Max Brooks, bestselling author of The Zombie Survival Guide and World War Z, appeared on the season finale of Discovery Channel’s hit show Sons of Guns to settle the debate about which firearm is best against the undead.
We caught up with Brooks for an exclusive interview to get his final thoughts on the episode, the weapons used, and the end results. The contest came down to a custom built .22 bolt up versus an M-16 with a grenade launcher.
“I think both teams did a great job. And the two firearms in the final test really captured two competing philosophies in zombie survival.”
When the dust settled it was Brooks’ chosen .22 that took top prize for its ease of use, the portability of its ammunition, and its accuracy.
“The purpose of a military firearm like the M-16 is to constantly be engaging the enemy with the help of a huge support infrastructure. But a global war against zombies would largely be fought by civilians with little-to-no backup support.”
Though a .22 may not be the sexiest weapon, its practicality cannot be denied when discussing real zombie survival. From hunting small game to the ease of carting extra rounds, its advantages over higher caliber firearms are many.
“The producers said they like to employ a concept called “tactic-cool”, meaning that they take something that has a clear tactical function and trick it out to be as cool as humanly possible. I told them for fighting zombies the term should be “practic-cool”.
Brooks pointed out that civilian guns like the .22 are designed to be user friendly to the widest possible consumer base. If they jam or require a lot of complicated training or maintenance, they won’t sell. Military firearms aren’t designed with the retail consumer in mind.
And using a grenade launcher to fight the undead makes as much sense as using a saw to hammer a nail.
“Air-burst artillery against humans is effective because you just need to get a little bit of shrapnel into a person to put him out of commission. The only way to stop a zombie is by direct skull penetration, so precision weapons are better suited to the task.”
In conclusion, Book said that the gun experts at Red Jacket were fantastic, and he had a ton of fun. Check out a clip from the show below. We’ll post the entire episode on he blog in the coming days.
What do you think about he results of the test, and what is your zombie firearm of choice?