|Marketer with poster for Leupold's zombie-hunting rifle scope.|
Someone in the outdoor-products industry once told me that you could sell more of anything if you made it in a camouflage pattern.
|Leupold VX-R scope for zombies.|
Here are some 2012 SHOT Show zombie-defense products.
|Scope flip-up lens cover.|
Maybe it could be mounted on a rifle along with the back-up anti-zombie chain saw.
Anti-zombie loads are available for 12-gauge shotgun or for rifles firing .223 Remington.
If you run out of ammo, defend yourself against the living dead with a Ka-Bar anti-zombie knife. It's not the famous Marine Corps knife — this one has a fluorescent-green handle.
|Lightfield's anti-zombie buckshot.|
|Hornaday's anti-zombie load.|
|Zombie gun-cleaning kit from Otis.|
|For the zombie ammo.|
"You have to get aboard [the zombie craze]," one marketer told me.
Another predicted that zombie-themed marketing was far from dead (sorry) because "Brad Pitt just signed a movie deal" for a zombie film — maybe even a trilogy.
There has to be more than Brad PItt driving the zombie theme. For some people, it's just Halloween all year (earlier post: Zombies in Vermont).
In the shooting world, is zombie-preparedness just a way to think about shooting other upright bipeds — ones that are no longer human?
During and after the Cold War, zombies were seen as analogues for Communists. They were "brainwashed," as the 1950s expression had it.
I had breakfast with an editor who suggested that the political symbolism was still there — like the Lilliputians and Yahoos in Gulliver's Travels.
"A lot of zombies voted in 2008," he said.