies: Dawn of the Dreadfuls. This story explains the rise of the English zombie plague and the training of Elizabeth and her sisters as scourges of the walking dead.
The ARMAT M41A1 Pulse rifle is a weapon ahead of its time. It fires 10 x 24mm point detonating high explosive ammunition with an underslung high velocity 30mm grenade launcher.
While it is an exceptionally powerful small arm, it is expensive and restricted completely to military sales for use in extremely hostile environments. It is a personal goal of Flint's to shoot one of these.
Friday, April 8, 2011
The secret to developing practical martial arts skills is resistance against a thinking, live opponent. (Yes, this is ironic since so many of our opponents are technically "dead.") Sparring -- early and often in the martial artist's career -- is probably the best way to develop true skill. But often the examples we see are high level practitioners who have been sparring for years, even decades. This can intimidate beginners, who are afraid they will just look silly trying the skills with which they are still uncomfortable.
We've seen several examples of people who are excellent fighters, so I thought it might be worthwhile providing an example of beginner's at play. You'll see how tentative they are. You'll see mistakes. There is obvious room for improvement. All of that is completely understandable at this level. The goal is only to try hard and use what you've learned.
Thursday, April 7, 2011
Wednesday, April 6, 2011
As part of a response to some of my inqueries, an old professor at Miskatonic University forwarded this film, which has the rather curious file name of "Unclassified Find -- 1928"
What does the "unclassified" mean in this case? Is the staue not type-classified according to some scholarly regime? Or is this statue "unclassified" in the government secrets sense? I don't know. That's just one mystery regarding the video file.
According to my source, the statue is an idol of the pagan god Cthulhu, who according to his cultists sleeps beneath the ocean awaiting the alignment of stars which will announce his return. The idol was apparently uncovered in 1928 by a Miskatonic team working in New England. The places and circumstances of the find are murky, but he's looking into the paperwork associated with this.
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
Grenade launchers have limited application against zombies. Real close-in the fragments have a high probability of entering the skull, but that probability drops below reliable levels the further from center you get. And you can't rely on the explosive shock wave of the blast to take out a zombie brain. It's basically old fashioned penetrating trauma or nothing.
But that doesn't mean grenades and grenade launchers are useless. You can use them to slow down an advancing horde, which means they can be good for breaking contact with the hungry undead. And a repeating grenade launcher like the M32 can lay down a withering barrage of grenades practically on top of each other, so you can guarantee a pretty good kill rate for an expenditure of a large amount of ammunition.
I tend to like the grenade launcher for hunting other creatures, large creatures, like a living dinosaur, or a woolly mammoth, or fishing for Nessie... Plus, grenade launchers can release many different payloads these days, such as gas canisters or flares. Both have their uses.
So I like the M32 and keep one in the toolkit for special purposes.
Sometimes you can't be afraid to dream a little bigger.
The boys continue training in the brutal FMA. They also re-enact the fable of the City Mouse and the Country Mouse, as one trains in the maountain jungles, and the other trains in the crowded city.
Both of them get hit with sticks.
Monday, April 4, 2011
Okay, you'll remember that a little while back some skell in McDonald's pushed his crazy religious literature on me and was just oozing to tell me about "the great old ones."
I ran into the creep again yesterday at my favorite diner. He cornered me near the men's room and started proselytizing again about Dreaming Cthulhu and Dagon, Azathoth and Nyarlathotep. He was very insistent, and I admit, the idea of casually pulling back my jacket to display the butt of my Glock did cross my mind...
But he finally passed me a slip of paper with a YouTube URL before slipping out through the kitchen.
I looked it up last night and this is what I found.
That's when I made the connection! I thought the Necronomicon sounded familiar. My college library was supposed to have a copy. You'd think I'd recognize it right away, but you have to remember that college was awhile ago for me. At the time, I was more interested in my beer pong score and chasing tail. I never did spend much time in the library. The only reason I remembered Herbert West's story was from a Halloween story-telling session one semester and the fact it intersected with my current line of work.
So I started looking stuff up about the Great Old Ones. Jeez. Unknowable and unameable; I just hope they aren't unkillable. One more thing to prepare for. Anyone know a good source for recoilless rifles?
Sunday, April 3, 2011
Yesterday we saw the propaganda film from Nazi Germany calling for a zombie army to overrun the Allies. I recounted how the plan backfired and was also implemented too late in the war to gain momentum.
The Soviet Red Army captured the parts of Berlin in which these top secret experiments were being performed. Although they claimed all of the research was destroyed in the battle, evidence later emerged that they had absconded with the records and were working to re-create the experiments in their own facilities.
This video shows Soviet film-footage demonstrating their experiments. It is not for the weak-willed and tender-souled. These experiments are inhuman. But the truth must be told.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
The notorious case of Dr. Herbert West -- the so-called "Re-Animator" -- was quickly covered up by Federal and Massachusetts officials. Officially, Dr. West was killed in a random act of violence and the government swooped in on his estate to confiscate material related to US Government research the doctor had been conducting intermittantly for decades.
But Dr. West, a graduate of Miskatonic University, was whispered about by his neighbors for years afterward. His strange fascination with Dr. Victor von Frankenstein of Ingolstadt had been well-known among his classmates. They simply had no clue how far he'd taken his hero-worship. They thought the warnings provided by Mary Shelley's fictionalized account were clear enough for any medical professional.
So with rumors swirling throughout small-town Massachusetts, and the active medical alumni of the MU Medical School, it really shouldn't have been a surprise when the writer Howard Phillips Lovecraft looked into the reports, discovered the abundant evidence, and published his own fictionalized account of Dr. West's activities. He was only able to get away with releasing the tale because the US Government pressured serious news outlets not to carry the story. Only the pulp magazines would deal with H.P. Lovecraft's bizarre stories. So Dr. West's hideous, foul crimes were hidden among equally lurid tales of horror, terror, and high weirdness.
In 1985, a brave film maker released a version of Dr. West's tragic and horrific career. He had no budget, and his talent at writing dialogue was negligible. But the movie was made anyway. You can view the trailer above.
Note: Dr. West's crimes were terrible, violent, and unspeakable. The movie did not shrink from depicting them in all their unnaturalness. The preview may not be suitable for younger viewers.
What's worse than zombies?
Two words: Nazi Zombies.
I mentioned the other day how Hitler's cadre of mad scientists had been working on ways to bring dinosaurs back from the near extinction they suffered, or capture specimens from Africa to breed as a super army. But they were also worked on an army of Undead soldiers. By some reports, they succeeded, but their creations soon formed slightly different notions of who the Master Race really was...
It saddens me to say that some of this work was based on early experiments by Dr. Herbert West, an infamous alumnus of my own alma mater, Miskatonic University, in Arkham, Massachusetts. Dr. West, who's crimes were originally swept under the rug by authorities rose to notoriety after pulp writer Howard P. Lovecraft used them as the basis for a series of short stories. How the Nazi's got ahold of West's research was a subject of much investigation by the FBI and OSS in the waning days of the war. But there are rumors that one of West's own horrible creations was working with the Nazi establishment. He may also have been the source of the idea that the Nazi Zombies, being immortal, were in every way superior to the living Nazis.
Thankfully, the Soviet's overran Berlin about the same time that the Nazi Zombies revolted, and according to the Soviet reports, the threat was contained and eliminated. But as we'll see tomorrow, perhaps the Soviets weren't telling the whole truth.
I'm enjoying the stick-swinging and knife-flinging so much, I decided to keep posting FMA vids through next week too! It is my humble opinion that this is the best art going right now for proven self-defense in any Post-Apocalyptic scenario; but especially the inevitable Zombiggeddon.
When the law breaks down, you'll be the only law you can count on. And the only law that will matter is the Law of the Jungle -- which is the Law of Tooth and Claw. Stockpile those weapons, your teeth and claws, and know how to use them. Ammunition will get short at some point, so you need to be able to deploy the old stand-bys: knives, swords, axes, and spears.
Everyone of them is devastating against the undead. But you have to be efficient. Train hard.
Friday, April 1, 2011
The Heckler and Koch MP7A1 is intended as a replacement for both the military service pistol and the submachine gun for those soldiers who face the occasional serious threat but don't need the weight of an assault rifle. Frankly, I don't know a military threat that isn't "serious," but I understand that not everyone needs an assault rifle's weight. I'm always looking to lighten my load. This tool has excellent characteristics for a CQB weapon, and might be perfect for hunting some of the lightweight beasties Flint and I go looking for.