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Rise of the MAD Flu: DAY 10 | 2:45am

Zombie decaying at night in dark

Shadows pass across the barely lit sidewalks and garage alleyways. The undead yearn for the living with moans that echo between the buildings. The stench rises with the moisture of the air as the rain washes away bits of rotting flesh from the source of that miserable sound.

I can’t be sure if these are stragglers that somehow managed to slip in through the gate as residents attempted to escape, only having been met with flooded streets, or if our gates were even intact at all any more. Despite being a couple buildings down from overlooking the entrance to our community, I can’t quite see the gate through the rain.

Hopelessness is clouding over everything else. How can we fight this? How can we hope to survive when the dead rise…when the dead’s sole purpose is to end all that is living?

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Zombie Weapons From Dallas

Posted 31 May 2011 in Your Zombie Weapons
M1903 Springfield, M1 Garand, M1 Carbine, M1918 Browning, M1911

Pictured: From top – M1903 Springfield, M1 Garand, M1 carbine, M1918 Browning Automatic Rifle, and M1911 pistol

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The AK-47: A Brief History & Evolution of the AK Variants

AK-47 Automatic Assault Rifle Original to Modern

The AK-47, arguably the most iconic assault rifle, with it’s distinctive curve of the Kalashnikov magazine, made its first appearance as far back as World War II. In fact, the 47 in it’s name indicates the year of it’s invention. The A stands for the Russian avtomat or automatic, and the K represents the last name of the inventor; Lieutenant General Mikhail Kalashnikov (Kalishnikov was only 22 years old when he and his team invented the AK-47).

AK47 Type 2 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Gun






For decades, the AK-47 has played a role in history. Officially accepted by the Soviet Armed Forces and used by the majority of the member states of the Warsaw Pact, the AK-47 was the weapon that enabled the Soviet Union to control territories they had acquired via the victory over Nazi Germany. Invented with the honorable intention of defending his country and taking out one of the biggest threats the world has ever known, the AK-47 has since been taken by the hands of rebels and deviants for slaughter and misuse.

It was also the weapon of choice for Third World revolutions and as an icon used to strike fear into Osama Bin Laden’s targets of terror when he claimed responsibility for the 9/11 attacks on the U.S.

Despite it’s basic, almost archaic design (selective-fire, gas-operated, bolt-firing system, 7.62×39mm assault rifle), the AK-47’s popularity is due to just that; it’s simplicity. It’s the AK-47’s simplicity that can be attributed to it’s success. Having only either moving parts, it is cheap to manufacture, easy to use, can be cleaned quickly and in the harshest of climates, and is one of the most dependable assault rifles on the battlefield.

AKMS Type 4b Receiver with AK47 Type 2a Receiver Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Gun








In the initial stages of production by the Soviets, they encountered difficulties manufacturing the stamped sheet metal receiver and substituted it for a heavier machined receiver. In 1959, the AKM (or modernized) AK began production. Modernized in three ways, the AKM featured the originally intended sheet metal receiver, a slanted muzzle brake on the end of the barrel to compensate for muzzle rise under recoil, and a hammer retarder to prevent the weapon from firing out of without the bolt being fully closed, during rapid or automatic fire.

AK74 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Gun Wallpaper

AK74 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Gun














Later, the AK-74 (basically an AKM) was manufactured to house a smaller round (the 5.45 x 39) and also featured a different muzzle break than the AKM.

AK101 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Gun






Other variants followed. The AK-101, which is an AK-74M design built to be used with the 5.56×45 cartridge. The AK-101 has a 16 inch barrel with an AK-74 style muzzle brake attached to the barrel to control muzzle climb.
AK102 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Gun








The AK-102 would be a more modernized version of the AK-101 with a shortened carbine and a folding stock, which is hollow, allowing a field kit to be stored inside. The magazines are made out of plastic, and it fires 5.56x45mm ammunition. It can also fit a GP-25 grenade launcher.

AK104 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Gun with AK47 compare difference





AK105 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Gun










The AK-102, AK-104 and AK-105 are the designations given to the more compact carbine variants of the AK-10X rifle series, firing the 5.56 x 45 mm NATO, 7.62 x 39 mm M43 and 5.45 x 39 mm M74 rifle rounds respectively. These carbines differentiate themselves from the normal rifles of the series in that they have much shorter barrels, only 314mm in length.

AK103 Kalashnikov Assault Rifle Gun






The AK-103, a variant of the AK-101 firing 7.62x39mm M43 rounds, is in limited service with selected units in the Russian army – the AK74M still held as the main Russian assault rifle of the Russian Federation.

More AK-type rifles have been produced than all other assault rifles combined (the type 4A/B Stamped AKM receiver being the most-used design in the construction of the AK-series rifles). Today, there is an estimated 70 million AK-47’s in use today.

It is for this reason that we, at 401AK47, expect the AK-47’s next chapter in human history to be one not of human conflict or terrorism, but as a driving force behind mankind’s victory over the zombie war to come.

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Zombie Weapons From Grant M.

Posted 26 May 2011 in Your Zombie Weapons
zombie weapon hi-point 9995ts 9mm carbine for killing zombies

Pictured: My Hi-Point 995TS (9MM Carbine) with laser sight, 2 fully loaded 15 round extended clips and 185 extra rounds
Gotta love this setup because its so accurate, fast shooting, and the rounds are cheap.

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Zombie Weapons From Tim

Posted 26 May 2011 in Your Zombie Weapons
Zombie killing guns making 401ak47 logo in ammo and blood

Pictured: SKS / Dragonov setup accompanied by Glock 19 .40 cal ACP…set up to make the 401AK47 logo!
Just bailed out of my 401K to invest all my efforts toward the 401AK47 zombie survival plan!!! What good is money in the zombie apocalypse? Ammo is the new currency!

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Zombie Weapons From Mike

Posted 25 May 2011 in Your Zombie Weapons
mossberg shotgun 12 gauge zombie killing weapon

Pictured: Mossberg 500 model 12 gauge with folding composite stock.

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Rise of the MAD Flu: DAY 9 | 7:42pm


We now have a destination; Sandpoint, Idaho. It was not two years ago that we were planning for a trip to Sandpoint. At that time my mom and her husband, Lee, were talking to an architect up there about building on a piece of land they had bought. The plan was to have their house built in to the landscape, into the side of a hill. The architect they were talking to, Lyle Barber, had studied under Frank Lloyd Wright in another lifetime, but still had an undying passion for the design process.

These travel plans are going to be different, however. With nearly all of the roads impenetrable, we’ll have to get creative.

Even if my mom hadn’t of texted with their destination, we were going to have to start planning an escape as it was. Despite our rationing, the food wasn’t going to last another week…and I have a feeling this is going to get worse before it gets better.

This just in:

    “…the United Nations will meet tomorrow morning, having invited all of the nation’s leaders, in an attempt to unify the world against a threat that, without a unified attack, might be the end of the world as we know it. As the leaders of the world organize, there are hopes that differences may be set aside to plan a tactical offense against the ever-growing population of the undead before it’s too late…for all of us.”

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CDC Recommends To Prepare For Zombies

Posted 18 May 2011 in Zombie News and Events

cdc zombie preparation blog article

Yes, even the CDC is recommending to prepare for zombies in this article Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse

    There are all kinds of emergencies out there that we can prepare for. Take a zombie apocalypse for example. That’s right, I said z-o-m-b-i-e a-p-o-c-a-l-y-p-s-e. You may laugh now, but when it happens you’ll be happy you read this, and hey, maybe you’ll even learn a thing or two about how to prepare for a real emergency.

    A Brief History of Zombies
    We’ve all seen at least one movie about flesh-eating zombies taking over (my personal favorite is Resident EvilExternal Web Site Icon.), but where do zombies come from and why do they love eating brains so much? The word zombie comes from Haitian and New Orleans voodoo origins. Although its meaning has changed slightly over the years, it refers to a human corpse mysteriously reanimated to serve the undead. Through ancient voodoo and folk-lore traditions, shows like the Walking Dead were born.

    In movies, shows, and literature, zombies are often depicted as being created by an infectious virus, which is passed on via bites and contact with bodily fluids. Harvard psychiatrist Steven Schoolman wrote a (fictional) medical paper on the zombies presented in Night of the Living DeadExternal Web Site Icon. and refers to the condition as Ataxic Neurodegenerative Satiety Deficiency Syndrome caused by an infectious agent. The Zombie Survival GuideExternal Web Site Icon. identifies the cause of zombies as a virus called solanum. Other zombie origins shown in films include radiation from a destroyed NASAExternal Web Site Icon. VenusExternal Web Site Icon. probe (as in Night of the Living DeadExternal Web Site Icon.), as well as mutations of existing conditions such as prionsExternal Web Site Icon., mad-cow diseaseExternal Web Site Icon., measlesExternal Web Site Icon. and rabiesExternal Web Site Icon..

    The rise of zombies in pop culture has given credence to the idea that a zombie apocalypse could happen. In such a scenario zombies would take over entire countries, roaming city streets eating anything living that got in their way. The proliferation of this idea has led many people to wonder “How do I prepare for a zombie apocalypse?”

    Well, we’re here to answer that question for you, and hopefully share a few tips about preparing for real emergencies too!

    Better Safe than Sorry

    So what do you need to do before zombies…or hurricanes or pandemics for example, actually happen? First of all, you should have an emergency kit in your house. This includes things like water, food, and other supplies to get you through the first couple of days before you can locate a zombie-free refugee camp (or in the event of a natural disaster, it will buy you some time until you are able to make your way to an evacuation shelter or utility lines are restored). Below are a few items you should include in your kit, for a full list visit the CDC Emergency page.

    Water (1 gallon per person per day)
    Food (stock up on non-perishable items that you eat regularly)
    Medications (this includes prescription and non-prescription meds)
    Tools and Supplies (utility knife, duct tape, battery powered radio, etc.)
    Sanitation and Hygiene (household bleach, soap, towels, etc.)
    Clothing and Bedding (a change of clothes for each family member and blankets)
    Important documents (copies of your driver’s license, passport, and birth certificate to name a few)
    First Aid supplies (although you’re a goner if a zombie bites you, you can use these supplies to treat basic cuts and lacerations that you might get during a tornado or hurricane)

    Once you’ve made your emergency kit, you should sit down with your family and come up with an emergency plan. This includes where you would go and who you would call if zombies started appearing outside your door step. You can also implement this plan if there is a flood, earthquake, or other emergency.

    Identify the types of emergencies that are possible in your area. Besides a zombie apocalypse, this may include floods, tornadoes, or earthquakes. If you are unsure contact your local Red Cross chapter for more information.

    Pick a meeting place for your family to regroup in case zombies invade your home…or your town evacuates because of a hurricane. Pick one place right outside your home for sudden emergencies and one place outside of your neighborhood in case you are unable to return home right away.
    Identify your emergency contacts. Make a list of local contacts like the police, fire department, and your local zombie response team. Also identify an out-of-state contact that you can call during an emergency to let the rest of your family know you are ok.
    Plan your evacuation route. When zombies are hungry they won’t stop until they get food (i.e., brains), which means you need to get out of town fast! Plan where you would go and multiple routes you would take ahead of time so that the flesh eaters don’t have a chance! This is also helpful when natural disasters strike and you have to take shelter fast.

    Never Fear – CDC is Ready

    If zombies did start roaming the streets, CDC would conduct an investigation much like any other disease outbreak. CDC would provide technical assistance to cities, states, or international partners dealing with a zombie infestation. This assistance might include consultation, lab testing and analysis, patient management and care, tracking of contacts, and infection control (including isolation and quarantine). It’s likely that an investigation of this scenario would seek to accomplish several goals: determine the cause of the illness, the source of the infection/virus/toxin, learn how it is transmitted and how readily it is spread, how to break the cycle of transmission and thus prevent further cases, and how patients can best be treated. Not only would scientists be working to identify the cause and cure of the zombie outbreak, but CDC and other federal agencies would send medical teams and first responders to help those in affected areas (I will be volunteering the young nameless disease detectives for the field work).

    To learn more about what CDC does to prepare for and respond to emergencies of all kinds, visit:

    To learn more about how you can prepare for and stay safe during an emergency visit:

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