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The Ultimate AR15 Accessory – The Spade Grip Kit

I stumbled onto this while at DSA Inc.

AR15/M16 Spade Grip Kit

Here’s the link to purchase ($450 but has a lifetime warranty) if you also absolutely must have one.   I’ll be getting one for the tailgunner position in my Zombie Apocalypse / Mad Max armored vehicle made from a 1976 Cadillac El Dorado covered in rawhide with a 12 point rollcage and cowcatcher on the front.  Actually the trunk in that car probably has room for TWO!  Did the Shrike ever make it to market?

Live Action Zombie Kill in Houston June 26-27 2010

I just found out about this: Houston Zombie Apocalypse 2010

live action zombie kill / survival event

Yeaaahhhhhh, Baaaaaabbbyyy! (Groovy)

A more detailed description of the event can be found at ZombieWalkHouston‘s events page. Here’s an excerpt:

Participants will be assigned to an insurgent team led by military personnel, former or active, or police officer. Each team will receive it’s instructions and objectives and then sent out into the playing field. Each match will last approximately 1 hour. Tyvek containment suits will be issued to each shooter prior to the match and they will be allowed to keep the suits at the end of the game.

The shooters will have objectives to complete in a simulated city over run with the zombies. They will have air soft guns with ink on the bullets so if they fail to shoot you in the head then they are still game to add to our horde. Each zombie’s task will be to “bite” (just touching them) the shooters and make as many of them part of the undead horde before they reach their objectives… the event goes on all day on both days so feel free to join us!!

This event will be held several times a year as a spring soft event. Kill shots are head shots. Tagged players by zombies BECOME zombies!!

Halloween season this event will become an all ages laser tag event in Houston and other cities across the country.

The event takes place this weekend: June 26 – 27th from Noon-Midnight at the Meridian, 1503 Chartres, Houston, TX

Tickets for this event to be shooters are $30 each.

($5 donation requested to be a zombie)

Disclaimer: I have no connection to the organizers, promoters, property owners, etc.  I mention this event solely as a public service for interested individuals wishing to hone their zombie slaying skills prior to the actual zombie apocalypse [WWZ].  Note: Zombies will be played by actors and therefore will not be undead; please leave actual zombie fighting equipment in the trunk of your car.

I will do my darnedest to be there so as to be able to report back with a proper review.  [I for one would like to know who volunteers to be shot in the head with an airsoft gun…]  In the mean time I will be reviewing the Romero catalog as well as a Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead.

Zombies in the Backyard!

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!

Aahh!  Zombies!  [It's good thing I prepared for this..]

Aahh! Zombies! (It's good thing I prepared for this.)

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.

Zombie Targets about to eat IDPA Brain

Zombie Targets about to eat IDPA Brain

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?”

.Be Prepared. [But don't take all of Max Brooks' advice on firearms.]

Be Prepared. (But don't take all of Max Brooks' advice on firearms)

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.