Guns for post-apocalyptic story

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Heavy, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. Heavy

    Heavy New Member

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    I realize this may or may not be the best place to ask this question, but it was the first thing that came up when I googled Firearm forum and I was too lazy to shop around ;)

    So, I'm going to begin writing a novel. It takes place in an alternate version of the US that has been destroyed by chemical warfare and bombings. The story takes place in the early 2000s, but the bombings and such occured in the mid 1980s. What I've come here for is ideas for weapons that the main characters could use. I want the imagery to be ultra stylized, with mixed western and sci-fi influences and with the characters toting lots of obscure, odd looking real world guns. So, what guns do you think would be visually appropriate for such a set-up?
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    First off, Welcome to the FTF Community. Some of the regulars might like you to stop by the Introductions and tell us a little about yourself. I will leave that up to you.

    So, an aspiring writer and you want some weapons advice?

    This world will be both Western and Sci-Fi? Will you have a group or a couple of lone gunslingers??

    Your people will need a mix of short and long guns.

    One piece that I think would be cool would be a Schofield top break revolver. Customized with ivory grips, stainless, and a fancy leather crossdraw rig.

    Who will the enemies be in this alter universe? Other survivors who are looking to take what little your team has? Mutants? Aliens?

    I'm asking because the "type" of adversary would dictate what I personally would look for in weapons.

    Let's say my enemy is like zombies, driven by lust for fresh meat, but attracted to sound. Obviously I would want a crossbow, a couple of silencer equipped rifles or sub machine guns and large caliber pistols as a last resort.

    Now, if noise isn't an issue because it's going to be fight or flee at every encounter?

    I would pick something epic like an H&K 417 with a 100rd drum mag, twin 1911's customized for me and a room clearing shotgun.

    Give us some vision of what you want and we will see if we can help. :cool:

    JD
     

  3. General_lee

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    Welcome to the forum. Please stop by the introductions section so we can get to know you better:)
    Let's see... odd looking guns. You might start by going to an online gun store like Impactguns.com and browse through their selection, then do some googling to make sure your choices for firearms were in production during the time period in which your story is set.
    Another good source of information would be a book such as Gun Traders Guide or Gun Digest.
     
  4. cpttango30

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    Any thing it's your story. Anything that shoots bullets
     
  5. Heavy

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    Thanks for your advice so far.

    Dillinger: The main characters are a small group of 3-4 living in an RV. Their main adversaries will be looters, with rare occurences of mutants. All kinds of weapons will be used by the team on a regular basis. I don't want any help with side arms, because pistols tend to be "hero guns" that fit the character's personality and skills. I want their arsenals to be filled with obscure, somewhat random guns if all types and time eras, from muskets to bullpup assault weapons.Obviously, I'd like specific models. Also, I also want suggestions for sci-fi/spaceage looking guns.
     
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  6. CA357

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  7. Dillinger

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    I give you the brain child of one of our very own forum members' father.

    The Leader .50

    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/f18/leader-50-bmg-39038/

    I have held this weapon and it is AWESOME!!
     
  8. Dillinger

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    For nostalgia's sake, I would add a Thompson .45 ACP Chicago Typewriter with the 100 round drum.

    The AA-12. The world's most awesome shotgun. You might have seen it in The Expendables or on Future Weapons. A definite end of the world MUST HAVE!!

    The KRISS Super V submachine gun. Full auto with an Eotech holosight. Chambered in .45 ACP, it's convenient, accurate and deadly.

    JD
     
  9. MGH

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    There's the new Kel-Tec KSG shotgun. It's got a pretty unique look to it.

    Oh, BTW welcome Heavy.:)
     
  10. dnthmn2004

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    I would include at least the AR-15 Chainsaw...
    [​IMG]

    Or my favorite - the Hello Kitty Chainsaw Zombie Dispatcher...
    [​IMG]
     
  11. Dillinger

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    Good call. That is a futuristic weapon right there. Jury is still out on whether it will work in the field or not. :rolleyes:

    JD
     
  12. AusLach

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    Hey, you're only going to be fighting zombies, what's the risk?! :p
     
  13. Dillinger

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    Having now seen, and handled, the Kel-Tec shotgun I have questions that have not been addressed yet.

    The shotgun features dual tubes and one of the key benefits is that you can select which tube to feed from.

    The benefit? LEO's can stage breaching rounds and take down rounds in the same entry level shotgun. Breach the door and then switch over to real activity rounds once inside.

    Now, it's got a lot of plastic and "less than solid steel" on it, how does that translate to real world use?

    The grip for the front hand is very wide, even for my big hands, so how does it control in heavy stress situations? They immediately added a vertical fore-grip to compensate, but still.

    I like the concept, but the jury is still out.

    JD
     
  14. freefall

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    Check out the Rossi "Ranch Hand" mare's leg pistol. Gotta be good for somebody. Same guy could carry a sawed off 20 ga O/U for in a crossdraw rig for very close encounters.
     
  15. Dillinger

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    $536 MSRP for a .44 mag Zombieland "sidearm"?? :D

    Hell, I might have to add one to the safe just because at that price.

    Thanks freefall. *respect*

    JD
     
  16. dunerunner

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    Exotics? Or what you would have post apocalypse? How about a good old Winchester 1897 pump shotgun, a couple of GSG (MP5 Clone .22LR's), plenty of 1911 .45's, of course some Henry lever guns (you pic the caliber), and lastly a Barrett .50!!
     
  17. fireguy

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    The background of the main characters would influence what kind of arms they would have/use. City folk, probably semi-auto pistols or Tec9 type of semi's if they are gangsta. Rural peeps would more likely have hunting types of guns. Unless they have scavenged what they are using then all bets are off, whatever is in the catalog would work.
    I would say 12 gauge shotguns with short barrels, US military arms, and for the benefit of the forum there needs to be PROMINENT use of bayonets. Some feel a rifle just isn't dressed properly without a stabber on the end.
     
  18. falseharmonix

    falseharmonix New Member

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    Sounds an awful lot like Firefly to me.......
     
  19. Trez

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    I gotta suggest the Medusa model 47.... Its the most interesting looking revolver and it shoots a bunch of different calibers...... :cool:
     
  20. 2hot2handle

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    ......QFT

    can't believe that show didn't go on longer :/