By Liam Holledge
In movies and video games chainsaws are often glamorized as the ultimate zombie killing tool by grinding down the approaching undead horde in a single swing. In reality, chainsaws are one of the worst weapons you could ever choose.
Here are the top five reasons not to ever use a chainsaw in zombie combat:
- They’re Loud. Chainsaws make a lot of noise, attract more zombies, and drown out calls from fellow survivors or other vital information.
- They’re Heavy. Chainsaws are too heavy to be a practical carry weapon– especially in an extreme survival situation when every ounce counts.
- They Misfire. Chainsaws need to be started, and are notoriously stubborn. You don’t want to get stuck pulling a cord with zombies approaching.
- They’re Gassed. Possibly the biggest drawback of chainsaws is that they use fuel–a valuable and dwindling resource in a zombie pandemic.
- They’re Messy. If infected zombie blood is so toxic that a single drop in your eye will kill you, do you really want to spray it all over your face?
As stated in previous posts, each weapon has advantages and disadvantages, but chainsaws have so many clear drawbacks that they really don’t deserve to be a part of any intelligent zombie survival conversation.
My favorite melee weapon is the humble crowbar. It’s light, packs a punch, is faster than an axe, and can wedge open skulls and locked doors with equal effectiveness.
What’s your melee weapon of choice?