zombie apocalypse training, 6: now with actual fake zombies!
Okay. So having solved the medulla oblongata issue — which, incidentally, need not apply to zombies, who will drop from any old brain shot, if “The Walking Dead,” eg., is to be believed — I set out today to tighten my groupings and practice aiming at those areas that are most likely to take down a man, a hostage taker, or a zombie. Also included was a coup de grace, because if a man is going to be bitten by a zombie, we all know that he’ll turn pretty quickly, and neither he nor anybody else among the living wants that. So. Boom.
Anyway, let’s take a look at the photos, of which I took plenty this time. I also broke out the tape measure to add some scale. Keep in mind all these shots were made from a swivel bipod at 100 yards, with the rifle against shoulder. No rear sandbags or rests were used. The rifle is the SCAR-17S loaded with 145 gr. .308 mil surplus ammo. The scope is the GRSC FFP Combat Rifle Scope on a Bobro extended mount.
First, let’s visit our hostage taker and his hostage, she of the unfortunate hair and 80s mom jeans. As you can see, I was able to put all 10 shots into the T-box, which is roughly a 4″x3″x2″ area. The gunman’s head is only about 6″ across. Normally at 100 yards, you’d expect the head to be around 9-10″. So this target, the way I’ve configured it, approximates a shot out at around 140 yards, give or take:
On the next target, again the hostage and her captor, I used groups of 5 shots to aim for the T-box, the shoulder, and the gun hand:
On this target I was again able to tightly group all 5 shots within the T-box; the shoulder box and hand box were harder to see from 100 yards out, but because I could see the different color of the gun hand, distinct from the jacket, I was able to better place the hand shots:
The next target was a masked gunmen. Again, I used a trapezoid for the medulla oblongata — though it was extremely difficult to make out (red on black) at 100 yards. So I used the white of the eyes and the mouth to approximate a frame. I also aimed for the heart and the spinal column, again, largely by approximating based on anatomy:
Which brings us, at last, to the zombies. In one drill/target, two zombies are attacking a business man. I killed the zombies with either T-box head shots or regular head shots, but I had to assume the business man had been bitten or scratched. So I shot one round at him, inside the T-box:
To show you how I did and to add scale, I took some close up photos. On zombie 1, I was 6/6 inside the T-box, and 1/2 in the forehead:
On zombie 2, I hit him where I could, including a pretty nice shot to a circled area:
…and finally, the coup de grace:
Comments and suggestions welcome. Though were I a zombie thinking about walking toward my house, I’d be shitting myself right now. Or whatever it is zombies do with the flesh they’ve eaten. I don’t think that’s been ever properly explored…