We’ve already covered the basic merits of certain zombie survival weapons, but if you have the skill and resources to shoot your way out of an undead assault, then is it better to grab a shotgun or rifle?
Despite Hollywood depictions of a determined hero blasting through hell-on-earth with only a sawed off shotgun, for the average shooter, shotguns will not produce a reliable kill shot at any reasonable distance. Unless you want to wait until your undead neighbor is literally breathing down your neck to get a clean head shot, you may want to go with a reliable hunting rifle.
On the other hand, if you’re forced into close quarters combat, then the wider spray of a shotgun blast may work for clearing areas to make way for your escape.
In the end, it’s a matter of personal choice. But learning how to handle, load, cock, fire, and hit targets at range are essential skills to develop well before zombies are knocking at your front door.
If you had the choose between carrying your rifle or shogun, which would it be for you?