It’s no secret zombies are big business in the world of firearms. Zombie versions of everything from ammo, to scopes and targets are available. In mid January of this year Mossberg® jumped onto the zombie bandwagon and announced its new ZMB line of firearms. It seems Mossberg has teamed up with Zombie Industries to bring the firearm world zombie themed guns. At first I was a little worried. I’m always a little on the fence when it comes to mixing the whole zombie theme and real firearms.
Zombie targets and ammo are one thing, but I get a little nervous when we start talking full fledged zombie themed guns. Don’t get me wrong. I love zombies. I also love shooting. I just happen to be a very responsible shooter who takes things very seriously whenever I’m at the range or holding a potentially deadly weapon in my hand. Actual zombie themed guns could be really cool or they could be a recipe for disaster. There is a fine line between following a marketing trend to make a cool gun and making a mockery of firearms.
I was relieved to see these Mossberg guns are very low key. In fact they’re almost too much so. The ZMB line consists of little but two existing tactical shotguns and a fully synthetic lever action .30-30 with a lime green ZMB logo on them. I’m somewhat disappointed and relieved at the same time. Although seeing an over the top production zombie gun would be fun, it would be equally scary knowing some over enthusiastic idiot might mistake it for a toy or temporarily lose touch with reality while running around the woods hunting zomibes.
Mossberg took the subtle approach and simply slapped a cool lime green/neon green ZMB logo on the receivers of these guns. The ZMB line consists of the 464™ ZMB lever-action rifle, the 500® ZMB 8-Shot pump-action shotgun and the 500 Chainsaw ZMB 6-Shot pump-action shotgun. Each gun features fully synthetic stocks and forends for durability and ease of cleaning.
The 464 ZMB is a cool new take on the classic lever action rifle. This .30-30 is fully blacked out with a black oxide receiver, matte blued metal and a quick adjusting 6 position synthetic stock. The Picatinny tri-rail forend comes complete with rubber ladder rail covers. The 464 has a compact 16 ¼-inch barrel with removable A-2 style flash suppressor and a 6 round capacity. There’s also 3-dot fiber optic sights included are you may prefer to mount a scope on the scope rail that’s already provided on the receiver.
The 464 ZMB has a unique look that you’ll probably either love or hate. I happen to fall into the former category because I love the way this thing looks. While I wouldn’t give up my trusted shotgun I would definitely want one of these short barreled beauties in my zombie survival kit. Mount a light, laser or whatever else you want to one of the rails and get moving!
500® ZMB is basically a zombie themed version of Mossberg’s 500 Persuader 12 gauge 3″ pump-action shotgun. It features an 8 round extended capacity magazine so you’ll have a little extra breathing room if you miss in the heat of the moment. The 500 ZMB has a standard full-length black synthetic stock and tactical Picatinny-compatible tri-rail forend that’s perfect for mounting a light or other tactical goodies. This bad boy is a no frills point and shoot zombie defense weapon: simply point the 20-inch cylinder bore barrel’s bead sight at whatever you want dead. No fancy sights here!
Finally, we have the 500 Chainsaw ZMB. This is basically Mossberg’s 500 Cruiser® with a removable chainsaw grip and ZMB logo. This 3″, 12-gauge pistol gripped shotgun has a 6 round capacity and a ton of tactical features. Most obvious is the unique Chainsaw styled forend grip. The tactical tri-rail forend has an integral full-length bottom rail and removable side rails. The ergonomic pistol grip and forend are fully synthetic for extra durability. The 500 Chainsaw ZMB has a compact 18 ½ inch stand-off barrel with single white dot sight. To fulfill all your tactical zombie killing needs the Chainsaw ZMB also includes a tactical light and laser combo.
While it looks kind of cool, I’m not sure I’m sold on the chainsaw grip. It’s intended to offer the shooter more barrel control, but I’m not sure I’d like it personally. It just looks like it would be awkward. That being said, I’ve never shot a pistol grip shotgun with a chainsaw grip, so I suppose I should reserve my opinion until I’ve actually used it. If Mossberg wants to send one over for review I’ll happily fill out all the required paperwork
Overall I’m very proud of Mossberg and ZMB (Zombie Industries) for not jumping the shark on this one. They easily could have gone the wrong way and made a monstrosity more worthy of a carton or video game than real life. Instead they kept things very subtle and created a low key line of zombie themed spin-offs. Great job guys, but next time we might even be OK with just a little more zombieness. Maybe a small and subtle zombie silhouette or biohazard symbol on the receiver or barrel to spice things up a little more?
What do you guys think about the ZMB line? Which one is your favorite and would be your first choice if the zombie $h!t ever hits the fan? Let us know in the comments section below!
See the official ZMB press release from Mossberg here.
Read Patrick Sweeney’s post about the ZMB line on GunsandAmmo.com