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Featuring: JOHn COnnOr Silly and serious zombie shootin’ gear. ombie 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 ZoMBie Mania! Hornady’s Zombie Max Ammunition is so cool even non-shooters are buying it! Z targets in multiple sizes, “bleeding” and “mutilating” 3-D molded headand-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…. great ammo too Hornady hit it big with their Zombie Max Ammunition, now offered in nine popular calibers from .380 ACP through 12 gauge. It’s really their top-flight premium ammo packaged in gaudy Zombie-motif boxes, loaded with ghastly green-tipped slugs. There’s a full line of Z-Max slugs offered for reloaders too! We even know of non-shooters who are buying and carefully storing Zombie Max ammo for the future collector’s market— how’s that for a twist? And by the way, if you need good storage for your Zombie Max munitions, MTM Case-Gard makes a colorful O-ring sealed lockable .50-caliber-sized Zombie Ammo can. Get one for ammo, and one for an attentiongetting lunchbox! EOTech leaped into the Zombie game with their XPS2 Zombie Stopper Holographic Weapon Sight. No “cheap-o” model, it has all the quality construction and lightning-fast performance of the regular lineup. A special reticle preserves the conventional 65-MOA ring and 1-MOA aiming dot, and adds an unobtrusive biohazard symbol surrounding it, plus “Zombified” laser-engraved graphics on the outer case. Leupold, too, has their own scope for re-slaying the undead, the 1.25-4x20mm VX-R Zombie. I have its fraternal twin, the VX-R Patrol FireDot, and love it; a terrific, affordable multi-mission scope for acrossthe-alley to “out past Fort Mudge” distances and providing great lowlight capability. The differences include external Zombie graphics, which I could take or leave, plus one I wish Tired of shooting bull’s-eyes? Try stopping a Zombie invasion! 76 W W W. G U N S M A G A Z I N E . C O M • O C T O B E R 2 0 1 2