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Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse in a Hardware Store

How to make your own makeshift tool weapons! For entertainment purposes only, of course.

by
Builder Bob

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October 31, 2013 - 11:00 am
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*Disclaimer: This article is intended for entertainment and exercising-your-inner-MacGyver purposes only.  The weapons in this article are potentially dangerous and should only be used on the living dead or surplus pumpkins.*

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I have an obsession with everything Zombie-related. I love The Walking Dead, 28 Days Later, Dawn of the Dead – hell, I think I’m the only one who liked World War Z (I’ve always wanted a Macro zombie movie that focuses on the global ramifications of a worldwide outbreak instead of focusing on a small group of survivors). Now I know that there is no likelihood of the dead reanimating, but I think it’s a great mental exercise to prepare yourself for a disaster situation. On slow days at work I often wonder what I would do if a zombie outbreak occurred at work and I was stuck with only my bug-out bag and pistol that I leave secured in my car, while the heavy artillery is locked in a safe at home 35 miles away.

So you’ve survived the initial outbreak and are looking for a secure location to hole up for awhile and ride out the worst of it.  You find a hardware store that is defensible, probably close to a grocery and drug store, and chock-full of goodies to aid in your survival. The only problem is that uncreative looters have taken the most apparent weapons: machetes, hatchets, crowbars, and hammers. But you haven’t survived this long without some ingenuity. It’s time to build up an arsenal for you and your small band of post-apocalyptic warriors.

Steel Bar Stock Machete

A machete is a great tool for dismembering the undead hordes. While this homemade version may not be as graceful as Michonne’s katana, it will definitely get the job done

Supplies: 24″ x 2″ x 1/8″ piece of steel bar stock, Angle grinder or metal file,  Dremel with metal grinding cone, jigsaw or hacksaw with a metal cutting blade, honing stone,  5gal paint stir stick, duct tape, black spray paint

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"Now I know that there is no likelihood of the dead reanimating,"

Which is why you'll be one of the first to die. Too busy telling yourself it can't be happening, that the dead can't walk, etc., and then one of them eats your face.
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I liked WWZ as well...and I was already sure I wouldn't before I'd even had seen it.

You're not alone brother...
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Must be a Bob Thing.
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I'm old enough to remember when hardware stores sold weapons ... and ammo. I have a .22 lr rifle marked "Western Auto" (back then, stores could get rifles in their brand - like Sears and Western Auto did )
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No katovel or crickate? No David Hyde Pierce?
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"Now I know that there is no likelihood of the dead reanimating,"

Which is why you'll be one of the first to die. Too busy telling yourself it can't be happening, that the dead can't walk, etc., and then one of them eats your face.
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