There are things that everyone should know how to do, but for those aiming to survive the zombie apocalypse, there is a particular skill set that people need to learn. There are things that you can learn easily, and things that you will have to practice to hone your skills.
The ZAC top list of 10 skills you to help survive the zombiepocalypse:
10. How to sharpen a knife.
9. How to use a knife.
8. How to use a large blade for self defense.
7. How to load and use a firearm.
6. How to shoot a 5 inch or smaller group at 100 yards with a rifle.
5. How to grow your own food.
4. How to process farm and game animals.
3. How to shoot a pistol well.
2. How to kill as quickly and quietly as humanly possible.
1. How to get around the psychological barriers you’ll face in this extreme survival situation.
I could go on a long winded rant about how if you don’t know how to do at least 5 of these things already, you’re pretty much screwed, but we’re here to educate, not humiliate, so here we go with the “Edjimication”.
Why do I say that? Well, most people who live in rural areas of the world already know somewhere between 5 and 8 of these things by the time they hit puberty. The world has grown soft during its urbanization and modernization. A few do the things that many can’t do for themselves. Lets start with the simple things, learning to care for and use a blade.
Numbers 10, 9, 8, 4, and 2 are the basis for much of what you will have to use for survival in a world that no longer has manufacturing, mega farms, supermarkets, butcher shops, or police. Lets begin with number 10.
#10 Sharpening a knife
Sharpening a knife. Refer to our article “Blades for Z-day” for blade information such as uses, selection, and sharpening.
#9 How to use a knife
Using a knife is pretty simple, and yet wholly complicated on a scale that is scarcely imaginable. You can learn to use a knife in as little as 10 minutes, but its intricate and niche uses take a lifetime to master. Also, each knife size and style has its own uses, refer to the above referenced article again for descriptions of these knives and their uses. Do a little bit of research and learn what you can.
#8 Using a large blade for self defense
Just swinging a blade like a crazy person isn’t a good idea. Hell, you could even injure yourself if you’re not careful. Especially if you have a really really sharp blade. This Kata is for Kamas, but is easily transferable to any large blades, especially machetes.
#7 How to load and use a firearm
Generally, a firearm comes with a manual. In this case, refer to the manual for the use of the firearm. If it doesn’t:
Shooting a pistol Aligning pistol sights
How to shoot a rifle Rifle Part 2
#6 Shoot a 5 inch or smaller group at 100 yards with a rifle
Apply the fundamentals and it should be easy.
#5 How to grow your own food.
Find a guide: Here is one.
#4 How to process farm and game animals
Search youtube for how to process various types of animals. Here is one I made for chickens, but it applies to any kind of bird. (Over 4k views. ;) )
#3 How to shoot a pistol well
Refer to #7.
#2 How to kill as quickly and quietly as humanly possible
Well, short of spending 20 years learning ninjitsu, all I can say is spend time in the wild learning how to quietly stalk game, practice walking silently over different types of terrain, and as we all know, knives don’t make noise when you put them in someone. You can also learn from the army combatives manual.
Finally, #1 How to get around the psychological barriers you’ll face in this extreme survival situation.
Well, all I can say is we’ll all have to cope in different ways. Grow a pair and do what you have to to survive. Try and enjoy the little things and keep your mind on keeping your ass alive.