My brother Zack, and my friends Mike, Larry, and Tom were at ConDuit and were all on a panel together about surviving in a world gone Zed.
First point of order… When it comes to winning against Zombies, ignore everything Max Brooks has ever written. If you have to get a book or two to follow, the first book to get is the Boy Scout Handbook. Not a new one, but an old one. Then, if you can, the US Army Ranger Manual. Just to make you feel safer.
Max Brook’s best choice of weapon is the M1 Carbine. I think he saw it in a movie once. Poor ammo capacity, poor power, mediocre accuracy, and almost no ammo availability. Best choice of weapon – the weapon you have the most ammo for that’s bigger than .22LR. Because while you can pack a bazzillion rounds of .22LR, you can’t reliably destroy the Zombie’s Brain. Shooting it and hitting the head is fine and well, but if that bullet didn’t totally destroy the brain, you’ve not done the job. .22’s are just as likely to bounce off the skull.
Wal-Mart. Someone said go to Wal-Mart. Don’t. Have you see “People of Wal-Mart”? It’s a danger zone to say the least. Instead, go to a Sporting Goods Store if you have to go anywhere at all. While Zombies will be a threat, the biggest threat will be other living people who want to take what you have. The best course of action is to button up for a little while and let things calm down before you set off.
There is a lot of Immanent Domain issues after an Zombie Uprising. Few survivors, lots of zombies… that means a lot of unclaimed property. Feel free to make the use of it, as long as no one living already has a claim. Upgrade your gear as you find it… House, Truck, Guns, etc. Now, notice I said Truck instead of “Small Convertible Sports Car”. Trucks are hard to stop, hard for zombies to get at you… in a sports car, you are very easily pulled out and ripped apart.
I think the most important thing to have in a Zombie Apocalypse, are friends who are smart and also prepared.