Contributing author Alfredo Torres is an adjunct professor of communications at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA where he wrote his master’s thesis on the metaphoric representation of zombies in the films of George Romero.
How pop culture will get us all killed. (Part 2)
Last week I talked about the zombie genre and how I love and hate it at the same time. I discussed the chainsaw and how it is one of the most impractical zombie survival weapons ever. Now I want to discuss the most overrated weapon of choice for zombie enthusiasts; the shotgun.
Other than deterring the human element of any apocalyptic situation (just the sound of a shotgun being racked will stop any sane, reasonable human in their tracks) there really is no rational reason for having a shotgun as part of your arsenal.
A shotgun is noisy. The ammo is clumsy and cumbersome. And it is a big weapon (unless you saw off the barrel to make it shorter and add a pistol grip.) Improper use of a shotgun can cause a bruise at best and a dislocated shoulder at worst. Which will make at least one arm useless, if you’re lucky… but they do come in cool neon colors!
When choosing your firearm for the end of the world, don’t choose it because you saw it in movies. Make sure that it is a practical weapon; something like the very underrated .22 caliber rifle. Shotguns may be cool. I mean, racking a shotgun to put the emphasis on that final-stand speech you are making before blowing a zombie in half sounds awesome. It makes for a great fantasy image and it’s always great in the movies. But being eaten by the remaining zombies that have been drawn by that loud “BOOM!” isn’t as cool.
I’d rather live than look cool.