Yo ‘lil bro. Sup?
Anyway, I thought I’d add my two cents.
1. As far as firearms go, there are no few factors that you have to consider, such as noise, lethality, and ammunition capacity. Personally, I favor a silenced .22 caliber rifle. The ammunition magazines go up to 75 rounds for a rifle, coupled with a silencer, the shots can scarcely be heard from twenty feet away. Now, having said that, a .22 caliber rifle is lethal at up to 250 feet, or more, as the round still carries more than enough velocity to breath through the skull of said zombie, the round cannot exit the cranial cavity, and merely ricochets around effectively turning the brain into Swiss-cheese. I personally know that kel-tech firearms makes a .22 caliber pistols with a 31 rd capacity magazine alone. That’s 31 rds in the stack, and one in the pipe. It also has an extended barrel for a silencer’s use, which can be quite useful in a close quarters confrontation with said zombies.
2. Well, that takes care of the zombie factor, at least as in as far as zombies are concerned, however, I personally would also carry some weaponry with some more punch, as when these bad situations happen, people tend to panic, band together, and when P.T.S.D sets in, form a mob mentality. I think these groups of still-living humans would present more of a threat than the zombies themselves, being panicky, and probably well armed. It would be like a violent street gang that would attack humans and zombies alike, taking what they need. Or at least in my opinion that’s where i see a majority of the danger coming from. This may sound silly, but i present the evidence of the death camps in WWII, the mass graves in Bosnia, and the current state of the tribal wars in Africa.
3. As far as melee weapons go, I agree with your statement that the neck is one of the best spots to destroy, especially with an edged weapon. However, if one’s only weapon is something that is blunt, I believe a cranial blow would still be the best tactic. I’m like you, but not everyone has access to battle-readied edged weaponry.
4. Armoring yourself against a zombie attack is quite the good idea, but not everyone need to go buy medieval armor. You can purchase Kevlar* body wear, long-sleeved shirts,as well as pants, that will even turn knife cuts. It takes a good heavy stab with a sharp pointed edged weapon to pierce this. It is a lighter, and less hindering than armor, and easily cover a better surface area.