Rule 1: Always Shoot Zombies Through the Head

That is my number one Movie Rule of Thumb. (See the sidebar for a link to all of them.)

We make movies about it. We write books about it. We make TV shows about it. Even the CDC gets involved in it.

But it turns out there is a group of action shooting competitors in North Carolina and Virginia who have been practicing for it. Check out the Zombie Shooters Association of America at

This group runs pistol matches and multi-gun matches against three types of targets: Zombies, Infected (bitten but not undead), and Meals (uninfected). The concept is so perfect that when I described the targets to my 14 year old son, he was able to tell me, pretty close, the rules of the game, never having seen the web site or the videos.

From the website:

1) Zombies are standard targets and need 1 head shot to kill.

2) Infected targets are also standard and need minimum of 3 body hits, at least 2 must be “Good” (“C” or better, or “Down 1″ or better) to score a kill.

3) STILL WALKIN’ (SW) is a failure on Zombie and incurs 5 second penalty.

4) CREATED A WALKER (CAW) is failure on an Infected and incurs 10 second penalty.

5) WRECKED A MEAL (WAM) is hit on living target (white) and incurs a 10 second penalty no matter how many times it is hit, each WAM target can earn penalty if hit.

There are also innovative procedural penalties such as sticking any part of your body through a port (after all, you could get bitten and become Infected yourself).

Check out the website and follow them on Twitter and Facebook. And, if you’re in the northern NC / Southern VA area, take a look. Personally, I would love it if other clubs closer to home would take up the cause.

In any case, as with a real zombie outbreak, it’s probably only a matter of time before it spreads everywhere!

5 thoughts on “Rule 1: Always Shoot Zombies Through the Head

  1. Glad you like our idea !!! We started this as a way to get the new shooter involved in competitive shooting, without too many rules (safety is first and foremost rule) and not too much need for fancy gear. So far, it's been working out great, and as expected, we are becoming competitive in our own right. The skill sets we use help out for both USPSA and IDPA as well, so get your gear and join us !!!


  2. As a staff member of Zombie Shooters Association of America, and owner of Zombie Tactical Outfitters, I appreciate your blog entry on what we are doing. As Zombie Shooters said above, we are working hard to introduce shooters to competitive shooting, and get them involved in the shooting sports. At the same time, Zombie Shooters Association matches are a lot of fun. Young and old are welcome, however; please come familiar with your firearms. You will not have a lot of time on the line to learn how your gear works. If you need any gear for the shooting sports, have a look at Zombie Tactical Outfitters on Facebook. are just getting our feet wet in the business, and will be adding more items as time permits. Also keep an eye out for our website. Again, thanks for doing the write up on Zombie Shooters Association of America!


  3. John Z that founded ZSA is my personal trainer in the safe and fun use of guns. Which has been the best stress release hobby for me (my stress if from taking care of aging parents with health issues). I have also met some wonderful people and made new friends. ZSA is great for responsible people new to guns or pros looking for something else. I have helped him some with marketing and it is a great complement that you so quickly understand the essence of what ZSA is in this writeup.Martin B.


  4. Dood. We are just a few hours down the road… they really need to bring some of that action down here! I would volunteer to support, but my lazy arse has not bothered to join any local ranges that do competitive shooting yet…


  5. This is Mel, co-founder amd female half of ZSA. Do you think it's weird that chicks like shooting Zombies too?? I prefer it any day to shopping or getting my nails done! Guess I'm not the norm; then again, it's hard to be a diamond in a rhinestone world =D


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