By 1LT Chris Post
Though it’s never a good idea to engage in close quarters combat with a zombie, if the coming undead plague outlasts ammunition supplies, then there may be no other alternative. So in these worst case scenarios, which melee weapon is best?
As we’ve argued in previous posts, specialized swords are not an ideal choice for the average survivor because of the skill needed to use them properly, and the constant maintenance to keep them functional. Swords were traditionally the weapons of the wealthy who could afford training for themselves and their paid professional soldiers.
Common people used common items in combat, such as pitchforks, machetes, hammers and axes, and the modern counterparts of those items may be your best option today.
A few good options to consider include a camp ax and machete. These are readily available anywhere and can be purchased for under $50 dollars. Even the cheap models are usually fairly sturdy and capable of delivering a lethal blow in the hands of someone with minimal experience.
But the real upside of these weapons is that they are also useful for day-to-day survival. Camp axes have a flat hammer edge opposite the cutting blade, providing even more functionality.
In a zombie survival landscape, you may be forced to carry your entire world on your back, making multipurpose equipment a vital component to staying alive.