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Apocalypse Sniper: APA Zombie Sniper Review

by Tom Beckstrand   |  October 4th, 2012 29

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During a Zombie Apocalypse, we will survive only by working together in teams. The idea of surviving for long as some type of Lone Ranger is foolish. One person can’t do it all. A single human can only be in one place at a time, and everyone has to sleep sooner or later. Also, it is physically impossible for an individual to accomplish the myriad tasks required to sustain life—whether it be gathering food, looking for shelter or providing security. We’re all going to need a friend or two when the zombies come.

A really good friend to have (or be) in the zombie apocalypse is a proficient and reasonably equipped sniper. Resources and ammunition will be scarce when the zombies come, so each round must be fired with deliberation. Gang-banger street theater and its accompanying spray-and-pray marksmanship strategy are losing propositions. The ability to move undetected, then engage zombies without drawing the attention of other zombies will be critical. These are tasks a sniper will know how to do well and can teach other members of the group. In the spirit of helping our readers prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse, I have prepared some notes on what represents the ideal zombie sniper rifle and scope.

Rifle and Caliber
One of the most critical components in being an effective zombie sniper is choosing a primary rifle. The first step in deciding on a rifle is to assess in detail how it will be used. The majority of the world’s population lives in an urban environment, so it’s logical that most of us will be fighting for our lives at or near our home alongside our neighbors. Or maybe against our neighbors. Fighting in urban areas where people and buildings crowd in on us, limiting how far we can both see and fight, requires snipers to choose their rifles and ancillary equipment accordingly.

Engagement distances play an important role in rifle and scope selection. Step out into your front yard. How far can you see? We can’t shoot zombies we can’t see, so there is no need to buy a sniper rifle capable of shooting out to 1,000 yards, a distance for which most military snipers train. I live in the suburbs on the East Coast, where 200 yards is going to be a long shot. Most neighborhoods in Anytown, USA, will be very similar in that 200 yards will be about as far as we can reasonably expect to shoot.

Since we’re only making shots out to that distance, we have a lot of latitude on what caliber we’re going to select for our sniper rifle. Anything bigger than a .22 and smaller than a .308 will work well. Smaller calibers are going to be better, because the smaller the cartridge, the more we can carry. Being able to carry a large quantity of ammunition will be invaluable during the Zombie Apocalypse.

Stealth will be what separates the zombie sniper from other armed survivors. While we will all avoid drawing any unwanted attention, the sniper must be able not only to keep quiet, but also to kill quietly and from a distance. This is no easy task.

After carefully considering how to best accomplish the zombie sniper mission, I declare that the official primary weapon for the zombie sniper is a bolt-action rifle chambered in .300 Blackout. With suppressor, of course.

The .300 Blackout cartridge has about the same overall length as a .223 and works in the same magazine. It is a small cartridge, but it’s more than capable of reaching out to 200 yards for head shots on zombies. The .300 Blackout cartridge also has the added benefit of being commercially available in either subsonic or supersonic loadings.

The difference between subsonic and supersonic bullets is that subsonic bullets travel slower than the speed of sound, or less than 1,050 fps. When fired through a rifle that has a suppressor, bullets traveling at subsonic speeds have a negligible signature and are almost impossible to detect. This makes the zombie sniper armed with this setup extremely effective.

Bullets traveling faster than 1,050 fps break the sound barrier and give off a mini sonic boom as they pass through the air. It’s still difficult to locate a sniper shooting a suppressed rifle even if the bullets are supersonic, but when we go to subsonic there is no sonic boom, and therefore nothing for the zombies to home in on. The .300 Blackout has no equal for the Zombie Apocalypse.

Some zombie enthusiasts will claim that a rifle chambered in .22 LR would be a better choice because it can also be subsonic, and it is much smaller, so we could carry more rounds. Nonsense. Our servicemen returning from overseas can recount numerous cases where bullets fired from their government-issued rifles (that are much more powerful) glanced off the human skull. A .22 LR bullet travels at a slower speed and weighs less, so the risk of the bullet glancing off the skull increases, especially as we increase the distance to the target. A .22 LR might be a good choice if you want to stick it in a zombie’s ear, but I would prefer never to get that close.

Rule No. 1: Cardio
We’re all going to be doing some running in the Zombie Apocalypse, so it’s important to select our sniper rifle accordingly. One of our primary considerations should be its weight. A heavy rifle is going to be a nightmare to carry around during an apocalypse.

I tried to choose the lightest components possible when putting together this rifle. One of the first places we look to cut weight is the barrel. This one is a 16-inch sample from Rock Creek barrels. It has a No. 4 contour and represents the ideal balance between weight and accuracy for this caliber.

I chose the .300 Blackout because it was a small cartridge that was powerful enough to shoot zombies effectively out to 200 yards and comes in factory supersonic and subsonic loadings that won’t drive you to bankruptcy should you choose to stockpile (and you should). Another advantage of the .300 Blackout is that its relatively mild recoil and light (for .30 caliber) bullets don’t require a super-thick barrel to maintain high accuracy standards. Where we would normally require a 5.5 contour or thicker for a .308, we can shave a .300 Blackout barrel back to a No. 4 and still be content with the accuracy we achieve. The weight savings we realize by going from a No. 5.5 to a No. 4 contour will prove invaluable when the zombies come.

I also scrutinized several stocks and made my choice because of its weight savings and positional shooting potential, the two predominant criteria. The stock is a McMillan A1-3 model and uses McMillan’s Edge technology. The Edge product line uses graphite and resin instead of fiberglass, making for the lightest stock possible. While some of the exotic camouflage options are lost with the Edge line of stocks, I decided that the weight savings were more important than visual appeal. Weight was a big concern right from the start, so the choice to use a McMillan Edge was easy.

I chose the A1-3 model because it is slender and easily accommodates offhand, kneeling, sitting and nonstandard positional shooting. Many stocks for sniper rifles are geared exclusively for the prone position. These should be avoided when preparing for the apocalypse. We expect the Zombie Apocalypse to be a run-and-gun endeavor where we’ll need to stay on our feet and mobile at all times.

Rifle Specifics
The bolt-action rifle featured here represents perfection for the urban zombie sniper. American Precision Arms, an exceptional builder of custom rifles, built it. Jered Joplin is the owner of APA and is both a dedicated rifle builder and an avid competitive shooter. When I first spoke with Jered about building a sniper rifle for the Zombie Apocalypse, we agreed that accuracy and weight would be our primary concerns.

Keeping the rifle quiet was another reason we chose to build a bolt-action rifle instead of an AR. Even with subsonic loadings and a suppressor, an AR still generates a considerable amount of noise when it’s fired because the bolt and bolt carrier slam back and forth each time we pull the trigger. The zombie sniper is a specialized member of a team who needs to bring the unique capability of killing zombies at long distances in almost total silence. While bolt-action rifles would be unwise for every member of the team, it’s crucial that one member of the team have a rifle similar to this one.

Jered threaded the muzzle of this rifle to accept an AAC suppressor, a crucial piece of gear for the zombie sniper. Subsonic .300 Blackout loads are quiet all by themselves, but when we combine subsonic loads with an effective suppressor we get the quietest combination possible. This is the standard that the zombie sniper needs to maintain.

The barrel threads into a Surgeon round action that provides a solid foundation for this rifle. Surgeon actions are some of the most robust actions made and were my first choice for the Zombie Apocalypse. The Surgeon round action has the same footprint as a Remington 700 short action, so there are plenty of aftermarket accessories available that allow us to build our zombie sniper rifles to fit a wide variety of tastes.

The trigger I used in this rifle is the Xtreme Shooting Products Model XTSP single-stage trigger. I chose this trigger because it offers excellent adjustability options while remaining robust. It is crisp and much more user-friendly than any factory and most aftermarket triggers designed to fit the Remington 700 clone actions.

Two final features that are crucial for the zombie sniper are the APA bottom metal that we put on this rifle and detachable box magazines. The APA bottom metal will stand up to any beating we could ever dish out, and the magazine release represents the most intuitive and unobtrusive design available on the market. The APA bottom metal accepts Accuracy International polymer 10-round magazines.

The AI polymer magazines solve a lot of the feeding problems that bolt-action rifles with internal box magazines chambered in .300 Blackout have, because the AI magazines stack all 10 of the rounds right on top of each other, which places the cartridge directly behind the chamber. When the bolt is cycled, it strips the cartridge out of the magazine and runs it straight into the chamber. Internal box magazines stagger the cartridges as they are loaded, so each time the bolt is cycled the cartridges enter the chamber from either the left or right side of the action. Bolt-action rifles chambered in .300 Blackout are all based on either .221 Fireball or .223 Remington actions and internal box magazines and don’t accommodate the much larger .30-caliber bullets and their accompanying larger ogives well. Unless we’re using the AI magazines that place the larger .30-caliber bullets directly behind the chamber, the shooter should expect some feeding problems with a bolt-action .300 Blackout.

Selecting the Scope
The scope sitting atop the rifle is Leupold’s 1.5-5x20mm M/RT with the new .300 Blackout reticle. This is easily the top pick for the urban zombie sniper. The magnification range is exactly what we need to shoot from zero to 200+ yards in as small and as light a package as possible. The reticle consists of a dot surrounded by a large circle, which, when illuminated and set at 1.5X, works well for CQB distances.

Descending from the dot and circle is a vertical stadia line that serves as a ballistic reticle for both supersonic and subsonic loads. The left side of the reticle as we look through the scope subtends the subsonic flight of the bullet at 100-yard marks out to 400 yards. The supersonic flight of the bullet subtends along the right side of the vertical stadia line and goes out to 900 yards.

While we don’t anticipate shooting much farther than 200 yards, the Leupold scope conveniently accommodates both subsonic and supersonic loads out to much greater distances and does so in a compact and lightweight package. The variable illumination should also prove invaluable because it allows us to engage zombies from dusk until dawn.

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American Precision Arms built what the author considers the ultimate zombie sniper rifle. It is an ideal combination of light weight, speed, accuracy and silence, all geared to work around the .300 BLK cartridge.

  • Mack Missiletoe

    Nice rifle system. My style–even has my favorite color–OD Green. And a short scope. Light. But in wrong caliber for me…

    I don't care about noise. Well I do but… .300 Blackout is scarce. And that is a big problem! My advice, if you want such a specialized cartridge, have a .223 or 7.62 in reserve.

    About noise: It can be hard to tell where a shot came from due to echoes. Most of the time if I was shooting the rifle I'd be elevated anywaya. And most likely have a place to run to for safety if Zombies could somehow reach me.

    I would now choose .223, 7.62×39, or .243. Very available and popular. The first 2 are fairly affordable, and last I recall I found a decent price for .243 at a local store. These calibers are effective within the ranges you explained. Funny, I've been thinking I need a rifle with about the same effective range: 100-300 yards. Hmmm :)

    .223 seems low-power and it really is a small cartridge just looking at it. I think it's 'cute'. That's because my first centerfire rifle was a Ruger Scout .308, my 'Zombie' or SHTF rifle.

    Now… I found the Ruger to be a little much at 7lbs with the full-power .308 rifle cartridge. I could handle its recoil fine but it was a little, how do I say, un-fun with all it's glory (kick). Unless I was 'in the mood'. I had to sell the Ruger Scout unfortunately…

    So… I still want a LIGHT rifle–but with less power and kick. Now here's the big deal: With a light (6-7 lbs) .223 rifle in your configuration, head shots are easy within 100 yards.

    That is the kind of scope I have been looking for. I tend to be attracted to small and medium size rifles and pistols. I don't need a big honkin' scope. I'd have to carry it, it turns out!

    And to carry a big fat bear of a scope means it's gonna get heavy…. eventually. We may all enjoy a light or fairly light rifle at some point–especially when we get tired, hungry, or hurt. In fact, we already do. It's called the M4 and M16 in our military. Learning history, we have came from large calibers to small calibers. It doesn't mean a .308 and .45 is not needed! It means that 9mm and .223 will most likely get the job done in most situations. So if you prefer a .308 and .45 and find that it works for you–more power to ya! They are both popular too–and for good reason.

    Question: So why not go AR-15?!
    Answer: I prefer bolt actions for several reasons:

    1) I enjoy them most
    2) Ease of use
    3) Ease of maintenance
    4) Strong action (normally)
    5) Naturally Accurate
    6) Less jams
    7) More bullet choices

    • St Nick

      Good points Mack!
      The author disses the .22LR, but the .22LR is more commonly found than the Blackout. I like the Blackout, but when the SHTF, I can find .22LR in gun shops, sporting good stores, and even Wally-World. I dont think I am going to be able to hump around a reloading kit and supplies for the Blackout in the Zombie apocalypse.

      While it is a nice rifle and I understand the authors intent, I would like to see a review of a rifle that us poor working stiffs can afford.

      • Danny

        Holy COW! Just cheked out the APA web site, most of their rifles are over $4,000!!!
        That trigger is $300!
        Nice to drool over some fine rifle for zombie plugging, but for those prices, there are other rifles close to the same weight, accomplish the same job and a whole lotta ammo and Zombie gear I can buy!

  • J Baldwin

    I would stick with a round a little more popular then 300blackout, good luck finding that when the SHTF. I have a couple of 10/22s that could drop a zombie at 100 yards with ease and if the first shot "glanced" off its a good thing i have like 30,000 more rounds at home. And for shots over 100 yards my mini 14 wearing a leupold 2-7 vx-r can reach out to 400 yards into Zeds brain. And if .223 is to lite for you get a mini30, cheap commie ammo made in the usa and very rugged.

    • Mack Missiletoe

      Note sure a .22 would drop a Zomby at 100 yards with ease.

      That round would have to penetrate bone at 100 yards. Whad'ya think?

      • Guest

        I know I wouldn't want someone shooting at me with a .22, even if I'm 100 yards out. Those little guys are deceptively effective.

  • SSGT A Jones

    I just got back from a deployment from Afghanistan. Not sure where he is getting his info about rounds glancing off human skulls, but I never heard of any.

    How much did it cost and what is the weight?

    Like the other posters, I would stick with something chambered in 7.62×51 or 5.56 than the .300 Blackout. You know the local NG armory is going to have hundreds of thousands of those rounds in stock.

    • Mack Missiletoe

      You think a .22lr at 1000fps (AT THE MUZZLE) will penetrate a skull at 100 yards?

      • Phil

        22 cal at aprox 300Ft lbs at 100yards 80% chance

  • Walker

    .300 BLK are you kidding me? When the dust settles down, what would you trade just to get a hand full of .300 Blackout? Sorry dude I'd stick to my Ruger 10/22… and yes it's a .22 LR!

  • Carl D

    dont get me wrong, I love zombie talk! But declaring the .300 Blackout as "THE official primary weapon for the zombie sniper is a bolt-action rifle" what a boot! Stockpiling sub-sonic .300 Blackout for the zombie apocalypse is going to make me go bankrupt at a buck a a round! That is alot of .22LR I can stockpile, and even trade for other supplies.

    • Mack Missiletoe

      It's called marketing. Lol, when the Zombie Apocalypse really does happen, Mr. Tom Beckstrand wants to be to find .300 Blackout at the local store. And have a higher chance of looting it :D

      He does have a good point–to keep shots quiet. Yet I am sure that 9mm can be downloaded for sound suppressors so that it is not so loud. But that's a pistol round…

      I suppose .223 and .308 can be downloaded as well. With the price or .223, the availability, and the low weight, it is the ideal all-around cartridge.

      If the SHTF, .223 would be much more easily found. unless everyone used theirs up in the beginning… I keep hearing news reports that more Americans are purchasing AR-15's. A plus if your rifle can safely fire .556×45 as well.

      I feel that .22lr, .22wmr, .38 Special, 9mm, .40, .45, .357 Magnum, .223, .30-30, .243, 5.56×45, 7.62×39., .308, and .30-06 are the best cartridges to use for several reasons–mostly popularity.

      A tighter list would be .22lr, 9mm, .38, .357, .40, .45, 5.56×45, .223, 7.62×39, and .308.

      • Carl D

        Yeah, more and more G&A articles seem to be about marketing or nothing more than glorified ads than actual content.

  • ts326802

    300 AAC, rofl. On 115 gr loads it doesn't match surplus 7.62×39 performance. 220 gr sub-sonic loads are also available for 7.62×39. 220 gr in either caliber will be equally impossible to find when SHTF. I'm getting sick of hearing the .300 AAC hype, it only marginally beats a .30 carbine in velocity and energy, albeit better BC and better energy downrange.

    9MM suppressed AR and 9MM P226. Done. Same ammo, light ammo, AR with 9MM can also be effectively suppressed. Plus I can find 9MM EVERYWHERE. Sounds like the author wants to take the fight to Zed by engaging them at +100 yards. Why? Survival would be my top priority. Can't think I'd be engaging unless I was seen and Zed was closing in.

  • Tanstaafl2

    .300 Blackout – are you kidding me!? I have yet to find any supplier where that round isn't special order. I want something that is relatively affordable, common, and easily available anywhere in the U.S. (as a rule of thumb, say that if I can't be guaranteed of finding it at Wal-Mart, I don't want it for a Zombie Apocalypse weapon).

    I'll take my inspiration from the British deLisle suppressed sniper carbine in World War II. The deLisle fired .45 acp ammo (already subsonic) from modified 1911 magazines. I would, however, make some changes to the concept.
    1. Rather than using modified 1911 mags, design the rifle to be able to use any standard 1911 mag.
    2. Rather than a short barrel with an integral suppressor,. Go for a 12-16" threaded barrel (just make sure I don't make the barrel long enough to get the bullet up to supersonic velocity) and a detachable suppressor. As an interesting option, I have also seen ads for an adapter (registered as a suppressor) that allows you to screw common car oil filters onto the muzzle and use as fairly effective suppressors (oil filters should be easy to loot just about anywhere).
    3. I like the low variable magnification CQB telescopic sight. I want an illuminated reticle (a luminescent reticle like Bushnell's old "Firefly" reticle would be even better so I don't need batteries) for low light work.
    4. I want a set of 45 degree offset iron sights (and I want my iron sights with tritium inserts) like is becoming popular on 3-gun rifles. If something happens to my glass sight, I want to quickly be able to switch to iron sights.
    5. Rather than a bolt action, I want a semi-auto in case I get swarmed and need to drop a lot of zombies real fast. To avoid the noise of the bolt and carrier actuating, I want the gas system equipped with a cutoff switch that will block off the gas and let me operate the rifle as a single shot when I want to.
    6. Stainless steel metal and a synthetic stock – never know how long it's going to have to go before I can clean it.

    Bring on the zombies!!!

    • Mack Missiletoe

      #4 is a great one!

      I like my bolt rifles to have backup irons…

  • http://www.facebook.com/shawn.oloughlin.5 Shawn O'Loughlin

    That brings up an interesting point. Can the 5.56 be safely downloaded to sub-sonic speeds? Which powder would one use? I'd imagine you'd need to use bullets on the heavier end of the spectrum, would they stabilize in a 1in7 or 1in8 twist barrel at low speeds?

  • aabigbill

    Nice review but I disagree as to choice of ammo 300 blackout is a great round but once you use up the ammo on hand it's hard to find. I would go with a 308 Winchester/7.62 NATO same round in every gun store or really any store carrying ammo. Used by police and still used by the military as machine gun ammo. Sure kills out to 500 yards. And let's face it this article was written by and for the guy who has money to burn. The regular guy can go with any decent bolt-action with scope.

  • cesar

    is the author, and the ones who believe in ZOMBIE MANIA, a 12 year old?

    are you worried about zombies in USA? I worry more about the living ones… the bad guys, I mean, of course.

    the dead wont return from their graves, dont worry about then.

    about 300 blackout……thanks, but I use a 7×57 Mauser, it was invented more than 100 years ago, it is cheap, easy to reload, there is plenty of ammo everywhere you to to..from ZAMBIA to Austria, and you can hunt almost anything on the planet with it.

    I understand that the industry needs sellings new rifes in new calibers, so thanks for the note about the 300 black out…but it doesnt work with me.

  • Lopaka Kanaka

    Like everyone we all have our choice of caliber and rifle that will do the most damage. I myself like the 308 rifles that I have a Marlin level action in a 308 and a Remington 750 in a 308 caliber with a 3X9X40 scope on them. I also have a carbine in 45AP with a 16.5 barrel with a Aimpoint green and red dot on it. I carry 357 Mag revolver and 1911 A-1
    45AP for back up side arms. My ammo is every where you can buy it in gun stores sold to the public. I also have a couple of 22LR in Ruger MKIII and a Marlin 795 rifle. Keep doing what you do best with your hunting.

  • bob german

    give me my cz 75b 9mm pistol and a russian sks and 7.62×39 ammo plentiful and cheap it too can be reloaded subsonic and with heavy's like a 180 gr bullet i have a nice stockpile now and reloading junk too keep your 300 blackout ill go with the sks round also popular in the ak's … also i like the sks accuracy too .. oh a dead zombie hears no sonic boom … by zombies !

  • Mack Missiletoe

    I think if there were a Zombie Apoc… we'd be much more worried about water, food, shelter, and ammo.

    Imagine the countries whose own people are not allowed to be armed! Wow… what a fail they'd have to deal with. They may have knives and swords …or machetes… but a gun would be easier on the arm long-term and also if sick or injured.

    Okay, so yes the noise IS an issue and the author wisely addressed that. Just with the wrong cartridge for the situation. .300BLK is no wheres to be found! It is 'special' as far as I have seen.

    7.62×39 can be used in .300 blk's place. I heard good accuracy in the CZ 527 Carbine and I am sure a custom rifle can be made such as the one pictured in the article. It looks so nice, it does…

  • DANIELPETITT

    The Perfect Gun For A Zombie Apocalypse Is An Imaginary One That Shoots Fairy Dust.
    Why Do I Read This Zombie Crap?
    For A Apocalypse You Would Not Want A Rare Or Even Less Common Round.

  • Charles

    So the 300 blackout would be better than the 5.56 because subsonic rounds are available. Sounds pretty flimsy when 5.56 ammo is so readily available. And why a bolt gun? You can get near or better accuracy out of an AR platform, plus high cap mags with quick follow up shots.

  • Trey

    A silly article comes to a silly concussion.

    1 The most common round that can do the job is best, thus in the US 5.56 Nato and 7.62 Nato followed any center fire hunting caliber in common use,

    2 As pointed out by others.. 7.62×39 has equal ballistics for the job presented 5.56 with FMJ would also do well.

    3 If Subsonic is the main reason than .300 Black out is better, but many rounds can be converted to do so easily

    4 IF long term self made ammo is going to be needed any classic .30 rifle cartridge with a cast lead bullet and 10g of Unique become a very good choice (this would require stock pile of Primers and Powder and a .30 bullet mold)

    5 .22RF may be minimal but ammo stockpiling is cost effective and head shots at 50-75yards would have a high rate of effect from a decent length barrel..

    6 Pistol Caliber Carbines may will also do well in the 50 -75 yard range with ease, so a 357mag/.38Spec. lever gun has 2 calibers to scrouge and can do double duty in a revolver. 9MM Carbines will do well also.

  • Trustful Marksman

    Some of you guys need to relax and get off your high horses. A custom rifle is exactly what it sounds like. CUSTOM. Meant for a specific person for a specific purpose exactly the way they want it.

    Most of you keep discussing the cost both of the firearm and the ammo, but the issue is money isn’t an issue. He never even mentions the cost.

    This article was written for the shooter who has more money than they know what to do with.

    As for it being a zombie gun I’m sure if the author actually thought the zombie apocalypse was going to happen (lets be honest zombie prep is just a hobby/awesome pass time not a realistic scenario) he would chamber the rifle in a more common round like the 7.62×39. But instead he decides if he is going to build a custom rifle he will chamber it in a cartridge he likes, and he likes the .300 blackout.

    The rifle he built is an effective zombie sniper, It will eliminate multiple targets out to medium range and do it very quietly. There is nothing wrong with it being a bolt gun. This will help keep you from getting trigger happy. Not only is it lighter than almost any standard or even custom AR’s bolt guns are inherently more accurate than AR’s.

    Also he states plainly in his article its not meant to be your sole apocalypse rifle, its meant to be one part of a team.

    If I had the cash I would take this rifle in a heartbeat. I’d even chamber it in another expensive obscure round, 6.8 SPC. Why? Because it is a small light cartridge with low recoil that has excellent performance out to medium ranges. With even better velocity and energy than the .300 Blackout at even greater ranges.

    So if you don’t like the gun don’t buy it. But stop trying to point out every gun writer’s flaws as if your so much smarter than them.

  • CenterMass

    God, does adding the word “zombie” to any firearm name actually sell more units? Am I the only one who thinks that It’s really stupid?

    • CenterMass

      I mean I used to entertain the thought of a Zombie apocalypse……..but then I turned 13 and I started going after girls. Gundsandammo, you guys sure are lowering the bar with articles like this junk.

  • iksnilol

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xAkOzr6cDx0

    For killing zombies (the undead, shambling type) a .22 lr would work well at 200 yards (ideal would be 100).

    Something like a Marlin 795, Remington 597, 10/22, Savage or CZ coupled with a decent scope. My personal favorite is the Primay Arms 4-14 FFP (a bit high magnification but it is mil-dot and FFP while being inexpensive). Of course a decent suppressor is also required.

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