The Ultimate Zombie Weapon Guide

For the sake of this article, we are going to assume that when the SHTF you’re not going to have immediate access to a battleship, tank or fighter jet. So let’s get real and discover the best and most realistic zombie weapons to start building your complete zombie weapon kit.

If time is of the essence, or you just can’t be bothered starting your kit from scratch, check out our zombie apocalypse survival kit review and get yourself a ready-made zombie kit.

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Zombie Kit Essential:

First and foremost you are going to need a survival knife, or two if possible. No survivalist leaves home without their trusted knife strapped about their person, but we recommend two as you are going to be stabbing zombies in the head for your very life, do you really want to chop your carrots with it afterwards? No! Have two, and color code if possible.

Although technically the survival knife could go in to the category of melee weapon, it really is so multi functional that we chose to let it stand alone.

Weapon of choice: Anyone that wants to live

Pros: Multi function, easy to carry, easy to clean.

Cons: May blunt with use, be sure you know how to sharpen your blade.

Find the perfect survival knife for you.

Check out the Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Knife

Building Your Zombie Weapons Arsenal

zombie proof truckThere is an overwhelmingly huge variety of weapons to choose from. Useful Zombie weapons can be anything  from simple, homemade melee weapons, to guns, explosives and vehicles.

If the SHTF before you have prepared properly, you’re probably going to  have to improvise and use everyday items that would not normally be considered a weapon, think kitchen utensils and DIY/garden tools.

When considering what is going to make the best zombie weapon, think  how easily it can be used penetrate or chop off a head, it’s not as easy as they make out in the movies – bone is hard!

Realistic Zombie Weapons


Overall, guns are probably the best weapon of choice to kill zombies with, as they can also be used as a melee weapon by attaching a good bayonet or just bashing the zombie’s  head in with the butt. Having said that, it’s also important not to become too dependant on your firearm – ammunition is no longer being manufactured, so when it’s gone, it’s gone.

Again, for the sake of this article, we are going to assume that you aren’t looking for machine guns, rpg’s or cannons, so we’ve narrowed the choice down to three options to include in your zombie survival toolkit. Choose one, or mix n’ match:


Weapon of choice: Rick Grimes (Walking Dead), Dr. Robert Neville (I am Legend)zombie weapon

Pros: Easy to carry, performs the task efficiently, lightweight.

Cons: Need a good aim, requires the ability to restock ammunition, noise could attract more zombies.


Weapon of choice: Mad Max

Pros: you don’t need to be a great shot, easy to obtain pre-apocalypse, can be used to bring down big game when hunting.

Cons: cumbersome to carry, need ammo, extremely loud.


Weapon of choice: Ben (Night of the Living Dead), most of The Walking Dead cast at some point.

Pros: Deadly in the right hands, generally quieter than a shotgun.

Cons: Numerous and overall not recommended as a useful zombie weapon.



To simplify the choice of these silent killers, we’ve narrowed the category down to three main types of bow for your perusal:

Recurve Bow

Compound Bow

Don’t know your recurve from your compound? Think Robin Hood vs Katniss Everdeen


Two words “Daryl Dixon” what’s not to like about this badass? The weapon is kinda cool too!


Rock Sling

From wiki :

A sling is a projectile weapon typically used to throw a blunt projectile such as a stone, clay, or lead “sling-bullet”. It is also known as the shepherd’s sling.

A sling has a small cradle or pouch in the middle of two lengths of cord. The sling stone is placed in the pouch. The middle finger or thumb is placed through a loop on the end of one cord, and a tab at the end of the other cord is placed between the thumb and forefinger. The sling is swung in an arc, and the tab released at a precise moment. This frees the projectile to fly to the target. The sling essentially works by extending the length of a human arm, thus allowing stones to be thrown much farther than they could be by hand.

The sling is inexpensive and easy to build. It has historically been used for hunting game and in combat. Film exists of Spanish Civil War combatants using slings to throw grenades over buildings into enemy positions on the opposite street. Today the sling interests sportsmen as a wilderness survival tool and as an improvised weapon.

Make your own sling with paracord!


slingshot zombie weapon

From Wiki

A slingshot (chiefly American), hand catapult (primarily British English), shanghai or ging (chiefly Australia and New Zealand), bean shooter, or flip, is normally a small hand-powered projectile weapon.

The classic form consists of a Y-shaped frame held in the off hand, with two rubber strips attached to the uprights. The other ends of the strips lead back to a pocket which holds the projectile. The pocket is grasped by the dominant hand and drawn back to the desired extent to provide power for the projectile (up to a full span of the arms with sufficiently long bands).

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Up Close and Personal

When it comes to zombie encounters, distance is going to be your best defense. Click To Tweet. There will be times when this is unavoidable, and your melee weapon of choice (or whatever happens to be closest) comes into play.

So what’s it to be? Blunt or blade? Store-bought or homemade?

Melee Weapons


Samurai Sword




hand grenadeWe’re talking grenades, land mines, bombs and good old dynamite – if you can get your hands on it, stash it (safely and securely of course). You just don’t know when that stuff is gonna come in mighty handy!

If you paid attention in science class you may even be able to make your own explosive weapons.

WARNING! If you are NOT in the middle of a zombie apocalypse pre mixing this stuff and transporting it is a major felony.

Further reading The Anarchist Cookbook

A final word of warning when assembling your favourite zombie weapons – however tempting it may be, never, NEVER use a flamethrower vs a zombie:

The only thing worse than zombies eating your flesh is zombies eating your flesh while on fire! Click To Tweet

Above quote adapted from

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