The Zombie Apocalypse Every Day Carry

EDCYou’ve probably been seeing the #EDC memes flying around Instagram for a while now, so we thought we might weigh in on what common sense dictates that you might want to have in your “Every day carry” should a zombie infestation take root.  An EDC, as the name suggests, is that kit which you carry on your person at all times when you are not at the house.  Remember kids, gear at home does you no good if you’re at the mall when the zombie horde hits the wire.

1) Concealed weapon (pistol)–There’s so many arguments for make and caliber that we’re not going to go there.  However, we do suggest that you have one if the laws in your state allow it (or consider moving to a state where they do). Never hurts to have a spare magazine as well, particularly in sub-compacts where your load capacity is going to be smaller.

2) Sharp knife–Not all knives are created equally either.  I’m a big fan of Bram Frank’s blades, because they are designed for killing, pressure point manipulation in the closed position, and kinetic opening for escalating force options.

3) Multi-tool–Because nothing will piss you off quite as much as having the sharpest knife in the world when all you need is a Phillips head screw driver.  Or a can opener.  I can’t tell you the horror stories I’ve seen from dudes trying to open a can of soup with a knife and a rock.

4) Tactical pen–Smith and Wesson makes a good one.  If you must have a writing instrument on your person (trust me, you must), you might as well have one that doubles as the bludgeon of destiny.  The Smith and Wesson tactical pen is essentially a Filipino Dulo with a writing instrument inside.

5) Flashlight–Because zombies don’t need daylight to eat brains, and you’re often away from home at night, you need a flashlight.  Extra cool points if it connects to your gun.

6) 550 chord bracelet–I like the ones from Survival Straps.  They’re made in America, in my very own city of Jacksonville, and they look awesome.  Never know when you might need to secure a hostage or spelunk down a cliff.

Everybody seems to have their own super-clever variation on the EDC.  Maybe you get off on having some bubble gum in your pocket, or a fancy something-or-other for that special situation of your dreams.  Whatever the case may be, you need to get an EDC and start carrying it right now, before the zombies arrive.

Camouflage Tips for the Zombie Apocalypse

SF-sniper-student-stalkingThere are a few principles about camouflage which are regularly accepted as “the core.”  They might even save your salty ass from becoming zombie jerky, assuming zombies can’t smell your still-functioning brain and munch down on you by smell alone.  Here’s what I would do if I had to camouflage myself in a hurry:

1) Break up your shape.  Most camo patterns are intended to do exactly that, break up the outline of a human being.  Doing anything to this effect will make you  harder to spot.  You can tape a shrub to your groin and achieve the same effect…eh, sans mobility I guess.  Also, add dark color to any high areas of your face (nose, forehead, cheek bones) and add light colors to any low areas.

2) Lose the bling. Anything shiny is bad ju ju and will get you eaten like a plate of fried chicken in Mississippi.  Take off your watch, lose the necklace, cover your optics, take off your glasses, and rub some mud on that big-ass forehead.

3) Don’t silhouette yourself.  Hide on the top of a hill with the white cloudy sky at your back and it won’t matter how good your camouflage is.  You’re as good as zombie chow.  Always avoid situations where there is a backdrop, whether it be a light or a solid color, to highlight your silhouette.

4) Be still and quiet. I’ve seen many a soldier spend hours upon hours applying that perfect coat of face paint only to give themselves away with a sneeze.  (Hint: if you have to sneeze, try saying “grapefruit” under your breath at the top of your inhale.  Seriously, works every time).  Freaking be still already and stop fidgeting like a little girl before a potty break.

5) Use the correct colors.  Seriously, you wouldn’t believe the stories about people using desert colors in the woods if I told you.  I can’t make this stuff up.  Use colors that exist in the environment in which you are trying to hide.  Please.  And take the wheat stalks off of your hat when you move into the forest.  Nothing is more conspicuous than a patch of wheat walking through the pine trees.

That’s enough for now.  I’m not trying to turn you into the Predator here, just help you survive long enough to learn something.  If you’ve got to move, it’s always easier to do it by night (assuming there is enough moonlight to navigate by) where camo doesn’t matter so much.  Still, avoid silhouetting yourself in the dark also.  They can still see you.

Body Armor: The Perfect Zombie Protection

Guest post by Anthony from Safeguard Armor

Not many people understand the functioning of soft body armor. This type of armor is not very soft, but is surprisingly pliable, and this surprises people whenever they handle it initially. Many first-time users are skeptical about how this armor can protect them from ballistic projectiles, knives, or spikes. The truth, however, is that soft body armor is just as effective as hard body armor in protecting the wearer from any sort of harm, even from zombies.

Hard body armor is designed from sturdy material, such as steel, polyethelene, and ceramic. It is stiff, and somewhat heavy. The principal behind this type of armor is that it is strong enough to stop, or deflect a bullet, or knife. This principle has held up most of the time, but the armor restricts movement, and is uncomfortable to wear for long periods. In 1881, Dr Goodfellow saw a gunfight, where the victim was saved by a folded handkerchief, which slowed down the bullet significantly. This observation led to the research and development of soft body armor. This type of armor works by absorbing the effect of the bullet, and spreading it along its structure. If you are familiar with a soccer goal net, you know how the net absorbs the impact of the ball, and spreads it along its netting. This is the same principle applied by soft body armor.

Kevlar is the most common soft body armor, and was developed in the mid 70’s by the DuPont Corporation. This synthetic material was found to be 5 times stronger than steel of the same weight. The material was initially developed for tires, but its strength caught the attention of body armor manufacturers. The threads are woven into other materials to create a vest that one can wear to get protection against bullets, spikes, or knives. However, Kevlar is only effective when dry. When wet, it can allow a projectile to go through since the moisture provides lubrication for the bullet to travel through the material.

As a Zombie Prepper, you must be ready for any collapse in society that may bring along the rise of the undead. This means having protection against any sharp objects that the zombies may have. Soft body armor is your best option. You can wear this armor at all times, whenever you are in the field, hunting down zombies, thereby ensuring your survival. With this armor, you can move swiftly, and engage in combat without any hindrance. Materials are being developed to provide shelter, and therefore protection, when you are facing-off zombies. A material that is flexible, but can assume the properties of cement has been developed for the purposes of providing a protective structure, within which, you can hide from zombies.

Whether you are a law enforcement officer, military personal, or a zombie researcher, you need to have protection whenever you are in the field. Online retailers and body armor suppliers like safeguardclothing are now stocking zombie proof armor. Soft body armor will provide you with enough protection from most bullets, spikes and knives. Read reviews about the available models, then make your decision on which one to buy.