I've said it before:
"You never select a shotgun as your primary anti-zombie firearm. It's great for onesy twosey, but zombies travel in hordes. The reload time is onerous, and the ammo, while effective, is heavy and bulky."
But the advice to grab a scattergun when Zed rears his undead head is widespread and I feel I'm rowing against the tide (to mix some metaphors, and I'm probably not done.)
We are going to lose a lot of folks if we don't nip this old wives' tale in the bud. (Phew!)
Sure, readers of this blog tend to know a thing or two about firearms. It's the more casual shooter that JUST has the shottie. Maybe 2 boxes of shells for 50 rounds of ammo. And those are probably #8 shot because #8 is cheap and plentiful and come in boxes of 25 at the retail emporium. They'd be better off with grandpa's .30-30. Same reload time, but .30-30 is more effective at ranges greater than 10 feet. Compared to birdie shot. With improper ammo selection and otherwise very effective short range shamblor-retirer becomes as long range as a halberd. In other words, clutching-distance. Remember, a zombie won't say, "Ouch, my chest and abdomen has been filled with 60 teeny tiny pellets. I think I'll flee now."
I'm gonna have to rely on YOU to help spread the word, dear Reader. All both of you. Zombie defense often comes up in bar conversation these days. Especially after a few adult beverages down at the pub. Please please please try to insert:
into the conversation."You never select a shotgun as your primary anti-zombie firearm. It's great for onesy twosey, but zombies travel in hordes. The reload time is onerous, and the ammo, while effective, is heavy and bulky."
The life you save may be your own. The sooner an outbreak is effectively opposed the sooner humanity can claw it's way back to the top of the food chain.
But, hey, THIS is kinda cool.