Zombie products are everywhere. In fact I’m staring at a magazine full of them right now. With the recent cannibalistic outbreaks even Time Magazine is reporting on the sales of Hornady’s Z-Max.
There’s no question that a lot of the zombie products that have been put on the market are, to be polite, completely over-the-top and useless. Honestly, who’s going to use the Ruger LCP Zombie Slayer at apocalypse time? I can promise you I won’t be trading in my M&Ps for that one anytime soon. And while I think the Mossberg Chainsaw looks like a “blast” to shoot I have to concede it plays host to the same kind of ludicrous uselessness of the KRISS Vector SDP (but at least takes itself less seriously).
Inside the industry we’re all pretty annoyed with it. Any time zombies crop up on one of my social media outlets it’s “Not this again” or “This is stupid” or “It’s so overdone” and I would be lying if I tried to claim I haven’t been part of this camp.
Then I remembered that I know how to have fun and have consequently decided to go ahead and jump back on the zombie bandwagon. After all the SASS people have been playing cowboy for years and years, why can’t I hunt some zombies?
Now, I could lecture you on the boring reasons why we should love zombies: they bring in new shooters, it creates pop culture appeal, it normalize the gun industry blah blah blah. Do I sound like the teacher in Charlie Brown yet? I stopped paying attention to myself. When it comes down to it the real reason we should love zombies is that the whole thing is ridiculous and entertaining.
Roll your eyes but bear with me for a second and imagine this:
A night-time 3-Gun match, not unlike the one that Crimson Trace is planning in July, but zombie themed. You’re shooting bleeding zombie targets, running through tunnels and mazes a la MGM Ironman. There are glow in the dark bobbles placed around, moving no-shoots trying to get away from the zombies. At one point you find a Mossberg Chainsaw that some cretin thought would save his poor shooting skills in the apocalypse and have to use that. You could scavenge for ammo. I feel like there is a whole new kind of match (or RO’s nightmare) to be made.
I think “fun” is also the same mentality we need to start using when looking at these zombie products too. Yes, I think they’re ridiculous and over-the-top but who am I to judge? My M&P is cerakoted snakeskin, has my initials engraved on the back of the slide and a custom-stippled grip with a reptilian pattern and I’m going to get upset because someone wants a green “ZMB” on the slide of their shotgun? I think not. I like 1960s muscle cars and I like custom shop overpowered luxury cars and I like overpriced whiskey and designer handbags and you know what, I like zombie stuff.
Everyone has been waiting for the zombie fad to “go away” and while it will die down I don’t think it will ever be gone. Much like the cowboy action shooting there will always be a market for zombie products, for people who think it’s fun and different. There’s nothing wrong with that just as there’s nothing wrong with CAS.
What it boils down to is that everyone is tired of the zombie products but I’m tired of everyone whining about the zombie products. Who cares? Relax! This shooting thing is supposed to be FUN, remember?
– Shelley Rae