Yeah, I know. Max Brooks already covered it. Got a survival manual you can check out, etc, etc, etc.
I think I prefer to come up with my own gear. Based upon my own research into the genre, which consists mainly of reading World War Z and watching The Walking Dead coupled with my time in the Army, time as a Civil War Reenactor and my experience as an historian, I’ve got some ideas.
Armor. Dude, you gotta have armor. Even the folks in the third season of TWD have figured that out. But modern armor is meant to stop bullets, leaving many delicate, fleshy bits available for the chomping upon. So, what would work best?
Duh, gotta have some chainmail. That’ll protect most of the vitals from biter attack. Be even better if one got the hooded version, which would protect the neck. Yeah, sure, your face is open but I’d cover that up with a good old riot gear quality face plate.
Yes, it is heavy. Stop your whining and put it on.
Weapons? Myself? I think I’d go with an M-16 A2 fitted with a bayonet. Or better yet maybe an M-14 with a bayonet on the end. Heavy, solid, useful as a stabbing, clubbing and shooting weapon for those moments when you have Close Encounters of the Unkindly Human variety. I’d augment that with a pair of M-1911 .45s to provide some close in support. Finally, I think I might add to that kit something distinctive, like a Roman Gladius, which would be a reproduction, of course but handy to have.
A few frags wouldn’t be a bad idea either.
As for vehicles?
Why, I’d want a van fitted out with a bed in the back. Something rigged with mesh over the windows to keep the bastards out. Electrify the outside of it to keep the humans out and maybe line it with body armor on the inside. It’d need a winch in case I got stuck and some solar panels on top to recharge my iPad, because even at the End of the World, you got to have an entertainment system.
So there you go.
What say you?
Steven Francis Murphy
Author of The Limb Knitter and Tearing Down Tuesday
Kansas City, Missouri