Following a discussion about various traditional weapons used against the undead, Zombie Research Society contributor Kelly Bell conducted a study of common improvised weapons to see what options an unarmed survivor might have.
Bell was inspired by the fact that an overwhelming majority of the world will not have access to firearms during the inevitable zombie apocalypse. However she concluded that there are many reliable alternatives that can provide both offensive and defensive support.
“For most of us, a real zombie outbreak won’t be like a computer game. We don’t all have shotguns with unlimited ammunition stashed miraculously in our back pockets, but that doesn’t mean we’re out of luck. Potentially deadly improvised weapons are all around us, just waiting to be made combat ready.”
Among her recommendations was the Millwall Brick, which stands out for both its availability and ease of use. Named for the infamously violent supporters of the Millwall Football Club of England in the late 1960s, the brick is constructed by rolling and folding newspaper sheets to create a solid club. A large nail or screwdriver can then be embedded into the head, effectively forming a crude nail bat which can pummel or pierce your undead enemy as needed.
Much like Millwall Bricks, improvised prison knives, called shivs or shanks, can be made from just about anything, including toothbrushes, combs, chair legs, bed posts, floor boards, plastic bottles, and even toilet seats. So remember, anything sharp and solid has the potential to penetrate a zombie’s brain and render it incapacitated.
What are some other improvised weapons that would work particularly well against the undead?