More Zombie Outbreak FAQs and Information
In this article, I answer a few questions which reference a few of the previous zombie survival articles I’ve written as part of my continuing Zombie Outbreak Survival series.
Q: During a zombie outbreak, should I use a silencer on my guns?
A: This is a complicated question for a lot of reasons, but mostly my answer is no.
When the average Joe thinks about gun silencers, he or she has this Hollywood image of some casual shooter just walking around a crowded place silently firing shot after shot into unsuspecting people who appear to fall over as if they died on the spot for no reason, or perhaps during the end of a concert performance when the crowd all stands up to clap and cheer while the target stays seated, slumped over in his chair until later in the night when the janitors find him still sitting there with a bullet hole in his windpipe, the silent and deadly gunman long gone.
You need to appreciate a simple fact; real gunfire is friggin’ loud, always.
In truth, silencers on guns are designed to hide, mask, muffle, or deflect the sound of the gunfire. A military sniper can use such a device on a long rifle to obscure his location. When he shoots the target (say a Somali pirate with a knife to a hostage’s neck), people near the target would become confused about the direction the shot was fired from. This is a good thing for snipers and hostages, not so good for pirates. However, there is nothing you can reasonably do to your guns to make them sound like anything but guns.
I remember recently being at a cookout and my uncle heard pop, pop, pop coming from nearby.
“That sounded like gunfire,” he said and he got up to check.
I stayed seated and said, “No, those were firecrackers.”
If you only see and hear guns on TV or in movies, you will think they sound like firecrackers. In truth only the smallest guns like a .22 from a nice distance away sound like firecrackers. If you have spent any time around real guns in live action, you can easily tell the difference between gunfire and fireworks.
I said all this to say that the best silencers in the market place will almost make gunfire sound like fireworks or almost like a backfiring car. That’s taking 160 decibel gunfire down to about 120 or 130 decibels. A 40-decibel drop is about the best you can buy in a silencer. Some of the loudest football stadiums never average above about 100 decibels. In a noisy stadium, a silenced weapon would be pretty easy to hear. On an empty street, late at night, a silenced weapon would be nearly impossible to not hear.
Still, you can find plenty of silencers in the US market place depending on state laws. My opinion is that silencers don’t work as well as you might think they work and some gun silencers don’t work as well others. You should search YouTube to get a sense of what silencers can and cannot do. There are also homemade silencers and YouTube will show you those too. You will find that real silencers never work as well as it looks like they work in movies.
Hopefully you’ll also see that you should use hearing protection when firing guns. Guns are waaaay louder than any movie makes them seem. If you shoot almost any gun indoors especially shotguns without hearing protection, there’s a good chance your ears will ring for days and you could cause permanent hearing damage doing that. Some silencer manufacturers claim that their silencers are designed to save your hearing. There is some merit to this claim, but even the cheapest ear plugs will work just as well. I plan to bring my earplugs with me to the zombie pandemonium.
I personally do not like silencers. They don’t work that well, they alter the way the bullet travels, and they will make any gun heavier and bulkier. My opinion is they just aren’t worth the money. Go to your local gun range and try them out for yourself and you decide if you need one.
I’m not a big fan of anything you can add to a gun that doesn’t help you hit the target. So flashlights on guns—never, lasers on guns—sometimes, sights and scopes on guns—almost always, but silencers on guns—I’ll pass.
By the way, if you live in a state that suppresses your right to own weapons and accessories that increase your survival in a zombie outbreak, then it’s time for you to pack up and move down here to Texas where I am. Man, I love Texas!
In a zombie infested world, you need to be careful when eradicating zombies. Silencers won’t give you much of an advantage in a zombie melee. To survive long term, you will often need to quietly kill zombies. To do this, you may be better off relying on your swords rather than your “silenced” weapons.
Also, there is plenty of empirical evidence from Texas A&M and Harvard labs showing that zombies, like bees, give off pheromones when they are killed. These pheromones which are released when the Z-virus begins to expire is detectable by other zombies over a distance of about three city blocks, for about two hours, depending on the wind and weather. This was shown in a test where zombies were placed in a maze while in another remote part of the maze, a zombie was killed. The live zombies quickly made their way directly to the area where the zombie was dispatched.
Scientists previously thought this showed some paranormal mental connectivity between zombies, but later found it was all pheromones. In the same maze, without killing a zombie, the test zombies eventually moved close together and stayed close. These tests were done on a variety of zombies, for example zombies without eyes still showed the same propensity to collect together and to move very quickly toward a recently killed zombie.
Zombies are attracted to dying zombies. For this reason you never want to kill zombies and then stand around admiring your work. You’ve got to keep moving. This is also the reason why you don’t want to kill zombies in your own back yard. Lure them far away from your hideout and then kill them far away out there. This is also the reason why you have to avoid handling zombies after you kill them. When you swing that sword and chop off the head, quickly wipe any zombie goop off with a rag and leave it right there with the kill.
Hollywood zombies seem to be attracted to the noise made when killing zombies. This is true for real zombies too; if you make a lot of noise, zombies will come. Fresh zombies have all their senses to include sight, hearing, and smell. Smell is the more prominent and long lasting of zombie senses.
The idea is that the Z-virus wants to survive and pheromones help the Z-virus do this. Zombies are attracted to other zombies and are very attracted to recently killed zombies. This promotes a tendency for zombies to form into hordes or collect into large bunches, which is why you hardly every see loan solitary zombies. If you kill one zombie, you should expect to see more zombies very soon.
You can see here why I’m not a big fan of silencers. Yes. To help avoid a zombie frenzy, you will need to be as quiet as possible when you kill zombies. A silencer just isn’t going to help you to do that very well. Considering the cost of a silencer and all other drawbacks (unreliable, heavy, and shot-altering), I don’t recommend you use a silencer on your guns in a zombie outbreak.
OZORT Zombie Outbreak Survival Quiz: OZORT Zombie Quiz
Documented illnesses similar to Z-virus: African Outbreak
Zombie Cultural Popularity: Psychology Today Magazine
May is National Zombie Awareness Month: Zombie Awareness Month
September is National Outbreak Preparedness Month: National Preparedness Month
Q: Where is the next pandemic zombie outbreak going to start?
A: A densely populated place like India, China, Northern Africa, Central America.
Did you get your flu shot? Are you washing your hands often? Are you staying away from sick people and kids? Did you stop looking at naughty things on the internet and start using it to instead get more educated about your survival?
If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.