We discuss weapons etc all the time. But let's face it, none of that matters without a plan, or without a method of executing that plan. The greatest likelihood is not that you'll have to fight zombies out in the world. Instead, the encounter is most likely to be on your home turf. Specifically, in your home. This gives you a distinct advantage. But only if you have a plan of action ready to go. My home is a 'cape' style colonial. Two floors and a full basement. I have a light at the foot of the stairs that has a three-way switch; it turns on from upstairs. Odds are high the zombies will enter via the ground floor, and during the night. First decision: try to scare them off? Or surprise them? Neighbor has motion sensor lights, and I have home security signs posted. Haven't had a break-in, so perhaps that combo is doing the 'scare' job. But if they get past that, do I want sirens and lights blaring? Answer is NO. Because if they've gotten this far they must be determined. And if they are determined, I need as much surprise as I can muster. So the next step is: once I've been alerted, I need to assess accurately. Would not want those creaking floors downstairs turn out to be the wife getting a midnight snack when I take aim. So I'd have to ensure I know where all the residents of the house are, know they are upstairs with me. Provided they are indeed upstairs, next thing up is to load. Quietly. Load the crossbow, load the blowgun. Get some lead ball ready for the slingshot. Get all other weapons ready. Of course, you have to know where all components are to do this effectively in the dark. Then wait. When I hear the zombies at the foot of the stairs, close my eyes - and turn on the downstairs light. Then turn it off within a second. The zombies have now temporarily lost night vision, while mine is intact. Range:15 feet. Aim and fire the crossbow. Load, aim and fire the slingshot. Do it again.