When discussing best zombie survival weapon, running out of ammunition is often cited as the Achilles Heal of firearms. A second common knock is that gunshots are loud, revealing your location and inviting countless undead and living dangers.
However, there is another much overlooked flaw that makes your shotgun, rifle or pistol a potential loser in zombie combat. Despite what you’ve experienced in your favorite video game, when you pull the trigger of a real-life firearm, chances are you’re going to miss your target over and over again.
A recent study of New York City police officers found that when firing at live targets just nine feet away their hit rate was a dismal 11%. When the target stood at a distance greater than 20 feet, that number dropped to 4%, meaning that 96 out of 100 shots missed their mark.
By contrast, these same officers were more than 95% accurate when shooting in a controlled gun range. They receive regular training and annual qualifications, and are statistically much better shooters than civilians like you and me.
When faced with a zombie horde or gang of roaming human thugs, hearts will race, hands will shake, and bullets will fly everywhere and hit nothing. If you think you’re going to be accurate even 15% of the time, you’re living in a dream world and are likely to wake up to the sound of being eaten.