Today, I went outside to enjoy my coffee in the brief coolness of the morning and was startled to find a (small) hoard of zombies!Thankfully I was prepared for just such an emergency. Quickly shifting my coffee to my off-hand, I drew my pistol as I fell back to my fortified and well stocked bunker where my carbine stood ready to engage the threat from a position of relative safety.
A hapless IDPA target, having lapsed into condition white, was not so fortunate and fell victim to the hungry ghouls.
The targets of course are from ZombieTargets.net and are available in four designs. I ordered 3 packs of 10 of my favorite three (Chuck, Steve, and Bob) and was very pleased with quality of product, excellent customer service and the speed in which they were shipped. They were even packed well: the targets came rolled in a sturdy mailing tube, bound with rubber bands and padded with foam – not a single crease in one of them could be found. The targets themselves are printed on 60lb paper and measure 23″ x 35″. Each target has subdued target zones that approximate scoring zones on competition targets. [Of course, you and I know that only a shot to the brain pan will stop a zombie, anything else just wastes ammo.] The quality of print is superb, detailing the artwork very well with sharp contrast. If you look closely, you can see the bite mark on Bob’s arm that damned him to walk the Earth as a member of the undead.
It occurred to me that a side benefit of zombie targets (besides being way cool and fun to shoot) is that they are ‘image’ friendly. Not that many of us care but… Let’s suppose that you are standing around with a bunch of friends having a splendid afternoon turning money into noise and to mark the occasion, a buddy snaps a few photos of you on the line. You take the photo to work and leave it on your desk. If you had been using ‘other’ printed targets of bad guys in ski masks and such, those photos could later be declared by your hoplophobe co-worker as showing you at (horror!) a militia meeting. However, with Zombie Targets you simply laugh at the buffoon and say, “Hey, I saw ‘I Am Legend‘. What have you done to prepare for the Zombie Apocalypse?”Update: I see that Sharp as a Marble has a piece about shootable zombies in color; Zombie Nazis even. So now there is choice for today’s zombie hunter: You can opt for the 1968 Romero Classic Night of the Living Dead route (no digital colorization for me, thank you very much) or for the more modern interpretations such as Resident Evil, 28 Days Later, or better yet: Shaun of the Dead.