I. Bows & Arrows
Archery has been one of mankind's primary tools for hunting, warfare and sport for the past seven thousand years. It can serve us well WTSHTF.
The zombie apocalypse will potentially last years or even decades. There won't be a shortage of ingenuity & craftsmen, only the raw materials. Ammunition will be scarce, and maintaining guns will be increasingly difficult. On the other hand, wood and a little metal are needed to construct bows & arrows.
Numerous resources are available for a variety of bow types (like the US Army Survival Manual), and the ones you find online are only the tip of the iceberg.
I've recently gotten into archery and have been taking lessons with my family. It is quite satisfying to put your arrows where you want them to! I get the same buzz from putting lead on steel plates at 20 meters. Both disciplines require the same amount of skill and dedication. This is a life long thing, and I'm looking forward to every minute of shooting stuff.
For a pistolero like me, it was really cool that I could retrieve my ammunition and re-use them on the spot. No reloading required! I can do this in my back yard too.
It is not noiseless as some may think, but definitely quieter than most suppressed weapons. And a more accessible one at that.
All in all, the bow is an effective weapon and a wonderful sporting activity for the whole family.
I chose the recurve bow for the following reasons in no particular order:
- anything that is an Olympic sport is a worthwhile activity
- ease of maintenance: dissasembly / assembly takes only a minute without specialized tools
- easy to stow away, compact
- components are durable, can last many years with proper use
- an excellent choice for zombie-killing covert missions & clearing operations
- can help you hunt for food: bowfishing, birds, deer, & other nice things
I've also made a SMASHING COCONUT TEST to see how it would fare against a zombie skull.
When the last bullet is shot, arrows will fly.