By Marcus Handby
Best zombie defense weapon is ultimately a matter of personal taste and ability, but any choice you make is a compromise. No weapon is perfect. When deciding which pistol is right for you in a catastrophic zombie outbreak it’s important to focus on the facts, and plan for a worst-case scenario.
So which is better against zombies, revolvers or semi-automatics?
Semi-automatics are the obvious choice for most people because they carry more ammunition, with a high capacity magazine inserted into the handle. Because zombies are thought the attack in hordes, you may need multiple shots to get out of a sticky situation. Add to the mix several extra magazines and you could have 30+ rounds at the ready for a quick escape.
Most semi-automatic pistols are extremely reliable, but jams do happen. If you don’t know how to clear a misfeed your weapon could instantly turn into a worthless hunk of metal with one unlucky pull of the trigger.
Though they generally hold less rounds, revolvers are undeniably simpler machines than their semi-automatic counterparts. They have fewer moving parts, their operation is easy to observe and understand, and they’re more reliable, especially at the lower end of the price scale.
Because racking the slide of a semi-automatic takes some hand strength, revolvers are better if you’re a weak person or plan to share your gun with someone who is short of muscle. Additionally, revolvers don’t need major disassembling when getting cleaned.
So what’s the verdict?
In an undead pandemic you need the pistol that will prove useful in wildly different situations, so revolvers are a much better choice. Remember, you should be planning for a worst case scenario. Even if you can clean your weapon blindfolded, don’t assume that you’ll have the proper cleaning supplies, space and time to take apart your semi-automatic when civilization collapses. Don’t assume that you’ll have extra clips that can be inserted into your emptied semi-auto in seconds flat. Don’t even assume that you’ll be the one firing the pistol when push comes to shove.
What revolvers give up in capacity, they more than make up for in reliability, usability, and flexibility.