Zombie Mania


Silly and serious zombie shootin’ gear.

Zombie crazes, mostly books and films, have come and gone before, but nothing like the Zombie mania going on today! The latest wave probably began with the publishing of The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks in 2003. Written on the premise of global viral Zombie outbreaks, it’s actually full of sound tips on surviving many kinds of social disorders and natural catastrophes, well-written with dark humor and wry satire. Sales skyrocketed, and new Zombie movies, TV series and more books followed.

Brownells hosts a “Center for Zombie Awareness,” offering an array of Zombie-motif products from engraved AR parts to shotgun magazine extension tubes. Hornady’s “Pandemic 2012—Zombies in the Heartland” 3-gun match has massive manufacturer support and promises to be one of the biggest shooting events of the summer. Dozens of companies offer “Zombified” products.

Where will the madness end? Maybe when the last slouching, moaning, brain-eating Zombie is dead. Or, “dead-er.” Whatever….
To my knowledge, it was Joe Quinlan’s iconic paper Zombie Targets which kicked off the “living dead” craze in the shooting industry, and now he makes even more and better targets, including my favorite, featuring Jingles the Zombie Clown. All of his Zombie Targets have subdued scoring zones consistent with those on most law enforcement training targets, and they’re high-quality, 23″ wide by 35″ tall, printed on 60-pound paper.

Zombie Industries rapidly became a major player in Zombieland, offering a full line of paper and cardboard targets in multiple sizes, “bleeding” and “mutilating” 3-D molded head-and-torso targets—yes, they really bleed non-toxic biodegradable liquid—and even exploding Zombie targets! For club shoots, they also make a mural-sized folding target featuring a mob of the undead, each with a place in their foreheads which holds a skeet/trap clay bird. I’m waiting for moaning, wailing motorized Zombies….
By John Connor

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