Joined: Feb 2010
March 31, 2010 04:13:04 AM
There are a few flaws in your survival plan.
I am a studied zombie enthusiast, and I agree that planning ahead is the key to surviving in a sci-fi horror situation, but when it comes to zombies you must remember that to kill them, you must kill the brain, making a shotgun a good path clearer in short range, but ultimately for a bunker situation a poor choice of weaponry.
Shotguns come in a few varietys, hinge single/duo shot, which require too much unloading, and semi automatic, and pump. Both of the later can carry about 5 rounds. Reloading them can be tedious, and they are prone to jamming.
The zombie survivalist must allways be prepaired with a backup. Equip yourself with handguns, and a few extra clips for when you run out of ammo. Since zombies are difficult to kill due to the fact that you must either headshot them, or decapitate them, escape and blockading is the better than fighting. Regardless of what superheroes do, we must remember that they are not real, but the zombie appocolypse is.
Homes with frequent stairs, doors, and narrow passages will be the safest. Make sure every member has these two important survival tools, which make great weapons in a pinch available: crowbar, and a multitool (and not the sissy kind you got for you're 10th birthday). Gordon Freeman would never leave home without a crowbar, and neither should you.
Other than your handguns, pocket tool, and crowbar, you should carry a rifle for long range takedowns and accurate headshots, as well as a sword of some type. Objectively while I prefer European weaponry, the Katana is the best choice for zombie survival. It's light, and easy to swing. Strap this accross your back. Any other weaponry cannot be carried with you. If you can station your home with machine guns, do it, but when it comes time to evacuate your home, mobility is key. Leave the machine guns behind or you will fatigue and be overcome.
So without at least a crowbar, rifle, and katana, I would have to argue that your plan needs reworking.